Ankara is aiming to form safe zones in northern Syria so that Syrian refugees hosted by Turkey could return to their home country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Speaking in Istanbul on Monday, Erdogan also said nearly 300,000 Syrians had already gone back to areas controlled by Turkish-backed rebels in[…]
Turkey’s deputy prime minister has dismissed as “false” media reports that Syrian government forces were poised to enter a Kurdish enclave in Syria’s Afrin. Bekir Bozdag, however, warned any move by Syrian soldiers to help the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, repel a Turkish offensive in northwestern Syria would[…]
A Turkish official said anyone supporting the YPG militia will become “a target”, a warning likely to rile the United States as its forces work alongside the Kurdish armed group on the ground in northern Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag’s comments on Thursday came after Turkey threatened to attack[…]
Syria’s foreign ministry has condemned Turkey’s shelling of Kurdish fighters in northern Syria and sent two letters voicing its concern to the United Nations, Syrian state media reported. “Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian territory constitutes direct support to the armed terrorist organisations,” the ministry told the UN Secretary General and[…]
Waves of forced displacement and home demolitions carried out by Kurdish forces operating in Syria’s north and northeast amount to “war crimes,” a rights group said on Tuesday. Amnesty International said a fact-finding mission to 14 towns and villages in northern and northeast Syria “has uncovered a wave of forced[…]
The Turkish government is preventing the bodies of 13 people, including one European, killed fighting with the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) from crossing into Turkey from Syria, a rights group told MEE. According to the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD), the bodies are waiting in a customs area in an[…]
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