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Quake in Iran kills 8 in neighboring Turkey

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) 21 people are injured after the magnitude 5.7 quake, with 8 of them in critical condition

Turkish soldier killed by regime fire in Syria's Idlib

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Turkey has 12 observation posts in Idlib as part of a Turkey-Russia deal, but Ankara's forces have come under attack this month from Syrian regime force

CONVOY. Residents watch as a Turkish military convoy that crossed from the border with Syria, passes through the Syrian rebel-held town of Hazano in Idlib's northern countryside, on February 22, 2020. Photo by Aaref Watad/AFP

Russia warns Turkey, blocks U.N. bid to end Syria bloodshed

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Syrian aid workers call urgently for a ceasefire and international help for nearly a million people fleeing the regime onslaught

TUNNEL. Turkish-backed Syrian fighters inspect a tunnel, said to have been built by Kurdish fighters, in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, on October 21, 2019. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Russia warns against Turkey operation in Syria

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch an operation in Idlib by the end of the month if Damascus fails to withdraw its troops behind Turkish military positions

WARNING. Turkish military M60T tanks drive through the village of Matarim in the south of Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, near the M4 motorway that connects Aleppo with Latakia, on February 17, 2020. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Turkey arrests suspected ex-ISIS executioner

Feb 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The 50-year-old Syrian, known by his nickname 'Abu Taki al-Shami,' is arrested at a construction site in the Bursa province of northwest Turkey

Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:04 AM

A Russian-backed offensive has triggered the largest wave of displacement in Syria's civil war, with 800,000 people fleeing since December, the United Nations says

BLACK CLOUD. Smoke billows following reported bombardment by Syrian regime forces on the town of Kafr Ruma in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on January 27, 2020. Photo by Omar Haj KadourAFP

How China spies on Uyghurs in Turkey

Feb 16, 2020 - 3:47 PM

WhatsApp and WeChat are used to intimidate and surveil Uyghurs

SPYING ON UYGHURS. Illustration by Gogi Kamushadze for Coda Story.

Syria parliament recognizes Armenian genocide

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The Armenians seek international recognition that the mass killings of their people under the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1917 amounted to genocide. They say 1.5 million died.

MEMORIAL. In this file photo taken on May 7, 2018, a man visits the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan. Photo by Sergei Gapon/AFP

Turkey, Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to strike Syrian regime forces 'everywhere' if his soldiers come under renewed attack

TENSION. Syrian government forces deploy near the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the southern part of Syria's northern Aleppo province on February 10, 2020. AFP file photo

Syria regime helicopter downed as Ankara threatens Damascus

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:26 AM

The advance marks another step in President Bashar al-Assad's campaign to retake Syria's last rebel-held pocket

REMAINS. Syrian rebel fighters gather around the burning remains of a military helicopter after it was shot down over the village of Qaminas, about 6 kilometres southeast of Idlib city in northwestern Syria on February 11, 2020. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Syrian regime shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Idlib

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The barrage also wounds 5 soldiers in the violence-plagued northwest, prompting the Turkish military to respond by 'destroying targets'

SYRIA'S IDLIB. A Turkish military convoy passes through the town of Binnish in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, near the Syria-Turkey border on February 10, 2020. Photo by Muhammad Haj Kadour/AFP

3 dead, scores hurt, in Turkey plane accident

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:34 AM

The plane skids off the runway at an Istanbul airport, catches fire, and splits into 3

SPLIT. Rescuers work to extract passengers from the crash of a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 airplane, after it skidded off the runway upon landing at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul on February 5, 2020. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Plane skids off runway in Istanbul, breaks into 2

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:00 AM

It is not known how many people have been injured, but officials say no one died

Erdogan urges Russia to 'assume its obligations' in Syria's Idlib

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Turkey, which already hosts more than 3.7 million Syrians, fears a further influx of refugees fleeing violence in Idlib

SITE. A Syrian man clears debris at the site of helicopter gunfire which reportedly killed nine people near the northwestern Syrian village of Barisha in the Idlib province along the border with Turkey on October 27, 2019, where "groups linked to the Islamic State group" were present, according to a Britain-based war monitor with sources inside Syria. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Syria regime forces recapture most of key rebel-held town

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Maaret al-Numan is a semi-deserted town of symbolic and strategic importance in Syria's last major rebel-held bastion

BLACK CLOUD. Smoke billows following reported bombardment by Syrian regime forces on the town of Kafr Ruma on the outskirts of Maaret al-Numan, in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on January 27, 2020.Photo by Omar Haj KadourAFP

Turkey quake death toll rises to 31

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Rescuers scramble over the weekend to search for and rescue people alive from under the rubble

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Turkish officials and police work at the scene of a collapsed building following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey on January 24, 2020. Photo by Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Rescuers scramble to find survivors after Turkey quake kills 22

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:19 PM

The magnitude 6.8 earthquake causes buildings to collapse and kills at least 22 people

Rescue workers carry a survivor on a stretcher at the site of a collapsed residential building after an earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey, on January 25, 2020. - A powerful earthquake has killed at least 21 people and injured more than 1,000 in eastern Turkey, as rescue teams searched through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors on January 25, 2020. (Photo by STR / MEZOPOTAMYA AGENCY / AFP) / Turkey OUT

Europe will face terror threat if Tripoli govt falls – Erdogan

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:34 PM

World powers are trying to mediate a lasting ceasefire at the international conference in Berlin

CEASEFIRE TALKS. Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar leaves after talks with Greek Foreign Minister in Athens, on January 17, 2020, days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of Tripoli's UN-recognized government are expected to attend. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Libya's GNA accepts ceasefire with Haftar

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The acceptance of the ceasefire is in response to calls from Turkey and Russia, who have emerged as key players in the Libyan arena

GNA HEAD. In this file photo, Libya's Fayez al-Sarraj holds a cabinet meeting in the Libyan capital Tripoli on December 19, 2019. Photo by AFP

Saudi Arabia slams Turkish approval of Libya deployment

Jan 05, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Analysts warn that Turkey's deployment of troops risks plunging Libya deeper into a Syrian-style proxy war between regional powers

YES VOTES. Turkish members of parliament vote to send Turkish troops to Libya, in Ankara, on January 2, 2020. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Greek PM on White House trip amid Turkey tension

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:46 PM

US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt says Washington sees Greece as 'a critical pillar of regional stability'

WHITE HOUSE VISIT. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to fly to the United States on January 7, 2020. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

China took their parents: The Uighur refugee children of Turkey

Dec 31, 2019 - 12:03 PM

One school in Istanbul turns into an impromptu orphanage for Uighur child refugees, whose parents disappeared in China

CHINA TOOK THEIR PARENTS. Uighur childen attend an English lesson in a school of Silivri district in Istanbul on November 29, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

France, Egypt urge 'restraint' to avoid Libya escalation

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed readiness this month to send troops to Libya if requested by the country's Government of National Accord

AIRSTRIKE. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Turkey arrests 100 ISIS suspects

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) More than 40 Iraqis, around 20 Syrians, and 1 Moroccan are among those detained across 6 provinces in recent days

Turkey says will not withdraw from army posts in Syria's Idlib

Dec 29, 2019 - 4:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'We respect the agreement reached with Russia and we expect Russia to abide by this agreement,' says Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar

NOT BACKING DOWN. In this file photo, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looks on before posing for a family picture during the NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels on June 27, 2019. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Turkey court gives jail terms to opposition journalists

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:43 PM

A higher court is due to decide whether to uphold the sentences, adding that the journalists, who face terrorism charges, are currently free

Turkey top court rules Wikipedia ban breaches free speech

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Turkish officials say the measure was needed as Wikipedia had failed to remove content deemed false from its pages that linked Turkey with terror groups

Erdogan says parliament to vote in January on Libya troop deployment

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:18 PM

'We will present the motion to send troops (to Libya) as soon as parliament resumes' on January 7, Erdogan says in a speech in Ankara

MOTION. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes the motion to send troops to Libya will be passed in parliament between January 8 and 9. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Car bomb kills 8 in Turkey-controlled Syria town

Dec 24, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Turkish defense ministry puts the blame on Kurdish forces who controlled the town before troops and Syrian proxies seized it during a military offensive in October


U.N. expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:29 PM

The UN experts conclude 'the arms embargo was ineffective, and resulted in regular maritime and air transfers to Libya of military material'

IN RUINS. In this file photo taken on October 14, 2019, Libyans check the site of an air strike in which three children were killed and others wounded on the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Trump ignores controversy to host Turkey's Erdogan

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:24 PM

On the day the impeachment process shifts to public hearings in Congress, Trump's meeting and joint press conference with Erdogan at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue promises extra fireworks

TRUMP-ERDOGAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on July 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump (L) speaks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the opening ceremony of the NATO summit, at its headquarters in Brussels. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

United Nations report finds Jordan, Turkey, UAE violated Libya arms embargo

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The 3 countries 'routinely and sometimes blatantly supplied weapons with little effort to disguise the source,' a summary of a year-long study by UN experts says

LIBYA. This picture taken on June 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising in Tajoura, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following a reported airstrike by forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Turkey says it captured sister of dead ISIS leader

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:18 PM

A senior Turkish official says the arrest could be 'an intelligence gold mine'

CAPTURED. This handout undated picture taken and released by the press service of the Turkish government shows Rasmiya Awad, believed to be the sister of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was captured in the northern Syrian town of Azaz by Turkish security officials, seen in an unknown location. HANDOUT / TURKISH GOVERNMENT / AFP

Turkey begins joint patrols with Russia in northern Syria

Nov 01, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The soldiers head to the east of Derbasiyeh in a convoy of Turkish and Russian military vehicles to patrol a strip of territory several dozen kilometers long, according to Turkish military sources

PATROL. A picture taken on November 1, 2019 shows Turkish and Russian military vehicles driving on a road during a joint patrol near the Turkish border town of Kiziltepe, in Mardin province. Photo by Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Syria's Assad says he does not want Turkey as an 'enemy'

Nov 01, 2019 - 2:16 PM

However the Syrian president says that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself was an 'enemy' due to policies hostile to Syria

NOT ENEMY. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 31, 2019 shows President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a special broadcast interview in Syria's capital Damascus. Photo by SANA/AFP

Joy in Armenia, fury in Turkey as U.S. House recognizes 'genocide'

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Turkey strongly denies the accusation of genocide and says that both Armenians and Turks died as a result of the First World War

HISTORIC. In this file photo taken on May 7, 2018,a man visits the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan. File photo by Sergei Gapon/AFP

Erdogan to clear 'terrorists' from Syria border if Sochi deal fails

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges the international community to support establishing a 'safe zone' for some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey

STANDING BY. Members of the Russian military police patrol in the the northeastern Syrian city of Kobane on October 23, 2019. Photo by AFP

Moscow, Damascus deploy forces to Syria-Turkey border

Oct 25, 2019 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow says 300 Russian military police have arrived in Syria to help ensure Kurdish forces withdraw to a line 30 kilometers from the border in line with the Sochi agreement

STANDING BY. Members of the Russian military police patrol in the the northeastern Syrian city of Kobane on October 23, 2019. Photo by AFP

Kurdish forces start Syria-Turkey border pullback

Oct 24, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have pulled out of some areas at the eastern end of the border

SYRIA CONFLICT. Mourners attend the funeral of 3 Syrian Democratic Forces' fighters killed in battles against Turkey-led forces in the flashpoint town of Ras al-Ain along the border, on October 24, 2019 in the Syrian Kurdish town of Qamishli. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

More than 100 Islamic State prisoners have escaped in Syria – US envoy

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'We would say the number is now over 100. We do not know where they are,' James Jeffrey, the State Department point man on Syria

James Jeffrey, State Department special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 23, 2019. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

Russian forces head for Syrian-Turkish border in blow to Kurds

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian defense ministry says a convoy of Russian military police had crossed the Euphrates River and 'advanced towards the Syrian-Turkish border'

AT THE BORDER. Members of the Russian military police patrol in the the northeastern Syrian city of Kobane on October 23, 2019. Photo by AFP

U.S. says it counts on Turkey, Kurds to fight an ISIS resurgence

Oct 23, 2019 - 8:24 AM

'If they are not forced to face off against each other, we can rely on both of them against ISIS,' US Special Representative for Syria and the anti-ISIS coalition James Jeffrey tells a US senate panel

THE ISIS FIGHT. James Jeffrey, State Department special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, testifies during a hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee October 22, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Russia, Turkey reach 'historic' deal on Syria border

Oct 23, 2019 - 7:43 AM

(UPDATED) The agreement cements Russia and Turkey's roles as the main foreign players in Syria

DEAL. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a joint press conference following their talks in the Black sea resort of Sochi on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Dianne Medina, Rodjun Cruz's prenup shoot in Turkey

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Dianne and Rodjun have been engaged since 2017

Erdogan warns Syria offensive will resume unless Kurds complete withdrawal

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:27 PM

'If the promises given to our country by the United States are not kept, we will continue our operation from where we left off with greater determination,' Erdogan says

ERDOGAN'S WARNING. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the extended meeting with provincial heads of ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Turkey, on October 10, 2019.  File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey outlines 'safe zone' plan ahead of key deadline

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:28 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, accuses Western countries of 'standing by terrorists' in failing to support Turkey's operation

INSPECTION. Turkish-backed Syrian fighters inspect a tunnel, said to have been built by Kurdish fighters, in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, on October 21, 2019. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Kurdish fighters withdraw from besieged Syria town

Oct 21, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The Kurds agree to withdraw from an Arab-majority stretch of border from Tal Abyad to Ras al-Ain, around 120 kilometers. Turkey ultimately wants a much longer 'safe zone' of 440 kilometers along the frontier.

SEIZED. A picture taken on October 20, 2019, shows armored personnel carriers provided by Ankara in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad which was seized by Turkey-backed forces last week. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

U.S. forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:48 PM

It is the fourth withdrawal of American forces in a week, and leaves Syria's northern provinces of Aleppo and Raqa devoid of US troops

WITHDRAWAL. US military vehicles drive on a street in the town of Tal Tamr on October 20, 2019, after pulling out of their base. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkish soldier killed in Syrian Kurd attack, says defense ministry

Oct 20, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Turkey and Kurdish forces accuse one another for violating the ceasefire agreement

TURKISH TROOPS. In this file photo, Turkish military vehicles, part of a US military convoy, take part in joint patrol in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border with Turkey, on October 4, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish forces if no pullout

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'If the promises given to our country are not kept, as we did in the past we will not wait and restart the operation as soon as the time we have given ends,' says Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

'CRUSH HEADS'. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens he will not back down if Kurdish forces fail to pull out from the proposed safe zone. AFP file photo