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Israel sends Turks EW systems despite rift

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Israel's Elta Systems has provided advanced electronic warfare units to Turkey despite a 3-year rift between the onetime strategic allies.

Turkey rules out freedom for PKK leader

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- There's no chance the Turkish government will pardon jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag.

Turkey targets PKK in northern Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The Turkish military said it deployed eight F-16 fighter jets over the Kurdish region of northern Iraq to strike at the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party.

Israel allows Turkey to send goods to Gaza

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Israel will permit construction materials from Turkey to enter the Gaza Strip to build a Turkish-Palestinian hospital, officials said.

Turkey's P.M. lashes out at critics

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Turkey's prime minister says critics of the police crackdown against a terrorist group should reconsider following the latest attack on the U.S. Embassy.

Report: PKK considering partial truce

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- High-profile figures from the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party are said to be discussing a peace deal with Ankara, a Turkish newspaper reports.

Turkey admits to errors in PKK fight

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the government's decades-long fight against Kurdish separatists wasn't free of tarnish.

Ankara 'hopeful' for peace

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Turkish government is "cautious and hopeful" that efforts to resolve the Kurdish issue can move forward, the country's prime minister said Tuesday.

Turkey committed to solving Kurd issue

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The slaying in Paris of three members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party has made public will to resolve the Kurdish issue in Turkey stronger, an adviser said.

Kurds protest in Paris after killings

PARIS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- An estimated 15,000 Kurdish protesters took to the Paris streets Saturday to demand justice for three women killed there, police said.

Turkish PM: Killings may signal PKK split

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The killings of three Kurdish women in Paris could have been the result of division within a Kurdish terrorist group, the Turkish prime minister said Friday.

PKK slayings inside job, Erdogan says

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The killing of three leading members of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party in Paris may have been an inside job, the Turkish prime minister said Friday.

Optimism high for talks with PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Officials expressed optimism about talks between Turkish leaders and the Kurdistan Workers' Party chief, despite the prime minister's opposition to some issues.

Turkish PM to discuss energy in W. Africa

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to West Africa could strengthen business development and trade between the two regions, experts said.

Erdogan touts TANAP for Europe security

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Turkey's position as a guarantor of energy security in Europe has been secured with the new TANAP gas pipeline, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks on as he listens to Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki (not shown) after arriving at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran on Decemeber 2, 2006. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (IPA: ; born 26 February 1954) is a Turkish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Turkey since 2003. He is also the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which holds a majority of the seats in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Erdoğan previously served as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. He graduated in 1981 from Marmara University's Faculty of Economics and Commercial Sciences. Erdoğan was also a semi-professional footballer from 1969 to 1982.

Erdoğan was elected Mayor of Istanbul in the local elections of 27 March 1994. He was banned from office and sentenced to a prison term for reciting text (""The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers....") from a poem during a public address in the province of Siirt on 12 December 1997. The poem was allegedly quoted from a book published by a state enterprise and one that had been recommended to teachers by the Ministry of Education, but the lines recited do not appear in the original poem. After six months in prison, Erdoğan established the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on August 14, 2001. From its first year, the AK Party became the largest publicly-supported political movement in Turkey. In the general election of 2002 the AK Party won nearly two-thirds of the seats in parliament, forming the first single-party government for 19 years.

As prime minister, Erdoğan implemented numerous reforms. 45 years after Turkey signed an Association Agreement with the EU, the negotiations for Turkey's accession to the EU started during Erdoğan's tenure. Parallel to this, inflation, which had for decades adversely affected the country's economy, was brought under control and the Turkish Lira regained its former prestige through the elimination of six zeros.

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