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12th President of Turkey

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: 12th President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician serving as President of Turkey since 2014. He previously served as Prime Minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014 and as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. He founded the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001, leading it to election victories in 2002, 2007 and 2011 before standing down upon his election as President in 2014. He later returned to the AKP leadership in 2017. Coming from an Islamist political background and as a self-described conservative democrat, he has promoted socially conservative and liberal economic policies in his administration.

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Mental health professionals: Trump's rash Syria move looked like a 'hypomanic episode'

Trump talked to Turkish President Erdogan then told US military to withdraw from Syria. Overnight, without warning, he destabilized an entire region.
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Impeachment inquiry hearings, Trump and Erdogan meet, CMA Awards: 5 things to know Wednesday

The impeachment inquiry heats up as public hearings begin, female country music icons host the CMA awards and more things to start your Wednesday.
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Videos for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan


NBA star Enes Kanter appears on Capitol Hill in support of Turkish human rights legislation [Video]NBA star Enes Kanter appears on Capitol Hill in support of Turkish human rights legislation

Turkish NBA Star Enes Kanter is teaming up with U.S. legislators to help advance human rights in his home country

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Is Trump-Erdogan's 'bromance' the only thing holding relations together? [Video]Is Trump-Erdogan's 'bromance' the only thing holding relations together?

Erdogan and Trump have had countless disagreements during their time in office but their 'bromance' keeps the two sides talking as Turkey's President heads to the White House. Emily Wither reports.

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Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul [Video]Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul

James Le Mesurier, the former British army officer and founder of an NGO that trains the Syria Civil Defense group, has been found dead outside his home in Istanbul. Meanwhile, Turkey is moving forward..

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Turkey's Erdoğan will be met by pro-Kurdish protests on visit to Orbán [Video]Turkey's Erdoğan will be met by pro-Kurdish protests on visit to Orbán

Turkey's Erdoğan will be met by pro-Kurdish protests on visit to Orbán

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Erdogan visits Anitkabir to mark anniversary of Republic Day [Video]Erdogan visits Anitkabir to mark anniversary of Republic Day

Turkey is celebrating the 96th anniversary of the Republic. Marking the day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in the..

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Putin, Assad solidify their dominance in Syria [Video]Putin, Assad solidify their dominance in Syria

Russian troops moved into the strategic Syrian city of Kobani on Wednesday. It comes a day after Moscow and Turkey agreed to oversee the removal of America's former allies, Kurdish fighters, from the..

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Russia, Turkey agree to joint patrols on Syria border [Video]Russia, Turkey agree to joint patrols on Syria border

Russian and Turkish leaders on Tuesday agreed to terms that would allow Ankara's military operations in Syria to continue as a U.S.-brokered cease-fire is set to expire. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Erdogan and Putin hold press conference following talks [Video]Erdogan and Putin hold press conference following talks

Turkish president threatens to resume military offensive against Kurdish Syrian forces.

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Erdogan: Turkey's military operation in Syria not land grab [Video]Erdogan: Turkey's military operation in Syria not land grab

Ankara's military action against Kurdish forces has drawn criticism and prompted NATO countries to suspend arms sales.

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Erdogan, Putin hold talks as truce in Syria set to expire [Video]Erdogan, Putin hold talks as truce in Syria set to expire

Meeting comes hours before a five-day truce between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria runs out.

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Why did Erdogan come to meet Putin? Clue: It's about Syria... [Video]Why did Erdogan come to meet Putin? Clue: It's about Syria...

Turkey will resume military operations "with determination" after a US-brokered ceasefire expires later on Tuesday if promises given by Washington have not been kept, President Tayyip Erdogan said..

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U.S. troops leave Syria, cross into Iraq [Video]U.S. troops leave Syria, cross into Iraq

U.S. troops crossed into Iraq early on Monday, part of a withdrawal from northeastern Syria ordered by President Donald Trump that opened the way for Turkish troops to launch an offensive against..

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Turkey is not eyeing Syrian territory: Erdogan [Video]Turkey is not eyeing Syrian territory: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said on Monday that Ankara is not looking to conquer any country's territory.

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Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town while Erdogan expects US to 'keep promises' [Video]Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town while Erdogan expects US to 'keep promises'

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had pulled out all its fighters from the border town of Ras al Ain, while Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey expects the US to..

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Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish fighters if ceasefire fails [Video]Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish fighters if ceasefire fails

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on said he would press on with Turkey's offensive into northeastern Syria and 'crush the heads of terrorists' if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of..

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Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire [Video]Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire

Trump’s comments came one day after he praised a deal announced by Vice President Mike Pence that would pause fighting in Northeast Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe..

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Erdogan warns Kurds as Syria ceasefire gets off to rocky start [Video]Erdogan warns Kurds as Syria ceasefire gets off to rocky start

Turkish president says his forces would go back on attack in four days unless Kurdish forces withdraw from 'safe zone'.

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Shells fall in northeast Syria despite ceasefire agreement [Video]Shells fall in northeast Syria despite ceasefire agreement

Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part..

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Turkey's Erdogan gives briefing on Syria ceasefire deal [Video]Turkey's Erdogan gives briefing on Syria ceasefire deal

The ceasefire grants the Kurdish-led forces, that were Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), five days to withdraw from the..

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Donald Trump Writes Letter To Turkish President [Video]Donald Trump Writes Letter To Turkish President

President Donald Trump warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter. According to Reuters, he told Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!” The letter was released by..

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Trump: Syria crisis 'has nothing to do with us' [Video]Trump: Syria crisis 'has nothing to do with us'

U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed criticism over the continuing crisis in Syria, a stance in stark contrast with the president's fellow Republicans in the United States. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Erdogan: No world power can stop Turkey's military offensive in Syria [Video]Erdogan: No world power can stop Turkey's military offensive in Syria

Turkey's military operation in northeast Syria will continue until Kurdish fighters in the region drop their weapons and withdraw from a planned "safe zone", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

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'A particularly inappropriate time': Trump to welcome Erdogan despite Syria attack

The meeting could prove to be a political hornet's nest, provoking fresh bipartisan anger over Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
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Turkey's Syria operation reveals cracks among Erdogan's political foes

Turkey's military incursion in Syria has given President Tayyip Erdogan a bump in opinion polls and exposed potential cracks in an informal political alliance that claimed surprise victories over his..
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Kurd commander accepts ceasefire terms

Vice President Mike Pence announced that Turkish President Erdogan agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria. The president called it a "great day for civilization." Charlie D'Agata reports from Iraq.
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U.S. senators draft NBA's Kanter to push bill against Turkey's Erdogan

Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter, a vocal critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, teamed up with two Democratic U.S. senators on Tuesday as they introduced a bill to condemn the alleged violation of..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says talks with EU may end over Cyprus sanctions

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the European Union's decision to sanction Turkey over drilling off the coast of Cyprus could disrupt talks with the bloc, and he warned that Turkey could send..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says will tell Trump U.S. failed to keep Syria promise

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would tell President Donald Trump that the United States has not fulfilled its agreement last month to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from a..
Reuters - Published

Behind Trump-Erdogan 'bromance,' a White House meeting to repair U.S.-Turkey ties

At the 2012 opening of Trump Towers in Istanbul, real estate mogul Donald Trump sang the praises of Tayyip Erdogan, telling a mostly Turkish audience that their leader, prime minister at the time, was..
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National security adviser says U.S. "concerned" about war crimes in Syria despite Erdogan visit to White House

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien says the idea that the United States greenlighted Turkey's offensive on Kurdish forces in Syria is "false."
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Turkish and Russian presidents discuss northeast Syria

President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed Turkey's military offensive in Syria in a phone call on Saturday, Turkey's presidency said.
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Erdogan says Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out

Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, and Ankara will continue its cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says he will discuss Halkbank case with Trump: TVs

President Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss the case of Turkish lender Halkbank with U.S. President Donald Trump during talks in Washington next week, broadcaster NTV and other media reported on..
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Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and Russia on Thursday of failing to fulfill their part of a deal for Kurdish militia to leave a Syrian region bordering Turkey, and said he..
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Erdogan says Turkey will let refugees into Europe if EU does not support it

Turkey will have to open the doors to Europe for Syrian refugees unless the European Union provides Ankara with enough support, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, adding that Turkey could not..
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Trump will welcome Turkey's president to White House next week

President Erdogan defied U.S. requests last month and launched an assault against the Kurds, America's biggest allies in the fight against ISIS
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Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday and the two leaders reconfirmed they will meet in Washington on Nov. 13 at Trump's invitation, Turkish..
Reuters - Published

Turkish leader announces capture of slain ISIS leader's wife

But President Erdogan says Turkey "didn't make a fuss," while criticizing U.S. communications campaign
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Erdogan says Turkey has captured Baghdadi's wife in Syria

Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former Islamic State leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special..
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Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish YPG have not left Syria 'safe zone'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the Kurdish YPG militia had not withdrawn from some areas inside Syria along the Turkish border and that U.S. forces were still carrying out joint..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. still holding patrols with Kurdish YPG in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that U.S. forces were still conducting joint patrols with the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria in a border region that Ankara and Washington had agreed to..
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Turks' support for Erdogan jumps after Syria operation, poll shows

Turks' support for President Tayyip Erdogan surged last month, when Ankara launched a military incursion in northeastern Syria to clear the Kurdish YPG militia from near its border, a survey by..
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Turkey's Erdogan may call off U.S. trip after Congress votes: officials

President Tayyip Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protest at votes in the House of Representatives to recognize mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek..
Reuters - Published

Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey speaks with Steve Kroft about tensions and anti-Americanism in his country, a NATO ally vital to projecting U.S. military power.
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Turkish President Erdogan: "I am disillusioned" with the U.S.

President Erdogan tells 60 Minutes he is upset with the U.S. on issues such as assistance with Syrian refugees and the extradition of Fethullah Gulen
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Who is Fethullah Gulen?

Turkish President Erdogan says the exiled cleric is responsible for this summer's coup. In 2012, 60 Minutes examined why Gulen is in the U.S.
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Knicks center Enes Kanter on why he fears for his life if he travels abroad

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for an upcoming game, citing fears for his safety. Kanter is a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and worries that..
CBS News - Published

Lawmaker resigns from Turkey's AK Party at Erdogan's request

A lawmaker in Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party said on Wednesday he was leaving the party at the president's request after criticizing its policies.
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Turkey sees YPG withdrawal incomplete; joint Russian patrols to start Friday

Turkey has information that the Kurdish YPG militia has not completed its withdrawal to 30 km (18.64 miles) from the Turkish border in northeast Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday,..
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Turkish parliament to respond U.S. House votes: Erdogan says

Turkey's parliament will respond to U.S. resolutions recognizing the mass killings of Armenians as genocide and calling for sanctions against Turkey over its military operation in Syria, President..
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'Double whammy': House approves sweeping Turkey sanctions bill, recognizes Armenian genocide

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has fast-tracked a sanctions bill for Turkey that would require a detailed accounting of President Erdogan's net worth.
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Russia tells Turkey Kurdish fighters have left NE Syrian border area: Erdogan

Russia has informed Turkey that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have withdrawn from a strip of land near the Syrian-Turkish border within a deadline set by Ankara and Moscow, President Tayyip Erdogan said..
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Erdogan: Russia has told Turkey that Kurdish fighters have withdrawn from north Syria

Russian officials have conveyed to Turkish authorities that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from a strip of land on the Syrian-Turkish border within a 150-hour deadline set by Ankara and..
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Turkey will find out via joint patrols with Russia whether Kurdish forces withdrew: Erdogan aide

Turkey will establish through its joint patrols with Russia in northeast Syria whether the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from the region, a top aide to President Tayyip Erdogan said on..
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IS leader's death marks turning point in anti-terror efforts: Turkey's Erdogan

The death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi marks a turning point in joint fight against terrorism, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday
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Turkey will clear Syria border area of Kurdish fighters if Russia fails to act: Erdogan

Turkey will clear northeast Syria of Kurdish YPG militia if Russia does not fulfill its obligations under an accord that helped end a Turkish offensive in the region, President Tayyip Erdogan said on..
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Turkey will remove Kurdish YPG from Syrian border area if Russia won't

Turkey will clear the Kurdish YPG militia from its border area with northeast Syria if Russia does not fulfill its obligations under a bilateral accord clinched this week, Turkish President Tayyip..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan should be prosecuted over Syrian offensive: ex-U.N. investigator del Ponte

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan should be investigated and indicted for war crimes over his country's military offensive in Syria, former prosecutor and U.N. investigator Carla del Ponte said in an..
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Erdogan files complaint against French magazine over ethnic cleansing comment

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has filed a criminal complaint against a French magazine after it accused him of conducting ethnic cleansing in northeast Syria, state-owned Anadolu Agency said on..
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Turkey to have an observation area near Syria's Manbij: Erdogan

Turkey agreed with Russia to have an observation area on the northwestern part of Syria's Manbij to protect the area, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.
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Erdogan says Turkey will crush Kurdish militants remaining in Syria 'safe zone'

Turkey will use its right to crush Kurdish militia fighters if they have not withdrawn from a "safe zone" in northern Syria as per a truce agreement with the United States, President Tayyip Erdogan..
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Top Erdogan aide raps U.S. treatment of Syrian Democratic Forces' commander

Turkey criticized the United States on Thursday for treating the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a "legitimate political figure", underlining continued tensions with..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan: YPG will not stay in Syria border region in 'regime clothes'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin assured him that Kurdish YPG militants will not be allowed to remain in Syria along the Turkish..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Putin explains results of talks with Turkey to Syria's Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin has explained to Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad by phone the results of his talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Erdogan, after sealing Russia deal, says U.S. has not kept promises on Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the United States has not fully kept its promises agreed in last week's temporary truce in northeastern Syria, according to Turkish broadcaster NTV.
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Turkey, Russia agree on Syrian Kurdish YPG withdrawal, joint patrols: Erdogan

Turkey and Russia have agreed that the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria will withdraw to beyond 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border and will also leave the towns of Tel Rifaat and Manbij, President..
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Turkey, Russia reached deal for 'terror-free safe zone': Turkish official

Turkey reached an "excellent" agreement with Russia to establish a "terror-free safe zone" in northern Syria, a senior Turkish official said on Tuesday after President Tayyip Erdogan met Russian..
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With Syria cease-fire set to expire, Erdogan warns Turkey will renew assault if Kurds don't withdraw

Amid a U.S. military withdrawal from Syria, the Trump administration's ability to address the Syria crisis seemed dramatically diminished.
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