ISIL gains territory near Turkish border through which rebel forces have been supplied

ISIL gains territory near Turkish border through which rebel forces have been supplied

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has launched its biggest offensive in Syria’s Aleppo province in two years and gained territory from rebel forces near the Turkish border. ISIL captured territory from Syrian rebels on May 28 and inched closer to a town on a supply route for […]

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 The Pentagon has ordered U.S. special forces soldiers to stop wearing the insignia patch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on their uniforms. Photos of U.S. troops with the insignia patches infuriated Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian president, who views the YPG as a terrorist organization linked to the Kurdish […]

‘I condemn it’: Erdogan blasts U.S. assist to Kurdish offensive in Syria

‘I condemn it’: Erdogan blasts U.S. assist to Kurdish offensive in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 Saying “there is no difference” between Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 29 condemned U.S. assistance in the Kurds’ offensive on ISIL’s Syrian stronghold. “The support they give to… the YPG (militia)… I condemn it,” said Erdogan. […]

Turkey not cool with U.S. forces wearing Kurdish insignia for Raqqa offensive

Turkey not cool with U.S. forces wearing Kurdish insignia for Raqqa offensive

by WorldTribune Staff, May 27, 2016 It is not acceptable for U.S. soldiers to wear the insignia of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) when embedded with the Kurdish fighters, a Turkish official said. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said photos showing U.S. special operations forces wearing the YPG insignia on their shoulders during operations against […]

Turkey’s new PM vows to back Erdogan’s power grab

Turkey’s new PM vows to back Erdogan’s power grab

by WorldTribune Staff, May 23, 2016 Turkey’s new prime minister wasted no time in confirming he stood firmly behind President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pursuit of a new constitution that will grant the president more power. Binali Yildirim, a close Erdogan ally for two decades and a co-founder of the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party, […]

Major Syrian gas field hit by explosions tied to ISIL

Major Syrian gas field hit by explosions tied to ISIL

By World Tribune Staff on May 17, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) blew up several pumping stations at a major Syrian gas field on May 16. The explosions at the Shaer gas field were reportedly felt as far away as Palmyra, which is 50 meters (30 miles) southeast of Shaer. “There were […]

Report finds record 40.8 million people displaced by conflict in 2015

Report finds record 40.8 million people displaced by conflict in 2015

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The number of people uprooted within their own countries by war and conflict rose last year to a record 40.8 million, a report published on May 10 found. “This is the highest figure ever recorded and twice the number of refugees worldwide,” said Jan Egeland, head […]

Turkey’s president loves power first, metaphors second

Turkey’s president loves power first, metaphors second

Special to WorldTribune.com The one thing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan enjoys more than a turn of phrase is the filet mignon of raw power. Erdogan has had a voracious appetite for that red meat, moving quickly to shift the center of power in Turkey to the presidency, saying that the parliamentary system has outlived […]

UN pressing Turkey to investigate ‘alarming reports’ of rights abuses

UN pressing Turkey to investigate ‘alarming reports’ of rights abuses

Special to WorldTribune.com The UN is calling for an investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Turkey’s southeast region, citing instances of unarmed civilians being shot and rescue personnel being prevented from attending to those injured by Turkish troops. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on May 10 said […]

2 journalists in Turkey sentenced for reporting on arms shipments to rebels

2 journalists in Turkey sentenced for reporting on arms shipments to rebels

Special to WorldTribune.com Two Turkish journalists have been sentenced to nearly six years each in prison for revealing “state secrets.” The verdict was reached on May 6, just hours after one of the journalists narrowly escaped an attack by a gunman in front of the courthouse. Can Dundar, the editor in chief of the opposition […]

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