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I Did Not Join the Army to Abandon Our Allies

A captain wonders if the Kurdish soldiers he served alongside in Syria three months ago are now dead.
Tags: Kurds, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, United States Army, Trump, Donald J


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


Trump’s Gut, and the Gutting of American Credibility

Kurds always get shafted. Still, this was American perfidy.
Tags: News, Iran, Syria, Middle East, Kurds, Trump, Donald J, United States International Relations, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Diyarbakir (Turkey


Kurds’ Sense of Betrayal Compounded by Empowerment of Unsavory Rivals

Abandoned by the U.S., Kurdish forces are doubly angry at who are seeking to replace them: Turkish-allied Syrian fighters the United States had long rejected as extremists, criminals and thugs.
Tags: News, United States, Kurds, Syrian Democratic Forces, United States International Relations, United States Defense and Military Forces


I Joined the Army to Prevent Genocide, Not to Pave the Way for It

A captain wonders if the Kurdish soldiers he served alongside in Syria three months ago are now dead.
Tags: News, Syria, Army, Kurds, Trump, United States Army, Donald J, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS


Kurds Reported to Be Pulling Out of Syria ‘Safe Zone’ as Fighting Eases

A day after Vice President Mike Pence announced a pause in the battle between Turkish and Kurdish forces, gunfire died down and Turkish and American officials said the deal was holding
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, Trump, Mike Pence, Mike, Pence, Donald J, United States Defense and Military Forces, Defense and Military Forces, Ras al-Ain (Syria


Amid Shelling in Syria, Kurds Accuse Turkey of Violating Truce

A day after Vice President Mike Pence announced a pause in the battle between Turkish and Kurdish forces, gunfire continued in the region, raising questions about the deal’s feasibility.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, Trump, Mike Pence, Mike, Pence, Donald J, United States Defense and Military Forces, Defense and Military Forces, Ras al-Ain (Syria


Kurds Accuse Turkey of Violating Truce as Shelling Continues in Syria

A day after Vice President Mike Pence announced a pause in the battle between Turkish and Kurdish forces, shelling continued in the region, raising questions about the deal’s feasibility.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, Trump, Mike Pence, Mike, Pence, Donald J, United States Defense and Military Forces, Defense and Military Forces, Ras al-Ain (Syria


UN investigates alleged use of white phosphorus in Syria

Kurdish Red Crescent say six people, some civilians, in hospital with mysterious burnsUN chemical weapons inspectors have announced they are gathering information following accusations that burning white phosphorus was used by Turkish forces against children in Syria earlier this week.The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Friday morning that “it was aware of the situation and is collecting information with regard to possible use of chemical weapons”. Continue re...
Tags: World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Kurds, Un, Chemical Weapons, Kurdish Red Crescent, White Phosphorus


UN investigates alleged Turkish use of white phosphorus in Syria

Kurdish medics says at least six people in hospital with burns from ‘unknown weapons’UN chemical weapons inspectors have announced they are gathering information following accusations that burning white phosphorus was used by Turkish forces against children in Syria earlier this week.The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Friday morning that “it was aware of the situation and is collecting information with regard to possible use of chemical weapons”. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Kurds, Un, Chemical Weapons, White Phosphorus


Fighting Continues in Syria, Hours After Cease-Fire Deal

A day after Vice President Mike Pence announced a pause in the battle between Turkish and Kurdish forces, shelling continued on Friday, raising questions about the deal’s feasibility.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, Trump, Mike Pence, Mike, Pence, Donald J, United States Defense and Military Forces, Defense and Military Forces, Ras al-Ain (Syria


Trump's Turkey deal hands power to Ankara and leaves Syrian Kurds for dead

Trump hails ceasefire and ‘safe zone’ on Turkey-Syria border as ‘great day for civilisation’ but few believe itThe deal agreed between the US and Turkey immediately achieved the priority objective of vice-president Mike Pence’s peace mission to Ankara: Donald Trump was able to claim victory on Twitter.The president had unwittingly alienated most of his own party over his acceptance of the Turkish invasion of north-eastern Syria, and was already in the midst of an impeachment battle. Continue rea...
Tags: US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Kurds, Donald Trump, Trump, Ankara, Mike Pence, Turkey Syria, Trump Administration


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


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


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


Shifting frontlines intensify Syria's humanitarian crisis

Aid agencies struggle to respond as 300,000 people are displaced from their homesShifting frontlines and allegiances in Syria are making it difficult to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis triggered by Turkey’s offensive on Kurdish-controlled parts of the country, aid groups have said.After eight days of the Turkish operation about 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes and at least 71 people killed in north-east Syria, according to the UN and a human rights monitor. Local of...
Tags: World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Aid, Kurds, Un, Humanitarian response


A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

President Trump’s troop withdrawal ignited a predicted outburst of chaos and carnage in the Middle East.
Tags: News, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, Erdogan, Nancy, Trump, Pelosi, Recep Tayyip, Politics And Government, Donald J, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Defense and Military Forces


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


Graham Threatens To Become Trump’s ‘Worst Nightmare’ In Escalating Feud

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) stalwart loyalty to President Donald Trump is starting to see more cracks as Trump doubles down on his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. Graham, who’s been railing against the decision for more than a week, appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) on Wednesday morning to blast the consequences of the U.S. leaving the Kurds to deal with Turkey and ISIS detainees in Syria on their own. “I am looking to President Trump to change this,” the Republ...
Tags: Isis, News, Senate, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Nato, Middle East, Kurds, Graham, Donald Trump, South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Pat Robertson


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


Trump calls decision to withdraw US troops from Syria 'strategically brilliant' – video

Donald Trump on Wednesday played down the crisis in Syria touched off by Turkey’s incursion against US-allied Kurdish forces, saying the conflict was between Turkey and Syria and that it was okay for Russia to help Damascus. The US president, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the Kurds were ‘no angels’Trump claims Kurds are ‘no angels’ as he praises Turkish offensive Continue reading...
Tags: White House, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Donald Trump, Damascus, Trump


Trump backs decision to withdraw US troops from Syria as 'strategically brilliant' – video

Donald Trump on Wednesday played down the crisis in Syria touched off by Turkey’s incursion against US-allied Kurdish forces, saying the conflict was between Turkey and Syria and that it was okay for Russia to help Damascus. The US president, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the Kurds were ‘no angels’Trump claims Kurds are ‘no angels’ as he praises Turkish offensive Continue reading...
Tags: White House, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Donald Trump, Damascus, Trump


Bipartisan House Majority Condemns Trump for Syria Withdrawal

Republicans and Democrats delivered a rebuke to the president over his decision to pull back American troops, an order many viewed as acquiescing to Turkey’s incursion against a United States ally.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, United States, Terrorism, Kurds, Graham, Erdogan, Cheney, Rand, Liz, Trump, PAUL, Lindsey, Van Hollen, Recep Tayyip


The World Condemns Erdogan’s War on Kurds. But Turkey Applauds.

Attacked abroad, and facing a raft of sanctions, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may nevertheless be getting what he wants from Turkey’s invasion of Kurdish-held Syria.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Assad, Recep Tayyip, Defense and Military Forces, Bashar al


Trump claims Kurds 'no angels' as he boasts of his own 'brilliant' strategy

President’s assertion undercuts US mission to Turkey aimed at urging Erdoğan to halt offensiveDonald Trump has hailed his decision to withdraw US troops in Syria, paving way for a Turkish offensive, as “strategically brilliant”, declaring that the Kurds he had abandoned were “much safer now” and were anyway “not angels”.The president’s remarks contradicted the official assessment of both the state and defence departments that the Turkish offensive was a disaster for regional stability and the fi...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Isis Continue, Mike Pompeo


Trump claims Kurds are 'no angels' as he praises Turkish offensive

President’s assertion undercuts US mission to Turkey aimed at urging Erdoğan to halt offensiveDonald Trump has hailed his decision to withdraw US troops in Syria, paving way for a Turkish offensive, as “strategically brilliant”, declaring that the Kurds he had abandoned were “much safer now” and were anyway “not angels”.The president’s remarks contradicted the official assessment of both the state and defence departments that the Turkish offensive was a disaster for regional stability and the fi...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Isis Continue, Mike Pompeo


Trump claims Kurds are 'much safer' as US troops leave Syria

President’s assertion undercuts US mission to Turkey aimed at urging Erdoğan to halt offensiveDonald Trump has hailed his decision to withdraw US troops in Syria, paving way for a Turkish offensive, as “strategically brilliant”, declaring that the Kurds he had abandoned were “much safer now” and were anyway “not angels”.The president’s remarks contradicted the official assessment of both the state and defence departments that the Turkish offensive was a disaster for regional stability and the fi...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Isis Continue, Mike Pompeo



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