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Fault lines in the US-ROK alliance: Shared defense but diverging values?

AEI - 2019-11-22 00:00
The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War and a deterrent to North Korea. The costs of that deployment are shared by both the US and the ROK, with Seoul carrying close to $1 billion annually, roughly 40% of the total ...

Turkey assures Russia it won’t resume military operation in northern Syria, says Lavrov

TASS - 2019-11-20 19:39
Russia’s top diplomat commented on a statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that the United States and Russia allegedly had not done everything to withdraw Kurdish forces from the Turkish-Syrian border ...

A long march - The House votes to recognise the persecution of Armenians as genocide | United States | The Economist

Economist - 2019-11-20 19:32

Saudi Aramco will not market IPO in the United States: sources

Yahoo - 2019-11-20 11:39

Aid to Syria now means abetting Assad

AEI - 2019-11-20 00:08
The United States has seemingly given up the game in Syria and, as its troops leave, its foreign assistance money should follow. The post Aid to Syria now means abetting Assad appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI. ...

SDF Chief: 'Our Trust in the United States is at Its Lowest' | Voice of America - English

Voanews - 2019-11-19 16:29

US Threatens to Sanction Iraqi "Corrupt Individuals"

BAS News - 2019-11-18 22:30
ERBIL - The United States threatened on Monday to sanction the Iraqi "corrupt individuals" without taking their rank into consideration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. "We will not stand idle while the corrupt officials make the Iraqi people suffer ...

The Atlantic: Erdoğan Defies Trump. So Why Do They Get Along?

Justice for Kurds - 2019-11-18 19:29
The two have undeniable personal chemistry, but their countries are drifting apart. He defied the United States repeatedly, bought Russian weapons, and assaulted American partners in Syria. Now Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is headed to the White ...

'Horror and shame': US senators, Kurdish leader call for Turkey sanctions, United States News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Straitstimes - 2019-11-18 00:45

Iran: US Condemns Use of "Lethal Force" Against Protesters

BAS News - 2019-11-17 23:42
ERBIL - The United States has condemned the use of "lethal force" by the Iranian security forces against the protesters who have been taking to the streets since Friday night. Tens of thousands of people across Iran have been demonstrating against a surp ...

Statement by MFA of Armenia regarding the statements by the President of Turkey on Armenian Genocide made in the United States

HETQ - 2019-11-16 21:12

Syrian Kurds Should Not Pay for US-Turkey Economic Ties: SDF

BAS News - 2019-11-16 19:54
ERBIL — The Kurds in Syria should not pay the price for the economic interests and relations between the United States and Turkey, said Mustafa Bali, head of the Press Center of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The comments came after Turkish President Rece ...

Lexington - The strange love-in between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan | United States | The Economist

Economist - 2019-11-15 19:09

Moscow Will Dominate Middle East For Long

E-Kurd - 2019-11-14 20:19
Manish Rai | Ekurd.net On one hand United States military outposts and bases are being emptied or destroyed after Washington withdrew from the North East Syria and left its Kurdish allies and on the other hand Russian forces are moving in to take over th ...

Rouhani Accuses US of Turning Protests in Iraq and Lebanon

BAS News - 2019-11-14 16:34
ERBIL - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has accused the United States of altering the course of protests in Iraq and Lebanon. According to Iranian media reports, Rouhani said that "some plan to turn the demonstration in Lebanon into a civil war," as cit ...

AUK students held Halloween party on October 31st

The American University of Kurdistan - 2019-11-14 02:05
Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq –October 31st, 2019 – The American University of Kurdistan’s Student Government in partnership with the United States Department of State’s Micro Scholarship Program held its annual Halloween Party. The students spent weeks ...

30 days left for USMCA?

AEI - 2019-11-14 00:40
Time is running out on the most important trade event of the Trump administration: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Congressional recess for 2019 is one month away, meaning USMCA may be one month from death. As is their right, House Dem ...

Behind Trump-Erdogan ‘bromance,’ a White House meeting to repair US-Turkey ties

Kathimerini - 2019-11-13 23:44
America’s Kurdish allies and upended the US presence there. Months earlier, the United States... deepened following Ankara’s offensive into Syria to drive out the Kurdish militia, Washington’s main... for the Kurdish YPG militia. But a senior US administr ...

As US-Turkey meeting begins, Trump praises relation with Erdogan

Kathimerini - 2019-11-13 23:44
a Kurdish militia, Washington's main partner in the fight against Islamic State. "We've been friends... America's Kurdish allies and upended the US presence there. Earlier this year, the United States ...

No Intention to Cut US Alliance with Syrian Kurds: Official

BAS News - 2019-11-13 10:40
ERBIL — The United States has no intention to end its alliance with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Reuters cited a senior US administration official as saying on Tuesday. “There is no intention for that cooperation to end,” a senior admi ...

Trump’s Syria and Turkey Debacle Shows Republicans and Democrats Don’t Understand the United States’ Interests in the Middle East

Foreignpolicy - 2019-11-12 17:26

US Calls on Iraq to Hold Early Elections

BAS News - 2019-11-11 10:15
ERBIL — The United States on Sunday urged Iraq to hold an early election and halt violence against protesters in the country. The White House made the call in an official statement that expressed “serious” concern over violent measures by Baghdad to end ...

National security adviser says U.S. "concerned" about war crimes in Syria despite Erdogan visit to White House

CBS News - 2019-11-10 23:17
National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien says the idea that the United States greenlighted Turkey's offensive on Kurdish forces in Syria is "false." ...

Ongoing impact for Kurds after U.S. withdraws from Syria

CBS News - 2019-11-09 15:47
The United States has strongly condemned recent Syrian and Russian airstrikes that killed civilians in Northwest Syria. Syrian and Russian forces have moved into the north of the country, following the partial withdrawal there by the U.S. last month and t ...

Here’s just how big a risk Elizabeth Warren and The New York Times want America to take

AEI - 2019-11-09 00:01
The New York Times editorial board is truly, madly, deeply confident that if the United States taxes rich people and corporations in a way no other advanced economy does, all will be well. Keep calm and carry on, Silicon Valley! Although conceding in a n ...

SDF: The United States must fulfill its mandate as guarantor

ANF - 2019-11-08 23:36
Turkey is violating the ceasefire and deliberately increasing the scale of the humanitarian disaster, said SDF General Comman. ...

The United States Has Supplicants, Not Allies

Yahoo - 2019-11-08 23:25

USCIRF Commends House Recognition of Armenian Genocide | United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Uscirf - 2019-11-08 22:14

Erdogan accuses U.S., Russia of not clearing Kurds from Syrian safe zone

The New Mail - 2019-11-08 07:18
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Russia and the United States of not fully driving Kurdish fighters from northern Syria while also announcing the capture of slain terrorist leader Abu Bakr… The post Erdogan accuses U.S., Russia of not clearing Kurd ...

Trump hails his own 'great and unmatched wisdom' in warning to Turkey, United States News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Straitstimes - 2019-11-08 07:00

Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks

Reuters - 2019-11-07 21:30
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and Russia on Thursday of failing to fulfill their part of a deal for Kurdish militia to leave a Syrian region bordering Turkey, and said he would raise this with President Donald Trump next week. ...

Will Canada Suspend Its Safe Third Country Immigration Agreement With the United States?

Foreignpolicy - 2019-11-07 19:46

President Barzani Meets with U.S. Congressional Delegation

Presidency of Kurdistan - 2019-11-06 17:50
Erbil٫ Kurdistan Region٫ 4 November 2019 President Nechirvan Barzani met with a delegation from the United States Congress led by Congressman Adam Smith. They discussed the latest developments and demonstrations in Iraq, the future prospects of the polit ...

Turkey, Russia hold 2nd joint north Syria patrol, near Kobani

Jerusalem Post - 2019-11-06 08:51
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the YPG had not withdrawn from that planned "safe zone," despite Turkey's agreements with both Russia and the United States. ...

This Isn’t the First Time the United States Has Abandoned the Kurds - In These Times

Inthesetimes - 2019-11-04 19:05

US Military Confirms Its Convoy Came Under Fire in Syria

BAS News - 2019-11-04 09:38
ERBIL — The Central Command (CENTCOM) of the United States confirmed on Monday that its convoy had came under fire in northeast Syria but it was not hit. Earlier reports said rockets were fired at a US military convoy near Tel Tamar, a town currently und ...

Iranian Supreme Leader Reiterates Ban on Negotiations with US

BAS News - 2019-11-03 21:19
ERBIL — Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said his country will not retreat from its policy that blocks any talks with the United States. “One way to block America’s political infiltration is to ban any talks with America. It means Iran will not yield ...

Iraq "Should" Listen to Protesters' Demands: US

BAS News - 2019-11-02 09:26
ERBIL - The Iraqi government "should" listen to the "legitimate demands" of the protesters who have been protesting against the government since early October, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement. "The United States welcomes any serious ...

US House passes sanctions bill against Turkey

Green Left Weekly - 2019-11-01 17:59
Turkey's war on Rojava Issue 1243 United States sanctions against Turkey November 1, 2019 The United States House of Representatives approved a bill to impose sanctions on Turkey over its military operation in Northern and Eastern Syria on October 30. Th ...

Mike Pompeo: "The United States Didn't Give Turkey A Green Light" In Syria | Video | RealClearPolitics

Realclearpolitics - 2019-10-30 22:08

National Security Adviser: ‘Russia is not an ally of the United States’

Yahoo - 2019-10-29 01:38

The United States Air Force At Incirlik, Our National 'Black Eye' - OpEd - Eurasia Review

Eurasiareview - 2019-10-29 00:47

How can the United States pick up the pieces of its Syria policy? - Atlantic Council

Atlanticcouncil - 2019-10-28 12:35

The United States Has Supplicants, Not Allies | The National Interest

Nationalinterest - 2019-10-27 02:28

Russia, Syria deploy forces to Syrian-Turkish border

E-Kurd - 2019-10-25 19:25
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Damascus and Moscow deployed extra forces Friday to Syria’s border with Turkey, even as Washington partially reversed a drawback to boost its own military presence near key Syrian oil fields. The United States earlier this mo ...

Putin's dreams have just come true

CNN - 2019-10-25 18:13
The United States' betrayal of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces has opened a window for Russia on NATO's southern flank. ...

Erdogan urges U.S. to hand over top Syrian Kurdish commander to Turkey

E-Kurd - 2019-10-25 10:28
ANKARA,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged the US to hand over the top commander of a US-backed Kurdish-led force that fought against IS, insisting he was a “wanted terrorist”. Ties between the United States and Turkey are particul ...

Kremlin says U.S. betrayed Kurds in Syria, tells Kurds to withdraw or be mauled by Turkey

Jerusalem Post - 2019-10-25 06:08
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov complained that it appeared that the United States was encouraging the Kurds to stay close to the Syrian border and fight the Turkish army. ...

Trump lifts Turkey sanctions after reaching Syria agreement

The New Mail - 2019-10-24 17:08
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a “major breakthrough” in Syria, where a Turkish military offensive had been targeting Kurdish forces — and said the United States has lifted sanctions… The post Trump lifts Turkey sanctions after reaching Sy ...

U.S. senators want quick visa for Kurdish General Mazloum Kobani, amid Syrian Kurdistan crisis

E-Kurd - 2019-10-24 16:30
WASHINGTON,— Republican and Democratic U.S. senators asked the State Department on Wednesday to quickly provide a visa so that the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces could visit the United states to discuss the situation in the country ...

Turkey slams U.S. treatment of Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces’ top commander

E-Kurd - 2019-10-24 16:30
ANKARA,— Turkey criticised the United States on Thursday for treating the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a “legitimate political figure”, underlining continued tensions with Washington despite the end of its offensive in S ...

Erdogan says Turkey will crush Kurdish militants remaining in Syria 'safe zone'

Reuters - 2019-10-24 16:24
Turkey will use its right to crush Kurdish militia fighters if they have not withdrawn from a "safe zone" in northern Syria as per a truce agreement with the United States, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. ...

'Cleaned out': The ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rojava

Green Left Weekly - 2019-10-23 17:08
Turkey's war on Rojava Marcel Cartier Issue 1242 Rojava Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) SDF October 23, 2019 There is little about United States President Donald Trump that one can truly be surprised by at this stage in his presidency. Buffoonery and delu ...

Russia Warns Syrian Kurdish YPG Must Pull Back Or Face Turkish Army

Huffpost - 2019-10-23 15:32
The Kremlin also said the United States had been the closest ally of the Kurdish fighters but had now betrayed them. ...

Kremlin says U.S. betrayed Kurds in Syria, tells Kurds to withdraw or be mauled

Reuters - 2019-10-23 10:21
The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had betrayed and abandoned the Syrian Kurds and advised the Kurds to withdraw from the Syrian border as per a deal between Moscow and Ankara or be mauled by the Turkish army. ...

Russia Says US Betrayed Syrian Kurds

BAS News - 2019-10-23 10:19
ERBIL — The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had betrayed the Kurds who fought with them against the Islamic State (IS). “The United States has been the Kurds’ closest ally in recent years. [But] in the end, it abandoned the Kurds and, in ...

How the United States Can Escape the Middle East’s Proxy Wars

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2019-10-23 01:27
President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria has laid bare contending visions about U.S. engagement in the Middle East. Trump depicts the move as extricating the U.S. from the Middle East’s quagmire of “endless war.” Critics see it as betrayin ...

U.S. tells Turkey withdrawal of Kurdish fighters complete: Turkish defense ministry

Reuters - 2019-10-23 01:20
The United States told Turkey the withdrawal of Kurdish militants from the "safe zone" Ankara demands in northern Syria was complete, the Turkish defense ministry said in a statement early on Wednesday. ...

How the United States Can Escape the Middle East’s Proxy Wars - Foreign Policy Research Institute

FPRI - 2019-10-22 20:51

Syrian Kurdish fighters informed U.S. they fulfilled obligations under ceasefire: U.S. official

Reuters - 2019-10-22 19:57
The commander of Kurdish led-SDF fighters has informed the United States that it has carried out all of its obligations under a U.S.-brokered truce to withdraw forces from a border area with Turkey in northeastern Syria, a senior administration official s ...

Syrian Kurdish forces tell U.S. they met truce obligations: U.S. official

Reuters - 2019-10-22 19:57
The commander of Kurdish forces in northeast Syria told the United States he had met all obligations set out in a U.S.-brokered truce, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, as Washington warned it would punish Turkey if it resumes hostilities. ...

Iraqi Kurds appreciate U.S. forces despite pullout from Syrian Kurdistan, president says

E-Kurd - 2019-10-22 11:25
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,—Iraqi Kurdish president Nechirvan Barzani said on Monday that the United States pulling out of Syrian Kurdistan, the Kurdish region in southeastern Syria, was “undesirable” but that the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdist ...

As U.S. Leaves Allies in Syria, Kurdish Commander Struggles With Fallout

New York Times - 2019-10-22 01:09
Mazlum Kobani, whose Kurdish-led force fought the Islamic State in Syria, fears that a complete United States withdrawal could endanger his people and allow the jihadists to regroup. ...

Iraqi Kurds appreciate U.S. forces despite Syria pullout, president says

Reuters - 2019-10-22 00:46
Iraqi Kurdish President Nechirvan Barzani said on Monday that the United States pulling out of Syria was "undesirable" but that the semi-autonomous region appreciated the U.S. historical role in protecting it. ...

Interview with Steve Fagin, U.S. Consul General in Erbil

Ministry of Peshmerga - 2019-10-22 00:37
Media Center, Ministry of Peshmerga MOPE Media Center’s interview with Steve Fagin, United States Consul General in Erbil, at the opening ceremony of the Peshmerga Language Center. ...

Betrayal of Kurds: What Turkey and United States Have to Answer For | OPINION

Thequint - 2019-10-21 22:32

Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds | Reuters.com

Reuters - 2019-10-21 14:06

How to End the War in Yemen

International Crisis Group - 2019-10-21 13:57
Since the September attack on Saudi oil facilities, Riyadh and the Houthis have taken a step back from all-out war. All parties, including the United States, should seize this rare opportunity to resolve the conflict. ...

The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National “Black Eye” - CounterPunch.org

Counterpunch - 2019-10-21 12:42

Turkey targeting ‘Kurdish’ in Syria after cease-fire

The New Mail - 2019-10-21 09:03
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that Turkey will resume targeting Kurdish in northern Syria once the 120-hour pause in fighting ends Tuesday if an agreement with the United States… The post Turkey targeting ‘Kurdish’ in Syria after cease-fir ...

CHEAT SHEET: United States pulls out of Syria leaving Kurds to fend for themselves themselves - Elon News Network

Elonnewsnetwork - 2019-10-21 07:05

Kurdish forces withdraw from key town as part of cease-fire with Turkey

Washington Post - 2019-10-20 19:57
Both sides accused the other of violating the fragile cease fire brokered by the United States. ...

How Will the United States Respond to Turkey’s Invasion of Syria? - Foreign Policy Research Institute

FPRI - 2019-10-20 13:37

US Responsible for Turkey’s “Ethnic Cleansing Op.” against Kurds: SDF Commander

BAS News - 2019-10-20 11:52
ERBIL — The United States will be responsible for the Turkish-led “ethnic cleansing operation” against millions of Kurds in northern Syria, said Mazlum Kobani, top commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). In an interview with NBC, Kobani criticiz ...

Trump warned Erdogan in letter: 'Don't be a tough guy' or 'a fool', United States News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Straitstimes - 2019-10-20 09:23

12 detained in Turkey protest in Thessaloniki

Kathimerini - 2019-10-20 06:30
offensive in Syria last week to attack Kurdish militants allied to the United States and create ...

U.S. monitoring Kurdish-Turkey ceasefire with drones, not soldiers

WarIsBoring - 2019-10-20 03:05
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes American troops will not physically monitor the temporary ceasefire in northeastern Syria between NATO ally Turkey and the Kurdish-dominated militia that the United States has backed in recent years to fight the Islamic S ...

Turkey to go ahead with operation in Syria unless Kurdish units retreat - minister

TASS - 2019-10-19 17:39
"Unless the terrorists pull out of the safe area, as the agreement reached with the United States says, we will go ahead with the operation", Turkish National Defense Minister Hulisi Akar said ...

The international community’s action against Turkey is needed to prevent the genocide of Kurds and other minorities

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2019-10-19 08:36
: KMMK The Kurdistan Human Rights Association calls on the international community, the UN Security Council, the United States, France, Germany and other countries opposing the Turkish military attack on the confederation in western Kurdistan in northeast ...

Kurds’ Sense of Betrayal Compounded by Empowerment of Unsavory Rivals

New York Times - 2019-10-19 07:53
Abandoned by the U.S., Kurdish forces are doubly angry at who are seeking to replace them: Turkish-allied Syrian fighters the United States had long rejected as extremists, criminals and thugs. ...

Pentagon says no U.S. ground force will help enforce Syria safe zone

E-Kurd - 2019-10-19 02:01
WASHINGTON,— The United States is pressing ahead with its withdrawal from the Kurdish region in northeast Syria and no US ground troops will enforce the safe zone called for in the ceasefire agreement reached with Turkey, the Pentagon said Friday. US for ...

The United States Air Force at Incirlik, Our National "Black Eye" | Common Dreams Views

Commondreams - 2019-10-18 23:06

Erdogan says Syria offensive will continue if truce deal not fully implemented

Reuters - 2019-10-18 15:49
Turkey will continue its offensive into northeast Syria more rapidly than before if an agreement with the United States to pause the operation and allow the withdrawal of Kurdish forces is not fully implemented, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. ...

The United States and Turkey Agree to Ceasefire in Northeast Syria | The White House

Whitehouse - 2019-10-18 10:44

Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal

Reuters - 2019-10-18 08:57
Shelling and gunfire resounded in the area of northeast Syria's Ras al Ain town on Friday, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw. ...

President Barzani Meets US Department of State Delegation

Presidency of Kurdistan - 2019-10-18 02:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 15 October 2019 President Nechirvan Barzani met with David Schenker, United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Both sides exchanged views on the latest developments in Iraq, the demonstrations in Baghda ...

U.S. says struck ceasefire deal knowing Kurdish YPG could not hold territory

Reuters - 2019-10-18 00:12
The United States struck a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on Thursday that will halt the fighting in exchange for a retreat by Kurdish YPG militia from a "safe zone" area in part because the U.S. believed the Kurds would not be able to hold that area mil ...

Full Text of Joint Statement after US-Turkey Agreement on Syria Ceasefire

BAS News - 2019-10-17 23:40
ERBIL — The United States and Turkey agreed to a five day ceasefire in north east Syria where Turkey and its Syrian Islamist rebels are conducting an offensive against the Kurdish forces. According to a joint statement, the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protec ...

Erdogan says joint U.S. effort on Syria will promote peace

Reuters - 2019-10-17 23:07
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter on Thursday he is confident that joint efforts with the United States will promote peace and stability after the two sides agreed to pause Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria. ...

Pence says United States and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sandiegouniontribune - 2019-10-17 21:44

Trump Says Deal with Turkey over Syria Desired for “Many Years”

BAS News - 2019-10-17 21:15
ERBIL — US President Donald Trump welcomed the deal between his dispatched delegation and Turkish counterpart to halt Turkish offensive in north east Syria. “This is a great day for civilization. I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in foll ...

How the United States can ensure American weapons aren’t used for human rights abuses

Militarytimes - 2019-10-17 12:28

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote

New York Times - 2019-10-17 03:24
President Trump again defends his decision to withdraw American troops, an order that many, including Republicans, have interpreted as acquiescing to Turkey’s incursion against a United States ally. ...

United States Abandon Kurds and How will this Move Impact Middle East

Roji Kurd - 2019-10-17 00:01
By Hossein Bouazar Syrian Kurds are a distinct group and they have lived and owned their lands close to the Turkish and an Iraqi border for decades. They have been subjected to systematic discrimination. The People’s Protection Units is a mainly-Kurdish m ...

Distinctions with no difference

AEI - 2019-10-17 00:01
Taken as a whole, the candidates’ performances reveal an astonishing level of either naiveté or dissembling about the role of the United States in the world. The post Distinctions with no difference appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI. ...

House Approves Resolution Apposing Trump's Syria Forces' Pullout

BAS News - 2019-10-16 22:22
ERBIL - The United States House of Representatives voted 354-60 to reject President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw his country's forces from Syria, short after which, Turkey began an offensive against the Kurds in the country. The approved resolutio ...

U.S. says wants to keep helping Syrian Kurds in Islamic State fight

E-Kurd - 2019-10-16 10:56
WASHINGTON,— The United States wants to maintain support for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their fight against Islamic State militants despite US troops withdrawing from Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria), a Pentagon official said Tues ...

A race for control of Syria's Manbij, with the U.S. nowhere in sight

Los Angeles Times - 2019-10-16 02:22
The Syrian city of Manbij, part of the territory controlled by Kurdish fighters backed by the United States until last week, appeared on the verge of being rushed by Turkish troops and Syrian rebel proxies gathered on the city's outskirts. ...

In Syria, Russia Pleased to Fill an American Void

New York Times - 2019-10-16 00:24
As the United States withdraws from Syria, Russia is stepping in, running patrols to separate warring factions, striking deals and helping President Bashar al-Assad advance. ...

U.S. to mount pressure on Turkey to halt Syria offensive, may increase sanctions

Reuters - 2019-10-15 21:21
The United States will mount diplomatic pressure on Turkey and threaten Ankara with more sanctions to persuade it to halt its military offensive in northeastern Syria, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. ...
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