Kurdish–Turkish conflict

Turkey summons US envoy to protest in ‘strongest terms’

Turkey told Washington's envoy it took the "strongest" exception to a U.S. statement on the massacre of 13 Turkish citizens over the weekend, said the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

"Today, U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield was summoned to our ministry, and our reaction to the statement by the US was voiced in the strongest terms," said a ministry statement on Feb. 15. 

Top Turkish, US diplomats discuss bilateral relations

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and the U.S. secretary of state on Feb. 15 discussed all aspects of bilateral relations, according to diplomatic sources.

Çavuşoğlu congratulated Antony Blinken on his new post, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Turkish Govt Targets Kurdish Party After 13 Turks Reported Killed

Turkish riot police. Photo: EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

The Interior Ministry said on February 15 in a written statement: "718 people including the presidents of HDP district and city branches were detained as part of operations against the PKK's operations in the country. Detentions are still underway."

718 PKK terror suspects detained across Turkey

Turkish security forces detained a total of 718 suspects over alleged links to the terrorist group PKK, the Interior Ministry announced on Feb. 15.

According to a ministry statement, counter-terrorism units of the Security Directorate and Gendarmerie Command carried out operations across 40 of Turkey's 81 provinces to expose the activities of the terrorist PKK.

Turkish FM criticizes some countries over ‘silence’ toward recent PKK attack on Turkish nationals

Some countries that claim to be fighting terrorism are either silent over the PKK group's execution of 13 Turkish citizens in Northern Iraq or they are trying to slur over it, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Feb. 15.

PKK slaughtered 13 Turkish citizens in N Iraq, says Defense Minister Akar

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has successfully completed its four-day Operation Claw-Eagle 2 and cleared Gara region of Northern Iraq of PKK elements, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Feb. 14, adding that PKK terrorists killed 13 unarmed Turkish citizens that they were held hostage since 2015.

Turkey to continue protecting rights in E Med: National Security Council

Turkey will continue to decisively protect its rights in the Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Cyprus, the country's National Security Council declared on Jan. 28. 

Underlining that these rights arise from international law, the council said in a statement that Turkey condemned rising terror attacks in Africa, including Somalia, as well as various other regions.