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Turkish and U.S. troops meet on the Turkish-Syrian border for a joint U.S.-Turkey patrol in northern Syria, as it is pictured from near the Turkish town of Akcakale, Turkey, September 8, 2019.

US soldiers who fought alongside Kurds blast Donald Trump’s Syria retreat

In the summer of 2004, U.S. soldier Greg Walker drove to a checkpoint just outside of Baghdad’s Green Zone with his Kurdish bodyguard, Azaz. When he stepped out of his SUV, three Iraqi guards turned him around at gunpoint.
Vice President Mike Pence meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Palace for talks on the Kurds and Syria, Oct. 17, 2019, in Ankara, Turkey.

Turkey: Kurdish militia kills soldier in Syria despite ceasefire

One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded Sunday after an attack by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria’s Tel Abyad, the defense ministry said, despite a deal to pause military operations as militants withdraw from the area.
Turkish jets take off as smoke rises in Syria

US insists ‘we’re not abandoning Kurds’ as Turkey ‘will not step back’

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has said Washington is not abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish military offensive.
Police in Turkey have arrested six people, including a member of the ruling party, after an attack on main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, as his party organised rallies against the incident.

Arrests after attack on main opposition leader in Turkey

Police in Turkey have arrested six people, including a member of the ruling party, after an attack on main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, as his party organised rallies against the incident.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had spoken to Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, but did not elaborate on how the protections would be achieve [Anadolu]

Mike Pompeo ‘optimistic’ clashes between Turkey and SDF can be avoided

Washington's top diplomat said he was "optimistic" an agreement with Ankara could be reached which will protect Syrian Kurdish groups while allowing Turks to "defend their country from terrorists" following a US pullout from Syria.
US commanders planning for the withdrawal of troops from Syria have recommended that Kurdish fighters be permitted to keep US-supplied weapons, a move that would incense NATO ally Turkey.

US commanders propose Kurdish fighters in Syria keep weapons

US commanders planning for the withdrawal of troops from Syria have recommended that Kurdish fighters be permitted to keep US-supplied weapons, a move that would incense NATO ally Turkey.
Turkish-backed Syrian fighters dispatched fighters and armoured vehicles to the front line with Kurdish fighters on Monday [Anadolu]

Syrian government forces ‘enter’ Kurdish-controlled Manbij region

Syrian government forces have entered the country's northern border region of Manbij controlled by Kurdish fighters, local sources told Al Jazeera and Turkey's state-run Anadolu agency.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey would stage a new military operation against US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria [File-Ismet Bicen-AP]

Turkey increases military deployment to Syrian border

Turkey is sending reinforcements to its border with Syria, Demiroren News Agency (DHA) reported on Sunday, adding that some 100 vehicles, including mounted pick-up trucks and weaponry had made their way to the area.

US-backed force launches assault on ISIS in Syria

US-backed fighters launched a fierce assault Monday against a dwindling pocket of territory held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a commander and a war monitor told AFP.
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Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army group ‘capture’ Afrin city

Turkish forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition group have captured the city centre of Afrin in Syria, which was previously controlled by Kurdish fighters, Turkish military forces and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Arrests in Turkey as US embassy shuts down due to ‘threat’

Turkish police have arrested 12 people in the capital Ankara in an investigation targeting an armed group, state media reporter.

US embassy in Turkey closes due to ‘security threat’

The United States embassy in Turkey has been closed to the public as of Monday due to a security threat and only emergency services will be provided, the mission said in a statement.

Operation in Syria’s Afrin has begun – Recep Erdogan

Turkish fighter jets have struck Kurdish-held positions in the Syrian border town of Afrin, after President Recep Tayep Erdogan announced the beginning of a ground operation to oust the Kurdish fighters from the area.

US-backed fighters seize Syria’s largest gas field from Islamic State

US-backed Syrian forces on Saturday captured the war-torn country’s largest gas field from the Islamic State extremist militia organization, a monitoring group and Kurdish fighters said.

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