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Turkey’s President: Warplane May Have Crossed Syrian Border

Posted June 23rd, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish President Abdullah Gul says his country’s fighter jet shot down by Syrian air defense forces may have violated Syria’s air space. Mr. Gul said Saturday it is “routine” for warplanes flying at high speed to cross borders for short distances. He said a probe would determine if the U.S.-made F-4 jet was brought down […]

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Turkey Pledges to Take the ‘Necessary Steps’ After Syria Downs Turkish Jet

Posted June 23rd, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey has promised to take the “necessary steps” in response to Syria’s admission that it downed a Turkish air force jet that had flown into Syrian airspace. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement after an emergency security meeting in Ankara, saying a decisive response will be taken once all the facts about […]

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Syria Admits Shooting Down Turkish Warplane

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Syria says it has shot down a Turkish air force jet that had flown into Syrian airspace. Syrian officials said the low-flying warplane was shot down over the Mediterranean Sea Friday. Turkish political and military leaders held a two-hour security meeting in Ankara to discuss the incident. After the meeting, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s […]

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Turkey: Syria Shot Down Air Force Jet

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey says Syrian forces have shot down one of its air force jets. After a two-hour security meeting, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said the warplane that disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea Friday was shot down by Syria. The statement said the two pilots remain missing. The prime minister’s office said Turkey will decide […]

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Turkish PM: Turkish Warplane Missing Off Syria

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a Turkish air force jet has gone down over Syrian waters. However, the prime minister told reporters in Ankara on Friday he could not confirm media reports that Syria shot down the plane. He said Turkish and Syrian vessels were searching for the plane and the pilots. Erdogan […]

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Turkish PM: Turkish Warplane Missing Off Syria

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a Turkish air force jet has gone down over Syrian waters. However, the prime minister told reporters in Ankara on Friday he could not confirm media reports that Syria shot down the plane since there was insufficient information to determine whether it was downed or crashed. He said […]

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U.S. Ambassador: Iran Should Listen to Turkey, Negotiate on Nukes

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. ambassador to Turkey says he hopes Iran is listening to Turkey’s encouragement for Iran to enter talks on creating a nuclear program dedicated only to peaceful purposes. Ambassador Frank Ricciardone , spoke to VOA earlier this week on the sidelines of a U.S.-Turkish relations conference in Washington. He called Turkey Iran’s “most stable, […]

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Israel’s Parliament Debates Massacre of Armenians

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Israeli parliament Tuesday debated whether to recognize the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks early in the 20th century as an act of genocide, a move that would further aggravate already tense relations between between Israel and Turkey. Armenians say the Ottoman Turks killed about 1.5 million of their people in an orchestrated […]

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Turkey to Introduce Elective Kurdish Language Classes in Schools

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The Turkish government has announced plans to introduce Kurdish language classes at public schools as an elective course. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the move in parliament Tuesday as an “historic step,” as the teaching of Kurdish had been previously banned in schools. Mr. Erdogan’s government has been under pressure from the European […]

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Clinton to Discuss Syria, Counterrorism At Turkey Forum

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Istanbul, Turkey, where she will take part in an international forum on counterterrorism. Close to 30 countries are currently participating in the forum. During the two-day event that starts Thursday, Secretary Clinton will also discuss the situation in Syria with counterparts from the region as well […]

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