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Today β€” October 19th 2019Your RSS feeds

I Joined the Army to Prevent Genocide, Not to Pave the Way for It

By Alan Kennedy

A captain wonders if the Kurdish soldiers he served alongside in Syria three months ago are now dead.

Yesterday β€” October 18th 2019Your RSS feeds

Clashes and Confusion Mar Attempt at Cease-Fire in Syria

By Patrick Kingsley and Carlotta Gall

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.

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A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

President Trump’s troop withdrawal ignited a predicted outburst of chaos and carnage in the Middle East.

Turkey’s incursion into Syria is making the EU and Kurds rethink their friends

By Faisal Al Yafai

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.

Trump leaves Turkey, Russia, Syria β€˜to argue it out’

By Georgi Gotev

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."

Bipartisan House Majority Condemns Trump for Syria Withdrawal

By Catie Edmondson

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.

The World Condemns Erdogan’s War on Kurds. But Turkey Applauds.

By Patrick Kingsley

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 Way Forward in Syria

By Sinan Ulgen

The United States and Europe are erroneously banking on sanctioning Turkey to contain the fallout in Syria.

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote

By Peter Baker and Catie Edmondson

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.

Turkey Urges Kurdish Fighters to Lay Down Their Arms

By Ben Hubbard

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 pushes offensive in Syria, while Russia moves in where US moved out

By admin

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.

The U.S. Turned Syria’s North Into a Tinderbox. Then Trump Lit a Match.

By Max Fisher

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.

Erdogan thanks Orban for β€˜support at the international stage’

By Georgi Gotev

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.

Russia Savors U.S. Missteps in Syria, and Seizes Opportunity

By Anton Troianovski

President Trump’s erratic moves are letting Russia seize the role of peacemaker — and deal-maker — in Syria.

In Syria, Russia Is Pleased to Fill an American Void

By Ben Hubbard, Anton Troianovski, Carlotta Gall and Patrick Kingsley

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 army sweeps in to fill US-left vacuum

By Georgi Gotev

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.