DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010, 11:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
Turkey threatens reprisals, Greece halts joint maneuver with Israel over Israeli naval commando action which killed 9 activists aboard the pro-Palestinian flotilla lead boat 80 miles out at sea. Casualty figures still not confirmed. Passengers attacked the soldiers, opened fire with gun snatched from a soldier and wielded knives and iron bars. The soldiers shot back after 10 were injured. Helicopters ferried all the casualties to Israeli hospitals. Nationwide alert for disturbances declared in
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010, 11:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report Israeli concerns that on top of strong diplomatic reprisals,
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2010, 4:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2010, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Turkish army, NATO's second largest, is showing little fight against the pro-Muslim Erdogan government's mass arrests of top military chiefs, past and present. Washington and Brussels ask which way it will jump in a war involving Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2010, 8:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan has engineered a fresh assault on the already crisis-laden relationship between
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2009, 10:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday, Oct.13, Syrian defense minister Gen. Ali Habib made the triumphant announcement: We held our first joint land military exercise (with Turkey) last spring. And today we have agreed to do a more comprehensive, a bigger one. He spoke at a ceremony declaring a free trade zone between the two ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2009, 6:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources reveal that Turkish prime minister Tayyep Recep Erdogan and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck military cooperation deals on Oct. 28 which assured Iran of Turkish military intelligence and air force assistance against a possible Israeli attack on its nuclear sites. Also promised was Turkish surveillance ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2009, 11:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
Turkey's Today's Zaman Wednesday, Oct. 14, provided a new motive for Ankara's last-minute decision to cancel Israeli participation in the annual multiple air maneuver with NATO: A senior Turkish military source was quoted as saying: "Israel has failed yet again to deliver the Israeli-made surveillance drones known as Herons to ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2009, 1:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak commented Monday, April 27, that Turkey's decision to hold military maneuvers with Syria is "disturbing."
And that is not all. The exercise will be accompanied Monday or Tuesday by the signing of a letter of intent for Turkish-Syrian cooperation in the defense industry.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2009, 11:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
Turkey's army chief Gen. Ilker Basburg brushed off the Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak's comment that the joint Turkish-Syrian military exercise was "disturbing."
Barak referred to the first exercise Turkey, Israel's longstanding military ally and NATO member, had ever staged with an Arab nation, Israel's avowed foe Syria. Gen. Basbug ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2009, 11:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKA-Net-Weekly analysts examine the options facing Turkey as its estrangement from the US and Europe solidifies: Will this NATO member turn to Russia and the Caucasus, the Arab world or Iran?
This and other exclusives appeared in the latest issue out Friday.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2009, 9:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
A deep crisis in Turkish-Israel relations appears to be the first strategic casualty of Israel's offensive to suppress Hamas' rocket campaign. debkafile's Ankara sources report that Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seriously planning to freeze the long-standing military ties between the US's foremost defense allies in ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2009, 6:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday, Jan. 29, reproached Israeli president Shimon Peres over the Gaza offensive, saying "You kill people."
Israeli president Shimon Peres said, raising his voice, Israel's 22-day offensive was launched in reaction to eight years of rocket fire. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2008, 1:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2008, 11:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Istanbul Tuesday, Sept. 2, to hear his Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan present Ankara's regional Caucasus cooperation plan for stabilizing the region in the wake of the Georgian crisis.
Turkish prime minister Tayyep Erdogan is trying to strike a neutral posture between the US ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 10, 2008, 9:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
The intense exchanges afoot between Ankara, Damascus and Tehran in recent months burst into the open Tuesday, Aug.5 at the south Turkish Aegean resort town of Bodrum, when Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan entertained Syrian president Bashar Assad and a large party of notables. This is revealed by debka More...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2008, 3:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
Three Turkish policemen and three gunmen died in a shootout at the entrance to the US consulate in Istanbul Wednesday, July 9. Three terrorists, identified by Istanbul police as Turkish members of al Qaeda, were killed after failing to break through to the consulate. Two policemen were killed on the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2008, 7:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
A unanimous decision was taken Monday, March 31, by Turkey's constitutional court to hear a case for closing down the governing AKP party for actions to weaken the country's secular system. The chief prosecutor moved for prime minister Tayyep Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul to be banned from politics. They ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2008, 2:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ankara responded Friday, Feb. 29, to President George Bush's demand to end its ground operation against the PKK rebels holed up in northern Iraq.
Our political sources note that Ankara's surrender to Washington will strengthen the opposition in Israel's government and military command to a large-scale anti-missile military operation in ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 29, 2008, 6:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Wednesday, Feb. 27, US defense secretary Robert Gates said he measures the time-limit on the Turkish operation in "days, or a week or two, something like that, Not months."
debkafile's military sources reported the army was still tens of kilometers away from the PKK's main Qandil Mountain bases some ...