terrorism in the east

Erdogan: Turkey switched from defending to attacking

Erdogan: Turkey switched from defending to attacking

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shed light on recent numbers of remanded and arrested people linked to the Fetullah Terror Organization (FETO). Erdogan said in FETO operations following the deadly July 15 coup …

Daesh plans to blow up Palmyra’s historical sites

Daesh plans to blow up Palmyra’s historical sites

Daesh is bringing large amounts of explosives to Palmyra, apparently with the aim to wipe out historical monuments in that city, Head of the Main Operations Department of Russia’s General Staff Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy …

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint air operation against Daesh

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint air operation against Daesh

On Wednesday, Russia’s Aerospace Force and Turkey’s Air Force are conducting the first joint air operation against the Daesh terror group on the outskirts of the al-Bab town in the Aleppo province, Head of the Main Operations …

Syria has no objections to US presence at Astana talks

Syria has no objections to US presence at Astana talks

Any country that "honestly seeks to facilitate the peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict, is eligible to take part in the Astana meeting," the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said. He made …

 Turkey#039s justice ministry: nightclub attack is work of ISIS

Turkey's justice ministry: nightclub attack is work of ISIS

Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag said the capture of the suspected perpetrator of the New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul will lead to a better understanding of the ISIS group's operations in …

Turkey seeks arrest of 243 military members in post-coup probe

Turkey seeks arrest of 243 military members in post-coup probe

Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 243 members of the military in 54 provinces across the country in a probe following July's failed coup. The suspects were being sought on suspicion they were using Bylock, an …

Eight soldiers killed in tunnel blast outside Damascus - media

Eight soldiers killed in tunnel blast outside Damascus - media

A tunnel bomb blast outside Damascus claimed nine lives, including a Syrian general and eight soldiers, a monitoring group said. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, rebel fighters planted explosives yesterday in a …

Russian Foreign Ministry sums up 2016: fight against terrorism the only way

Russian Foreign Ministry sums up 2016: fight against terrorism the only way

Terrorism was the key global threat last year but the international community is unable to unite to fight against it, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during his annual press conference to review the results of Russian …

Caught Istanbul nightclub attacker pleads guilty

Caught Istanbul nightclub attacker pleads guilty

Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim said that the man suspected of carrying out the deadly New Year’s Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been detained. Yildirim told reporters in Ankara that …

Syria negotiations chief assassinated in Wadi Barada

Syria negotiations chief assassinated in Wadi Barada

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unknown gunmen assassinated retired major general Ahmad Ghadban on Saturday, just 24 hours after he was assigned by the Syrian regime to manage the affairs of the towns of Wadi …

2 soldiers killed, 2 injured in anti-terror operations against PKK

2 soldiers killed, 2 injured in anti-terror operations against PKK

Two soldiers were killed; two others were injured during counter-terror operations against the PKK terrorists in eastern Bitlis province on Saturday, Daily Sabah reports. According to a statement released by the Bitlis Governorate, two …

Turkey kills 41 ISIS militants in northern Syria

Turkey kills 41 ISIS militants in northern Syria

Forty-one ISIS terrorists have been killed by Turkish airstrikes and shelling as part of the operation to liberate northern Syrian town of al-Bab from the terrorists, the military said. A total of 177 terrorist targets have been shelled …

ISIS blows up remaining bridges on Tigris River in Mosul

ISIS blows up remaining bridges on Tigris River in Mosul

ISIS militants blew up all of the remaining bridges on the Tigris River in the center of Mosul, Al Arabiya News channel reported. Iraqi special forces pushed forward to reach a second bridge that links eastern Mosul to the city's …

Kazakhstan to lift yellow level of terrorism alert on January 16

Kazakhstan to lift yellow level of terrorism alert on January 16

The extended moderate 'yellow' level of terrorist alert in Kazakhstan will be lifted on January 16, the Anti-Terrorist Centre of the Republic said. The Centre extended the moderate yellow level of terrorist alert …

Massive explosion rips through Damascus, several killed

Massive explosion rips through Damascus, several killed

A massive explosion rocked the capital city of Damascus, killing and wounding scores of civilians in the Kafr Sousah area, Al-Masdar reports. According to preliminary reports from Damascus, the blast took place inside a crowded …

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate airstrikes against terrorists in Syria

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate airstrikes against terrorists in Syria

Russian and Turkish military officials on Thursday agreed to coordinate airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria and signed a memorandum on combat flight safety during missions in Syrian airspace, the Russian Defense Ministry said, Sputnik …

Zakharova: Russia hopes those responsible for death of Karlov to be punished

Zakharova: Russia hopes those responsible for death of Karlov to be punished

Russia hopes that all those responsible for the killing of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, will be identified and brought to justice, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova …

Russian ambassador’s assassin to be buried in paupers’ cemetery - media

Russian ambassador’s assassin to be buried in paupers’ cemetery - media

The assassin of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Mevlut Mert Altintas will be buried in a paupers’ cemetery in Ankara, APA reported with reference to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.   According to …

Chechen law enforcement officers dismantle militant network

Chechen law enforcement officers dismantle militant network

Seven militants were killed in a security operation in Russia's southern region of Chechnya, a source in local police said, adding that dozens of militants were detained. Earlier, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that four …

Syrian officials reach agreement to fix damaged water source

Syrian officials reach agreement to fix damaged water source

The Syrian government had agreed with rebels in the Wadi Barada area for technicians to enter a damaged spring facility that supplies water to the capital, the governor of Syria's Damascus Countryside province Alaa Munir …

Suspected suicide bomber killed before carrying out attack in Gaziantep - media

Suspected suicide bomber killed before carrying out attack in Gaziantep - media

One suspected "terrorist" was shot dead by Turkish police during the gun battle, CNN Turk reported, while at least one accomplice was feared to be on the run. Gunfire has been reported outside a police station in the Turkish …

 Turkish army kills 48 ISIS militants in Syria

Turkish army kills 48 ISIS militants in Syria

Turkish-led air and ground operations in Syria killed 48 ISIS militants on Sunday while Turkish warplanes destroyed 23 buildings and shelters used by the jihadists, Turkey's armed forces said in a statement on Monday. "Turkish …

Fadi Kunbar drives his truck into crowd in Jerusalem

Fadi Kunbar drives his truck into crowd in Jerusalem

Israeli police identified the suspect behind the deadly truck ramming attack in Jerusalem as an Arab resident of the city.  "The terrorist who murdered 4 soldiers and injured 13 others in truck attack is an Arab resident, …

Israel responds ISIS terrorist attack

Israel responds ISIS terrorist attack

Israel's security cabinet approved a number of measures in response to the truck ramming attack that left four IDF officers dead and 17 other people wounded in Jerusalem. The cabinet approved administrative detention for anyone …

Pentagon chief on Russia#039s efforts in fighting ISIS

Pentagon chief on Russia's efforts in fighting ISIS

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Moscow has done "virtually zero" in fighting the ISIL and has instead made "the ending of the Syrian civil war there harder."   "They came in, they …

Putin offers condolences over Jerusalem truck attack

Putin offers condolences over Jerusalem truck attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the deadly truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem, Kremlin’s press service said. …

Deaths reported as truck rams into crowd in Jerusalem

Deaths reported as truck rams into crowd in Jerusalem

At least four Israeli soldiers have been killed and several others wounded after a truck rammed into pedestrians in Jerusalem, police and the ambulance service said, calling it a deliberate attack, Aljazeera reports. The driver of …

Turkish media name perpetrator of NYE nightclub massacre

Turkish media name perpetrator of NYE nightclub massacre

Turkish police has released the name of the Islamic State terrorist behind the deadly New Year shooting at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, local media report. Turkey’s most wanted, known so far under his alias, has been named as …

Turkey arrests 18 after Izmir bomb attack and alleges Kurdish PKK responsible

Turkey arrests 18 after Izmir bomb attack and alleges Kurdish PKK responsible

Kurdish militant group the PKK is responsible for a gun and car-bomb attack outside a court building in the city of Izmir that resulted in the death of two people, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said. Bozdag …

Islamic State militants kill 4 soldiers near Iraq#039s Tikrit - army, police sources

Islamic State militants kill 4 soldiers near Iraq's Tikrit - army, police sources

Islamic State militants attacked an Iraqi army outpost and a police station near the city of Tikrit on Friday, killing at least four soldiers and wounding 12 others, military and police sources said. The militants used a car bomb and …