Christians in northeast Syria fear Turkish invasion

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Turkey apparently wants to rout the Kurds across the border, but Syriac population is in the middle. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the dedication of a Syriac Orthodox church outside of Istanbul this past week. But is Erdoğan at the … Read More

The Syrian Civil War is Changing the Turkish-Israeli Relationship

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This is an opportunity for Israel and Turkey to recognize a new alignment of interests. As the brutal eight-year Syrian Civil War winds down, uncertainty over what the future holds for the country is prompting new alliances while testing established … Read More

Opinion For Turkey, All Kurds Are Terrorists

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Turkey’s hatred of the Kurds means we have been shut out of international efforts to find a political resolution to the conflict in Syria. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the United Solidarity and Brotherhood rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, August … Read More

Syria conflict: Turkey says US plea on Kurds ‘unacceptable’

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YPG fighters have been battling IS militants, but are also being targeted by Turkey – Reuters Turkey’s president has strongly rejected US calls for his country to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such statements made … Read More

US warns Turkey any unilateral military action in Syria ‘worrying and unacceptable’

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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US soldiers patrol the Kurdish-held town of Al-Darbasiyah in northeastern Syria bordering Turkey on November 4, 2018  Delil SOULEIMAN (AFP/File) Turkey has announced a new operation will be launched in Syria within days … Read More

Iraq denies attempts to restore PKK-Syria relations

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Barham Salih (R), then a senior PUK politician who has held multiple top positions including prime minister of the Kurdish region shows his ink-stained finger after voting in the Kurdistan’s legislative election at a polling station on September 21, 2013 … Read More

More Turkish troops to Syria border ahead of US pullout

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Turkey views the US-backed Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as a ‘terrorist offshoot’ of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed threats to target Kurdish fighters Monday as he sent more troops … Read More

Iran will regret lack of co-operation with Turkey over northern Iraq

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Iran may come to regret its lack of co-operation with Turkey over military moves Turkey is making in northern Iran aimed at the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), wrote Burhanettin Duran, director of a pro-government Turkish think-tank, in the Sabah newspaper on … Read More

Turkey is using Syrian refugees as bargaining chips as it moves against the Kurds

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Kurdish protestors against the Turkish operation in Afrin outside the EU building in Lebanon on January 28. Wael Hamzeh/EPA When Turkish ground troops rolled into Afrin, a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria, in January, the regime was making a considered political calculation. … Read More

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