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Egypt’s Sisi hosts key American Jewish leaders

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations meet with Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi in Cairo on Feb. 11.

Special to A delegation of American Jewish leaders met with Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi on Feb. 11 to discuss Cairo’s security cooperation with Israel and U.S.-Egypt relations. The meetings between Sisi as well as other Egyptian officials, and […]

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Russian air power, Iran-backed militias help Syrian forces advance toward Turkish border

Syrian forces on the outskirts of Aleppo.  /AFP

Special to Syrian forces, in a major offensive supported by Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, advanced toward the Turkish border on Feb. 8. The Syrian advance and relentless Russian air strikes in recent days have led to one […]

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Erdogan rules out meeting Egypt’s Sisi over death sentences for Brotherhood

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Abdul Fatah Sisi.

Special to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will not meet with Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi until Egypt lifts the death sentences of Mohammed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders. “My stance on that issue is clear; […]

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Turkey closes border to thousands of Syrians fleeing Russia-backed offensive in Aleppo

A boy arrives with women as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016 in Bab al-Salama, near the Turkish border crossing.  /AFP/Bulent Kilic

Special to Some 35,000 Syrians are stranded at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russian-backed Assad regime offensive in Aleppo. Turkish humanitarian groups warned of a desperate situation in the making as they set up camps and sent in […]

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Raqqa residents said overjoyed as U.S.-led coalition planes drops leaflets vowing ISIL’s defeat

leaflet dropped over Raqqa promises residents will soon be free from ISIL.

Special to U.S.-led coalition warplanes dropped thousands of leaflets over Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) de facto capital in Syria vowing that ISIL will soon be defeated. The leaflets were dropped over Raqqa during a break in […]

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Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Saudi forces launch artillery at Houthi rebels in Yemen.  /Getty Images

Special to Saudi Arabia and Turkey are considering sending ground troops into Syria to support rebels fighting the Russia-backed Bashar Assad regime, analysts say. “The Saudis believe that the chance of a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis is […]

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Russia suspects Turkey is preparing for incursion into Syria

Turkish soldiers patrol the border town of Ceylanpinar at the Turkish-Syrian border.  /Getty Images

Special to Moscow said it has reason to suspect that Turkey is planning a military incursion into Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry said it has observed “a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish armed forces […]

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Turkey: NATO radars confirmed Russian jet’s airspace violation

Russian Su-34

Special to Turkey reported that NATO radars detected a Russian Su-34 warplane violating its airspace. “Russia can not cover up its violation of our airspace. It’s not possible to hide such an incident if it did happen, or to […]

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Iraqi prime minister: No evidence Turkey wants to fight ISIL

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.  /AP

Special to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Jan. 21 he is “not seeing evidence” of Turkey’s willingness to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). While attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Abadi told […]

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Turkey arrests academics critical of Kurdish policy, condemns others including Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, left, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /Reuters

Special to A group of academics who criticized Turkish military action against Kurds in the country’s southeast were briefly detained by Turkish security forces. The 27 academics were part of a group of 1,000 signatories of a published document […]

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