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Erdogan Says Turkey Will Act if Syrian Kurdish Militia Attacks: Media

By REUTERS

MAY 18, 2017, 1:45 A.M. E.D.T.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeting people in Istanbul on Monday, April 17, 2017, after declaring victory in a closely contested vote that would centralize governing powers in his office. 299 more words

U.S. Arming of Syrian Kurdish Militias Could Complicate Relations With Turkey

President Donald Trump’s decision this week to directly arm Syrian Kurdish militias in the battle against ISIS is expected to complicate his relationship with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a key ally who has been unusually friendly to the American leader since his election in November. 914 more words

Syrian War Report – April 26, 2017: Syrian Army Makes Important Gains In Homs Province

April 27, 2017

Voiceover by Harold Hoover

On April 26, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate Gen. Sergei Rudskoi announced that Russia had withdrawn half of its warplanes from the Hmeymim Airbase in Syria. 343 more words

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Syrian War Report – April 26, 2017: Syrian Army Makes Important Gains In Homs Province

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwXQJM7mjlQ?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent] Voiceover by Harold Hoover On April 26, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate Gen. Sergei Rudskoi announced that Russia had withdrawn half of its warplanes from the Hmeymim Airbase in Syria. Rudskoi said that the number of Russian aircraft in Hmeymim between November 10th, 2016 and January 10th, 2017 did not exceed 35 fighters; 80 UAVs. He added that the withdrawal of some warplanes comes after a decrease in the number of terrorists in Syria. Pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Army’s 5th Assault Corps, recaptured the key ash-Shair gas filed and the ash-Shair gas plant from ISIS in the province of Homs. Earlier this week, government forces had captured a number of small hills near the ash-Shair field. Therefore, ISIS terrorists were pushed to withdraw from the area without stiff resistance. The advance on ash-Shair is a part of the broader effort aimed at securing the countryside of Huwaysis and the nearby gas fields. If the Syrian army succeedes in this area, it will be able to secure the road between Salamiyeh and the T4 Airbase as well as gain control over gas fields located along the road. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), one of the largest groups in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), suspended its military operations with the US-led coalition in Syria, according to unconfirmed reports from some pro-Kurdish sources. During the past two days, Turkish warplanes and artillery have bombed several YPG targets in northern Syria. Kurdish parties and groups in both Syria and Iraq have called the US-led coalition to establish a No-Fly zone against Turkish aircraft in northern Syria. So far, the SDF has been continuing its operations against ISIS in the Raqqah countryside. However, it has not released any statement denying the YPG suspension of its anti-ISIS operations in Syria. Even if reports are not true, the Turkish actions have already delayed the SDF operation against ISIS. The Turkish Defense Ministry confirmed that the airstrikes will continue in both Iraq and Syria against what they described as “terrorist groups.” Turkish President Recep Erdogan said that Washington, Russia, and the Iraqi government were aware of the airstrikes and that Turkey would not allow the Sinjar Mount or northern Syria to be turned into a safe haven for PKK militants.

Military strikes by Turkey kill Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq -- America's Kurdish allies who are fighting Isil say they were bombed

AFP

© AFP / by (Maya Gebeily with Shwan Mohammed in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq | Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters, shown here standing on a tank, have been battling the Islamic State group around Mosul… 1,457 more words

Explosion hits police compound in southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir

Reuters

Tue Apr 11, 2017 | 5:11am EDT

Smoke is seen coming out from a building after an explosion in Diyarbakir, Turkey April 11 ,2017 in this still frame taken from video. 197 more words

TURKEY PLAN TO BEGIN A NEW MILITARY OPERATION

Ankara preparing to launch new operation against outlawed PKK in Sinjar region of northern Iraq. 113 more words

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Canadian dual citizen found guilty of insulting Turkey's president

A Canadian woman detained in Turkey has been found guilty of insulting the country’s president, but said she has been released from prison as her lawyer pursues an appeal of the case. 470 more words

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