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Turkey Only a Few Mistakes Away from Confrontation with NATO Allies

Ankara (GPA) –  With Turkish threats to move on US positions near Manbij and France contemplating deploying more soldiers to aid Kurdish forces in Northern Syria, there is a growing likelihood Turkey may end up confronting one or both NATO allies. The situation on the ground in Syria may always be changing rapidly but this week has been […]

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Afrin: Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch Is Testing the US-Kurdish Alliance

Damascus (MPN) – Turkey’s battle in Afrin proved NATO alliances supersede all others. Sending a message to the Kurds that dreams of an independent Kurdistan are no concern for the United States. In less than two months since Erdoğan’s Operation Olive Branch kicked off, the Kurdish “Rojava Project,” which aims for a unified Kurdish-controlled area in northeast Syria, […]

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Eleven Turkish Troops Die, Chopper Down in Afrin Offensive

Ankara (MEE) – Eleven Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday, including two military personnel when a helicopter was downed, in the bloodiest day in Ankara’s offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria. On 20 January Turkey launched a military operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in the Afrin region, backing Syrian rebels with air […]

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German Police Disperse Kurdish Protest Against Turkish Offensive

Cologne (MEE) – German police shut down a tense demonstration in Cologne on Saturday after about 15,000 Kurds took to the streets to protest against Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria. Police said they dispersed the march due to the presence of banners in the crowd displaying symbols of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which are prohibited in Germany. […]

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Op-Ed: Operation Olive Branch: Latest Evolution of US Designs for Syria

Ankara (GPA) – On January 19th, while shelling Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)-occupied Afrin district, Turkey announced the beginning of Operation Olive Branch. The ironically named operation is an open-ended aggression on Syrian territory with broad aims to take land from the US-backed SDF. Turkey claims the SDF, and their leading Kurdish force the YPG, pose […]

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Turkey Plans to Continue Bombardment of Syria’s Afrin

Ankara (GPA) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced in a meeting with business leaders Monday that Turkey does not plan to back down from its shelling of Afrin. “The Afrin operation will end when its objectives are reached,” Erdogan said. He added that Syrian opposition forces will support the siege such as the Free Syrian […]

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