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Merkel strongly condemns Turkish military offensive in Afrin

March 21, 2018 / 12:45 PM / Updated 2 hours ago BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday sharply criticized Turkey's military offensive in the northern Syrian town of Afrin and condemned ongoing attacks by Syrian forces in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. Speaking to lawmakers

REUTERS - 2018-03-21 12:44:03

Saudi Arabia's anger at Turkey turns to soap opera

Who's afraid of a Turkish soap opera? Try the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Gulf's most conservative state may have rediscovered the value of entertainment, but not of all sorts: the Arabic-dubbed Turkish soap operas that have dazzled viewers for a decade have been declared drama non grata. Arabs'

FINANCIAL TIMES - 2018-03-21 11:44:43

Germany sounds alarm about Turkish actions in northern Syria

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government on Wednesday cited "growing concern" about actions by the Turkish military in the city of Afrin in northern Syria, and demanded that Turkey abide by international laws aimed at protecting civilian populations. "We are following the reports of the capture of

REUTERS - 2018-03-21 11:43:22

Turkey says understanding, but no deal, with U.S. on Syria's Manbij

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and the United States have reached an understanding, but not full agreement, about stabilizing the town of Manbij and other areas of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. Turkey, which on Sunday stormed the northern

REUTERS - 2018-03-21 14:17:10

Turkish air strike 'neutralizes' 12 Kurdish militants in Iraq: military

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An air strike by Turkish warplanes "neutralized" at least 12 militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the military said on Twitter on Wednesday. The air strike carried out on Tuesday targeted the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, Turkish military

REUTERS - 2018-03-21 06:05:59

Get Me Back My Turkey

President Trump and Vladimir Putin share the same strategy: keep pushing, keep denying - and never apologize.Credit Evan Vucci/Associated Press Many years ago, the Israeli Bedouin expert Clinton Bailey told me a story about a Bedouin chief who discovered one day that his favorite turkey had been st

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-03-20 23:54:49

Turkey is implementing a series of military operations in Syria

Turkish troops are attacking Kurdish canton of Afrin in northern Syria. Fifteen thousand fighters belonging to the Kurdish YPG militia and 800 allied Shi’ite pro-Assad militiamen from the settlements Zahraa and Nubl resist them, using all the experience gained over seven years of war in Syria. The

JERUSALEM POST - 2018-03-20 21:25:00

U.S. Pastor Could Be Jailed in Turkey for 35 Years Because Erdogan Wants to Use Him As a Bargaining Chip

An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey could spend up to 35 years in jail for allegedly spying and collaborating with a terrorist organization. Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen from North Carolina, was arrested in Turkey in the wake of the 2016 attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Er

NEWSWEEK - 2018-03-20 21:19:45

Fierce Fighting Displaces Tens of Thousands from Syria's Eastern Ghouta, Afrin

U.N. agencies are calling for the protection and safety of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians fleeing from fierce fighting in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital Damascus, and Afrin, a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. Eastern Ghouta is under relentless air and ground attacks from forces loy

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-03-20 19:30:05

Reality Check: How many attacks did Turkey face from Afrin?

The claim: Soon after the Turkish military launched an offensive into the Afrin region of northern Syria, the Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote: "Over the last year alone, more than 700 attacks have been launched from the Afrin area under PYD/YPG [the Kurdish Democratic Union Party

BBC - 2018-03-20 18:05:15

US pastor faces 35 years in jail in Turkey for terror links

Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, is facing up to 35 years in prison in Turkey. (World Witness) ANKARA, Turkey - An American pastor has been charged in Turkey with engaging in espionage and having links to terror groups, crimes that carry a potential sentence of up to 35 years in prison, Turkey'

FOXNEWS - 2018-03-20 16:28:39

Turkey detains more than 100 suspected PKK members ahead of Newroz spring festival

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained more than 100 suspected Kurdish militants on suspicion of planning illegal demonstrations or plotting attacks for the Newroz spring festival, police, state media and a security source said. Celebrating Newroz, the Persian New Year holiday

REUTERS - 2018-03-20 18:18:54

UN calls on Turkey to end state of emergency

ANKARA, Turkey - The United Nations has called on Turkey to end a state of emergency imposed after a 2016 failed coup attempt, saying it has led to "profound" human rights violations. In a report released Tuesday, the U.N. said the state of emergency has paved the way to arbitrary detentions and dis

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-03-20 12:11:00

EU Asylum Applications Drop to Pre-Migrant Wave Levels

BRUSSELS - The European Union's statistics agency says the number of people applying for asylum in Europe has dropped to levels similar to those recorded before the wave of migrant arrivals in 2015. Eurostat said Tuesday that almost 650,000 people applied for asylum in the 28 EU nations for the firs

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-03-20 10:26:58

U.S. Pastor Officially Charged With Aiding Turkey's Top Enemies

Turkey has charged an American pastor with working to divide the Turkish republic and stir internal chaos by inciting hatred based on religious and ethnic differences, a move sure to deepen strains with the U.S. Andrew Brunson, imprisoned in Turkey since a 2016 coup attempt, faces a maximum of 35 ye

BLOOMBERG - 2018-03-20 10:05:16

U.N. calls for Turkey to end state of emergency, halt violations

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to end the state of emergency in place since July 2016 that it said had led to widespread human rights violations including the arrest of 160,000 people and dismissal of nearly the same number of civil servants, often arbitrarily. Pr

REUTERS - 2018-03-20 09:46:16

Civilians Who Fled Afrin Suffer from Dire Humanitarian Conditions

Thousands of civilians who fled the city of Afrin are enduring dire conditions after they reached Syrian-controlled areas south of the Afrin district. "More than 2,000 people reached the towns of Nubl and Zahraa from Afrin in the past 24 hours, raising the number of total civilians in the two towns

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-03-20 03:00:15

ISIS rebuilding as Turkish push into Afrin pulls forces from anti-terror fight, US says

Washington (CNN)The US warned Monday that ISIS has begun reconstituting in some areas of Syria because a Turkish military offensive against a northern city has pulled the US' Kurdish allies away from the fight against the terrorist group. "We are very concerned about the effect fighting there has h

CNN - 2018-03-19 21:06:13

After the battle: Aid, gunfire and looting in Syria's Afrin

AFRIN, Syria (Reuters) - A day after Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies seized control of Afrin, a Turkish aid group started distributing relief supplies in the town center on Monday, but residents continued to leave after widespread reports of looting. Triumphant Syrian rebel fighters st

REUTERS - 2018-03-19 19:17:06

Turkey to expand fight against Syrian Kurds east of Afrin

Turkish forces will target Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria and possibly Iraq, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. The threat comes as military and rebel allies captured the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin. The Turkish military and its Syrian rebel allies will expand their offensive against

DW.COM - 2018-03-19 19:03:29