Central Asia

Kurdish Militants Announce Ceasefire With Turkish Government, Beginning on February 1st

January 30, 2013

“Under a framework discussed with Ocalan, all PKK fighters will eventually disarm after the withdrawal from Turkey and in return the government will improve the rights of Kurds, who make up some 20 percent of Turkey’s population of 76 million.”

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Turkish Police Release Security Camera Footage of Missing American Freelance Photographer Sarai Sierra

January 29, 2013

“Police have said Sierra made an excursion to Amsterdam, Netherlands, from Istanbul on Jan. 15 and travelled on to Munich, Germany, on Jan. 16 before returning to Istanbul on Jan. 19. Police were trying to determine the reason for her visit to the European cities.”

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Airline: No Survivors on Passenger Plane that Crashed in Kazakhstan

January 29, 2013

“The statement added that 20 people were on board the aircraft.”

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American Freelance Photographer Sarai Sierra Missing in Turkey

January 27, 2013

“Some of the missing woman’s belongings, including her passport, were found in her room in Istanbul, though her iPhone and iPad were not there, according to her husband.”

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Turkish Government Forces Kill 4 Kurdish Militants

January 22, 2013

“The four Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas were killed in countryside in the Midyat district of Turkey’s southeastern Mardin province, near the border with Syria, and fighting was ongoing, the officials said.”

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Turkish Police Arrest 85 People With Alleged Connections to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C)

January 18, 2013

“The DHKP-C, founded in 1978, wants to set up a socialist state in Turkey and supports violent means to do so. It is deemed a terrorist group by both Turkey and the United States.”

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World Trade Organization Chief: Kazakhstan May Join the WTO Later This Year

January 17, 2013

“Kazakhstan applied to join the WTO in 1996. The oil-rich Central Asian state is one of the few countries in the world that remains outside the international trading club.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan: Military Operations Against Kurdish Rebels Will Continue Until They Surrender

January 16, 2013

“Turkish warplanes bombed PKK targets in northern Iraq again overnight, according to media reports. Broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday jets had also attacked PKK forces there on Sunday and Monday.”

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Turkish Planes Strike Militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Targets in Northern Iraq

January 15, 2013

“Broadcaster CNN Turk said several jets attacked PKK forces in areas of northern Iraq on Sunday in the first operation in 12 days and struck again on Monday evening.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan: Government Will Never Surrender to Kurdish Militants

January 15, 2013

“In a sign of Ankara’s continued hard line against the guerrillas, media reports said Turkish warplanes struck PKK targets in northern Iraq on Sunday and Monday, the first such attacks since details of the Ocalan talks emerged.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Calls on French President Hollande to “Immediately Clairfy” Meeting with Kurdish Activists in Paris

January 13, 2013

“”Also, the French head of state must explain immediately to the French, Turkish and world public why … he is in communication with these terrorists,” he added.”

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Three Kurdish Activists, Including the Founder of the Turkish Group PKK, Killed in Paris, France

January 10, 2013

“The slayings came as Turkey was holding peace talks with the Kurdistan Workers Party, which seeks self-rule for Kurds in the country’s southeast, to try to persuade it to disarm.”

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Turkey Agrees to Allow Israel to Participate in Non-Military NATO Activities

December 24, 2012

“Turkey has prevented Israel from participating in such NATO activities since May 31, 2010, when nine Turkish citizens died when Israeli Navy commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara, which was trying to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.”

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Russian Ambassador to NATO: NATO’s Deployment of Patriot Missiles to the Turkish-Syrian Border Raises Tension

December 10, 2012

“Earlier this week, NATO foreign ministers approved Turkey’s request for the deployment of Patriot air defense batteries on Turkey’s border with Syria.”

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Report: U.S. and Allies Have Hired Contractors to Train Syrian Rebels in Chemical Weapons Security

December 7, 2012

“The diplomatic sources say defense contractors hired by the US and its European allies have recently conducted training exercises with Syrian rebel forces in Turkey and Jordan.”

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