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Erdogan Vows to Crush Kurd YPG if It Doesn’t Leave: Syria Update

(Bloomberg) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to resume Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria if they don’t withdraw by the end of a U.S.-brokered five-day truce on Tuesday night.Kurdish and Turkish officials have repeatedly accused each other of violating a truce announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a safe zone along the border. Turkey denied claims by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces that no ...


Trump Is a Weak Man in a Strongman’s World

Without his bodyguard of generals, the president is becoming the overseas arsonist his 2016 critics feared.
Tags: United States International Relations, United States Politics and Government, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip, Trump, Donald J, Syria, United States


Turkey wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants Syrian government forces to move out of areas near the Turkish border so it can resettle up to 2 million refugees there, his spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday, adding that Erdogan will raise the issue in talks next week with Syria's ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Government troops have moved in to several locations in northeastern Syria this week, invited by Kurdish-led fighters to protect them from Turkey's invasion.


Erdoğan threatens to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish fighters refusing to withdraw

Turkey-US deal asks Kurdish forces to vacate designated ‘safe zone’ in northern Syria during five-day ceasefireRecep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish president, has said his country would “crush the heads” of Kurdish militants if they did not withdraw from a planned “safe zone” in northern Syria.On Thursday following an intervention from the US, Turkey agreed to pause its military offensive in north-eastern Syria for five days while Kurdish fighters withdrew from the safe zone.
Tags: Syria, Turkey, World news, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Kurds, Middle East and North Africa


Erdogan says Turkey to resume Syria offensive if truce deal falters

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and "crush the heads of terrorists" if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the area was not fully implemented. Erdogan agreed on Thursday in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a five-day pause in the offensive to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a "safe zone" Turkey aims to establish in northeast Syria near the Turkish border. In th...


The Endgame in Syria

"The slaughter going on in Syria is not a consequence of American presence. It's a consequence of a withdrawal and a betrayal by this president of American allies and American values."      —Pete Buttigieg, October 15Mr. Mayor has a point. For 75 years, from Fulda Gap to the 38th parallel, the American soldier has been the last line of defense against violence, chaos, and oppression. From Kosovo to Anbar, he has kept a lid on cauldrons of bloodlust. Remove him, and the poison boils over.Tha...


Kurdish General Said to Reject Turkish Occupation: Syria Update

(Bloomberg) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined his understanding of the Turkish-patrolled “safe zone” in northern Syria, saying the U.S. and Russia should also play a role in maintaining a corridor that he wants to stretch along a vast section of Turkey’s border.A deal reached with a top U.S. delegation on Thursday -- which secured a 120-hour cease-fire -- required Kurdish fighters to withdraw from an area 444 km long and 32 km deep, the president told foreign reporters in Istanbul on Fr...
Tags: Europe, News, Congress, France, Angela Merkel, Islamic State, Russia, Defense, Eu, Bloomberg, European Union, Turkey, Syria, United States, Nato, Middle East


Amid scattered fighting, Erdogan threatens to restart Syria operation

Mustefa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Turkey, however, of violating the ceasefire deal reached during a visit to Ankara on Thursday by US Vice President Mike Pence. "Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital" in the border town of Ras al-Ain in northeastern Syria, he said.
Tags: News, US, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Ankara, Mike Pence, Ras Al Ain, Mustefa Bali, Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces SDF


‘Necessary Action Will be Taken.’ Turkish President Erdogan Says He Won’t Forget Trump’s ‘Tough Guy’ Letter

Erdogan is expected to meet Trump in Washington on Nov. 13
Tags: News, Washington, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Turkey, Erdogan, Trump, Onetime


Fact check: Trump parrots Putin and Erdogan's talking points on Syria

In defending the recent withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, President Donald Trump has continued to cite reasons that are not only factually dubious but which also mirror talking points issued by Turkey and Russia, contradicting US officials and the facts on the ground.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, US, Turkey, Syria, Stories, Erdogan, Donald Trump


'Don't be a tough guy': Donald Trump pens letter to Turkish President Erdogan after Syria phone call

A letter dated three days after Trump spoke to Erdogan by phone warns of sanctions against Ankara if Turkey invades northern Syria.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Trump, Ankara, Don


Syria Truce Shaky as Erdogan, Kurds Disagree on What It Means

(Bloomberg) -- Kurdish fighters say they have no intention of withdrawing from Syria’s entire northeastern border -- but that’s exactly what Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expects to happen under the cease-fire accord brokered by the U.S. on Thursday.The conflicting interpretations point to the fragility of the five-day truce deal, which is already being tested with reports of continuing skirmishes between Turkish forces and Syria’s Kurdish YPG militia, which is part of an autonomous adm...
Tags: News, Bloomberg, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara, Mike Pence, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Justin, Ras, Lin Noueihed, Euphrates River, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Tal Abyad


AP Top Stories October 18 A

Here's the latest for Friday, Oct. 18th: Erdogan says Turkey will resume offensive if Syrian fighters aren't pulled; White House acknowledges Ukraine aid hold up tied to demands; First all-female space walk; Key West Fantasy Fest to kick off.         [Author: AP Domestic]
Tags: News, White House, Turkey, Ukraine, Ap, Erdogan, AP Domestic


Erdogan says Turkey hasn't 'forgotten' Trump's 'tough guy' letter on Syria invasion

Turkey's president says of Donald Trump's letter: "Of course we haven't forgotten it. It would not be right for us to forget it."         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Trump


Erdogan threatens to restart Syria operation Tuesday if deal not respected

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday warned that Ankara would restart its operation against Kurdish forces in Syria on Tuesday evening if they did not withdraw from a "safe zone". Turkey has agreed to suspend its offensive for five days in northern Syria while Kurdish fighters withdraw from the area, after high stake talks with US Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara.
Tags: News, US, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara, Mike Pence


Erdoğan says Trump's letter showed lack of respect – live

Turkish president said he would respond to Trump’s letter telling him not to be a ‘tough guy’ or fool ‘when the time comes’Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 3.18pm BST The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said that Trump’s letter to him urging caution in Syria showed a lack of respect, and he warned that he would respond to it in time. Wow. #Erdogan tells news conference the letter sent by @realDonaldTrump telling him not to be a ‘tough guy’ wasn’t in line with di...
Tags: Republicans, US, US news, Syria, Democrats, US politics, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Nancy Pelosi, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Elijah Cummings, Baltimore Sun, Trump Administration, US elections 2020


Trump mocked and criticized by ex-military leaders including Mattis – live

Ex-defense secretary said president ‘earned his spurs from a doctor’ while Gen Barry McCaffrey slammed Syria policy as ‘inexplicable’Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.17pm BST Republican senator Mitt Romney delivered a blistering critique of Trump’s Syria policy in a Senate floor speech yesterday, calling the US abandonment of the Kurds “a bloodstain on the annals of American history.” But as the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake noted, Romney also interestingly suggested t...
Tags: Republicans, Washington Post, Senate, Defense, US, Turkey, US news, Syria, Democrats, US politics, Meryl Streep, Mitt Romney, Erdogan, Nancy Pelosi, US Congress, Donald Trump


Turkey’s Victory Over Donald Trump

The Turkish president got what he wanted — as did Russia and Iran.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Pence, Recep Tayyip, Vladimir V, Donald J, United States International Relations


Pence and Erdoğan agree on ceasefire plan but Kurds reject 'occupation'

Mike Pence strikes deal with Turkish president in AnkaraAgreement appears to cement key Turkish objectivesThe Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has agreed with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to suspend Ankara’s operation on Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria for the next five days in order to allow Kurdish troops to withdraw, potentially halting the latest bloodshed in Syria’s long war.Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters would pull back from Turkey’s proposed 20-mile (32km) de...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Ankara, Mike Pence, Pence, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mike Pompeo


Mike Pence: US and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria – video

US vice president Mike Pence on Thursday announced that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had agreed to a ceasefire in Syria, where Turkey had launched an offensive on Kurdish forces once allied with the US in the fight against the Islamic State group. Ankara will suspend its operation on Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria for the next five days in order to allow Kurdish troops to withdrawPence and Erdoğan agree on ceasefire plan to allow Kurdish withdrawal Continue reading...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara, Mike Pence


Pence announces Syria ceasefire that appears to give Turkey everything it wants

US Vice President Mike Pence announced in Turkey Thursday that he and Turkish President Erdogan agreed to a ceasefire halting Turkey's incursion into northern Syria, which was launched after President Donald Trump effectively gave Turkey the go ahead on a phone call with Erdogan earlier this month.
Tags: US, Turkey, Syria, Cnn, Erdogan, Donald Trump, Mike Pence


Romney Demands Answers from White House on Syria Decision: ‘American Honor Has Already Been Tarnished’

A day after he called President Trump’s handling of Turkey's invasion of northern Syria “unacceptable,” Senator Mitt Romney (R., Utah) gave a speech on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon demanding answers from the administration, and proposing that public hearings be held by the Senate to look into what he called “a blood stain in the annals of American history.”Romney’s speech came several hours after Vice President Mike Pence announced that a ceasefire agreement had been reached with Turk...
Tags: Utah, News, Senate, White House, Russia, America, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Middle East, Mitt Romney, Erdogan, Assad, Trump, Mike Pence, Romney


How The President’s Lawyer Became Our Shadow Secretary Of State

He has no position in government, but he sure acts like he does. We’re learning, on a near-daily basis, about the ways in which Rudy Giulaini has used official channels to pursue his own interests and those of his clients. And his most famous client, the President, has at times encouraged it. And it’s not just in Ukraine. In 2017, before he officially joined Trump’s team, Giuliani repeatedly urged Trump to eject the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States, the Washington Post re...
Tags: Energy, News, Congress, Washington Post, White House, Eu, Bloomberg, Turkey, Iran, Ukraine, Pennsylvania, United States, House, Rick Perry, Rex, Erdogan


U.S. Democrats Pelosi, Schumer call agreement with Turkey to pause Syria assault a 'sham'

The agreement "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted. President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement.
Tags: News, America, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, Pelosi Schumer


Pence and Erdoğan agree on ceasefire plan to allow Kurdish withdrawal

Mike Pence strikes deal with Turkish president in AnkaraCeasefire in northern Syria to last five days The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has agreed with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to suspend Ankara’s operation on Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria for the next five days in order to allow Kurdish troops to withdraw, potentially halting the latest bloodshed in Syria’s long war.Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters would pull back from Turkey’s proposed 20-mile (32km) deep “...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Ankara, Mike Pence, Pence, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mike Pompeo


What his letter to Erdoğan tells us about Donald Trump

US president’s letter to his Turkish counterpart is ‘the product of an amateur’, say criticsWe now know – not that there was ever much doubt – that Donald Trump writes presidential letters like he talks – with a blustery mix of flattery and threats. His letter to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has all the charm and elegance of an eviction notice from a slumlord, but on White House stationery.Those who have observed him the longest say this is how he has always expressed himself. Th...
Tags: White House, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump


What the letter to Erdoğan tells us about Donald Trump

Critics say Donald Trump’s letter to Turkish president ‘is product of an amateur’We now know – not that there was ever much doubt – that Donald Trump writes presidential letters like he talks – with a blustery mix of flattery and threats. His letter to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has all the charm and elegance of an eviction notice from a slumlord, but on White House stationery.Those who have observed him the longest say this is how he has always expressed himself. The most rema...
Tags: White House, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump


Pence said operation would end when Kurdish forces complete withdrawal

US Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that he and President Erdogan of Turkey agreed to a ceasefire halting Turkey's incursion into northern Syria.
Tags: News, US, Turkey, Stories, Erdogan, Mike Pence, Pence


Pence says ceasefire agreed in Syria

US Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that he and President Erdogan of Turkey agreed to a ceasefire halting Turkey's incursion into northern Syria.
Tags: US, Turkey, Syria, Cnn, Erdogan, Mike Pence


Pence Announces Vague Temporary Ceasefire For Turkish Invasion Trump Greenlit

More than a week after Turkey began its invasion of northern Syria, which President Donald Trump effectively green-lit, Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday announced that a vague temporary ceasefire had been brokered. Though Pence referred to the agreement as a ceasefire, the Turkish foreign minister declined to use that term to describe the arrangement. Trump has faced bipartisan outrage over what was essentially his endorsement of the Turkish operation, in the form of an announcement thre...
Tags: News, Islamic State, US, Turkey, Syria, United States, Kobani, Kurds, Ceasefire, Erdogan, Donald Trump, Fort Worth, Trump, Mike Pence, Pence, Ayla Jean Yackley



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