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Turkish strikes on US Kurd allies resonate in Ukraine war

Dec. 03, 2022 12:48 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Biden administration officials are toughening their language toward NATO ally Turkey as they try to talk Turkish President Recep Erdogan out of launching a bloody and destabilizing ground offensive against American-allied Kurdish forces in neighboring Syria. ...

Sweden extradites to Turkey man convicted of terror links

Dec. 03, 2022 12:06 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities on Saturday arrested and jailed in Istanbul a convicted member of an outlawed militant group who was extradited from Sweden where he had fled, Turkey’s state-run news agency said. The move comes as the NATO member continues to hold up Sweden...

Joint patrols resume in north Syria amid tension with Turkey

Dec. 03, 2022 07:44 AM EST

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — U.S. troops Saturday resumed joint patrols with Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria days after they were stopped amid Turkish threats of a new ground incursion into the war-torn country. A patrol consisting of four American armored vehicles and one for the...

US military halts patrols against Islamic State in Syria

Dec. 02, 2022 17:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forces have stopped joint military patrols in northern Syria to counter Islamic State extremists, as Turkish threats of a ground invasion stymie those missions with Kurdish forces. Other more limited security patrols by U.S. and Kurdish troops, particularly around prisons,...

Turkey: Russia, US failed to clear militia from Syria border

Dec. 02, 2022 12:20 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister charged Friday that the United States and Russia have failed to meet promises to clear Syria’s border with Turkey of Kurdish militants, forcing Ankara to intervene. Speaking at the Mediterranean Dialogues forum in Rome, Foreign...

Minister: Cyprus tops EU in migrant repatriations

Dec. 01, 2022 11:34 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Ethnically divided Cyprus ranks first among European Union member nations in the number of migrants it repatriates relative to its population of just over a million people, the country's interior minister said Thursday. Nearly 7,000 migrants were sent back...

Turkey: more steps needed for nod to Nordic states' NATO bid

Nov. 30, 2022 08:51 AM EST

BUCHAREST (AP) — Sweden and Finland have made some progress in meeting Ankara's security concerns but still need to undertake “concrete steps” to win Turkey’s approval for their NATO membership bids, the Turkish foreign minister said Wednesday. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary...

UN envoy: Military escalation in Syria is `dangerous'

Nov. 29, 2022 22:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria warned Tuesday that the current military escalation in Syria is dangerous for civilians and regional stability, and he urged Turkey and Kurdish-led forces in the north to de-escalate immediately and restore the relative calm that has...

2 quakes rattle Greek island, no major damage reported

Nov. 29, 2022 16:13 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two earthquakes struck the Greek island of Evia several hours apart Tuesday, rattling residents and being strongly felt in Athens, but no injuries or major damage were reported. The stronger of the two, at magnitude 5.0, occurred at 10:06 p.m. in southeastern...

Turkish strikes harming counter-IS operations, US, Kurds say

Nov. 29, 2022 15:47 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. and Kurdish military officials said Tuesday that Turkish airstrikes and a threatened ground invasion in northern Syria are impacting their joint operations against the Islamic State extremist group. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic...