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Russia, Iran, Turkey say Syrian constitution committee ready

Sep. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran announced Monday that an agreement has been finally reached on the composition of a committee tasked with rewriting Syria's constitution as part of a political solution to the country's civil war, now in its ninth year. Turkish President Recep...

Syrian president issues new amnesty, reduces sentences

Sep. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree Sunday granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before Sept. 14, state news agency SANA said. Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions — most recently last year — since Syria's crisis...

Turkey gets second S-400 battery, plans to activate in 2020

Sep. 15, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says Russia has completed delivery of components for a second battery of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system to an airbase in the Turkish capital. In a statement Sunday, the ministry said it plans to activate the system in April 2020. Turkey went ahead...

Turkey accuses US of stalling on Syria 'safe zone' plans

Sep. 10, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of taking only "cosmetic steps" toward the creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara's threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...

Greece: Turkey 'continues to provoke' over Cyprus

Sep. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Tuesday that Turkey "continues to provoke" in its approach towards ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus and that Ankara was becoming isolated internationally. Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the comments during a meeting with visiting Cypriot President...

Turkey, US conduct 'safe zone' joint patrols in north Syria

Sep. 8, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

TAL ABYAD, Syria (AP) — Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria on Sunday as part of a so-called "safe zone" that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile Kurdish-administered region. Turkey hopes the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30...

Turkey threatens to open gates for Syria refugees to go West

Sep. 5, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Thursday threatened to "open the gates" and allow a flood of Syrian refugees to leave Turkey for Western countries unless a so-called "safe zone" is established inside Syria soon in negotiations with the Americans. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech to his ruling...

Kurdish official: Syria's 'safe zone' off to a good start

Sep. 4, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

DARBASIYAH, Syria (AP) — The creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeastern Syria has gotten off to good start, with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces pulling back from a small, initial area along the Turkish border, a Syrian Kurdish official said — but calm can only prevail if Turkey also removes...

Syrian troops to start unilateral cease-fire in Idlib

Aug. 30, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces will soon begin a unilateral cease-fire in northwestern Idlib province, Russia's military said Friday, as hundreds of protesters were met with tear gas marching toward a border crossing with Turkey demanding that Ankara either open the border for refugees or work on...

Russian cargo plane resumes delivering S-400 parts to Turkey

Aug. 27, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says Russia has begun delivering the second battery of its S-400 missile defense system that has strained ties between Ankara and Washington. Turkey took delivery of the first battery of the Russian-made system last month, despite strong objections from its...