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Turkish op in Syria may lead to reverse migration of terrorists to their homelands, Russian defense minister warns   -6%

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has warned of the danger of ‘reverse migration’ of foreign militants to their home countries from prisons and camps in Syria due to lax security in the area since Turkey began its operation.
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Turkish dishes that will make you fall in love   7%

With a variety of vegetables available in Turkey, Turkish cuisine has a wide variety of veg dishes in it. The traditional dishes of this cuisine vary from region to region because of the influence of several cultures.

Kurds look to Syria for protection after U.S. pullout  

The shift could lead to clashes between Turkey and Syria and raises the specter of a resurgent Islamic State group.

Dangerous scramble on horizon for key Syrian city of Manbij   -5%

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signalled the city as its next target in the country's military operation

With Syrian ceasefire ticking down, Erdogan travels to Russia to meet Putin and talk peace  

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as the five-day ceasefire in northern Syria nears its end. The meeting could decide whether there is a chance for peace in northeastern Syria.
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Erdogan spokesman: Europeans 'should be thankful to our soldiers'  

The Turkish and Russian presidents are meeting in Sochi as the five-day cease-fire expires. In a DW interview, Ibrahim Kalin spoke about his country's aims in the Syria conflict and what to expect from the meeting.

Turkeys Syria invasion rapidly backfiring for Ankara amid unexpected international condemnation  

Analysis: Amid global outcry and Kurdish deal with Damascus, Erdogan must now recalculate

Democrats Decry Trump's Syria Policy But Fail to Address Palestine, Yemen, China & Other Issues   -6%

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Assad Forces Surge Forward in Syria as U.S. Pulls Back  

Syrian government forces streamed into the country’s northeast, filling a vacuum opened up by President Trump’s decision to pull back in Syria.

Turkeys Syria campaign serves Erdogans electoral ambitions   50%

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presents his latest cross-border operation into northeast Syria as a move against “oppressors and terrorists.” He also claims that he “targets

The Latest: Putin welcomes Erdogan in Sochi for Syria talks   5%

The Latest on the situation in Syria following the Turkish invasion earlier this month into the country's north (all times local): 2 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sat down … Click to Continue »

Multinational project launched to assess pollution in Black Sea   -16%

A team of 17 marine scientists from four countries, including Turkey, have joined forces in a new project aiming at evaluating the degree of pollution in the Black Sea. Scientists on board the research vessel “Mare Nigrum” carried out sampling of water, sediments and marine organisms to assess the health of the sea, which marks the majority of Turkey’s northern border.

The Triumph of the Autocrats: What the Syrian Debacle Means for the Middle East and Europe  

Now that the U.S. has withdrawn from northern Syria, a trio of autocrats is dividing the country up between them. But with Putin, Erdogan and Assad now having the say in the region, dangers are on the horizon for Europe. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Kremlin says Putin wants more information from Erdogan about Turkeys Syria plans   50%

The Kremlin said it hoped Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan would be able to provide President Vladimir Putin with more information about Ankara’s plans for northern Syria at a meeting in

St Pauli release Sahin over Turkey-Syria Instagram post   3%

Turkish midfielder Cenk Sahin has been released by German team St Pauli following his Instagram post supporting his country’s military incursion in northern Syria. Turkey sent

Pompeo meeting with Netanyahu in Israel after Erdogan meeting in Turkey  

Meeting takes place after Pompeo, U.S. Vice President Pence broker cease-fire between Turkey and Kurdish forces in northeast Syria

As Putin welcomes Erdogan, Russia accuses Turkey of violating Syria's territorial integrity   28%

The five-day ceasefire is to end on Tuesday night, right after Putin's meeting with Erdogan ■ Iraq says U.S. troops crossing from Syria did not get authorization to do so

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote   25%

President Trump again defends his decision to withdraw American troops, an order that many, including Republicans, have interpreted as acquiescing to Turkey’s incursion against a United States ally.

Week in Review: Facial recognition, Kurdish womens Syrian fight, and Paris moms tackling drugs  

The Kurdish women fighting the Islamic State group in Syria; France embraces facial recognition despite privacy concerns; Brazil's former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks to FRANCE 24; and why not everyone is laughing at the "Joker".

Pompeo to visit Israel after meeting Erdogan in Turkey  

The visit will take place amid ongoing Ankara's offensive in Syria

Les Bleus' coach Deschamps keen to keep politics out of France-Turkey match   -10%

France coach Didier Deschamps hopes to keep the simmering diplomatic tension with Turkey out of Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier after Ankara launched a widely-condemned military offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria.

Turkey not 'willing to stop' incursion into Syria, Pentagon officials say   -10%

The Pentagon says Turkey has given no indication it will halt military operations in northern Syria despite calls by President Trump for a cease-fire.

Commander of Syrias Kurdish forces accuses Turkey of scuppering US-brokered ceasefire deal  

The commander of Kurdish forces in Syria accused Turkey of sabotaging a US-brokered truce Saturday by blocking the withdrawal of his forces from a flashpoint border town in northeastern Syria.In a wide-ranging interview with AFP, Mazloum Abdi, head of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), also said he still wished to see a role for the US in Syria to counterbalance Russian influence, while recommitting his forces to countering the Islamic State (IS) group.“The Turks are preventing the withdrawal…

Newsletter: Is there possibly, maybe, a Trump strategy on Syria?   -12%

Is Trump just winging it on the Kurds, or is the crisis in northern Syria the result of a foreign policy we've known about all along?

China expresses concern over Syria amid Turkish offensive  

Zhang Jun (C, front), China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, speaks after the Security Council adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for one year, at the UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 17, 2019. Zhang Jun on Tuesday stated his country's position on the renewal of the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

By Hong Xiao at the United Nations

UN envoy calls for cessation of hostilities to prevent worsening of situation

China is "greatly concerned" over the situation in northeast Syria and is calling on Turkey to stop military operations there to avoid making the humanitarian situation worse, Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, said on Wednesday.

Zhang laid out China's position on northeast Syria while meeting with the media after Security Council internal consultations at the UN headquarters in New York.

"Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity should be respected and safeguarded," he said, adding that a political settlement is the only way out, and military means "will lead nowhere".

Turkey's weeklong offensive against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria has displaced more than 300,000 people, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Dozens of civilians - mostly on the Kurdish side - have been killed since the start of the offensive, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to halt despite mounting international pressure.

The situation in Syria worsened when the United States abruptly announced plans to withdraw its forces from northern Syria. Turkey then launched an attack on the Syrian Kurdish fighters, who were a key partner of the US in defeating the Islamic State.

Ankara views Syria's main Kurdish force, the People's Protection Units, or YPG, as a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

Zhang said China is calling on Turkey to stop the military operation and return to the track of a political settlement, and urges the country "to take up its responsibility and work with other countries to jointly fight terrorism".

During the UN consultations on Wednesday, the council listened to briefings by Mohamed Khaled Khiari, UN assistant secretary-general for Asia and the Pacific, and Mark Lowcock, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

Jerry Matjila, president of the Security Council and permanent representative of South Africa to the UN, said that the council members expressed deep concern over the risks of the dispersion of terrorists, including from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and over a further deterioration in the humanitarian situation.

Zhang told the media that the unilateral military operation by Turkey has made the situation more complex and fragile and worsened the counterterrorism situation in Syria, which could result in ISIL staging a comeback and posing a threat to peace and security in Syria, the Middle East and even the wider world.

He said China opposes the use of force in international relations, and believes that all parties should observe the principles of the UN Charter and the basic norms governing international relations, and resolve problems through political and diplomatic means under the framework of international law.

Meanwhile, US Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departed for Turkey on Wednesday, seeking to secure a cease-fire in the Turkey-Syria conflict.

"Our mission is to see if we can get a cease-fire, see if we can get this brokered," Pompeo told reporters on his plane.

Pence and Pompeo, who traveled on different planes, were scheduled to hold talks on Thursday with Erdogan, but the Turkish leader has said he will not meet them.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the US was "going to try to work it out" with Turkey, with regard to its assault on northeastern Syria, but US sanctions would be "devastating" if discussions with Ankara do not go well.

Liu Xuan in Beijing, AFP and Reuters contributed to this story.



Syrian regime troops enter Kurdish territory after deal aimed at pushing back Turkish offensive as US signals full withdrawal   -10%

US expected to begin troop withdrawal in coming days as Turkish leader signals new front on Manbij

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US-Turkey deadline on Syria expires 1900 GMT Tuesday: Turkish military source   -10%

The deadline for the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from areas in northeastern Syria expires at 1900 GMT Tuesday, a Turkish military source said, as part of a 120-hour suspension agreed between Ankara

Pentagon chief says keeping some troops in north Syria under discussion   10%

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some US troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to ensure that the oil did not fall into

Syrias Kurds strike deal with Assad after being abandoned by US  

Kurdish fighters agree to hand over border towns to Damascus in deal brokered by Russia

Kurds begin evacuation from besieged Syrian border town   25%

Kurdish fighters and civilians began evacuating from a besieged Syrian town on Sunday, the first pullback under the U.S.-brokered cease-fire deal, opening the way to a broader withdrawal of the Kurdish-led forces from parts of the Turkish border.

In Cave-In, Trump Cease-Fire Cements Turkeys Gains in Syria   2%

The agreement, announced by Vice President Mike Pence, may stop the killing in the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. But the cost to American influence is expected to be high.

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Pence to confront Erdogan on Turkeys invasion of Syria  

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Letters to the Editor: 'Get over it' says so much about Trump's recklessness   40%

The president's flippant attitude about Ukraine and the fighting in northern Syria has been on glaring display.

From Syria to Iran, Trump is losing the battle to end endless wars in Middle East   -40%

As Trump defends his Syria withdrawal with increasingly outlandish statements, one blatantly false justification stands out

Escaping like rats: angry Syrian Kurds hurl potatoes at convoy of withdrawing US troops   -21%

Syrian Kurds pelted a convoy of US troops with potatoes as they left north-eastern Syria and the clock ticks down on a shaky ceasefire brokered between the US and Turkey.A video posted on Kurdish media on Monday showed angry and dismayed Syrian Kurds hurling potatoes at the US military convoy as it passed through an area in the city of Qamishli.“Americans are escaping like rats,” men shouted at the passing armoured vehicles.“Shame on you,” another could be heard saying.The convoy was heading…

Turkey-backed forces seize control of Syrian border town as offensive continues  

Turkish-backed Syrian rebel factions overran the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Saturday, officials said, securing a strategic passageway for Turkey's offensive against a U.S.

Fear builds in Syria as ceasefire deadline approaches   -20%

Towns across northern Syria are closing down as ordinary people shutter their shops and avoid the streets in fear that full-scale hostilities will resume