Kurdish–Turkish conflict

Spat between interior minister, HDP MPs escalate tension in parliament

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers had exchanged a war of words over security policies of the government that escalated tension at the budget talks of the parliament on Dec. 13.

During the budget negotiations, HDP MPs criticized the appointment of trustees to the municipalities where their party's candidates won at the elections.

As EU dismisses Greek call for sanctions agaist Turkey, Merkel says Union will discuss it with US, Nato

EU leaders plan to discuss arm exports to Turkey with NATO allies and Washington, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today, after Greece's push at the December 10-11 EU summit for an arms embargo on Ankara was dismissed.

Turkey’s Erdogan brushes off EU sanctions threat

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off possible European Union sanctions against Turkey on Wednesday, saying they would not affect his country.

Speaking to reporters before departing for a visit to Azerbaijan, Erdogan also accused the EU of acting "dishonestly" toward Turkey and of failing to keep its promises.

Turkey 'neutralizes' 11 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Turkish security forces "neutralized" 11 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, Turkey's National Defense Ministry said on Dec. 7.

The terrorists were "neutralized" in an air operation in the Zap and Haftanin regions, the ministry said on Twitter, also sharing footage of the action.

Turkey's anti-terror operations continue without any letup, it added.

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