Turkey on Sept. 8 denied claims that it granted citizenship to 3,000 Afghan nationals in return for payment.
"The claims that the U.S. made 3,000 Afghans nationals the citizens of the Republic of Turkey in return of a price are absolutely false," the Directorate General of Civil Registration and Citizenship Affairs said in a statement.
Turkey on Sept. 2 marked six years since the body of 3-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi washed ashore, making headlines worldwide and becoming a symbol of the refugee crisis from the war in Syria.
The toddler had been on board a boat carrying 14 irregular migrants, five of whom died when it sank.
British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace has denied reports by the British media that there are plans of establishing "processing hubs" hubs in Turkey for Afghans fleeing from the Taliban, while Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu criticized the Turkish opposition for giving credit to speculation and attacking the government.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Aug. 21 that his country would not be able to cope with an "additional burden of migrants" arriving from Afghanistan.
"A new wave of migration is inevitable if the necessary measures are not taken in Afghanistan and in Iran," Erdoğan said during a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Turkish security forces "neutralized" at least seven PKK terrorists in both northern Iraq and northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Aug. 21.
The Turkish Armed Forces and National Intelligence Organization targeted three terrorists with airstrikes in Iraq's Metina district near the Turkish border, the ministry said on Twitter.