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Syria regime steps in to halt Turkish assault on Kurds

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Washington says it is planning to pull out 1,000 troops – almost the entire ground force – from Syria's north, in a move welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as 'a positive approach'

DEAL. Members of the special forces of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are pictured during preparations to join the front against Turkish forces, on October 10, 2019, near the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Pentagon says up to 1,000 U.S. troops to withdraw from northern Syria

Oct 13, 2019 - 9:31 PM

United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper says President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal from northern Syria

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 08, 2019 US troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol with Turkish troops in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border with Turkish troops. - US troops in northern Syria will no longer be near the border with Turkey, nor will they support Ankara's "long-planned operation" into the country, the White House said on late October 6, 2019. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP)

Merkel urges Erdogan to immediately end Syria offensive

Oct 13, 2019 - 9:27 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the operation threatens to drive large parts of the population from their homes, noting that it would also risk 'destabilization of the region and lead to a resurgence of the ISIS'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Arms embargoes won't stop Turkey's Syria operation – Erdogan

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 'those who think they can make Turkey turn back with threats are gravely mistaken'

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border where the Turkish flag is seen in Akcakale on October 10, 2019, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Turkey has vowed to destroy the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) which controls much of northeastern Syria, and set up a "safe zone" for the return of Syrian refugees. A total of 70 people were so far reported injured across Turkish areas. Families were evacuating and streets emptying in Akcakale, as local authorities called on people to take shelter. BULENT KILIC / AFP

ISIS families escape Syria displacement camp – Kurds

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

(UPDATED) Kurdish authorities have given repeated warnings that the fighting could facilitate an ISIS resurgence

MILITARY ASSAULT. Smoke billows from the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad on October 12, 2019, as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Turkey assault could displace 400,000 in Syria, says U.N.

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Thousands are forced to flee their homes since the beginning of Turkey's military incursion after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border

FLEEING HOME. An elderly woman is evacuated from a building in Akcakale, a town near the Turkish border with Syria on October 13, 2019, after it was hit by a rocket reported to be fired from within Syria. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Germany bans weapons sales to Turkey over Syria offensive

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Germany is one of the world's biggest arms exporters along with the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France

Turkey denies targeting U.S. troops in Syria

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says 'there was no shot fired whatsoever on the US observation post'

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border where the Turkish flag is seen in Akcakale on October 10, 2019, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Turkey has vowed to destroy the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) which controls much of northeastern Syria, and set up a "safe zone" for the return of Syrian refugees. A total of 70 people were so far reported injured across Turkish areas. Families were evacuating and streets emptying in Akcakale, as local authorities called on people to take shelter. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Turkey pounds Syrian border towns, sparking exodus

Oct 11, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is heavy fighting between the [Syrian Democratic Forces] and the Turks on different fronts, mostly from Tal Abyad to Ras al-Ain,' the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

FIGHTING. Pro-Turkish Syrian fighters gather near the Turkish village of Akinci along the border with Syria on October 11, 2019, as they prepare to take part in the Turkish-led assault on northeastern Syria. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Turkey within Trump red line; U.S. seeking ceasefire

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The US president, in a week of mixed messages, initially voiced understanding for Turkey before criticizing the offensive and warning of sanctions if the operation is not 'humane'

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border where the Turkish flag is seen in Akcakale on October 10, 2019, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Turkey has vowed to destroy the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) which controls much of northeastern Syria, and set up a "safe zone" for the return of Syrian refugees. A total of 70 people were so far reported injured across Turkish areas. Families were evacuating and streets emptying in Akcakale, as local authorities called on people to take shelter. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Civilians flee as Syria Kurds battle Turkish invasion

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 60,000 people have been displaced in less than a day

CIVILIANS. Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive to Tall Tamr town, in the Syrian northwestern Hasakeh province, after fleeing Turkish bombardment on the northeastern towns along the Turkish border on October 10, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Erdogan threatens EU with refugee influx if criticizes Syria operation

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Turkey currently hosts 3.6 million refugees from the eight-year conflict in Syria – the highest number in the world

ERDOGAN AND EU. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns the EU that Ankara would allow millions of refugees to head to Europe if the bloc criticizes Turkey's military offensive in Syria. File photo by Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

Turkey faces U.S. 'sanctions from hell' after Syria Kurd assault

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Lindsey Graham, a senior US Republican senator who is usually a steadfast supporter of Donald Trump, warns Turkey of 'sanctions from hell'

ATTACK. Turkish army vehicles drive towards the Syrian border near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on October 9, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

U.S. takes custody of two 'high-value' jihadists from Syria Kurds

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:07 AM

(UPDATED) 'I can confirm that we've taken custody of two high-value ISIS individuals from the SDF,' says a US defense official, referring to the Islamic State group and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces

COMBO) This combination of pictures created on February 11, 2018 from two handout images provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on February 10, 2018 shows captured British Islamic State (IS) group fighters El Shafee el-Sheikh (L) and Alexanda Kotey (R), posing for mugshots in an undisclosed location. Two "high-value" jihadists held by Syrian Kurds have been taken into US custody and moved out of the country, a defense official said on October 9, 2019, as reports identified them as notorious British fighters dubbed "The Beatles." Handout / Syrian Democratic Forces / AFP AFPForum

Turkey launches assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:56 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces the start of the attack on Twitter, labeling it 'Operation Peace Spring'

SYRIA KURDS. A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey femicide trial opens after viral video

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:46 PM

The killing of 38-year-old Emine Bulut sparks outrage across Turkey and reignites the debate over mounting violence against women in the country

Turkey to begin Syria offensive 'shortly' despite mixed U.S. signals

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Istanbul sends more armored vehicles to the border with Syria, with a large convoy of dozens of vehicles seen in the Turkish town of Akcakale

A Turkish army's tank drives down from a truck as Turkish armed forces drive towards the border with Syria near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on October 8, 2019. Turkey said on October 8, 2019, it was ready for an offensive into northern Syria, while President Donald Trump insisted the United States had not abandoned its Kurdish allies who would be targeted in the assault. Trump has blown hot and cold since a surprise announcement two days before that Washington was pulling back 50 to 100 "special operators" from Syria's northern frontier. BULENT KILIC / AF

ISIS threat to spread if Turkey invades northern Syria

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Charles Lister, director of the US-based Middle East Institute, says US President Donald Trump was 'granting ISIS the gift of rebirth'

SECURITY TENSIONS. A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Trump threatens Turkey after greenlighting Syria invasion

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:30 AM

'I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane...they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy,' says US President Donald Trump

PULLBACK. A US soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S. forces start Syria border pullback, alarming Kurds

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The move marks a major shift in US policy, and effectively abandons the Kurds, who were Washington's main ally in the years-old battle against the so-called Islamic State group

PATROL. In this file photo taken on September 08, 2019 US troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol with Turkish troops in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Twitter 'like'

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The United States embassy apologizes in a tweet, saying the posting had been 'liked by accident'

Turkish soldiers stand near a Turkish flag in Istanbul on May 1, 2017. Police tried to stop around 200 protesters in the Gayrettepe district on the European side of Istanbul who wanted to walk to the famous square in spite of the ban by city authorities. The protesters -- made up of left-wing groups -- unfurled anti-government banners against the result of the April 16 referendum, which handed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers. / AFP PHOTO / GURCAN OZTURK

Turkey rules 'Rebel Girls' children's book be treated as porn

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:41 AM

'Some stories will have a detrimental influence on the minds of those under the age of 18,' the Turkish government says about 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls', a series of inspiring stories about women of history for young children

Khashoggi suspects made 'chilling' jokes before killing – reports

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Helena Kennedy, a British lawyer assisting the UN probe into Khashoggi's death, says recordings she had heard from inside the kingdom's mission in Turkey referred to the Saudi critic as a 'sacrificial animal'

ONE YEAR AFTER. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) members stand next to dummies with press armbands and jacket piled in front of the Saudi Consulate in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, west of Paris on October 1, 2019 during a protest to mark the one year of the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Turkey 'downs' unidentified drone on Syria border

Sep 30, 2019 - 9:14 AM

The drone detected near the Syrian border by the military intrudes into Turkish airspace 6 times before being shot down by F-16 jets

Turkish women rally against rising violence targeting them

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Protesters remember the brutal killing of Emine Bulut, a 38-year-old who was stabbed to death by her own husband in August

MISOGYNY, FEMICIDE. Women hold signs with different numbers symbolizing the women murders during a protest against gender violence in Istanbul, at Kadikoy on September 28, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in Ankara for the latest summit on the Syrian conflict

SYRIA SUMMIT. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at press conference after a trilateral meeting in Tehran on September 7, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S., Turkey launch joint patrols in northeast Syria

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:59 PM

A joint center of operations has been established as part of the agreement for a 'safe zone' between the Turkish border and the Syrian areas controlled by the YPG

JOINT PATROL. This picture taken on September 8, 2019 shows an US army helicopter flying over Turkish (R) and US (L) armored vehicles which take part in their first joint patrol under a deal reached between Washington and Ankara, at the border with Syria near Akcakale, in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

WATCH: USA survives Turkey scare to win in overtime at World Cup

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Check out the highlights of the overtime game thriller between the United States and Turkey

RELIEF. Kemba Walker and Team USA slip past Turkey by the slimmest of margins. Photo from fiba.basketball

Turkey says Syria Kurds withdrawal 'must be confirmed'

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:43 PM

As part of the US-Turkey deal to create a 'safe zone' in northern Syria, a joint operations center was set up and there will be joint patrols. Turkey hopes the patrols would start 'as soon as possible.'

CONFIRMATION? This file photo shows Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looking on before posing for a family picture during the NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels on June 27, 2019. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Putin, Erdogan meet in Moscow with focus on Syria

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The meeting comes ahead of a September 16 summit in Ankara that will bring together the main foreign players in Syria's conflict – Putin, Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakeshands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they visit the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon opening day in Zhukovsky outside of Moscow on August 27, 2019.  Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP

Syria Kurds say fighters start pullback from Turkish border

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The so-called 'safe zone' agreed by Washington and Ankara aims to create a buffer between the Turkish border and Syrian areas controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units

MEETING. Mazloum Kobani (L), commander-in-chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and Brigadier-General Nicholas Pond (2nd-L), a representative of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) group, attend a meeting with other SDF commanders in the northwestern Syrian city of Hasakah, in the province of the same name, on August 24, 2019. Syria's Kurds have said that they would support the implementation of a US-Turkey deal to set up a buffer zone in their areas along the Turkish border. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Putin, Erdogan to 'activate' cooperation on Syria – Kremlin

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Turkey and Russia back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict but have worked closely, along with Iran, to find a political solution for Syria

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Anti-Assad fighters withdraw from key area of northwest Syria

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:42 AM

After 8 years of civil war, the Idlib region on the border with Turkey is the last major stronghold of opposition to Assad's Russia-backed government

Syrian government forces gather near the town of Khan Shaykhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on August 18, 2019. A Turkish military convoy crossed into jihadist-run northwest Syria on August 19, it's path blocked by advancing regime troops as tensions soared between Damascus and Ankara, which said its forces were targeted by an air strike. AFP

Turkish lawyers threaten boycott of Erdogan's courts ceremony

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:54 PM

At least 42 bar associations say they would not attend the event because they believe the ceremony should take place at the Supreme Court building and not the presidential palace

VICTORY. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkish fact checker becomes target of disinformation

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:32 PM

A right-wing politician claims that the founder of Teyit.org is the son of the leader of a far-left political organization

Damascus rejects Turkey-U.S. plan, Kurds give guarded welcome

Aug 08, 2019 - 9:59 PM

No details are provided on the size or nature of the safe zone, but the deal appears to provide some breathing room after Turkey threatened an imminent attack on the Kurdish People's Protection Units

KURDS. This file photo shows Syrian Kurdish members of the People's Protection Units (YPG) attending the funeral of a slain Kurdish commander in the northeastern city of Qamishli on December 6, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey, U.S. agree 'joint operation center' for north Syria

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The agreement contains no details on the size and nature of the safe zone, but aims to provide some breathing room after Turkey had threatened an imminent attack on the Kurdish YPG group

SAFE HAVEN. A Syrian refugee girl weeps as families board busses returning to neighboring Syria on August 6, 2019, in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Minibus with migrants overturns in Turkey, killing 17

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:56 PM

The governor says there were 67 people on board the minibus which he adds had a capacity of 17 to 18 people

MINIBUS ACCIDENT. Rescue workers and Turkish soldiers carry injured migrants after a minibus accident in Van, eastern Turkey, on July 18, 2019. Photo by Orhan Asan/Demiroren News Agency/AFP

Trial of Turkey opposition politician resumes

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Canan Kaftancioglu is accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish state in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017, as well as making terror propaganda for Kurdish militants

TRIAL. Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul chief Canan Kaftancioglu (R) waves to supporters as she stands on a stage to deliver a speech on July 18, 2019 after her trial in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey court acquits RSF representative of 'terror propaganda'

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Spectators in the courtroom erupt into applause after the acquittals of RSF representative Erol Onderoglu, rights activist Sebnem Korur Fincanci and journalist Ahmet Nesin

EROL ONDEROGLU. In this file photo taken on January 18, 2019 Turkish-French journalist Erol Onderoglu, representative of international rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is pictured in front of Istanbul's courthouse building. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey receives first Russian missile delivery sparking NATO concern

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:51 PM

NATO, which counts Turkey as one of its members, is 'concerned about the potential consequences' of the purchase

ARRIVAL. This picture taken July 12, 2019 shows a Russian Antonov plane after it landed at the Murted military airbase, in Ankara. Turkey receives the first batch of Russia's S-400 missile defense system on July 12, 2019. AFP PHOTO / Demiroren News Agency"

Turkey warns U.S. to avoid steps that harm ties over S-400

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

'We are inviting the US to avoid taking the wrong steps which would exclude diplomacy and dialogue and harm relations,' Turkey's foreign ministry says in a statement

WARNING. Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile launchers roll down the Red Square. File photo by Miaden Antonov/AFP

Turkey issues warrants for over 240 soldiers over alleged coup links

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Istanbul public prosecutor says it issued arrest warrants for 176 active duty military personnel, including a colonel, 5 majors and 100 lieutenants from the different armed forces over alleged links to Fethullah Gulen's movement

Erdogan says Turkey car blast may be terror-linked

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:08 PM

'Our colleagues are looking into who was behind this,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in televised comments

DEADLY BLAST. Security and forensic officials work at the site after a car blast in Reyhanli, Turkey, on July 5, 2019. Photo by Demiroren News Agency (DHA) / AFP)

Police tear gas gay pride paraders in Istanbul

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:44 PM

There are chants of 'shoulder to shoulder against fascism' and 'we will not be quiet' among the crowd with rainbow flags and umbrellas

MARCH. People take part of the Pride March in Ankara. Photo from University of Kadin Kolektifi

'It's a problem': Trump tells Erdogan on Russia missile deal

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Turkey remains committed to the purchase, with Erdogan saying earlier this month: 'We have completed the business'

G20 SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Turkey politician faces 17 years for 'insulting' tweets

Jun 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Canan Kaftancioglu, who heads the Republican People's Party (CHP)'s Istanbul branch, is accused of 'insulting' President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish state in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017

CANAN KAFTANCIOGLU. People chant slogans in front of Caglayan court house in Istanbul on June 28, 2019, in support of Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul chief Canan Kaftancioglu, who faces up to 17 years in prison for allegedly 'insulting the Turkish President' in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Viral video shows lucky catch of falling toddler in Istanbul

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:39 PM

'I was just walking in the road when I saw the little girl at the window. She fell, and thanks to God, I caught her before she hit the ground,' says 17-year-old Fawzi Zabaat

LUCKY. Algerian citizen Fawzi Zabaat (L), 17, poses with Syrian toddler Doha Muhammed he caught as she was falling from the second floor at Fatih district in Istanbul on June 27, 2019. Photo by STR/DHA/AFP

10 migrants dead, 30 hurt in Turkey bus crash – official

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The driver ignores an order by a security official to halt, speeding up instead and crashing into a shop near the Greek border, the office of the governor of Edirne province says in a statement

'Urgent' need for international probe on Khashoggi killing – fiancée

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'There is an urgent need for an international investigation of this murder,' says Hatice Cengiz at an event on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

APPEAL. Turkish writer and fiancee of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi Hatice Cengiz attends a side event during the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 25, 2019. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP