2017 in Turkey

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The following lists events that happened during 2017 in Turkey.





  • 1 January – A terrorist attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul leaves 39 people dead.[1]
  • 2 January - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack on the nightclub yesterday.[2]
  • 3 January - The Grand National Assembly of Turkey votes to extend the state of emergency by 3 months after the attempted coup last year.[3]
  • 5 January – A car bomb explodes in İzmir perpetrated by TAK, killing 2 people.[4]
  • 13 January - President Erdogan vows that Turkish troops will remain in Cyprus in perpetuity and describes proposed terms of a rotating presidency to be unacceptable.[5]
  • 14 January - The Parliament of Turkey approves two constitutional amendments to expand the president's power to appoint new legislation and select the cabinet.[6]
  • 26 January - Greece refuses to extradite eight soldiers accused of playing a role in the coup attempt last year.[7]
  • 28 January - President Erdogan signs a 100 million pound deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May over the construction of fighter jets.[8]
  • 30 January - In the capital of Ankara, 269 people are put on trial after being charged for their roles in the coup attempt last year.[9]
  • 31 January – The Eurasia Tunnel, which combines the Asian and European continents with a black tunnel, has started uninterruptedly.[10]


  • 5 February - Over 800 suspected ISIL members are arrested by the Turkish police.[11]
  • 8 February - 4400 public servants are dismissed in another purge following the attempted coup last year.[12]
  • 9 February – A Russian airstrike accidentally killed 3 Turkish troops in al-Bab, Syria.[13]
  • 11 February - Abdulgadir Masharipov is charged with murder in relation to the night club shooting at the start of the year and remains incarcerated.[14]
  • 14 February - Over 800 people are detained by police due to allegations of them being members of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).[15]
  • 17 February – 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival was held in Erzurum.
  • 22 February - Turkey lifts the ban on female army soldiers wearing the hijab.[16]
  • 28 February - A trial of 330 suspects in last year's attempted coup opens as the largest trial to date.[17]


  • 4 March - A Syrian fighter jet crashed in the Hatay Province near the Turkish-Syrian border.[18]
  • 11 March - Dutch authorities withdrew landing permissions for a Turkish minister following his support for the referendum in April. President Erdogan calls the Dutch authorities "Nazi remnants".[19] In response, Dutch authorities expel another minister from Rotterdam to the border with Germany.[20]
  • 13 March - Dutch ambassador to Turkey, Cornelis Van Rij, was expelled from Ankara following a Dutch ban on Turkish ministers speaking at pro-Erdogan rallies.[21]
  • 29 March - Prime Minister Yildirim declares an end to Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria but says an operation will follow under a different name.[22]



  • "Önce Vatan" Party was shut down by the Constitutional Court of Turkey [23]

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  1. ^ "Istanbul new year Reina nightclub attack 'leaves 39 dead'". 
  2. ^ "lslamic State claims responsibility for Istanbul nightclub attack". 
  4. ^ "Car bomb kills two outside courthouse in Turkish city of İzmir". 
  5. ^ "Cyprus talks: Turkish troops will remain on island, vows Erdoğan". 
  6. ^ "Turkish MPs approve 2 constitutional amendments to enhance president's powers". 
  7. ^ "Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers". 
  8. ^ "Theresa May signs £100m fighter jet deal with Turkey's Erdoğan". 
  9. ^ "Turkey puts Gulen, 269 others on trial over coup bid". 
  10. ^ "Avrasya Tüneli 24 saat açık oluyor" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 30 January 2017. Archived from the original on 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Turkey says over 800 detained in anti-ISIL operations". 
  12. ^ "Turkey dismisses 4,400 public servants in latest post-coup attempt purge". 
  13. ^ "Russian Air Strike Kills Turkish Soldiers In Syria". 
  14. ^ "Accused Istanbul nightclub gunman Abdulgadir Masharipov formally charged, reports say". 
  15. ^ "Turkey: Hundreds detained over alleged links to PKK". 
  16. ^ "Turkey reverses female army officers' headscarf ban". 
  17. ^ "Largest post-coup bid trial opens with 330 suspects". 
  18. ^ "Turkey says warplane, probably Syrian, crashed near border". 
  19. ^ "Turkey's Erdogan calls Dutch authorities 'Nazi remnants'". 
  20. ^ "Turkey referendum: Clashes as Dutch expel minister". 
  21. ^ "Turkey threatens to pull out of migrant deal as Dutch row intensifies". 
  22. ^ "Turkey ends 'Euphrates Shield' operation in Syria". 
  23. ^ http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-top-court-shuts-down-once-vatan-party-due-to-missing-leader.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115088&NewsCatID=338