Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Russian officials condemn Venezuela protests

CARACAS, Venezuela— Jan 24, 2019—The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 4 a.m. Russian officials and senior lawmakers have reacted angrily to opposition protests in Venezuela that support opposition leader Juan Guaido‘s claim to the presidency. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the information committee at the Federation Council, on Thursday called Guaido’s … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Russian officials condemn Venezuela protests

ANKARA, Turkey | Sen Graham: Syria withdrawal without plan can lead to chaos

ANKARA, Turkey —Jan 19, 2019—Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says a U.S. withdrawal from Syria without a plan would lead to chaos and an “Iraq on steroids.” Graham spoke to reporters in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday, a day after meeting with Turkish officials. The senator says: “The goal of destroying ISIS is not yet … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Sen Graham: Syria withdrawal without plan can lead to chaos

ANKARA, Turkey | Report: Turkey seeks warrant for NBA player Enes Kanter

ANKARA, Turkey —Jan 16, 2019 —Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization. Sabah newspaper says the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office had also prepared an extradition request for the NBA player. Officials at the prosecutor’s office could not be reached … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Report: Turkey seeks warrant for NBA player Enes Kanter

BEIRUT | Top Syrian Kurdish official says Kurds ready to fight Turkey

BEIRUT—January 08, 2019—  A top Syrian Kurdish official said Tuesday his fighters are prepared to confront Turkish forces if they enter northeastern Syria, adding that it’s clear from Ankara’s latest statements that Turkey has a plan to invade the region. Shahoz Hasan is co-chair of the largest Kurdish group in Syria, the Democratic Union Party, or … Continue reading BEIRUT | Top Syrian Kurdish official says Kurds ready to fight Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey appears to snub US; no assurances on Syrian Kurds

ANKARA, Turkey — A senior U.S. official trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria was apparently rebuffed by Turkey’s president who said Tuesday there would be “no concession” in Ankara’s push against what he describes as terror groups in the war-torn country. White House national security adviser John Bolton met for … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey appears to snub US; no assurances on Syrian Kurds

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Official: Syrian Kurds ‘ready to fight Turkey’

ANKARA, Turkey— Jan 08, 2019—The Latest on White House national security adviser John Bolton‘s Mideast trip (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A top Syrian Kurdish official says his fighters are prepared to confront Turkish forces if they enter northeastern Syria. Shahoz Hasan, co-chair of the largest Kurdish group in Syria the Democratic Union Party, or … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Official: Syrian Kurds ‘ready to fight Turkey’

ANKARA, Turkey | Trump’s shifting timetable on Syria leaves allies scrambling

ANKARA, Turkey—January 07, 2019— President Donald Trump‘s shifting timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Syria has left allies and other players in the region confused and jockeying for influence over a withdrawal strategy that appeared to be a work in progress. One day after White House national security adviser John Bolton announced the U.S. pullout … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Trump’s shifting timetable on Syria leaves allies scrambling

BERLIN | The Latest: Turkey says pledges aided US Syria troop pullout

BERLIN — The Latest on developments in and related to Syria (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the United States decided to its withdraw troops from Syria after he reassured U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey could eradicate the remnants of Islamic State group from the country with just logistical … Continue reading BERLIN | The Latest: Turkey says pledges aided US Syria troop pullout

BEIRUT | US ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

BEIRUT — The United States’ main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that Islamic State militants have been defeated, but Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from Syria, saying he agreed a U.S. military presence is no longer needed. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in … Continue reading BEIRUT | US ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

BEIRUT | The Latest: Syrians protest Turkish threats of offensive

BEIRUT— The Latest on the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Thousands of Syrians have gathered outside the headquarters for the U.S.-led coalition in northern Syria to protest Turkish threats of an imminent offensive. The protesters congregating in Jalabiya southeast of Kobani city are demanding a clear … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Syrians protest Turkish threats of offensive

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Erdogan appeals for calm, currency drops further

ANKARA, Turkey  — The Latest on Turkey’s financial turmoil (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is appealing for calm as the country’s currency plunges, urging people to change foreign money into local lira. The lira tumbled about 10 percent on Friday to another record low as investors worry about Erdogan’s unorthodox … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Erdogan appeals for calm, currency drops further

WASHINGTON | Trump orders sanctions over Turkey detaining US minister

WASHINGTON— As threatened, the U.S. will impose sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges, the White House announced Wednesday. Turkey quickly said the action would harm the two countries’ relations and promised retaliation “without delay.” President Donald Trump warned last week that he … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump orders sanctions over Turkey detaining US minister

Turkish leader slams Kosovo’s PM over secret deportations

ISTANBUL /March 31, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)—Turkey’s president slammed Kosovo’s prime minister on Saturday for criticizing the secret deportations of six Turkish men who Turkey claims were supporters of an alleged coup plotter. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was “saddened” that Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj had dismissed both his interior minister and his intelligence … Continue reading Turkish leader slams Kosovo’s PM over secret deportations

Syrian town expects US to fend off Turkey’s threat of attack

MANBIJ, Syria /March 29, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A rowdy mob of over two dozen men on motorcycles streamed into the small square in the center of Manbij. They cheered and waved jerseys of their local soccer team, which had just beat the town’s top club. The upset victory was sweet, and their wild chants reverberated, … Continue reading Syrian town expects US to fend off Turkey’s threat of attack

Kurds protest in Germany against Turkish govt, 3 arrested

BERLIN /March 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — German authorities say three people have been arrested in the northern city of Hannover when Kurdish demonstrators protesting Turkish military attacks in northern Syria clashed with police. The dpa news agency reported that some of the estimated 11,000 protesters threw plastic bottles at police Saturday and threatened them with … Continue reading Kurds protest in Germany against Turkish govt, 3 arrested

The Latest: Sources say 19 civilians killed by Syria capital

BEIRUT /February 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Syrian rescue workers and activists say at least 19 civilians, including a medic and children, have been killed in relentless government strikes on the opposition-held region near the capital Damascus. The Syrian Civil Defense, known as White … Continue reading The Latest: Sources say 19 civilians killed by Syria capital