June 11th, 2013
10:28 PM ET

Watson: Erdogan is known as vindictive

Chaos continued in Taksim Square today as demonstrators and government forces clashed in the streets of Istanbul.

CNN's Ivan Watson says demonstrators in Turkey fear Prime Minister Erdogan will punish them for protesting against the government. "A number of tweeters in the port city of Izmir, more than 30, were detained and now starting to face charges for inciting violence over social media, which Erdogan has called a menace to society," Watson tells Anderson Cooper.

Christiane Amanpour speaks to the prime minister's authoritative streak and opposition to criticism. "They put a huge number of journalists in jail. There's very little space for political dissent, and after three terms ... people are becoming sort of angry," she says.

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June 11th, 2013
10:19 PM ET

Protests in Turkey rock Mideast

Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour says, in an ironic reversal, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is calling for Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to step down.

"You can imagine the glee with which this is being used in Syria. Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian government are playing it on television every night," she tells Anderson Cooper.

It may seem to be an amusing twist to the increasingly chaotic situation in Istanbul, but Amanpour looks at the bigger picture. Turkey is a key ally to the U.S. and "vital cog" in the stability of the region.

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February 1st, 2013
09:53 PM ET

Bomber strikes U.S. embassy in Turkey

Fran Townsend and Bob Baer discuss the man who detonated a bomb at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey and why he attacked.

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October 5th, 2012
12:05 AM ET

Turkey-Syria ties strained by violence

After Syrian attack on Turkish town, Turkey's parliament OKs cross-border military operations. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

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