Turkey

US indicts Turkish banker Mehmet Atilla amid mounting US-Turkish tensions

By Halil Celik, 6 December 2017

The case poses a direct threat to Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, amid mounting divisions over US wars in Syria and Iraq, and US threats against Iran.

Russia, Turkey, Iran meet on Syria at Sochi Summit

By Halil Celik, 23 November 2017

The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran met at a summit in Sochi, a Black Sea resort town, to discuss the political future of Syria.

Crisis erupts as Turkey is labelled a hostile power in NATO military exercise

By Halil Celik, 21 November 2017

Ankara has demanded apologies after NATO technicians labelled the Turkish president an “enemy collaborator” and the founder of the Republic of Turkey a “hostile leader.”

US, Turkey suspend visa services in diplomatic row

By Halil Celik, 10 October 2017

The move comes amid deterioration in ties between the two NATO allies and the Trump administration’s war threats against North Korea and Iran.

Washington condemns Kurdish referendum as Iraq mobilizes its army

By Halil Celik, 3 October 2017

Washington has long promoted the KRG, but views its current independence bid as an obstacle to US plans to escalate military-strategic confrontation with Iran.

Turkey threatens Iraqi Kurdish government with war

By Halil Celik, 27 September 2017

Turkish President Erdogan has warned Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government that its bid to create an independent state could trigger “ethnic war.”

Iraqi Kurdish referendum stokes Mideast war tensions

By Jean Shaoul and Jordan Shilton, 25 September 2017

Washington has long served as a patron of the Kurdish Regional Government but opposed the referendum fearing it would create greater regional instability.

Turkey threatens war over Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum

By Halil Celik, 25 September 2017

Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have all made clear that they view the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum as a dire threat to their territorial integrity.

Berlin intensifies agitation against Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 25 August 2017

Foreign policy relations between Berlin and Ankara have reached a new low amid hysterical denunciations of the Turkish government by German politicians.

Turkey launches mass trial of officers charged in July 2016 coup attempt

By Halil Celik, 4 August 2017

On August 1, Ankara’s Fourth Criminal Court launched a trial of 486 defendants accused of complicity in the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15 of last year.

German government escalates confrontation with Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2017

Last week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a realignment in the government’s policy toward Turkey.

Turkish-Russian missile deal escalates Turkey-NATO conflict

By Halil Celik, 21 July 2017

By obtaining its first long-range air and anti-missile defense system from Russia, Turkey could conceivably close its skies to NATO fighters if necessary.

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Heritage We Defend

By David North, 23 June 2017

A Turkish language edition of The Heritage We Defend by David North will be released next month by Mehring Yayıncılık, the publishing house of the Socialist Equality Group (Toplumsal Esitlik), the Trotskyist organization in Turkey working in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International. The Heritage We Defend was originally published in 1988. We are posting the preface for the Turkish edition written by David North.

Turkey prepares to send troops to Qatar in conflict with Saudi Arabia

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017

With the tacit consent of imperialist powers in Europe, Turkey is siding with Qatar in a conflict with Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration.

Germany to withdraw military aircraft from Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 8 June 2017

The German government has responded to deepening tensions with Turkey, nominally its NATO ally, by withdrawing its military assets from the country’s Incirlik airbase.

Erdogan’s White House visit papers over US-Turkish tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2017

While the Turkish leader publicly condemned the US arming of Syrian Kurdish fighters, there appeared no prospect that he would shift the Pentagon’s policy.

US bombs kill 11 civilians in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2017

The Pentagon has stepped up airstrikes, inflicting a growing toll in civilian lives, in preparation for a siege of the Syrian city of Raqqa.

US-Turkish tensions mount over plan to arm Syrian Kurdish militia

By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2017

The announcement that the Pentagon will begin directly arming the Syrian Kurdish YPG came just a week before President Erodgan is set to visit the White House.

Turkish government launches crackdown on Internet, opposition parties

By Halil Celik, 5 May 2017

In the aftermath of its extremely narrow victory in the April 16 constitutional referendum, Ankara is banning Wikipedia and threatening Turkey’s principal bourgeois opposition party.

Turkish warplanes hit Washington’s Kurdish proxy forces in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2017

At least 70 people were reported killed in the Turkish airstrikes, which also struck Kurdish positions in neighboring Iraq.

Media and politicians agitate against Turks living in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 April 2017

While the extreme-right AfD has used the Turkish referendum vote to launch a “Turks out” campaign, some of the worst witch-hunting comes from the Left Party and the ostensibly left-liberal political milieu.

Mounting political tensions in aftermath of Turkish referendum

By Halil Celik, 18 April 2017

Sunday’s constitutional referendum in Turkey has intensified the political crisis within the country and further complicated Ankara’s already tense relations with Europe.

Ballot dispute erupts as Erdogan declares a “Yes” victory in Turkish constitutional referendum

By Halil Celik, 17 April 2017

According to results posted last night, the constitutional referendum of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 51.4 percent of the vote.

Turkey to vote on constitutional referendum Sunday

By Halil Celik, 15 April 2017

On Sunday, more than 55 million Turkish citizens will participate in a referendum on the constitutional amendments proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party.

Turkish government presses for military escalation in Syria

By Halil Celik, 12 April 2017

Top Turkish officials are insisting that last week’s US strike on Syria will have no impact unless Washington follows it up with a broader military campaign.

Vote “no” on Turkey’s constitutional referendum! For the United Socialist States of Europe and the Middle East!

Statement of Toplumsal Esitlik

5 April 2017

Toplumsal Esitlik (TE, the Social Equality Group), in political sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International, calls for a “no” vote in the referendum on April 16.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatens Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2017

German-Turkish relations have reached a new low point after the Berlin government threatened to impose a ban on public appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany.

Ankara whips up Turkish nationalism over Dutch bans on Turkish officials

By Halil Celik, 14 March 2017

The Turkish government is using the Dutch ban on public appearances by Turkish officials in the Netherlands to promote its reactionary constitutional referendum.

Dutch government bans Turkish ministers from speaking in Netherlands

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2017

The move is part of a nationalist campaign by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is appealing to anti-Muslim sentiment in the run-up to the March 15 elections.

German authorities ban appearances by Turkish politicians

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 7 March 2017

More than a million Turkish citizens living in Germany are entitled to vote in the April 16 referendum in their home country.

Turkey prepares for military escalation in the Middle East

By Halil Celik, 3 March 2017

Ankara is expected to expand its intervention in the wars in Syria and Iraq, while also threatening Iran.

Turkey schedules April 16 referendum on constitutional changes

By Halil Celik, 13 February 2017

The proposed amendments would turn Turkey into a presidential dictatorship, undermining fundamental democratic rights.

German Chancellor Merkel meets Erdogan ahead of EU summit in Malta

By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2017

The meeting took place under conditions of an extremely tense foreign policy climate in the wake of the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

Fighting erupts in Turkish parliament as Erdogan pushes for presidential dictatorship

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 January 2017

Erdogan is pushing for dictatorial powers as he faces rising strike activity in the working class and escalating tensions with the major NATO powers over his growing ties to Russia.

Turkish officials claim to have identified shooter in Istanbul nightclub attack

By Halil Celik, 5 January 2017

Turkish authorities issued photos of the alleged member of the Islamic State who reportedly entered Turkey from Syria and stayed in the province of Konya.

Islamic State claims New Year attack on Istanbul nightclub killing 39

By Alex Lantier and Halil Celik, 3 January 2017

Around 700 people were celebrating the New Year at the Reina nightclub when a lone gunman entered the premises, shot unarmed security guards and killed 39 people.

Turkey claims to have brokered cease-fire in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2016

On Wednesday, Turkish officials announced that they had reached an agreement with their Russian and Iranian counterparts to extend a cease-fire declared in Aleppo to all of Syria.

Turkey, Russia, Iran sign deal on Syria after shooting of Russian ambassador

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 December 2016

Though Turkey is a NATO ally of the United States, it is reacting to the victory of the Syrian regime in Aleppo by moving closer to Russia and Iran.

Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2016

The assassination by an off-duty policeman of the Russian ambassador comes amidst rising international tensions over the Syrian government’s retaking of Aleppo.

Terror attack claims at least 15 lives in central Turkey

By Halil Celik, 19 December 2016

A suicide car-bomb attack in Kayseri killed 15 soldiers and wounded and 54 others, including civilians, on Saturday.

Tensions mount after EU freezes talks on Turkey’s membership

By Halil Celik, 9 December 2016

After the NATO-backed coup of July 15 and rising tensions with the European Union, the Turkish government is threatening that it might ally with Russia and China.

Trump’s election escalates Turkey’s disputes with its NATO allies

By Halil Celik, 24 November 2016

Turkish officials initially reacted to Trump’s election by escalating the drive towards authoritarian forms of rule and signaling a possible warming of ties with China.

After state crackdown, Turkey’s HDP halts its parliamentary activities

By Halil Celik, 8 November 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP party are moving towards an authoritarian presidential system.

Turkish government moves to crush Kurdish parliamentary HDP party

By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2016

Under the state of emergency imposed after a failed, NATO-backed coup in July, Turkey is rapidly being transformed into a presidential dictatorship.

Turkish bombing in Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2016

The fractious and mutually antagonistic alliances forged by Washington in its interventions in Syria and Iraq threaten to explode into a regional and perhaps a world war.

Amid Mosul offensive, Turkey denounces US policy, stakes claims in Balkans

By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2016

Greek officials warned that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements threatened to undermine Turkey's relations with Greece and the entire European Union.

Mosul offensive threatens to inflame sectarian conflicts in Iraq and Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 19 October 2016

The offensive on Mosul not only threatens the city’s more than 1 million residents, but is intensifying the ethnic and regional conflicts in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

Turkey and Russia seal pipeline deal

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2016

Erdogan and Putin met in Istanbul on Monday, discussed the war in Syria and sealed an agreement to construct the long-planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline.

German army steps up military intervention in Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2016

According to media reports, the German army will massively expand its presence at the Incirlik air base in southeastern Turkey.

Turkey prepares joint action with US in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2016

A joint US-Turkey incursion raises again the possibility of a direct conflict with the Russian-backed Syrian government, as the civil war in Syria threatens to spiral out of control.

Syria war escalates in run-up to G20 summit meetings

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 3 September 2016

Despite talks between the United States, Russia, and Turkey, conflicts inside Syria continue to mount as the Turkish invasion of northern Syria proceeds.

US pressures Turkey to curb attacks on Syrian Kurds

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2016

The Obama administration is allied with both sides in the mounting conflict provoked by Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.

Turkish air strikes kill civilians in US-backed invasion of Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 29 August 2016

The incursion of NATO member states into northern Syria heightens the potential for a direct clash between Russia and the US which could quickly spiral out of control.

German chancellor demands loyalty from Turkish citizens in Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 August 2016

The return of Germany to an aggressive foreign policy is being accompanied by the racist stigmatising of entire sections of the population.

Turkey expands invasion of Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2016

Washington’s support for the Turkish invasion is aimed at creating the conditions for a broader intervention to topple the Assad regime.

Biden meets with Erdogan, backs Turkish invasion of Syria

By Halil Celik, 25 August 2016

The US vice president declared Washington’s support for the escalation, while Russian officials said they were following the invasion with concern.

New flashpoint in escalating war: Turkey shells ISIS and Kurdish forces in Syria

By Barry Grey, 24 August 2016

Turkey and the US are increasingly working at cross purposes in Syria, further frustrating Washington’s central aim of removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Suicide bombing kills 51 at wedding in Turkey

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2016

The atrocity is the bloody outcome of years of incitement of Islamist terror and ethnic warfare in Syria by Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe.

Berlin Election 2016

Socialist Equality Party campaigners speak with Turkish workers in Berlin

By our correspondents, 20 August 2016

The discussions with workers at the Crellemarkt outdoor market in Berlin focused on the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15.

German report criticizing Turkey highlights growing tensions within NATO

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016

Relations within NATO have reached new lows, four weeks after the failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Erdogan and Putin meet in St. Petersburg

By Halil Celik and Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2016

Washington is fearful that Erdogan’s visit might signal a strategic reorientation by one of the most important members of the NATO alliance.

Millions demonstrate throughout Turkey against July 15 coup attempt

By Halil Celik, 9 August 2016

In what was apparently the largest rally in the country’s history, millions of people gathered throughout Turkey to protest last month's attempted seizure of power by a section of the military.

Turkish regime imprisons and harasses artists, journalists and academics after coup attempt

By Sandy English, 8 August 2016

In the aftermath of the July 15 attempted coup, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has imprisoned artists, banned books and frozen academic relations with other countries.

What is behind the campaign against Erdogan?

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016

German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.

New York Times covers up Obama administration’s role in Turkish coup

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2016

The combination of propaganda and disinformation makes it impossible to know where the CIA ends and the Times editorial board begins.

Erdogan accuses US of supporting failed coup in Turkey

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 1 August 2016

The attempted coup has exposed the explosive tensions growing behind the scenes within the NATO alliance, of which Turkey is a member state.

Turkish newspaper identifies US general behind failed military coup

By Johannes Stern, 28 July 2016

The newspaper describes a huge Pentagon/CIA-sponsored operation spanning several months and involving billions of dollars to prepare the coup.

Opposition parties meet with Turkish President Erdogan

By Halil Celik, 27 July 2016

An intensive media propaganda campaign is underway aimed at whitewashing the highest level of the Turkish military and declaring it innocent of involvement in the failed coup of July 15.

The Turkish coup, US militarism and the collapse of democracy

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2016

The tumultuous events in Turkey have exposed the interconnection between the worldwide eruption of US militarism and the global breakdown of democratic forms of rule.

State of emergency declared in Turkey

By Jean Shaoul, 21 July 2016

The speed and scale of the post-coup purge are indicative of the political and social tensions wracking Turkey.

Washington and Brussels step up pressure on Turkey

By Halil Celik, 20 July 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly threatened Turkey with the loss of its NATO membership as Ankara carried out mass arrests following the July 15 coup attempt.

Our man in Ankara: US ambassador denies US role in Turkish coup

By Bill Van Auken, 20 July 2016

Ambassador Bass, a former advisor to Dick Cheney, issued a “categorical” denial that Washington had any involvement in the Turkish military’s abortive uprising of July 15.

US and Germany livid over failure of Turkish coup

By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2016

The angry denunciations of the Erdogan government by the United States and Germany make clear that they had hoped for the success of the military coup.

The Turkish coup: A warning to the international working class

By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2016

The attempted seizure of power by the military in Turkey, a key NATO member and sixth largest economy in Europe, is indicative of far broader dangers across the globe.

Failed military coup in Turkey

By James Cogan, 16 July 2016

The political upheaval in Turkey is testimony to the generalised breakdown taking place internationally in the political institutions and mechanisms of bourgeois rule.

The Istanbul airport bombing: Blowback from the war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 1 July 2016

The identification of all three suicide bombers as having come from Russia and former Soviet republics points to broader geo-strategic forces underlying the terrorist attack.

Death toll in Istanbul airport attack rises to 41

By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2016

The massacre is the tragic yet predictable outcome of the NATO powers' backing of Al Qaeda-linked forces in their war for regime-change in Syria.

Dozens killed in bomb attacks at Istanbul airport

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2016

The death toll has mounted in the second major terrorist attack on a European airport in three months.

Turkey’s Erdogan uses terror attack to escalate repression of opposition

By Halil Celik, 11 June 2016

The latest terror attack will only accelerate and facilitate the drive of the Turkish ruling elite towards militarism and dictatorship, while confusing the masses.

Turkey seeks increased presidential powers amid rising social tension

By Jean Shaoul, 2 June 2016

Hundreds of armed police, as well as riot control vehicles and water cannon were deployed.

German chancellor boosts anti-refugee deal in visit to Turkey

By Peter Schwarz, 26 May 2016

Angela Merkel traveled to Turkey last week in an attempt to shore up the deal stuck between Turkey and the EU to block refugees from entering Europe.

Refugees shot by Turkish border guards

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 May 2016

According to eyewitness reports published by Human Rights Watch, at least five people were shot or beaten to death by Turkish border guards on the country’s border with Syria in March and April.

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu resigns amid mounting government crisis

By Halil Celik, 6 May 2016

Fighting also erupted in the Turkish parliament as deputies from the ruling party assaulted their colleagues from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party.

The German chancellor’s PR tour in Turkish refugee camps

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 April 2016

The trip by the German chancellor and EU Council president to the refugee camp at Nizip resembled a visit to a Potemkin village.

After the Brussels attack, Podemos defends “war on terror”

By Alejandro López, 31 March 2016

Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias is falling in line with false arguments that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots” to prevent the Brussels attacks.

European Union and Turkey reach deal to seal borders and expel refugees

By Jordan Shilton, 19 March 2016

Refugees arriving on the Greek islands by crossing the Aegean Sea will be returned to Turkey, following the completion of a farcical asylum procedure in Greece.

European Union chiefs determined to reach deal with Turkey to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 March 2016

EU-Turkey summit marks another grim chapter in the establishment of “Fortress Europe.”

Second terrorist attack in a month in Turkish capital kills at least 37

By Halil Celik, 15 March 2016

The ruling elite is exploiting the attack to justify stepped-up security operations in Kurdish areas of Turkey and preparations to invade Syria.

Turkish government intensifies crackdown on media, opposition parties

By Halil Celik, 12 March 2016

Ankara calculates that the European powers, who are asking it to halt the flow of Middle East refugees to Europe, will not protest its anti-democratic actions.

EU countries and Turkey move to seal refugee routes

By Peter Schwarz, 8 March 2016

The 28 EU member states worked out a deal Monday with Turkey that would make it even more difficult for the millions of people fleeing the wars in the Middle East to enter Europe.

NATO operation in Aegean heightens threat of war with Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 February 2016

The dispatch of warships under German leadership to the strategic Aegean Sea to deter refugees heightens the risk of NATO intervention in Syria.

Under cover of truce with Russia, US prepares military escalation in Syria

By Barry Grey, 24 February 2016

The Obama administration has pushed for a truce largely to buy time and prevent a complete military rout of the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and its allied “rebels.”

Turkish threats against Kurds set stage for ground invasion of Syria

By Halil Celik, 20 February 2016

The Turkish government is escalating its accusations that Syrian Kurdish forces carried out Wednesday’s terror bombing in Ankara.

Turkey escalates war threats after terror attacks

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2016

NATO member Turkey is deliberately risking a military confrontation with Russia, which could rapidly develop into all-out war between the great powers.

Saudi Arabia pushes for alliance with Turkey and Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 19 February 2016

Saudi efforts to effect reconciliation between Egypt and Turkey come in the wake of last December’s agreement to restore diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey.

Turkey pushes for ground invasion of Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2016

The call for a major escalation of the imperialist intervention in Syria has been accompanied by a propaganda campaign over alleged Russian strikes on hospitals.

German Chancellor Merkel announces NATO intervention in Aegean Sea

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2016

Merkel was once again in Ankara on Monday. This time, political and military collaboration against Russia was at the heart of the talks.

Turkish invasion threat escalates Syrian conflict

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2016

The reports of Turkish incursions into northern Syria come amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Moscow.

Turkey and Western powers escalate war rhetoric in response to Istanbul attack

By Thomas Gaist, 13 January 2016

Tuesday’s suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul has provoked an outburst of war threats and moralizing from the Turkish and NATO elites.

Turkey and Arab states line up with Israel over Syria, repression of Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2016

Turkish President Erdoğan made a state visit to Saudi Arabia a few days ago, just two weeks after signing an agreement with Tel Aviv to restore diplomatic relations.