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Ibrahim Kalin: Turkey to control proposed safe zone in N. Syria

Ibrahim Kalin: Turkey to control proposed safe zone in N. Syria

Waar Media - 2019-01-16 14:28
A proposed safe zone in northern Syria along Turkish border will be under Ankara’s control, the country’s presidential aide said on Tuesday. presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin; highlighted that Turkey’s aim in Syria’s Idlib was to ensure the safety ...
Ibrahim Kalin: Turkey to control proposed safe zone in N. Syria - Waar Media

Iraqi Parliament to Vote on Budget Bill on Wednesday

BAS News - 2019-01-22 22:10
ERBIL - Iraqi Council of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday on the budget bill for the year of 2019. Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi said on Tuesday that they will dedicate Wednesday's session to voting on the budget bill as well as ...

The distant dream of a secure safe zone in northern Syria | Ahval

Ahvalnews - 2019-01-22 16:07

Turkey’s Erdogan says Kurdish PKK rebels will not shelter in Syrian safe zone

E-Kurd - 2019-01-21 22:58
ANKARA,— Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan made clear on Monday that Turkey would not allow a “safe zone” that it is considering setting up in northern Syria to become a base for Kurdish separatists. Last week, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s deci ...

KDP, Gorran to Meet on Tuesday for New Gov’t Talks

BAS News - 2019-01-21 14:17
ERBIL — High-level delegations from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Change Movement (Gorran) are set to meet on Tuesday and discuss the formation of a new government in Kurdistan Region. Senior officials from the KDP confirmed to BasNews that th ...

Erdogan, Putin to Discuss Declaration of a "Safe Area" in Syria

BAS News - 2019-01-19 22:33
ERBIL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on January 23 to discuss ways to declare a safe area in northeastern Syria similar to the demilitarized zone in Idlib, an official reveal ...

US and Turkish presidents discuss safe zone in northern Syria | News | DW | 15.01.2019

DW - 2019-01-19 11:20

Safe zone in Syria must be ‘without Turkish fingers’: Senior Kurdish politician

E-Kurd - 2019-01-19 11:00
BEIRUT,— A senior Syrian Kurdish politician and former co-chair of the Diplomatic Committee of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim said that he supported a proposed buffer zone along the Turkish border as long as Ankara has no involvement. “We ...

Muslim: We don’t accept a ‘safe zone’ that Turkey will be in

ANF - 2019-01-19 08:10
Salih Muslim said Turkey only thinks of invasions and massacres in Syria and that is why they use the concept of a ‘safe zone’, stressing that they will not support any project that Turkey is involved in. ...

Turkey-proposed security zone in northern Syria "military occupation": Kurdish commander - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Xinhuanet - 2019-01-18 17:05

SDF Willing to Help Create Safe Zone in Syria

BAS News - 2019-01-16 19:16
ERBIL - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has shown readiness to help establish a safe zone, across the north and east Syria, recently suggested by US President Donald Trump. The SDF, led by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) ...

Russia opposes a "safe zone" under Turkish control in Syria

ANF - 2019-01-16 11:38
Russian Minister Sergey Lavrov voiced opposition to a safe zone under Turkish control in Syria. ...

Turkey’s Erdogan says planned 32-km safe zone in Syria may be extended

E-Kurd - 2019-01-16 00:21
ANKARA,— Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he viewed a planned 20-mile (32 km) safe zone in Syria positively and added that its range may be extended further. Erdogan said earlier that he had discussed a safe zone which Turkey would s ...

KDP, Gorran to Meet on Tuesday to Discuss Future KRG

BAS News - 2019-01-14 20:40
ERBIL - A high-level delegation, led by Vice President Nechirvan Barzani, from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet on Tuesday with officials from the Change Movement (Gorran) for talks on the formation of a new cabinet in Erbil. Nasradin Mahmo ...

Iranian Foreign Minister to Visit Erbil on Tuesday

BAS News - 2019-01-13 12:05
ERBIL — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to visit Erbil on Tuesday and attend an economic conference in Kurdistan Region’s capital. According to a statement by Iranian embassy in Baghdad, Zarif will visit Baghdad before heading to Erb ...

US Seeking Talks with Russia to Ensure Kurds' Safety after Syria Pullout: Bolton

BAS News - 2019-01-11 22:44
ERBIL - The US is willing to hold talks with Russia about the need for protecting the Syrian Kurds after the US forces withdraw from Syria, National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Friday. The US official noted that they put the loyalty of the Kurdi ...

Tokyo responds to NKorea leader’s visit to China

Waar Media - 2019-01-08 09:24
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary said on Tuesday that Tokyo is closely monitoring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s visit to China. Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan is watching the visit with “great interest” and is working on information gatherin ...

Barzani to Chair KDP Meeting with PUK on Tuesday

BAS News - 2019-01-07 13:23
ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and the president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, will lead his party’s meeting with Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Tuesday, and official said. The KDP, which emerged victorious with 45 seats i ...

Turkey Reacts to PYD-Syrian Regime Coordination in Border Army Deployment

BAS News - 2018-12-25 18:32
ERBIL - Turkey "will never" tolerate the presence of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in eastern parts of Syria even if it results in arguments with the neighboring country, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. The Turkish ...

Another Kurdish Porter Freezes to Death in KRG-Iran Border Areas

BAS News - 2018-12-18 22:11
ERBIL - Another Kurdish porter, also known as Kolber, has frozen to death in the Kurdistan Region border areas, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. Hangaw Organization for Human Rights reported that the Kurdish porter lost his life due to cold weather in ...