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  • Turkey has multiphase game plan for Syria operation / Metin Gurcan Turkey has multiphase game plan for Syria operation / Metin Gurcan 

    What is Turkey's game plan in Syria? After amassing a major array of fighters and military equipment into combat formation on the 80-kilometer (50-mile) line between Turkey’s border towns of Akcakale and Ceylanpinar, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched the incursion Oct. 9 into Syria's Kurdish northern region.

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  • How will US troop withdrawal from northern Syria affect Iraq? / Dana Taib MenmyHow will US troop withdrawal from northern Syria affect Iraq? / Dana Taib Menmy

    Following a phone call between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President  Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Oct. 6, Trump decided to withdraw US forces in Rojava (northeastern Syria), paving the way for Turkey to start its military operation to invade what has been a relatively stable region.     

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  • Turkey seeking to implement Afrin model in Eatern Euphrates: analystTurkey seeking to implement Afrin model in Eatern Euphrates: analyst

    Anthony Avice Du Buisson, a political analyst, warned the senario in Afrin could be repeated in the other Kurdish cities in the noryh of Syria and a large number of people could be displaced and seek shelter in Kurdistan Region in the norh of Iraq.

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  • Why Is Turkey Fighting the Kurds in Syria? / Megan SpeciaWhy Is Turkey Fighting the Kurds in Syria? / Megan Specia

    On Wednesday, Turkey announced that it was beginning an assault on a Kurdish-led militia in northeastern Syria. How did the two American allies get here?

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  • Turkish dam destroys a 12000 Kurdish townTurkish dam destroys a 12000 Kurdish town

    The Tigris and Euphrates rivers have a special place in the Kurdish heritage and folklore, which are the subject of many songs, proverbs and stories, but in the last few decades they have become a source of misery for the people of the region after successive Turkish governments built 22 dams on these two rivers, which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands who have been forced to migrate to major cities in the western part of the country.

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  • US increasingly worried about Turkey offensive in Syria Kurdish regionUS increasingly worried about Turkey offensive in Syria Kurdish region

    The United States is worried that Turkey will carry out a major offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria, media reported on Friday.

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  • Ratifying Syria constitution dooms to fail without Kurds: officialRatifying Syria constitution dooms to fail without Kurds: official

    The head of Northern Syria Federation Executive Committee says the planned Syria constitution which is planned to be ratified will fail without including the Kurds.

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  • Baghdad sends delegation to Erbil to resolve disputes / Dana Taib MenmyBaghdad sends delegation to Erbil to resolve disputes / Dana Taib Menmy

    Iraqi President Barham Salih met separately Sept. 18 with four Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leaders — President Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, parliament Speaker Rewaz Fayaq and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani in Erbil, the KRG capital. 

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  • Turkey’s Erdogan Plans Annexation of Northern Syrian Territory / Stephen LendmanTurkey’s Erdogan Plans Annexation of Northern Syrian Territory / Stephen Lendman

    Wannabe sultan Erdogan covets expanding Turkey’s borders to include oil-rich northern Iraqi and Syrian territory. Combatting Kurds in Syria, posing no cross-border threat, is part of his annexation scheme — what Damascus officials condemn and won’t tolerate.

    09:10 AM
  • Turkey announces northern Syria belongs to Arabs / Yasar YakisTurkey announces northern Syria belongs to Arabs / Yasar Yakis

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent comments on northern Syria may have far-reaching consequences. Before his departure for New York to participate in the UN General Assembly this week, he said: “We have to clear the region (northern Syria) from the terrorist organisations and return it to its original owners. And the original owners are mainly Arabs –up to 85 to 90 percent.”

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  • Erdogan pushes Syrian safe zone at UN / Ayla Jean YackleyErdogan pushes Syrian safe zone at UN / Ayla Jean Yackley

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took his case for a "safe zone" in northeast Syria to the world stage this week, telling the United Nations General Assembly that as many as three million refugees could be moved to an area of the war-torn country now controlled by US-allied Kurds.

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  • Is Turkish presidential system helping cause fall in AKP membership? / Pinar TremblayIs Turkish presidential system helping cause fall in AKP membership? / Pinar Tremblay

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) is facing its first major loss in member registration numbers in 17 years.

    01:39 PM
  • New pipeline in works to transport Iraqi oil to Turkey / Omar SattarNew pipeline in works to transport Iraqi oil to Turkey / Omar Sattar

    Ankara and Baghdad are working toward building a new oil pipeline with the capacity to transport one million barrels per day from Iraq's Kirkuk fields to the Turkish border.

    09:18 PM
  • Lawyers urge Turkish court to free top Kurdish politician / Ayla Jean YackleyLawyers urge Turkish court to free top Kurdish politician / Ayla Jean Yackley

    Lawyers for jailed Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas called on Turkey’s judiciary to heed a high court ruling for his release from prison as they prepare to argue his case before a panel of international judges this week.

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  • Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP returns from Erbil with no news on PKK talks / Amberin ZamanTurkey's pro-Kurdish HDP returns from Erbil with no news on PKK talks / Amberin Zaman

    The leader of Turkey’s largest pro-Kurdish party, Sezai Temelli, returned from a high-profile visit to Iraqi Kurdistan that many Kurds hoped was part of a fresh attempt to revive peace talks between Turkey and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). But while Temelli’s interlocutors said they would support any such initiative, nothing concrete involving the Kurdistan Regional Government is afoot, according to Iraqi Kurdish officials and members of the delegation who briefed Al-Monitor on the visit.

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