Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan Confirms First Turkish Soldiers Killed in Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that two Turkish soldiers have been killed in Libya, where Turkish forces were deployed to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) against the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) under Gen. Khalifa Haftar.

President of Turkey and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the party's group meeting at Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara, on February 5, 2020. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) (Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Refugee Crisis Escalates as Turkey Faces Syrian Troops in Idlib

The United Nations reported on Tuesday that a huge new wave of displaced civilians is pouring out of Syria’s Idlib province, driven out by intense Syrian and Russian military efforts to crush the last rebel forces and increasing tensions between Turkey and Syria. According to the U.N., the refugee situation in Idlib is the worst it has been since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.

Syrians drive with their belongings as they flee the town of Atme in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, near the Turkish border, on February 12, 2020, following a weeks-long regime offensive against the country's last major rebel bastion. (Photo by Rami al SAYED / AFP) (Photo by RAMI AL SAYED/AFP via …

China Dethrones Turkey as World’s Worst Jailer of Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday released its annual report on journalists in prison and found China taking the top spot from Turkey, ending a three-year winning streak. Former world champion oppressor Turkey remained in second place, with Saudi Arabia surging ahead to tie with Egypt for third. Eritrea, Vietnam, Iran, and Russia fought to round out the list of dungeon keepers.

A policeman (C) tells the media to move from the area as they detain protesters during clashes in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 6, 2019. - A Hong Kong judge on October 6 rejected a challenge to an emergency law criminalising protesters wearing face masks as democracy …

Erdogan to Discuss Syrian Kurds, Gulen Extradition in Talks with Trump

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that when he meets with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, his agenda will include Turkey’s relationship with Russia, complaints about Syrian Kurdish militia forces remaining in the “safe area” Turkey wants to carve out near its border, and Turkey’s long-stalled extradition request for exiled cleric and Erdogan arch-enemy Fethullah Gulen.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the press after meeting with Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orbán for discussions on Syria and migration on November 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images)