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Turkey

Turkey’s Hagia Sophia Opens as Mosque with Erdoğan Reciting First Prayer

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan joined hundreds of Muslim worshippers in Istanbul on Friday for the first prayers from the Koran in nearly 90 years inside the Hagia Sophia, once one of Christianity’s most important cathedrals, reported the AP. Over the centuries, the cathedral had been converted into a mosque and then a museum, and now … Read More

Turkey Is Increasingly Becoming A Threat To Israel

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The rising chorus of anti-Israel statements from Turkey, particularly when it comes to the toxic blending of religious and extreme nationalist rhetoric from the ruling party, is becoming an increasing threat to Israel and regional stability. After Turkey announced that it would turn the museum of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, President Recep Tayyip … Read More

Turkey’s President Formally Makes Hagia Sophia a Mosque

Friday, July 10, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday formally reconverted Istanbul’s sixth-century iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open to Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had turned it into a museum. The decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia — a former cathedral that was turned into a … Read More

Turkey Lashes Out At New US Support For Cyprus

Friday, July 10, 2020

Turkey is lashing out at the United States as Washington moves closer to providing Cyprus with military aid as the disputed island nation develops closer energy ties with Israel. The Turkish reaction came after the US Embassy in Cyprus said Wednesday that the United States planned to provide international military education and training to the Republic of … Read More

Turkey’s Airstrikes in Northern Iraq Threaten Christian Villages

Monday, June 22, 2020

Civilians have been killed and villagers threatened by Turkey’s widespread airstrikes in northern Iraq. Ankara claims to be fighting “terrorists” but has used disproportionate force. Activists fear that Christian minorities, already threatened by Turkey’s invasions of northern Syria, will have to flee again. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has condemned Turkey’s operation … Read More

Turkish Court Sentences U.S. Consulate Employee to Jail

Friday, June 12, 2020

A Turkish court on Thursday convicted an employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul of membership in an armed terror organization and sentenced him to eight years and nine months in prison, the state-run news agency reported. Metin Topuz, a translator and assistant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, has been jailed since 2017, accused … Read More

Is Turkey planning a new invasion of eastern Syria? – analysis

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Turkey’s leadership thrives on crises. For the last several years the government in Ankara has invented a new crisis every month, sometimes with the US. In October 2019 it invaded part of eastern Syria, causing 200,000 people to flee. In November Turkey created a crises in Libya with an energy deal in the Mediterranean and … Read More