A captain wonders if the Kurdish soldiers he served alongside in Syria three months ago are now dead.
A day after Vice President Mike Pence announced a pause in the battle between Turkish and Kurdish forces, there were conflicting reports of whether Turkish troops were advancing or holding fire.
The Turkish president got what he wanted — as did Russia and Iran.
After talks in Ankara, Vice President Mike Pence said the agreement would ‘‘save lives,’’ while Turkey said ‘‘we got what we wanted.’’
President Trump’s troop withdrawal ignited a predicted outburst of chaos and carnage in the Middle East.
The EU may condemn Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, yet it also has Turkey to thank for holding back the migrant crisis. Publicly, Europe wants to send a message. Privately, it knows it cannot say too much, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (16 October) he did not mind Russia helping Syria in a conflict with NATO ally Turkey and rejected criticism of his withdrawal of US troops from Syria that exposed Kurdish allies, calling it "strategically brilliant."
Republicans and Democrats delivered a rebuke to the president over his decision to pull back American troops inside Syria, an order many viewed as acquiescing to Turkey’s incursion against a United States ally.
Attacked abroad, and facing a raft of sanctions, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may nevertheless be getting what he wants from Turkey’s invasion of Kurdish-held Syria.
The United States and Europe are erroneously banking on sanctioning Turkey to contain the fallout in Syria.
President Trump again defends his decision to withdraw American troops, an order that many, including Republicans, have interpreted as acquiescing to Turkey’s incursion against a United States ally.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the Kurds to leave northeast Syria “this night.” He spoke as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were planning to visit Turkey, and as President Trump sought to distance himself from the conflict.
Turkey vowed to press ahead with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday (15 October) despite US sanctions and growing calls for it to stop, while Syria's Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by US forces.
Twelve Democratic presidential candidates shared the stage in Ohio for the fourth televised primary debate.
The violence precipitated by the American withdrawal is an outcome of tensions that have been building since the conflict began more than eight years ago.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met in Baku on Tuesday (15 October), on the fringes of the Turkic Council, a group of countries speaking the same family of languages, which Hungary wants to join.
President Trump’s erratic moves are letting Russia seize the role of peacemaker — and deal-maker — in Syria.
As the United States withdraws from Syria, Russia is stepping in, running patrols to separate warring factions, striking deals and helping President Bashar al-Assad advance.
Russia-backed Syrian forces took rapid advantage of an abrupt US retreat from Syria on Monday (14 October), deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal.