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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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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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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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Downing of Russian Jet Exposes Turkey’s Ties to al-Qaeda [Video]

Damascus (GPA) – A Russian jet was shot down above the Idlib deescalation zone over the weekend by rebels connected to Al Qaeda. Saturday afternoon saw the downing of a Russian Su-25 by Tahrir al-Sham, a rebel group tied to the Turkish-backed faction of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as well as elements of the Al-Qaeda affiliate Tahrir […]

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South Africa Marks Birthday of Jailed Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi

Cape Town (MEMO) – South Africans gathered late Wednesday in Johannesburg to commemorate the 17th birthday of Palestinian activist Ahed al-Tamimi who was detained by Israeli security forces last year. Organizers launched a photo exhibition, which will last for a month, to celebrate her life. Al-Tamimi was arrested after a video spread on social media showing her purportedly […]

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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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“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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