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NATO chief defends Turkey’s Syria incursion

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday defended his stance on Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria, saying that the military alliance should not lose its unity in the fight against Islamic State. Splits in the military alliance have emerged after NATO member Turkey began its offensive …

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Islamic State attacks Kurds during Turkish offensive

Turkey intensified its air and artillery strikes in northeast Syria on Friday in an offensive against Kurdish militia that has raised the prospect of a humanitarian disaster and questions about U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy in the region. The Kurds, who recaptured swathes of northeastern Syria from Islamic State with …

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Car bomb rocks Kurdish held city in Syria

A car bomb in the Syrian city of Qamishli on Friday killed at least three civilians and wounded nine more, the internal security forces of the Kurdish-led administration said. Rescue workers were still searching for dead and wounded in the wreckage, the security forces said in a statement. The statement …

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Turkish towns hit on border as army advances into Syria

Turkey stepped up its air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Friday, escalating an offensive that has drawn warnings of humanitarian catastrophe and turned Republican lawmakers against U.S. President Donald Trump. The incursion, launched after Trump withdrew U.S. troops who had been fighting alongside Kurdish forces …

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Saudi Arabia in defence talks with US

Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister said on Thursday he discussed regional security and military cooperation with senior U.S. government officials at a time of heightened tension with Iran following last month’s attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Saudi Arabia and the United States blamed common foe Tehran for the Sept. 14 …

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US sanctions bill pending against Turkey

A leading U.S. Republican senator said he plans to introduce a package of “devastating” sanctions to hit Turkey over its military operation in northeast Syria, expressing concerns over the fate of Kurds in the area. Senator Lindsey Graham, usually a vocal ally to President Donald Trump, has repeatedly criticized Trump’s …

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Turkey advances into Syrian territory

Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Wednesday just days after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, with air strikes and artillery hitting YPG militia positions around the border town of Ras al Ain. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, announcing the start of the action, …

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Turkey launches early strike on Syria

The Turkish military carried out strikes targeting the Syrian-Iraqi border overnight to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepares to launch an offensive there, two Turkish officials told Reuters on Tuesday. Turkey says it has finalised preparations for a military push into northeast Syria, …

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US vacates northeast Syria for Turks

The United States began pulling troops back from the northeast Syria border on Monday, opening the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington, in a move U.S. President Donald Trump hailed as a bid to quit “endless wars”. The major policy shift, which hands Turkey …

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Syrian rebels okay Turkish plans for their country

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels pledged on Friday to back a potential cross-border offensive that Ankara has threatened to mount against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria. Ankara and Washington have agreed to set up a zone in northeast Syria along the border with Turkey, which wants to expel the Syrian Kurdish YPG …

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Turkey owed $381.08 million by Thomas Cook

Turkey’s Tourism Advisory Council said on Tuesday it estimates that Thomas Cook owes the local sector more than 350 million euros ($381.08 million), adding that it was impossible for the amount to be re-paid in the short- and medium-term. Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel agency, collapsed last week leaving …

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Turkey ready for Syrian border operation

Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a “safe zone” in northeast Syria this month. “Our preparations along our borders are complete,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on …

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Russia-Turkey concord on situation in Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that he and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan have outlined additional joint measures aimed at rooting out “terrorists” in Syria’s Idlib area. “Together with Turkey’s president we have outlined additional joint steps to neutralize the terrorists’ nests in Idlib and normalize the situation …

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Turkish soldiers killed in Syria, clashing with Kurds

Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey near the borders with Syria and Iraq, the local governor’s office said on Thursday. Three militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were “neutralized” in the fighting, the Sirnak governor’s office said in a written …

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Turkish convey hit in Syria

Air strikes hit positions near a Turkish convoy which was stuck at a highway in northwest Syria after crossing into Idlib province on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The British-based war monitoring group said one fighter from a Turkey-backed faction accompanying the convoy was killed and others …

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Turkish drones headed to Syria

Turkish drones have started operating in northern Syria where Washington and Ankara have agreed to create a safe zone, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. Turkey and the United States agreed last week to set up a joint operations center regarding the safe zone to be established in northern Syria. …

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Turkey sending another drill ship to Cypriot waters

Two Turkish drill ships are continuing operations in the eastern Mediterranean and another ship will join them this month, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said, as a dispute over natural resources there fuels tensions between Turkey and Cyprus. EU member Cyprus and Turkey have argued for years regarding the ownership of …

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