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by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:08am | 0 comments
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who resigned over disagreements with President Donald Trump, has warned that the Islamic State (IS) extremist group could “resurge” in the wake of Trump’s decision to pull troops out of northeast Syria.
by Associated Press | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 8:13pm | 0 comments
"Turkey's military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago, with no sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism."
by Marine Corps Times | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 5:37pm | 0 comments
"U.S. forces in Syria are still conducting ground and air patrols in Syria, according to a coalition U.S. military official. The patrols continue despite reports of a temporary pause in anti-ISIS operations in the country as Turkish forces continue to advance against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria."
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 3:55pm | 1 comment
Via 'Air Force Times' - "Africa is a vast area where massive opportunity exists. It is a place of robust resources, rare minerals, reserves of oil and the potential for huge gains. Its potential impact can be great and return on investment even greater. With the right resources and development, it can lead to more secure futures, but may be overlooked due to competing investment priorities."
by Agence France-Presse | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 1:14pm | 0 comments
"The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday urged its U.S. allies to assume their 'moral obligations' to protect them from a cross-border Turkish offensive, now in its fourth day."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 12:47pm | 0 comments
"Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria this week triggered a new rift between Ankara and its NATO allies, highlighting a growing divergence on security concerns and complicating efforts to thwart an increasingly assertive Russia."
by Voice of America | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 12:13pm | 0 comments
The World Food Program says more than 100,000 people have been displaced so far by the Turkish invasion of northern Syria. The agency said those displaced have come from the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad.
by The Telegraph | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 11:35am | 0 comments
"Turkey claimed its forces had seized control of the Syrian border town of Ras al Ain town on Saturday, as the country's offensive against a Kurdish militia in the region entered its fourth day."
by Voice of America | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 12:50am | 0 comments
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is loading "very powerful" sanctions to impose on Turkey for its attacks on Syrian territory, but it is not yet pulling the trigger." If Turkey does something they shouldn't be doing we will put on sanctions the likes of which very few countries have ever seen before," the president told reporters Friday. "We don't want them killing a lot of people."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 12:22am | 0 comments
U.S. troops at a military outpost in northeast Syria came under artillery fire from Turkish positions, as Ankara’s forces pressed on with their offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters.
by Voice of America | Sat, 10/12/2019 - 12:09am | 0 comments
The United States is finding itself bogged down in northeastern Syria, caught in the middle of an increasingly dangerous fight between two key allies — Turkey and the Syrian Kurds — with neither side giving any sign it will back down. Further complicating matters, U.S. military and intelligence officials say they see indications that the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or Daesh, is finding ways to take advantage of the chaos.
by Defense News | Fri, 10/11/2019 - 8:55pm | 0 comments
"As Turkey continues an incursion into Syria targeting Kurdish forces backed by the U.S., the Pentagon has given the Turkish military detailed coordinates of where American forces are, and a stark warning: American personnel in Syria have the right to defend themselves, even against a longstanding NATO ally."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Fri, 10/11/2019 - 1:19pm | 0 comments
"Some 100,000 people have fled their homes in north Syria, the UN reports, as Turkey presses on with its cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held areas."
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 10/11/2019 - 1:06pm | 0 comments
"A new anti-missile system and fighter jets are also being sent, officials say."
by Al-Monitor | Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:32am | 0 comments
"Ankara has divided its operation into three phases. In the first phase, it will establish three to four battalion-size military bases on high ground covering some 5-8 kilometers (3-4 miles) of road parallel to the border. As 155 mm Turkish artillery howitzers and multiple rocket launchers will provide indirect fire support for the advancing Turkish troops, there's no need for close air support — making the first phase relatively simple."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 10/11/2019 - 2:16am | 0 comments
Thousands of people have fled their homes and dozens have been killed as Turkey stepped up its assault on Syrian Kurdish forces and momentum built in the U.S. Congress to impose sanctions on Ankara for its actions in northeast Syria.
by Voice of America | Fri, 10/11/2019 - 1:15am | 0 comments
U.S. special forces in Syria are on alert, worried Turkey’s military campaign against the Kurds in northeastern Syria will give fighters loyal to the Islamic State terror group the chance they need to ignite a more intense and deadly insurgency.
by Voice of America | Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:40am | 0 comments
U.S. lawmakers of both political parties on Wednesday continued to savage President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria, where U.S.-allied Kurds are under attack from Turkey.
by Associated Press | Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:16am | 0 comments
"The U.S. will hand over to Iraqi authorities nearly 50 Islamic State members who were transferred from Syria in recent days, two Iraqi intelligence officials said Thursday."
by Defense News | Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:13am | 0 comments
"Senators critical of President Donald Trump’s sudden military withdrawal from Syria are prepping a legislative response to the Turkish offensive there, but some colleagues worry America’s Kurdish partners may be dead by the time sanctions are imposed."
by Military Times | Thu, 10/10/2019 - 9:14pm | 0 comments
"U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria claim a Turkish air strike targeted a training camp housing a secretive coalition-trained commando force."
by Associated Press | Thu, 10/10/2019 - 3:22pm | 0 comments
"Syria's most powerful Kurdish group is grappling for friends after its ally, the United States, abandoned it to an invasion by Turkey, whose warplanes, tanks and artillery are raining shells onto its stronghold in the north of the country."
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Thu, 10/10/2019 - 2:27pm | 1 comment
The latest issue of The Combatting Terrorism Center’s ‘Sentinel’ is now online. Continue on for links to all the new articles.
by Voice of America | Thu, 10/10/2019 - 1:49pm | 0 comments
"Humanitarian concerns are growing as Turkey's military incursion into northeastern Syria widens and desperate civilians flee on tractors, trucks and motorcycles, becoming the region’s newest refugees. International and local aid agencies fear that hundreds of thousands of people could be at risk, as Turkey launches airstrikes and pursues a ground offensive to clear once-U.S.-backed Kurdish forces from the border area."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:46pm | 0 comments
"Heavy fighting is reported in northern Syria on the second day of a Turkish offensive into Kurdish-held areas. Turkey says it has seized a number of designated targets and killed dozens of Kurdish militants."