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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.

Pelosi, Schumer say Trump 'is flailing' after cease-fire deal

By Morgan Phillips

Pelosi and Schumer released a statement Thursday saying President Trump is "flailing" in light of his decision to reverse sanctions against Turkey in exchange for a “sham” ceasefire. They asserted this would undermine American credibility and send a “dangerous message” to both allies and adversaries that the American word cannot be trusted. 

In β€˜Cave-In,’ Trump Cease-Fire Cements Turkey’s Gains in Syria

By David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt

The agreement, announced by Vice President Mike Pence, may stop the killing in the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. But the cost to American influence is expected to be high.

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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.

EU Summit LIVE: Brexit, Budget, Balkans

By Zoran Radosavljevic

European leaders gather for a summit in Brussels on 17-18 October to discuss if, how and when the United Kingdom will leave the bloc. With everything up in the air, an extension seems the safest bet. The EU's seven-year budget, enlargement to the Western Balkans and escalation in Syria will also be high on the agenda.

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.

Pence and Pompeo to Push Erdogan for Pullback From Syria

By Katie Rogers and Eric Schmitt

In meeting the Turkish leader, the vice president is expected to reiterate President Trump’s demand for a negotiated cease-fire.

U.S. Indicts Turkish Bank on Charges of Evading Iran Sanctions

By Eric Lipton

The charges against Halkbank were announced as President Trump, having allowed Turkish-backed forces to invade Syria, is looking to take a tougher stand against Turkey.

How the U.S. Military Will Carry Out a Hasty, Risky Withdrawal From Syria

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt

The Pentagon will have to disassemble combat bases that were built to stay for a mission that was supposed to last, and protect the troops as they withdraw amid a chaotic battlefield.