Erdogan unwavering on Syria operation; U.S., Europe weigh response

Erdogan unwavering on Syria operation; U.S., Europe weigh response

by WorldTribune Staff, October 13, 2019 Despite “threats from right and left” calling on Turkey to cease its assault on Kurds in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that the operation will continue. “We will never stop this step we have taken against the PYD/YPG… We will not stop it no matter what […]

Iran stages surprise border exercises as Turkey launches Syria offensive

Iran stages surprise border exercises as Turkey launches Syria offensive

by WorldTribune Staff, October 9, 2019 As Turkey launched a long-awaited military offensive into northern Syria, Iran announced it was holding military exercises near its own border with Turkey. According to an Oct. 9 report by Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency, Iran’s military is holding war games in Western Azerbaijan Province which include rapid reaction […]

Trump: Removal of 50 U.S. troops puts heat on Turkey

Trump: Removal of 50 U.S. troops puts heat on Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, October 8, 2019 U.S. President Donald Trump said he will be watching closely what Turkey does militarily in northern Syria after the U.S. announced it will pull its troops out of the area. Trump said there would be “big trouble” if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s forces do anything inhumane. The president […]

Over and ‘out’: U.S. to withdraw troops from Syria near Turkey

Over and ‘out’: U.S. to withdraw troops from Syria near Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, October 7, 2019 Saying that it was “time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars,” President Donald Trump on Oct. 7 said the United States will withdraw its forces from northern Syria near the Turkish border. The move, which followed an Oct. 6 phone call between Trump and Turkish […]

Trump, Erodgan negotiate ‘safe zone’ in northern Syria

Trump, Erodgan negotiate ‘safe zone’ in northern Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, January 15, 2019 Amid recent tension over the fate of American-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Jan. 14 discussed the creation of a “security zone” in north Syria. Trump and Erdogan, in a telephone conversation, “discussed the idea of creating a security […]

‘Cause and effect mission’: Bolton ties Syria withdrawal to Turkey’s restraint

‘Cause and effect mission’: Bolton ties Syria withdrawal to Turkey’s restraint

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE: Countdown: Top stories of 2018 by WorldTribune Staff, January 6, 2019 Turkey must commit to not target U.S.-backed Kurdish forces before American troops are pulled from Syria, national security adviser John Bolton said on Jan. 6. President Donald Trump’s order to withdraw U.S. troops is a “cause and effect mission” that […]

Pastor Andrew Brunson freed by Turkey

Pastor Andrew Brunson freed by Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, October 12, 2018 A Turkish judge on Oct. 12 ordered American pastor Andrew Brunson be released and sentenced to time served. Brunson was arrested in October 2016 and was detained for 18 months before being charged by the Turkish government with being connected to outlawed Kurdish groups and opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, […]

‘Disillusioned’ Erdogan on ’60 Minutes’: Obama policies caused flood of 3 million refugees

‘Disillusioned’ Erdogan on ’60 Minutes’: Obama policies caused flood of 3 million refugees

by WorldTribune Staff, November 21, 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama “failed to rise to the occasion” in Syria and his policies have helped create a major security threat on Turkey’s southern border, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with “60 Minutes”. Erdogan claimed that U.S. policies have also contributed to the flood […]

U.S. sends more troops into Iraq as Clinton says: ‘We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again’

U.S. sends more troops into Iraq as Clinton says: ‘We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again’

by WorldTribune Staff, September 13, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is adamant that, if she were commander in chief, Iraq and Syria “are not going to get (U.S.) ground troops.” Clinton neglected to mention that the U.S. has some 5,000 personnel on the ground in Iraq. That includes a July deployment of 560 U.S. […]

Russia-Turkey spat threatens to draw NATO into Syrian conflict

Russia-Turkey spat threatens to draw NATO into Syrian conflict

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkey and Russia risk setting off an “accidental war” which threatens to bring NATO into the equation, analysts say. “Both Russia and Turkey are looking to position for strategic advantage,” Tim Ash, head of emerging-market strategy at Nomura in London, said on Feb. 15. “The risk is of an actual Russo-Turkish military […]