Iraqi prime minister: Presence of Turkish troops in Iraq hampers effort to liberate Mosul

Iraqi prime minister: Presence of Turkish troops in Iraq hampers effort to liberate Mosul

by WorldTribune Staff, September 19, 2016 Turkey’s military presence in Iraq is a “hostile act” that is impeding the Iraqi army’s plans to liberate Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sept. 18. “What I want to confirm is that the presence of the Turkish forces […]

American journalist arrested in Turkey after exiting Syria

American journalist arrested in Turkey after exiting Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, September 1, 2016 Turkey has arrested an American journalist for “violating a military zone” after she returned from Syria, a U.S. official said on Aug. 31. Lindsey Snell was detained on Aug. 6, and U.S. consular officials were not able to visit her until Aug. 26, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. […]

‘Leave Syria,’ Iran tells Turkey; U.S. struggles to persuade warring allies to focus on ISIL

‘Leave Syria,’ Iran tells Turkey; U.S. struggles to persuade warring allies to focus on ISIL

by WorldTribune Staff, August 31, 2016 Turkey’s military operation in Syria is a violation of that country’s sovereignty and the Turks should quickly complete their mission and get out, an Iranian official said on Aug. 30. “Although the fight against terrorism… is a principle for all peace-seeking governments, it cannot and must not justify military […]

Pentagon pleads for halt to fighting between Turkey, U.S.-backed Kurdish forces

Pentagon pleads for halt to fighting between Turkey, U.S.-backed Kurdish forces

by WorldTribune Staff, August 30, 2016 The Pentagon on Aug. 29 called on “all actors” in clashes in Syria between Turkey and forces fighting for the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led alliance to “stand down immediately.” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook condemned the fighting south of the Syrian town of Jarabulus, saying “we want to make clear that we […]

Turkish airstrikes take aim at both U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and ISIL in Syria

Turkish airstrikes take aim at both U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and ISIL in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, August 28, 2016 Turkey confirmed its F-16s launched airstrikes on both Kurdish and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria on Aug. 27. Turkish security sources said the strikes targeted U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militia, which makes up the majority of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Jarablus Military Council, […]

Kurdish forces vow ‘no retreat’ from ‘our own land’ as Turkey invades Syria

Kurdish forces vow ‘no retreat’ from ‘our own land’ as Turkey invades Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2016 Kurdish officials have denounced  Turkey’s incursion into Syria which observers said was aimed more at keeping Kurdish forces at bay than driving Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) out of border areas. Turkey sent more tanks into Syria on Aug. 25, one day after launching an operation against ISIL […]

Turkey invades Syria, targets ISIL-held border town ahead of Kurdish militia

Turkey invades Syria, targets ISIL-held border town ahead of Kurdish militia

by WorldTribune Staff, August 24, 2016 Turkish tanks and special forces rolled across the border on Aug. 24 in an unprecedented operation to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) out of the Syrian town of Jarabulus. Turkey’s army was backed by international coalition airstrikes in its effort to take the ISIL-controlled territory ahead […]

Russia presses for access to strategic Incirlik air base in Turkey

Russia presses for access to strategic Incirlik air base in Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, August 22, 2016 Russia has approached Turkey to request use of the U.S.-built Incirlik air base. The NATO base, which is home to at least 50 U.S. B-61 nuclear warheads, is 65 miles from the Syrian border and would enable the Russian air force to engage in “constant bombing” of Islamic State of Iraq and […]

‘Cubs of the caliphate’: ISIL sacrificng child suicide bombers in new tactic

‘Cubs of the caliphate’: ISIL sacrificng child suicide bombers in new tactic

by WorldTribune Staff, August 22, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) newest tactic has the terror group strapping explosives vests on children, sending them to densely-populated areas or events and remotely detonating the explosives. Less than 24 hours after a boy aged 12 to 14 was used by ISIL to blow up a […]

Teen terror: Nearly half the victims of Turkey suicide attack, like bomber himself, were under 14

Teen terror: Nearly half the victims of Turkey suicide attack, like bomber himself, were under 14

by WorldTribune Staff, August 22, 2016 The child allegedly sent by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) to blow up a wedding party in Turkey killed at least 22 other children under the age of 14 in the Aug. 20 attack, according to Turkish authorities. The bomber, said to be 13-years-old, killed at least […]

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