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‘We Syrians are being used as political tools... yet again’

Despite last week’s US-brokered truce, fighting continues on the Turkish-Syrian borderIt’s an unusually hot autumn in the plains of southern Turkey, where in some places nothing but wire fencing is all that separates this country from the chaos that has engulfed Syria over the last eight years.Cotton, pistachio and olive trees grow on both sides of the border. But plumes of black smoke are only rising above towns on the Syrian side. Continue reading...
Tags: Turkey, Syria, Islamic State, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, War crimes, World news, Middle East and North Africa


Afghanistan mosque bombing: death toll rises

State blames Taliban for blasts targeting worshippers during Friday prayersPolice and local residents were searching for bodies in the rubble of a mosque in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, after bomb blaststhat killed at least 69 people during Friday prayers.The explosives had been placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. Continue reading...
Tags: Islamic State, World news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Nangarhar, Haska Mena, Jawdara


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


Mosque bombing kills 62 people in eastern Afghanistan

Militant attack caused roof to collapse as worshippers met for Friday prayersSixty-two people have died after an explosion at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan caused the roof to collapse on worshippers gathered for Friday prayers. The attack underscored the record numbers of civilians dying in the country’s 18-year war.Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said the militant attack wounded 36 others. He said it was not immediately clear whether the mosque was attac...
Tags: Islamic State, World news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Nangarhar, Attahullah Khogyani


Officials: Blast at Afghan Mosque Kills 62 During Prayers

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially Nangarhar province.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Afghanistan, Taliban


Belgium to evacuate Isis suspects from Syria detention camps

Other European states also preparing to repatriate citizens accused of Isis links via safe zoneBelgium and other European states are preparing to evacuate citizens accused of having links to Islamic State from detention camps in north-eastern Syria through a newly declared safe zone being carved out by Turkish forces along the border.Belgian officials informed family members of detainees held in two camps on Friday that they would attempt to take advantage of a five-day ceasefire to retrieve nat...
Tags: Isis, France, Germany, Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Belgium, The Guardian, Mike Pence


Fighting continues on Syria-Turkey border despite ceasefire

Artillery fire and ground clashes reported in violation of US-brokered five-day truceFighting is continuing on the border between Syria and Turkey, according to witnesses, despite an announcement from the US vice-president, Mike Pence, that Ankara had agreed to a five-day ceasefire to allow the US supervision of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the area.Intermittent artillery fire and ground clashes continued in the border town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday morning, one of the two main targets of...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara, Mike Pence, Syria Turkey, Ras al Ayn, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF Continue


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 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


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


US delegation seeks Syria ceasefire after Trump undercuts mission

Mike Pence heads to Ankara as US president contradicts official assessment on Turkish offensiveA senior US delegation faces the mammoth task of pressuring Turkey to halt its offensive in north-east Syria or face US sanctions, hours after Donald Trump declared the US has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America’s partners against Islamic State extremists.The US vice-president, Mike Pence, is leading the delegation to Ankara, along with the secretary of state, Mi...
Tags: White House, Islamic State, US, America, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Ankara, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo


US delegation to seek a cease-fire with Turkey and Kurds

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. delegation faces the herculean task of pressuring Turkey to accept a cease-fire in Northern Syria, hours after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America’s partners against Islamic State extremists. Vice President Mike Pence, heading a U.S. […]
Tags: News, Washington, Islamic State, US, America, Turkey, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Northern Syria, Nation & World


The Latest: US airstrikes destroy ammo left behind in Syria

Two U.S. fighter jets launched airstrikes Wednesday to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria. The factory had served as a coordination center for the U.S.-led coalition and Kurdish forces in the fight against the Islamic State group. Most of the 1,000 U.S. forces in Syria are being withdrawn over the coming days and weeks because of the Turkish invasion into northern Syria and the attack on Kurdish forces.
Tags: News, Islamic State, US, Syria, Kobani Syria


Yes, This Completely Unhinged Letter From Trump To Erdogan Is Real

Yes, it’s real. A frantic, unhinged, “no way it’s real” letter from President Donald Trump to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is authentic, the White House confirmed to TPM Wednesday. Dated three days after Trump essentially gave Turkey a green light to invade Northern Syria, the tone in Trump’s Oct. 9 message to Erdogan sounded a lot different than the formal announcement a few days earlier. “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Trump pleaded with Erdogan. “I will call you later.” ...
Tags: News, White House, Islamic State, Turkey, Syria, Ukraine, United States, House, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Northern Syria, Trish Regan, Matt Shuham


Erdogan Lays Out Condition to End Syria Offensive: Syria Update

(Bloomberg) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey’s military operation in Syria could end after Kurdish fighters leave a strip of territory along its border, laying out his key condition for ending an offensive that has drawn American sanctions and roiled markets.The U.S. decision to stand aside when Turkey advanced into Syria to push back Kurdish groups controlling the northeast has reconfigured old alliances and taken Syria’s eight-year-old civil war into uncharted territory.Kurdish-le...
Tags: New York, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Islamic State, Russia, Bloomberg, Turkey, Iran, Syria, United States, Kobani, Manhattan, Erdogan


Europe can’t keep shutting its eyes to the disaster in Syria | Natalie Nougayrède

We have to break out of our narrow navel-gazing: this is the Spanish civil war of our timesThese past few days have been a watershed for Europe. I’m not thinking about Brexit, but about Syria – which increasingly looks like our 21st-century Spanish civil war. Western and European defeat in Syria (by which I mean political and moral, not just military defeat) has parallels with the 1930s when democracies were unable or unwilling to stand up to authoritarians when it mattered, or even to play any ...
Tags: Europe, Islamic State, European Union, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Donald Trump, Brexit, Natalie Nougayrède, Russia Iran


Biden warns Isis fighters will strike US over Syria withdrawal

Former vice-president said at Democratic debate ‘they are going to damage’ the US and blasted Trump for abandoning Kurdish alliesThe former US vice-president Joe Biden warned during a Democratic debate on Tuesday night that Islamic State fighters would strike the US as a result of Donald Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of American forces in northern Syria.“We have Isis that’s going to come here,” Biden said. “They are going to damage the United States of America. That’s why we got involved in the firs...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Democratic, United States of America, US elections 2020


Fearing US abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Syria’s Kurdish fighters, America’s longtime battlefield allies against the Islamic State, announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical whiplash. But in fact, the move had been in the works for more than a year. Fearing […]
Tags: News, Washington, Islamic State, US, America, Syria, Ap, Nation, Moscow, Damascus


Turkey slams 'dirty deal' between Syria's Assad and Kurdish forces

Turkey dismissed global opposition to its military operation in Syria on Tuesday and slammed a "dirty deal" between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and Kurdish forces as US troops began their withdrawal from the battle zone. Turkey's operation against Kurdish militants in Syria, launched a week ago, has been widely criticised by the international community, with the US, a NATO ally, slapping sanctions on Ankara. "We will continue to combat all terrorist groups, including Daesh (the Islamic ...
Tags: News, Islamic State, US, Turkey, Syria, Nato, Assad, Bashar Al Assad, Ankara, Fahrettin Altun


Trump Just Created a Moral and Strategic Disaster

As desperate Kurds ally with Assad in Syria, the specter of the Islamic State threatens again, and American power dims.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Syria, Kurds, Assad, Trump, Donald J, United States International Relations, Civilian Casualties, Defense and Military Forces


Putin’s Syria Gambit Delivers Again as Trump Sidelines U.S.

(Bloomberg) -- The Turkish troops who poured into Syria to battle Kurdish fighters abandoned by the U.S. may have inadvertently handed Russian President Vladimir Putin a strategic victory in the Middle East.Less than a week after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the intervention, Russia underlined its dominance in the region by warning of the limits of its patience with the operation. The Kremlin’s message came after President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey that left many...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Islamic State, Russia, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Moscow


Trump threatens to 'destroy' Turkey's economy with sanctions

Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. Some of those U.S. troops leaving northern Syria are being shifted to Iraq, where they could conduct cross-border operations against Islamic State group militants, a U.S. official said.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Donald Trump, Trump


UK suspends arms exports to Turkey to prevent use in Syria

Foreign secretary condemns Turkish invasion as reckless and counterproductiveThe UK is suspending the granting of arms export licences to Turkey for weapons that might be used during military operations in Syria, the foreign secretary has said.Dominic Raab also condemned Turkey’s invasion of Syria, saying it risked worsening the humanitarian crisis and undermined the international effort to focus on defeating Islamic State terrorism. “This is not the action we expected from an ally. It is reckle...
Tags: UK, Islamic State, Russia, UK News, World news, Turkey, US foreign policy, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Assad, Arms trade, Dominic Raab


Australian families trapped in Isis camp in Syria plead with government to rescue them

Seriously ill child among two more Australians found in the campAustralians trapped in a camp for families of Islamic State fighters in north-eastern Syria have pleaded with the Australian government to rescue them as warring Syrian and Turkish forces close in.And two more Australian citizens, a mother and a seriously ill child reportedly suffering shrapnel wounds, have been discovered in al-Hawl camp. It was previously understood there were 66 Australians – 20 women and 44 children – held in th...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, World news, Australia news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Australian politics, Kurds, Donald Trump, Peter Dutton, Marise Payne, al Hawl, Australian foreign policy


Syrian government forces regain control of towns along northern border

Moving up from the south, Syrian government troops seized several towns in the northeastern part of the country on Monday, one day after reaching an agreement with the Kurdish-led militia that has held control of the area for several years.The Kurds and Syria reached the deal after President Trump pulled back U.S. troops from the border, giving Turkey the opportunity to invade Syria and launch an assault on the Kurds. The Kurds and United States worked together to fight the Islamic State in Syri...
Tags: Isis, News, Islamic State, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Syria, United States, Erdogan, The New York Times, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Times, Bashar Al Assad, Trump, Incirlik Air Base, Ras Al Ain


Trump Is Making Syria, and the Middle East, More Dangerous

As desperate Kurds ally with Assad, the specter of the Islamic State threatens again, and American power dims.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Syria, Kurds, Assad, Trump, Donald J, United States International Relations, Civilian Casualties, Defense and Military Forces


Burying their dead, Syria's Kurds blast US 'betrayal'

Burying fighters killed in a nearly week-long battle against Turkish forces in northern Syria, the country's Kurdish minority denounced a "betrayal" by US allies that paved the way for Ankara's offensive. In a graveyard in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli, 57-year-old Basna Amin watched as the newly fallen were laid to rest near comrades who died in the US-backed fight against the Islamic State group. "The world wants the Kurds to always be broken," she told AFP.
Tags: News, Islamic State, US, Syria, Ankara, Qamishli, Basna Amin


A presidential whim condemns American allies

President Donald Trump has decided to abandon the Kurdish people who took the brunt of casualties in the battle to defeat the Islamic State group terrorists.
Tags: News, Opinion, Islamic State, Donald Trump


After Threats To ‘Destroy’ Turkish Economy, Trump Announces Hike In Steel Tariffs

President Donald Trump announced Monday that tariffs on imported Turkish steel would be raised to 50%, among other measures, in response to the country’s invasion of Kurdish-controlled areas of Northern Syria. Just days ago, Trump threatened to “totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey” amid bipartisan criticism of his sudden withdrawal of forces after a call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In addition to raising tariffs on Turkish steel to 50% — matching the rate fro...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Turkey, Syria, Tariffs, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Northern Syria, Matt Shuham, Kurd, Hevrin Khalaf, Pro Turkey



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