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Turkey raps European Parliament over call to halt Afrin offensive in Syria

Added: 17.03.2018 10:08 | 0 views | 0 comments

Turkey slammed a motion approved by the European Parliament on Thursday that calls for a halt to Ankara's military offensive in northern Syria's Afrin region, saying it demonstrated "clear support" for militants. The non-binding motion also urges Turkey to remove its troops from Afrin, where Ankara is targeting the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in an offensive launched nearly two months ago. The Parliament's motion stressed "the need to focus on defeating the U.N.-listed terrorist organizations", a reference to Islamic State and other militant Islamist groups operating in Syria.

U.S. Pares Back Use of Turkish Base Amid Strains With Ankara

Added: 12.03.2018 7:07 | 0 views | 0 comments

The U.S. military has sharply reduced combat operations at Incirlik air base and is considering permanent cutbacks there, according to U.S. officials.

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Turkish forces reach outskirts of Afrin town: monitor

Added: 10.03.2018 21:10 | 0 views | 0 comments

Turkish forces have reached the outskirts of the town of Afrin after a weeks-long campaign against a Kurdish militia in northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group said on Saturday. Turkey and allied Syrian rebel groups it supports are advancing on the town from the east under intense bombardment, the Britain-based Observatory said. Ankara launched its offensive in the Afrin region on its border in January, aiming to drive out the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the PKK group that has fought a three-decade insurgency inside Turkey.

Turkey ready to enter Kurdish-held Syrian town

Added: 09.03.2018 21:08 | 2 views | 0 comments

March 10, 2018 5:00 AM
ANKARA • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkish forces and allied rebels could enter the centre of the Kurdish-held Syrian town of Afrin "at any moment", a day after the capture of another key strategic town.


Turkey: 2 opposition journalists released until trial ends

Added: 09.03.2018 20:29 | 2 views | 0 comments

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court in Istanbul has ordered two journalists for the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper released from prison pending the conclusion of their trial on terror charges. Anadolu Agency reported that the court ruled Friday that Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu and prominent investigative journalist Ahmet Sik are to ...]

Turkey clears key obstacle in tough Syria operation

Added: 09.03.2018 4:05 | 2 views | 0 comments

Turkey has reached a key milestone in its operation against Kurdish militia inside Syria by taking the town of Jandairis, boosting its chances of successfully completing a tough campaign that has claimed the lives of dozens of Turkish troops. Ankara launched operation "Olive Branch" against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on January 20, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing it would be "finished in a very short time".

[Opinion] Does the EU have a Syria strategy?

Added: 08.03.2018 13:02 | 3 views | 0 comments

Instability in the Mediterranean region is not in the long-term interest of Europe - that means mobilising leverage that the EU has in other areas to incentivise hard-nosed actors in Moscow, Tehran and Ankara to agree to the EU's vision.

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Turkey urges US to stop Kurdish militia's Afrin advance

Added: 08.03.2018 6:28 | 1 views | 0 comments

Turkey on Wednesday asked the United States to stop Kurdish militia forces deemed "terrorists" by Ankara from moving to Syria's Afrin region to battle against Turkish military operation. The Turkish army on January 20 launched an operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in their enclave of Afrin near the border. The Pentagon said on Monday Turkey's Afrin offensive caused an "operational pause" in their operations against the Islamic State (IS) group.

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