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 […]

Turkey threatens France over plan to deploy troops in support of Syrian Kurds

Turkey threatens France over plan to deploy troops in support of Syrian Kurds

by WorldTribune Staff, April 2, 2018 France could become a “target of Turkey” if it follows through on a pledge to send troops to northern Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Turkish official warned. French President Emmanuel Macron met an SDF delegation on March 29 and gave assurances of French […]

Turkish-led forces drive Kurds from Afrin in northern Syria

Turkish-led forces drive Kurds from Afrin in northern Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, March 18, 2018 Turkish troops and Ankara-backed rebels drove Kurdish militia from the city of Afrin in northern Syria on March 18. Turkey’s flag was flying over the city as Turkey claimed victory in a two-month operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), AFP reported. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced […]

Turkish drone obliterates massive portrait of PKK’s founder

Turkish drone obliterates massive portrait of PKK’s founder

by WorldTribune Staff, February 1, 2018 A huge portrait of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) founder Abdullah Ocalan in northern Syria was destroyed by a Turkish air force drone, reports say. The attack on the portrait, which was part of a monument built on a 53-meter concrete pedestal in Afrin, is part of Turkey’s so-called Operation […]

Analyst: Turkey’s Erdogan cruising for a bruising with operations against Kurds

Analyst: Turkey’s Erdogan cruising for a bruising with operations against Kurds

by WorldTribune Staff, January 24, 2018 As Turkish forces began their offensive in Syria’s Kurdish-governed district of Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised victory within “a very short period of time.” “That may be a fatal miscalculation, one which could cripple Turkey,” former Pentagon official Michael Rubin wrote in an op-ed for the Washington […]

Mattis praises Kurdish fighters, confirms Turkey gave advance notice of attacks in Syria

Mattis praises Kurdish fighters, confirms Turkey gave advance notice of attacks in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, January 22, 2018 Turkish military leaders informed the United States prior to bombing positions of U.S.-allied Kurds in northern Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Jan. 21. “They warned us before they launched the aircraft that they were going to do it,” Mattis said. Turkish warplanes on Jan. 20 launched […]

Assad’s forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria

Assad’s forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, March 7, 2017 In a deal said brokered by Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have taken over frontline positions from a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria. The Syrian army took over the positions in the city of Manbij, where the U.S.-backed Manbij Military Council had been fighting anti-Assad rebel forces backed […]

‘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 […]

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