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How Turkey Uses Kidnapping and Hostage Negotiations As Diplomacy

Ankara (MPN) – Most U.S. allies would likely understand that, as a member of NATO, every nation is subject to the will of the U.S. Yet Erdogan is not your average U.S. ally and, instead of pleading to deaf ears in Washington, he has decided to take his purge global and use every method available […]

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US Pastor Held by Turkey Charged with Supporting Terror, Faces 35 Years

Ankara (GPA) – Pastor Andrew Brunson, a US national in Turkish custody since October 2016, has officially been charged with “supporting terrorism” and faces 35 years. In September of last year, we first published a story about Andrew Brunson, a US national who has dedicated 23 years to Christian missionary work in Turkey. Brunson, who was initially […]

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UN Calls on Turkey to End State of Emergency, Torture, Purging Civil Servants

Ankara (TP) – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called on the Turkish government to promptly end an ongoing state of emergency, torture and passport cancellation as well as a ban imposed on dismissed public servants from rejoining the civil service. In a 28-page report issued on Tuesday the OHCHR called on […]

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Western Powers Escalate the Syrian War

Damascus (WW) – At the end of 2017, millions around the world celebrated the near defeat of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL/IS) by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies as heralding the end of the genocidal U.S.-led war against Syria. It certainly was a turning point in the war, but many feared that the imperialist powers and their allies couldn’t […]

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Lavrov: US Plan is to Control and Occupy Syria

Moscow (GPA) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned of the United States’ dangerous position with the Kurds and Washington’s plan to occupy Syria. Lavrov’s exact words on Tuesday were that the US is acting in “dangerous way” in Syria as indicated by their likely “course to create a quasi-state.” Lavrov was, of course, referring to the […]

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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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Kurds, Out of Options, Look to Syria’s Assad for Help

Damascus (MPN) – The Kurds are feeling the squeeze from Turkey’s operation to route them from northern Syria, and with their benefactors in Washington unwilling to garner support, they are looking to former enemies to save them. The war in Syria has been relatively absent from media coverage in recent weeks following the declared victory […]

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Turkish police detain 82 people in raids targeting Daesh

Ankara (MEMO) – Turkish police detained 82 suspected Daesh members, 77 of them foreign nationals, in raids across Istanbul, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday. It said counter-terror police squads targeted suspects believed to have acted on behalf of the militants, going to conflict zones in Syria and Iraq and preparing urban attacks in Turkey. Simultaneous police raids […]

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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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