Trump reconsiders Syria withdrawal, strongly warns Turkey against military adventures

A handout photo made available by the US Army shows a US soldier overseeing members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as they demolish a YPG (People’s Protection Units, a mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria) fortification and raise a Tal Abyad … 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

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

Andrew Brunson, American pastor detained in Turkey, is freed, sentenced to time served

Andrew Brunson, the American pastor who was imprisoned and then placed under house arrest in Turkey due to his alleged ties to an outlawed group, was ordered freed on Friday and sentenced to time served — and is now expected … Read More

Trump tariffs in retaliation for jailed American pastor send Turkey’s economy plunging

Fierce tensions between the United States and Turkey have continued to escalate over the weekend – resounding through the global economy and inseminating volatility throughout the Middle East markets – in response to Trump’s tough crackdown on the once esteemed … Read More

Erdogan Warns Trump That Alliance Is at Risk as Tensions Climb

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 Turkey may start ‘looking for new friends,’ Erdogan writes  Trump boosted U.S. sanctions amid rout in Turkish markets Donald Trump with Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 11. Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the U.S. that its decades-long … 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 says it will retaliate if U.S. halts weapons sales

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will retaliate if the United States enacts a proposed law that would halt weapons sales to the country, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives released details on Friday … Read More