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Turkey says could act in Syria unless Washington withdraws support for Kurdish force


HATAY, Turkey Turkey said on Wednesday it would not hesitate to take action in Syria's Afrin district and other areas unless the United States withdrew support for a Kurdish-led force there, as the Pentagon downplayed its plans to train the Syrian fighters. | Video

Germany, Turkey resume bilateral meetings, still at odds over reporter's arrest

BERLIN Germany and Turkey on Wednesday resumed bilateral government consultations that had been suspended after Ankara's arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in February 2017, an issue that continues to divide the two NATO allies.

World, Germany, 2:09pm EST

Erdogan says Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin to be supported by rebels

ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey's planned military operation against Kurdish militia forces in Syria's Afrin region will be supported by Syrian rebel fighters.

World, Syria Jan 16 2018

Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war

LONDON Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria constituted a breach of international law and Syrian sovereignty, joining Syria, Turkey and Russia in a vehement rebuke of the plan.

World, Russia, Syria, Davos Jan 16 2018

Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born"

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies. | Video

World, Syria Jan 15 2018

Lawyer for jailed journalist says Turkey faces 'constitutional crisis'

ISTANBUL Turkey's failure to free a journalist accused of links to a failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan, flouting an order by the highest court, pitches the country into a constitutional crisis, a lawyer for the journalist said on Monday.

World, Jan 15 2018

Turkey reveals route for new canal to ease Bosphorus shipping

ISTANBUL Turkey announced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island.

World, Jan 15 2018

Syrian Kurdish leader hopes new force will counter threats from Turkey, Damascus

QAMISHLI, Syria Kurdish-led regions of Syria are looking to a new U.S.-backed border force to protect them in the face of growing threats from Turkey and Damascus, a senior Kurdish politician told Reuters.

World, Syria Jan 15 2018

Erdogan says Turkey will crush 'terror army' in northern Syria

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday the United States was trying to create a "terror army" on Turkey's southern frontier by training a Syrian border force that includes a Kurdish militia, and pledged to crush it before it came into being. | Video

World, Syria Jan 15 2018

Erdogan says Turkey will crush Kurdish militia in Afrin

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey's military incursion in northern Syria's Idlib province would crush Kurdish militia forces that control the neighboring region of Afrin.

World, Syria, Russia, Jan 13 2018

Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. | Video