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Russian army chief in Syria meets Kurds over Turkey tensions

Nov. 28, 2022 15:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The chief of Russian forces in Syria has met with a Kurdish commander over threats by Turkey to launch a new incursion into northern Syria, a Kurdish spokesman and an Arab TV station said Monday. Siamand Ali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces,...

Syrian Kurds say they have stopped operations against IS

Nov. 26, 2022 10:40 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The commander of the main U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force in Syria said Saturday they have halted operations against the Islamic State group due to Turkish attacks on northern Syria over the past week. Mazloum Abdi of the Syrian Democratic Forces told reporters that...

US official urges 'de-escalation' as Turkey strikes Syria

Nov. 25, 2022 14:10 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official in Syria on Friday called for an “immediate de-escalation” following days of deadly airstrikes and shelling along the Syria-Turkey border, saying the actions destabilize the region and undermine the fight against the Islamic State group. Turkey...

Turkish police detain protesters at anti-violence rally

Nov. 25, 2022 13:52 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police on Friday broke up a rally calling for an end to violence against women and for Turkey’s return to a treaty aimed at protecting them, detaining dozens of people. The demonstrators tried to march along Istanbul’s main pedestrian street, Istiklal,...

Erdogan vows Syria ground invasion, Kurds prepare response

Nov. 23, 2022 14:49 PM EST

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday to order a land invasion of northern Syria targeting Kurdish groups, amid yearslong border violence and repeated Turkish incursions. Turkey has launched a barrage of airstrikes on suspected militant...

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits northwest Turkey, 68 injured

Nov. 23, 2022 09:35 AM EST

DUZCE, Turkey (AP) — A magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit a town in northwestern Turkey early Wednesday, causing damage to some buildings and widespread panic. At least 68 people were injured, mostly while trying to flee homes. The quake was centered in the town of Golkaya, in Duzce...

Turkey hints new Syria offensive; Russia urges restraint

Nov. 22, 2022 15:03 PM EST

ANKARA (AP) — Turkey’s president again hinted at a possible new ground offensive in Syria against Kurdish militants on Tuesday, as Syrian forces denounced new airstrikes and Russia urged restraint and called on Ankara to avoid an escalation. Russian presidential envoy in Syria...

Kurdish militants fire at Turkish border town, 2 killed

Nov. 21, 2022 15:04 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Suspected Kurdish militants in Syria fired rockets across the border into Turkey on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding 10 others, Turkish officials said. The attack followed deadly airstrikes by Turkey on suspected militant targets in Syria and Iraq. ...

Turkey strikes in Syria, Iraq a week after Istanbul bombing

Nov. 20, 2022 11:43 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey launched deadly airstrikes over northern regions of Syria and Iraq, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Sunday, targeting Kurdish groups that Ankara holds responsible for last week’s bomb attack in Istanbul. Warplanes attacked bases of the outlawed Kurdistan...

Bulgaria detains 5 suspects in deadly Istanbul bombing

Nov. 19, 2022 06:37 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Police in Bulgaria have detained five people in connection with the bombing that killed six people in Turkey's largest city last weekend, the Bulgarian prosecution service said Saturday. The detained individuals were charged with helping one of the people...