Russian, Turkish defense ministers meet on Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Russian and Turkish defense ministers have stressed the need to continue military and intelligence cooperation to ensure stability in Syria's Idlib province despite...
The Latest: Russian, Turkish defense ministers discuss Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Syria-related developments (all times local):
The defense ministers of Russia and Turkey have had a phone call to discuss the situation in Syria.
Wednesday's conversation between Russia's Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar followed Turkey's statement that it wouldn't hesitate to act against Syrian Kurdish fighters.
Military helicopter crashes in Istanbul; 4 soldiers killed
ISTANBUL (AP) — Four Turkish soldiers died while another was fighting for life after their helicopter crashed Monday into a residential area of Istanbul.
Even though the helicopter struck a four-storey building before crashing, there were no civilian casualties, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.
Turkey hails US stance on PKK leaders, seeks same in Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense chief has welcomed a U.S. decision authorizing multimillion-dollar rewards for information on the whereabouts of top Kurdish rebel leaders, but urged the U.S. to also adopt a tough stance against Syrian Kurdish militia.
US, Turkey begin patrols around northern Syrian town
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish and U.S. troops on Thursday began jointly patrolling areas around the northern Syrian town of Manbij, part of a roadmap for easing tensions between the two NATO allies, Turkey's defense minister announced.
Responding to questions by legislators in Parliament, Hulusi Akar said the patrols began at 3:53 p.m. (1253 GMT) but did not provide further details.
Activists: Turkey beefing up its troops in Syria’s Idlib
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey sent in military reinforcements Thursday to beef up its positions inside Syria's last rebel bastion Idlib, activists reported, even as the Turkish defense minister said Ankara is still trying with Russia and Iran to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in the case of a threatened Syrian government offensive.
Sworn in with new powers, Erdogan leaves on 1st trip
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left for Azerbaijan and the breakaway northern part of ethnically divided Cyprus, making his first foreign trip since being sworn in as Turkey's first executive president with sweeping powers.
Erdogan's trip on Tuesday came a day after he took the oath of office and appointed a new 16-member Cabinet, including his son-in-law Berat Albayrak as treasury and finance minister.
Turkey opens military training base in Somalia capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Turkish government has opened a military training base, its largest in Africa, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The Turkish chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire inaugurated the newly-constructed facility on Saturday.
Khaire thanked Turkey for "unwavering" support to help Somalia rebuild its fractured army and stabilize the war-torn country.
Top U.S. general meets with Russian and Turkish counterparts to reduce possible conflicts in Syria
ANTALYA, Turkey — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff met with his Russian and Turkish counterparts Tuesday to discuss ways to avoid allied conflict in the “crowded battle space” in northern Syria.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, Gen. Valery Gerasimov of the Russian army and Gen. Hulusi Akar of the Turkish army were reportedly looking to enhance senior-level communications and operational de-confliction of military operations in Syria, U.S. military officials said.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military says the Turkish, U.S. and Russian chiefs of military staff are meeting in southern Turkey to discuss developments in Syria and Iraq.
The surprise meeting between Turkey's Gen. Hulusi Akar, the U.S. Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford, and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, is underway on Tuesday in the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya.
Russian and Turkish military chiefs meet in Ankara
ISTANBUL (AP) — The chief of the Russian military's general staff visited Turkey Thursday for talks with his counterpart about the situation in Syria.
Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, and Turkish Gen. Hulusi Akar met at the Turkish General Staff headquarters in Ankara.
Turkey’s top military commander keeps post
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's top military commander, who was held hostage during an attempted coup, kept his post Thursday, while the general who served as acting chief of staff was promoted following a purge in the military following the failed putsch.
Hulusi Akar, a four-star general, retained his position as chief of staff, the presidency announced after a meeting of the Supreme Military Council, representing the commanders of NATO's second largest army.