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Syria opposition outraged as regime cements comeback

Syria opposition outraged as regime cements comeback

BEIRUT: Almost eight years into Syria‘s devastating war, opponents of the regime are watching in dismay as President Bashar al-Assad‘s government looks set to secure its comeback at home and abroad. Holed up in the last major rebel stronghold or unable to return home after fleeing abroad, they are frustrated […]

Pentagon may let Kurdish militants in Syria keep weapons US gave them after troops withdraw

Pentagon may let Kurdish militants in Syria keep weapons US gave them after troops withdraw

US commanders planning the withdrawal of troops from Syria are recommending Kurdish militants battling Islamic State be allowed to keep US-supplied weapons, four officials said. Three of the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the recommendation was part of discussions on a draft plan. It is unclear what […]

Ruling party picks ex-PM as Istanbul mayor candidate

Ruling party picks ex-PM as Istanbul mayor candidate

ISTANBUL: ‘s last prime minister was on Saturday chosen as the ruling party‘s mayoral candidate for Istanbul in a bid to ensure the country‘s biggest city remains in its hands after 2019 elections. Binali Yildirim, who served as prime minister between 2016 and 2018 under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had […]

Syria Kurds ask for regime help in facing Turkish threat

Syria Kurds ask for regime help in facing Turkish threat

BEIRUT: ‘s Kurds called on government troops on Friday to deploy alongside their own forces in the north to help counter a threatened Turkish offensive. The People‘s Protection Units (YPG), the main Kurdish militia in Syria, made its appeal following a shock announcement by its US ally last week of […]

Turkey warns France ‘no benefit‘ in protecting Kurd militia

Turkey warns France ‘no benefit‘ in protecting Kurd militia

ANKARA: France will not gain in any way by retaining forces to protect a Kurdish militia in Syria, ‘s foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Paris announced it would maintain a presence despite an imminent US withdrawal. Washington‘s decision to pull out 2,000 of his ground forces from Syria has […]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited Donald Trump to visit in 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited Donald Trump to visit in 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019, a White House spokesman said on Monday. ?While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future,? White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. The […]

US troop pullout from Afghanistan, Syria: Who is happy, who is not

US troop pullout from Afghanistan, Syria: Who is happy, who is not

NEW DELHI: US President ‘s historic moves to pull out of and slash troop numbers in has received mixed reaction from the stakeholders across the world. But Trump steadfastly defended his sudden push for retrenchment, vowing that the US would no longer be the “policeman of the Middle East”. Here […]

Turkey, Israel in new war of words

Turkey, Israel in new war of words

ANKARA: on Sunday hit out at Israel‘s “lawless occupation” of Palestinian territory after the Israeli prime minister accused Turkey of “massacres” against in a new war of words. Relations between Turkey and Israel have been tense this year over multiple issues including a controversial law passed by the Israeli parliament […]

Syria opposition calls on US to coordinate pullout with Turkey

Syria opposition calls on US to coordinate pullout with Turkey

: Exiled opposition leader Nasr al-Hariri on Sunday urged the US to coordinate its pullout from Syria with and Ankara-backed rebel groups to prevent regime forces from retaking the country‘s northeast. “An uncoordinated US withdrawal may leave a void that would be filled by Daesh, the Syrian regime or Iranian […]

Turkey sends military reinforcements to Syria border: Reports

Turkey sends military reinforcements to Syria border: Reports

ANKARA: has sent reinforcements to the border with , Turkish media reported on Monday, after Washington ordered the withdrawal of its ground forces from the war-ravaged nation. A Turkish convoy with howitzers and batteries as well as different units of the armed forces was deployed to the border district of […]