Another pro-Kurdish mayor replaced as detentions continue in southeast Turkey

Police detained more than 50 people on alleged terror links in southeast Turkey a day after yet another mayor with the People's Democratic Party was replaced with a state-appointed trustee.

Diego Cupolo | Turkish-Kurdish conflict | Jul 14, 2020
al-monitor Supporters of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party cheer during a campaign rally in Istanbul on March 24, 2019 ahead of the March 31 local elections. Photo by YASIN AKGUL/AFP via Getty Images.

Erdogan plays out Islamic 'Reconquista' with Hagia Sophia as backdrop

The reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a power move by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that betrays not only domestic but regional and even global ambitions.

Cengiz Candar | | Jul 14, 2020
al-monitor

Intel: Eastern Libya invites Egypt to intervene against Turkey-backed offensive

Eastern Libya’s parliament passed a motion approving a possible military intervention by neighboring Egypt to stop an offensive by Libya’s Tripoli-based government in the west.

Jared Szuba | Libya conflict | Jul 14, 2020
al-monitor

Roadside bomb hits Russian-Turkish patrol on key Syrian highway

The Russian military said Tuesday that three Russian troops and an unspecified number of Turkish soldiers were injured in the attack.

Al-Monitor Staff | Syria Conflict | Jul 14, 2020
al-monitor

European Union stiffens tone against Turkey, but calls for dialogue

European diplomats consider the decision of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Hagia Sophia to be a provocation aimed at escalating tensions between Ankara and Brussels.

Rina Bassist | | Jul 14, 2020
al-monitor