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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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“Operation Olive Branch” Continues as Turkish Troops Enter Syria

Ankara (GPA) – Turkish troops began crossing the border near Afrin on Sunday as a part of a campaign deemed “Operation Olive Branch.” After over a week of cross-border shelling by Turkish artillery and then a flurry of airstrikes that allegedly took out 153 Kurdish targets, Turkey has finally begun sending ground troops across the Syrian border into […]

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Turkish Troops Mass on Syrian Border Preparing Advance on US-backed Kurds

Ankara (GPA) – It appears the ambitions of the Turks and Kurds are finally near their collision point as Turkish President Recep Erdogan prepares to sweep out what he calls the “terror nests” in northern Syria. This dust-up started last weekend when the US announced the creation of a new Kurdish-led Border Security Force to […]

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Erdogan Hopes to Continue Talks on Syria with Putin Rather than Trump

Ankara (AMN) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that he was not planning to discuss the US intentions to create “border security forces” northern Syria with US President Donald Trump, but would maintain contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I am not planning to call Trump, but contacts with Putin continue,” Erdogan told […]

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Erdogan Prepares for Incursion into Kurdish Controlled Afrin

Ankara (GPA) – Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced the likely offensive in Kurdish Controlled Afrin on Saturday. Trouble continues to brew in Idlib as the Turkish military – already creating problems for the Syrian military – prepares to open a second front from their positions in Idlib, into the Kurdish controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria. The upcoming […]

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Why Did Sudan Close Their Border with Eritrea?

Khartoum (GPA) – Sudan closed their border with Eritrea as long-standing tensions with Egypt begin to flare up. Ongoing disputes over territory and resources, as well as Sudan’s relations with Turkey, triggered the dispute. On January 6th Sudan shut their border with Eritrea after fortifying it with thousands of troops. The closure comes off the […]

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Erdogan: Won’t Extradite Terrorists to US Until Gulen is Returned

Ankara (GPA) – Turkish President Recep Erdogan has said he will no longer extradite terrorists to the US until the exiled cleric is returned. Erdogan announced his new policy yesterday at a meeting of local administrative officials at the presidential palace in Ankara. The move is meant to step up the pressure for the US to return ex-Erdogan […]

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Syrian ‘Rebels’ Flaunt Turkish Equipment in Idlib [VIDEO]

Damascus (GPA) – Militants in Idlib release photos and a video showing off their Turkish military equipment. As the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) offensive in Idlib province heats up, besieged rebel coalitions are putting up a fair amount of resistance. One factor enabling these rebels is apparently an influx of new Turkish equipment, which signals […]

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What’s Driving Turkey’s Recent Emergence as a Middle East Power?

Ankara (MPN) – Many observers believed Erdogan wouldn’t be able to maintain his authoritarian political machine as well as maintain this economic growth, but the foreign policy of Turkey has countered these projections, leading Ankara to expand opportunities by partnering with everyone from Iran to the U.K. Over the last decade or so, the West […]

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