Civilians caught in the crossfire as Turkey's Syria assault escalates

CBS NewsTurkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day. Turkey pounded the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked ...

October 10th 2019


World leaders unite in condemnation of Turkey's Syria operation

NBCNews.comLONDON — Governments across the world joined in condemning Turkey's military incursion into northeastern Syria as the conflict ran into its second day. The European Union's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, in a statement released by Germany's ...

October 10th 2019


Death Toll Rises as Turkey Moves Into Syria

Foreign PolicyCan Turkey hold the prisoners? The White House has said that Turkey will take control of the prisons, which contain thousands of Islamic State fighters from all over the world who traveled to Syria to join the militant group. But experts express doubt that Turkey ...

October 10th 2019


Shells Fired Into Turkey as Syria Offensive Continues for 2nd Day

The New York TimesAKCAKALE, Turkey — Shells landed in the center of this busy Turkish border town early Thursday afternoon, wounding at least six government employees, in a sharp escalation of the conflict between the Turkish state and the Kurdish militias who fought ...

October 10th 2019


Turkey says 109 people killed as troops continue advance into Syria

NBCNews.comLONDON —Turkish forces continued their advance into northeastern Syria Thursday as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey's air and ground offensive had killed more than 100 people since the operation began. It was unclear whether all of those ...

October 10th 2019


Turkey Syria offensive: Heavy fighting on second day of assault

BBC NewsTurkish forces are stepping up air strikes and a ground offensive, as their incursion into Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria enters a second day. Turkey's military said it had seized designated targets. There are reports of heavy fighting in the central border ...

October 10th 2019


US says it did not approve Turkey's Syria offensive

BBC NewsUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has denied the US gave Turkey a "green light" for its offensive in Syria. Mr Pompeo defended President Donald Trump's widely criticised decision to withdraw US troops from the northern border area. Turkey on Wednesday ...

October 10th 2019


Fears over humanitarian impact of Turkey's military offensive in Syria

CNN(CNN) Concerns are growing over the humanitarian impact caused by Turkey's military offensive into northeastern Syria, an operation that has sparked a political firestorm in the United States over the fate of US-allied Kurds in the area. At least eight people ...

October 10th 2019


Trump reportedly offered to sell F-35 jets to Turkey in exchange for not attacking Kurdish forces in Syria

Business InsiderPresident Donald Trump reportedly advised Turkey not to invade northeastern Syria and offered to resume sales of the US's fifth-generation aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35. Trump reportedly offered Erdogan "a really good package," in addition to other ...

October 10th 2019


Turkey Launches Offensive Against US-Backed Syrian Militia

The New York TimesBEIRUT, Lebanon — Turkey launched a ground and air assault on Wednesday against a Syrian militia that has been a crucial American ally in the fight against ISIS, days after President Trump agreed to let the operation proceed. As Turkish warplanes ...

October 10th 2019


Trump Invites Turkish Leader to US as Turkey Prepares Syria Offensive

Wall Street JournalPresident Trump said the U.S. wasn't abandoning Kurdish fighters in northern Syria amid blowback from lawmakers over his decision to withdraw American troops from the area ahead of a planned military incursion by Turkey. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, ...

October 8th 2019


Turkey vows to press ahead with attack on Kurdish-led forces in Syria

The GuardianTurkey has signalled its intent to press ahead with an attack on US-backed Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria despite confusion over US policy after officials appeared to backtrack on Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from the area.

October 8th 2019


Turkey says it won't bow to US threat over its Syria plans

Military TimesBEIRUT (AP) — Turkey will not bow to threats over its Syria plans, the Turkish vice president said Tuesday in an apparent response to President Donald Trump's warning to Ankara the previous day about the scope of its planned military incursion into ...

October 8th 2019


Trump defends Turkey amid fierce backlash over policy shift

PoliticoPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday promoted Turkey's diplomatic and economic ties to the U.S. amid withering bipartisan criticism for his decision to allow the Middle Eastern nation to invade northern Syria — endangering the Kurdish fighters who helped ...

October 8th 2019


Turkey rejects Trump's threats amid conflicting US signals over Syria offensive

Washington PostISTANBUL — Turkey's vice president said Tuesday that his country would “not react to threats,” as it prepared to mount a military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in Syria, a day after President Trump warned that he would destroy Turkey's ...

October 8th 2019


Turkey balks at Trump's tweet warning them to limit Syria incursion against Kurds

CBS NewsTurkey will not bow to threats over its Syria plans, the Turkish vice president said Tuesday in an apparent response to President Donald Trump's warning to Ankara the previous day about the scope of its planned military incursion into northeastern Syria.

October 8th 2019


Turkey: Military preparations for Syria incursion 'complete'

Aljazeera.comThe US withdrawal will leave its Kurdish-led partner - the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - vulnerable to an incursion by Turkey's military, which brands them "terrorists" because of their links to Kurdish fighters who have waged a decades-long resistance ...

October 8th 2019


Trump hails his own 'great and unmatched wisdom' in warning to Turkey

Washington PostIn the latest generous assessment of his own abilities, President Trump on Monday warned Turkey that there would be devastating economic consequences if the Turkish government takes any steps “that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be ...

October 8th 2019


Caught Between Trump, Turkey and Kurds, Pentagon Struggles to Piece Together Syria Strategy

The New York TimesWASHINGTON — For nine months, the Pentagon played down the presence of its 1,000 troops in Syria, hoping that President Trump would not focus on the extent to which the American military was continuing to fight the Islamic State despite his order in ...

October 8th 2019


Trump's Green Light to Turkey Raises Fears About ISIS Detainees

The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President Trump's sudden blessing of a Turkish military operation in northern Syria and his announcement of an American troop withdrawal from that region raised questions about the fate of thousands of Islamic State detainees that the ...

October 8th 2019