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Is this "ancient Hebrew leather manuscript" seized by police in Turkey authentic?

No. That is anything but what is claimed it is. This is a rather large scale scam now often titled "Turkish Golden Leather Brownies" or some variation thereof. And completely fake. The word ...
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Does Turkey make the "structural steel frame" for the F-35 fighter?

Bearing in mind subsequent changes (including the 2020 phase-out currently in the works), a 2013 press release by Northrop Grumman said: Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), a subcontractor to ...
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Did a Turkish cargo ship get bombed in the Black Sea during the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

It was reported on Lloyd's so it's probably real. I don't have a subscription, so I can't access (all) the details. Turkish bulker hit by bomb off Odessa. The Yasa Jupiter suffered no casualties. It ...
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Did Ertugrul and his son massacre Muslims?

First I have to admire the boldness with which this Hindu Quora poster, an "expert in Ottoman History" according to his bio, quotes from The Foundation of the Ottoman Empire (1916), by a ...
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Did the US push the Kurds to lower their defences against Turkey in the months preceding the latest Turkish military operation against them?

The best I could confirm from official sources is this US CENTCOM tweet: Within 24 hours of the phone call between U.S. SECDEF and Turkish MINDEF to discuss security in northeast Syria, the SDF ...
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Does Turkey make the "structural steel frame" for the F-35 fighter?

The F-35 made by Lockheed Martin is a joint venture by multiple countries; among others, USA, Canada, Italy and Turkey. Turkey was part of the deal and they helped funding the development of the jet. ...
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Does Turkey make the "structural steel frame" for the F-35 fighter?

According to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) One of the most complex structural sections of the aircraft, "F-35A Center Fuselage" is produced by TAI as a second source. Second source means "a ...
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Did the US push the Kurds to lower their defences against Turkey in the months preceding the latest Turkish military operation against them?

See this article which includes pictures of the removal of fortifications. photo caption reads: A US service member observes as Syrian Democratic Forces remove military fortifications along the ...
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Were senior officals who outran their executioners pardoned in the Ottoman Empire?

Every version of this story that I see can be traced to a single English language book, which tells it as follows. The Fish Market Gate (Baluq Khaneh Qapusi), as its name indicates, was the ...
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Did the US push the Kurds to lower their defences against Turkey in the months preceding the latest Turkish military operation against them?

See Turkey, US agree to set up operation centre for Syria safe zone 7 August 2019: A joint statement by the Turkish defence ministry and the US embassy in Ankara said the two sides had agreed to ...
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Is this picture taken of the Armenian Genocide fake?

It seems it was faked. He's missing a leg and an arm and everyone else has stretched arms. Further, while not on either of those blog posts this very infamous picture is exhaustively talked about and ...
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Did President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ask a little girl if she wanted to be a Martyr?

There is a video online that is not translated that supposedly contains the statement. However, some translations available online do not contain the phrase "Do you want to be a martyr?" A video ...
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Did Turkey and Greece attempt to gain control of NATO nuclear weapons to use on each other during the Cyprus crisis of 1963-1964?

The mistake in the article in the OP is the date, "1963-1964 Cyprus crisis". The problem occurred in 1974 and did relate to a/the Cyprus crisis. According to U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe at ...
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Were Ertugrul and his son Osman pagans?

For cultural context, in case it's not clear why this question is interesting, Ertuğrul was portrayed in a 2010s television show Diriliş: Ertuğrul which became extremely famous throughout the Muslim ...
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Are dollar bills seen by the Turkish government as a secret sign of connections to Gülen?

Seem crazy, but the justice minister himself said yes... and was apparently backed up the prime minister. AP reports: “There is no doubt that this $1 bill has some important function within the ...
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Did Turkish football fans shout "Allahu akbar" during a pre-match moment of silence for the Paris attacks?

The source of this claim is this tweet by Ankara based Reuters corespondent Ece Toksabay who wrote: Istanbul fans boo minute of silence for Paris attacks, chant "Allahu akbar" before Turkey ...
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Were senior officals who outran their executioners pardoned in the Ottoman Empire?

There is a Turkish translation in Latin script of Abdurrahman Efendi's "Topkapi Sarayi Hümayunu" available at this link I don't have time to read the whole thing... The balikhane gate was ...
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Did Turkey neutralize thousands of Syrian Army soldiers?

It's hard to confirm all of that but, the Guardian reported at least regarding two of the downed jets: The Syrian military had not previously lost more than one jet fighter on a single day ...
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Did Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ask "Trump towers in Turkey to remove Trump name in Istanbul urgently"?

Short answer: Yes, but it wasn't as forceful as described, and his view has changed a lot in the past five months since this video was recorded. The Wall Street Jounal reported in June 2016: ISTANBUL—...
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Did the United States provide weapons to YPG members in 2015?

The Bloomberg article was 15 October 2015. Yes, the US armed Kurds in the air drop mentioned in the article, but it was false that "the White House announced the U.S. had dropped 50 tons of ...
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Is this "ancient Hebrew leather manuscript" seized by police in Turkey authentic?

Probably Not Ancient text and manuscripts were almost exclusively made from either Vellum or Parchment or Papyrus. It is only during the late 14th century that the paper that replaced these things got ...
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Did Turkey neutralize thousands of Syrian Army soldiers?

There is little to go on aside from Turkey's official numbers. What little I'm finding from other sources does not prove much. Al-Monitor reported on March 1: Turkey said it had destroyed several ...
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Is there a publicly available video that shows Ali Erdoğan instructing a police official to abuse detainees?

The video Turkey PM Erdoğan's Nephew Threatens Police To Torture Teacher Under Arrest was published 23:59:24 on Dec 23, 2013, so I think it's the video you're looking for. The video quality is ...
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Did Fethullah Gülen "publicly boasted about his “soldiers” waiting for his orders to do whatever he directs them to do"?

The primary source of the claim is this article written by Flynn. He wrote: Gülen portrays himself as a moderate, but he is in fact a radical Islamist. He has publicly boasted about his “soldiers” ...
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