Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces 'should stop fighting'

Aljazeera.com - ‎7 hours ago‎
The US defence secretary has called on Turkey and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to stay focused on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and not to target each other. Monday's statement by Ash Carter came after Turkish ...


Huffington Post - ‎13 hours ago‎
Vice President Joe Biden went to Ankara last week on a mission to repair U.S.-Turkey relations. Upon arrival, Biden learned that Turkish Special Forces, tanks, and fighters with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were invading Syria, targeting Jarablus near ...

As its proxies advance in Syria, Turkey warns Kurds to pull back

Washington Post - ‎14 hours ago‎
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey and the United States, pushed deeper toward U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria on Monday, as Turkey's foreign minister warned the Kurds to “immediately” pull back east of the Euphrates ...

Turkey risks becoming bogged down in Syria: analysts

Daily Mail - ‎1 hour ago‎
Turkey's week-old cross-border offensive in Syria could become a drawn-out affair that stokes tensions with Washington if Ankara continues to take the fight to US-backed Kurdish fighters, analysts say. Turkeysays its unprecedented operation aims to ...

The Latest: US Asks Turkey to Focus on Fight Against IS

New York Times - ‎18 hours ago‎
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the United States is trying to "de-conflict" U.S.- backed actions against the Islamic State by Turkey and by the American-backed Syrian Kurdish rebels known as the Syrian Defense Forces. Carter says some of the ...

US-Led Coalition Planes Hit ISIS In Syria, Turkey Says

Huffington Post - ‎57 minutes ago‎
U.S.-led coalition warplanes hit Islamic State targets near the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus overnight, the Turkish military said on Tuesday, as forces backed by Ankara pushed deeper into north Syria. Two A-10 planes hit and destroyed two Islamic ...

SitRep: White House Stalls, Turkey Attacks; China and Russia Build Virtual Fences

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎2 hours ago‎
During a speech on Tuesday he criticized Turkey's “contradictory” push into Syria while warning Moscow not to become a “protagonist” in the war. The “multiple, contradictory interventions carry the risk of a general inflammation” of the already ...

Pentagon Calls on Turkey to Stop Fighting Kurds

ABC News - ‎15 hours ago‎
The Pentagon is calling on Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies to stop fighting America's Syrian Kurdish allies in northern Syrian because it is taking attention away from the fight against ISIS. The United States has called onTurkey to “stay focused ...

Carter Calls on Turkey to 'Stay Focused' on Islamic State

Voice of America - ‎15 hours ago‎
The Turkish military and its Syrian rebel allies are in the sixth day of a campaign designed to drive IS militants and Kurdish YPG members, who are part of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, out of the Syria-Turkey border town of Jarablus and ...

Day 6 of Turkey's Syria incursion detailed

AMN Al-Masdar News (registration) - ‎12 hours ago‎
Day six of Turkey's incursion into Syria saw if capture 12 villages. These villages namely being Amarinah, Zarh al Magharah, Tukhar Taymu, Umm Susam, Halvanji Hadrah, Mahsinli, Al Yaqubia, Arab Hassan, Saghir, Hadrah, Unsusa and Zahr El Malkara.

Turkey pushes deeper into Syria, confronting more US-backed force, less ISIS

Business Insider - ‎20 hours ago‎
RTX1I1NG A Turkish soldier shares a bottle of water with his comrade as they stand guard in Suruc, bordering with Syrian town of Kobani, Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 27, 2015. Thomson Reuters. BEIRUT/KARKAMIS, Turkey — Turkish-backed forces ...

Keeping Turkey in the US Orbit

Wall Street Journal - ‎Aug 28, 2016‎
Ankara. Turkey is living through a 24/7 state of emergency. The latest alarm came Thursday with an assassination attempt on the leader of the secular opposition. Kemal Kilicdaroglu was traveling the country's northeast when his convoy came under fire.

Turkey's resilience after the coup

Daily Sabah - ‎15 hours ago‎
Only six weeks after the July 15 coup attempt, Turkey launched a major offensive against DAESH terrorists in Syria and opened the third bridge over the magical Bosporus. Aug. 30, i.e., today, is celebrated across the country as it marks the 94th ...

US Defense Chief Calls On Turkey To Stay Focused On Fighting IS

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - ‎12 hours ago‎
Despite the U.S. rebukes, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on August 29 that Turkey will press ahead with its military operation in Syria until IS and the Kurdish Syrian fighters -- who he calls "terrorists -- “cease to be threats for our ...

Video: 10 Free Syrian Army groups condemn Turkey's incursion into Syria

AMN Al-Masdar News (registration) - ‎6 hours ago‎
In what has become increasingly confusing, ten Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in the Kurdish YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have renounced Turkey's Euphrates Shield operation that is aiming to expell the SDF and ISIS from areas west of the ...

Pentagon calls on Turkey and Syrian Kurds to stop fighting

Fox News - ‎22 hours ago‎
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey warned predominantly Kurdish Syrian fighters on Monday to "immediately" withdraw east of the Euphrates River or face more strikes by Turkish forces that crossed the border last week in Ankara's major incursion into Syria.

Turkey warns of more strikes if Syrian Kurds don't retreat

Business Insider - ‎19 hours ago‎
A Turkish tank stationed near the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Turkey'sstate-run news agency says three rockets fired from Syria have hit Turkish border town of Kilis, injuring five children, Turkish President Recep ...

Turkey threatens more strikes on Syrian Kurdish militia

The Guardian - ‎22 hours ago‎
Turkey has said it will carry out more strikes on a Syrian Kurdish militia if it fails to retreat beyond the Euphrates river. Turkish forces pressed on with a two-pronged operation inside Syria against Islamic State jihadis and the Syrian Kurdish ...

US Calls 'Unacceptable' Turkey's Attack on Kurdish Fighters in Syria

Common Dreams (press release) - ‎20 hours ago‎
The United States has criticized as "unacceptable" the fighting between forces backed NATO ally Turkeyand U.S.-backed pro-Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, just days after the U.S. and Russia suggested there was no imminent ceasefire to the conflict ...

Turkey Continues Offensive in Syria amid US, Kurdish Concerns

teleSUR English - ‎15 hours ago‎
Turkish-backed forces pushed deeper into northern Syria on Monday, advancing toward the city of Manbij, which was recently freed from the Islamic State group by a Kurdish-Arab force—a push that has drawn rebuke from Turkey's NATO ally, the United ...

US alarm as Turkey warns Syrian Kurd militia of more strikes

Yahoo News - ‎21 hours ago‎
Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria if it fails to retreat, as Washington said President Barack Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart over the weekend. Turkish forces pressed ...

Turkey, the only country in a total war against terrorism

Daily Sabah - ‎15 hours ago‎
In recent years, an obnoxious perception operation has been conducted against Turkey. Particularly the black propaganda in Europe headed by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and aided by the outlawed PKK, which was unfortunately supported by the ...

US slams Turkey over 'unacceptable clashes' with Syria opposition, says they aid ISIS

RT - ‎21 hours ago‎
Turkey's use of force against Kurdish forces in Syria has not gone down well with the US, with Washington openly supporting the Kurdish YPG fighters, who have proved to be a vital ground force in the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Turkey threaten further action against Kurdish militia in Syria as US warn over 'unacceptable' clashes

ITV News - ‎19 hours ago‎
The US has said fighting between Turkish forces and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria is "unacceptable". Turkey crossed the border last week in an offensive which it said was aimed at helping Syrian rebels seize the ...

US Shows Frustration with Turkey Over Latest Clashes in Syria

Military.com - ‎15 hours ago‎
NATO ally Turkey showed no signs Monday of heeding U.S. pleas to halt its offensive into Syria, cease clashes with U.S.-backed Kurdish militias and focus on their common enemy, the Islamic State. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said one of the ...

President Obama to Meet China's Xi and Turkey's Erdogan Next Week

Wall Street Journal - ‎19 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week for the first time since the attempted coup in Turkey in July, the White House said Monday. Mr. Obama also will meet with Chinese President Xi ...

Obama to meet Turkey's Erdogan in China on September 4

Reuters - ‎18 hours ago‎
The White House said it opposes Turkey's push into areas in northern Syria controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, an opposition group the Obama administration supports, as it stands to erode the united front against Islamic State.

US urges Turkey and Syrian factions to fight together against Isis

The Independent - ‎Aug 29, 2016‎
The US has criticised Turkey for launching attacks on Syrian rebel groups - saying its efforts should instead be focused on defeating Isis extremists, but Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to press on.. Turkish-backed forces pushed ...

US Calls Turkey's Syria Clashes 'Unacceptable,' Urges Focus on ISIS

NBCNews.com - ‎Aug 29, 2016‎
ISTANBUL — The United States on Monday criticized clashes between Turkish forces and some opposition groups in northern Syria as "unacceptable," calling on all armed actors in the fighting to stand down and focus on battling ISIS. "We want to make ...

A Complicated Triangle: Russia, Turkey and the Syrian Kurds

Rudaw - ‎17 hours ago‎
“We know now Turkey put a lot of diplomatic efforts to re-approach Russia in June-August. There were also attempts to establish coordination between the militaries of both countries. We also know now thatTurkey notified Russia prior to the Jarablus ...

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