Category Archives: Turkey

Turkey says France sending troops to Syria would be ‘invasion’

Turkey on Saturday warned France against increasing its military presence in Syria, saying it would be an “invasion”, as tensions between Paris and Ankara remained high.

Temperatures were raised after French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday met a delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

Turkey | Harassment of students in Turkey

A number of academic communities’ members around the world strongly opposed the recent arrests and harassment of students at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. On March 19, 2018, students demonstrated against a campus event supporting the Turkish soldiers who fought in the invasion of Afrin, Syria, which was organized by the Society for Islamic Research (İslam Araştırmaları Kulübü). The arrests on campus, as well as subsequent police raids of student homes and dormitories, continue a disturbing trend of criminalizing political speech and dissent in Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has cynically referred to these students as “terrorists”, vowed to expel them from Boğaziçi University, and to deny them the right to study at any other university. Researchers and scientists note: “We have heard this kind of verbal attack from Erdoğan before and it was followed by the detention of thousands of academics, journalists, artists, and human rights advocates.

Turkish-backed forces capture Afrin

“Al-Masdar news” reports Turkish-backed forces have assumed full control over the city of Afrin in Syria’s Aleppo province following the abandoning of the city and its surrounding countryside by Kurdish fighters. Just over an hour after storming the small city from its southwest and northeast, Turkish-backed militants met in its center.

Turkish army attacks civilian convoy in Afrin: Dozens killed

The invading Turkish army continues its attacks against civilians in Afrin Canton of Northern Syria.

According to reports, Turkish army targeted a tractor and another vehicle at the exit point of the city on the 57th day of invasion attacks against Afrin.Dozens of civilians including children have been killed in the attack.

France | The tribunal on Turkish war crimes to start in Paris

A session of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Turkish war crimes against Kurdish people will be held in Paris’ Bourse du Travail on 15 and 16 March 2018.

Seven judges will examine an indictment served upon the Turkish State and its officials including Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several military and intelligence officials.