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US President Donald Trump has demanded that Europe take in hundreds of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, threatening that the United States would otherwise be forced to release them.

Trump demands Europe take hundreds of ISIS prisoners

US President Donald Trump has demanded that Europe take in hundreds of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, threatening that the United States would otherwise be forced to release them.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was in indirect contact with the Syrian government [Getty Images]

Mevlut Cavusoglu: Turkey open to working with others on Syria safe zone

Turkey has the capacity to create a "safe zone" in Syria on its own but will not exclude the United States, Russia or others if they want to cooperate, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
Senator Graham (centre) has repeatedly called for accountability after Khashoggi's murder [Shawn Thew-EPA]

US senator urges Donald Trump to slow Syria pullout until IS is defeated

U.S. President Donald Trump should slow down the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria until Islamic State militants there can be defeated, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Saturday.
Senator Graham (centre) has repeatedly called for accountability after Khashoggi's murder [Shawn Thew-EPA]

Lindsey Graham: US-Saudi ties can’t move until Prince Mohammed bin Salman is dealt with

US Senator Lindsey Graham said the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia cannot move forward until Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is "dealt with", without elaborating on what action he believes should be taken.
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 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo ‘optimistic’ Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protected

Washington’s top diplomat said Saturday he was “optimistic” a way could be found to protect Syrian Kurds while allowing Turks to “defend their country from terrorists” despite a US pullout from Syria.
A convoy of U.S. military vehicles near Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018. (Delil Souleiman-AFP-Getty Images)

US begins withdrawing gear from Syria, but not troops

The US military has begun moving non-essential gear out of Syria but is not withdrawing troops for now, defense officials said amid uncertainty over America’s planned exit from the war-battered nation.
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.
US President Donald Trump said he spoke on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about a slow and highly coordinated withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

Donald Trump: Recep Erdogan will ‘eradicate’ ISIS in Syria

US President Donald Trump has said his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, informed him he will "eradicate whatever is left of Isis in Syria".
US President Donald Trump said he spoke on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about a slow and highly coordinated withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

Donald Trump, Recep Erdogan discuss ‘slow’ US military pull-out from Syria

US President Donald Trump said he spoke on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about "a slow and highly coordinated" withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
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 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

US may withdraw troops from Syria

The United States is considering a total withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

At least eight people killed in car bomb

A car bomb killed at least eight people including four civilians near a pro-Turkey rebel post in the northern Syrian city of Afrin on Sunday, a British-based war monitor said.
Former UK soldier Joe Robinson, who fought Islamic State, jailed in Turkey

Turkey sentences alleged British YPG fighter for ‘terrorism’

A Turkish court has sentenced a former British soldier to seven-and-a-half years in jail for alleged links to a Kurdish armed group, which is proscribed by the government.
James Matthews entered a formal not guilty plea and the prosecution offered no evidence. Dominic Lipinski-PA

Britain drops terror charges against ex-soldier for fighting IS

A former British soldier alleged to have fought alongside Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria had terrorism charges against him dropped on Tuesday.

Turkey’s Recep Erdogan ‘saddened’ by France’s stance on Kurdish militia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he was "extremely saddened" by France's position after Paris offered to mediate with the Syrian Democratic Forces dominated by a Kurdish militia deemed a terrorist group by Ankara.

Six Turkish troops killed by PKK militants

Six Turkish troops have been killed and seven wounded after Kurdish militants attacked a miltary base in the southeast of the country.

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