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by Reuters | Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:43am | 0 comments
"Turkey pressed its military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Thursday, shelling towns and bombing targets from the air in an operation that has forced thousands of people to flee their homes."
by Associated Press | Thu, 10/10/2019 - 2:06am | 0 comments
"Two British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded hostages and was known as “The Beatles” have been moved out of a detention center in Syria and are in American custody."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 10/10/2019 - 1:49am | 1 comment
"Green light to Turkey to attack Kurdish fighters in Syria is seen as a flashing yellow by others."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:30am | 0 comments
"The US did not give Turkey a 'green light' for its offensive in northern Syria, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said .Mr Pompeo defended President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from the border area, which has sparked an outcry at home and abroad."
by Voice of America | Wed, 10/09/2019 - 8:18pm | 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 Voice of America | Wed, 10/09/2019 - 4:57pm | 0 comments
As Turkish forces began a military operation in the north of Syria, Kurdish SDF leaders scrambled for possible support from the Syrian government in Damascus to help fend off a full-blown Turkish invasion. Kurdish leaders also called on Russia to act as an intermediary in possible talks with Damascus.
by Voice of America | Wed, 10/09/2019 - 4:05pm | 0 comments
Turkey has begun a long-planned military operation in northeastern Syria to take out Kurdish forces branded by Ankara as terrorists, but viewed by much of the West as key partners in the fight against Islamic State.
by The New York Times | Wed, 10/09/2019 - 1:58pm | 0 comments
"First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent. Though the operations bore the fingerprints of Russia’s intelligence services, authorities initially saw them as isolated, unconnected attacks."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:05pm | 0 comments
"A Pakistani doctor who helped the US find al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is appealing against his jail sentence."
by Army Times | Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:52am | 0 comments
"At the center of a recent Middle East exercise that saw the U.S. partner with 28 other nations for theater movement on land, air, sea and simulated cyber and electronic warfare threats, soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division put steel on target and practiced urban attacks with Jordanian counterparts."
by Associated Press | Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:20am | 0 comments
"Turkey launched a military operation Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces withdrew from the area, with activists reporting airstrikes on a town on Syria’s northern border."
by Military Times | Tue, 10/08/2019 - 8:52pm | 0 comments
"As peace negotiations between the Taliban and U.S. unraveled, the U.S. dramatically ramped up its air campaign against militants in Afghanistan."
by Voice of America | Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:11pm | 0 comments
Turkish military officials say their troops are ready to launch a long-planned incursion into Syria to take out Kurdish forces branded by Ankara as terrorists, but viewed by much of the West as key partners in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 10/08/2019 - 6:19pm | 0 comments
Via 'Business Insider' - "Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday warned Turkey a bipartisan group of lawmakers would introduce sanctions against it and 'call for their suspension from NATO' if it attacks the Kurds in Syria."
by Voice of America | Tue, 10/08/2019 - 5:56pm | 0 comments
Al-Qaida’s South Asia region chief, Asim Omar, was killed in a raid in southern Afghanistan last month, according to a statement released by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency.
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 10/08/2019 - 5:50pm | 0 comments
"After U.S. pulls forces back from border, Kurds remain determined to resist Turkish incursion."
by Voice of America | Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:28am | 0 comments
U.S. President Donald Trump sent out a stern but conflicting warning Monday saying that U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds, but he threatened to destroy the Turkish economy if they went too far.
by Al-Monitor | Tue, 10/08/2019 - 9:48am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon fought back against President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to remove US troops from northeast Syria to allow a Turkish operation, a senior administration official told Al-Monitor on Monday."
by Voice of America | Tue, 10/08/2019 - 4:37am | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump's announcement of a U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria, paving the way for a Turkish military operation against a Kurdish militia in the area, is widely being seen as a diplomatic triumph for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."
by Associated Press | Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:49am | 0 comments
"Taliban officials say several of their group’s members have been freed from Afghan jails, including former shadow governors, just days after a U.S. envoy met top Taliban leaders in the Pakistani capital following the suspension of U.S.-Taliban talks last month."
by Associated Press | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 6:51pm | 0 comments
"Syria’s Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 3:17pm | 0 comments
"As bipartisan criticism greets Trump move, Senate majority leader cautions against ‘retreat’."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 1:09pm | 0 comments
"Kurdish-led forces have until now been a key US ally in Syria, where they helped defeat the Islamic State group, but Turkey regards them as terrorists. The main Kurdish-led group called the surprise US move a 'stab in the back'."
by Military Times | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 1:03pm | 0 comments
"Sunday’s White House announcement that U.S. troops would withdraw from northeastern Syrian ahead of a potential Turkish military incursion threatens a resurgence of ISIS fighters in the region."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 2:45am | 1 comment
"The US will play no role in an imminent Turkish operation against Kurdish-led forces in north-eastern Syria, the White House has said, in a major shift."