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Syria Kurds say will defend enclave from Turkish 'scourges'

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The head of a powerful Kurdish militia hit back on Tuesday at Turkish threats to attack its forces in northern Syria, pledging to "cleanse" the area of Ankara's "scourges". Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to soon launch an operation against towns in Syria held by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers "terrorists".

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Tillerson denies US plans to form Syria border force

Added: 18.01.2018 10:16 | 0 views | 0 comments

Reported US-initiated Syria border force is 'misportrayed, misdescribed and some people misspoke', top US diplomat says.

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Tillerson says US troops in Syria to counter Assad

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that US troops will remain in Syria not just to fight jihadists but also to counter the power of Bashar al-Assad and his ally Iran. In a speech on the US strategy to help end Syria's seven-year civil war, Tillerson stressed that the mission of the US military is to destroy the Islamic State group and prevent its return. "A total withdrawal of American personnel at this time would restore Assad to continue his brutal treatment against his own people," Tillerson told an audience at Stanford University.

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Turkey's Erdogan calls on EU to respond to US's 'terror army' in Syria

Added: 18.01.2018 6:05 | 0 views | 0 comments

Turkey's president has called on Nato to take a stance against the US, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria. Turkey has been threatening to launch a new military offensive in Syria against Syrian Kurdish militias, which Ankara considers to be terrorists because of their affiliation with a outlawed group fighting an insurgency in southern Turkey. On Monday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Washington of creating an "army of terror" in Syria, along the border with Turkey, and vowed to crush the US-backed border force. Addressing his ruling party's deputies on Tuesday, Mr Erdogan questioned Nato's stance on the issue, saying: "Hey Nato! You are obliged to make a stance against those who harass and violate the borders of your members." Ties between Turkey and the US have deteriorated over the latter's support of the Kurdish militia, known as the People's Defense Units, or YPG, which Turkey says is a major threat to its security. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), at a rally in Yozgat, eastern Turkey. Credit: Presidency Press Service The US however has relied on the YPG - the backbone of a Syrian force that drove Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) from much of northern and eastern Syria with the help of US-led airstrikes. The coalition has said the new force, expected to reach 30,000 in the next several years, is a key element of its strategy in Syria to prevent the resurgence of Isil. Mr Erdogan on Tuesday reiterated that Turkey planned an imminent intervention in the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. Turkey has sent reinforcements to its border in recent weeks and Mr Erdogan said this week that Turkish troops were already firing artillery at Afrin from the border. Overnight on Monday, heavy shelling was reported in Afrin and the YPG reported the death of one of  its fighters.  Asked whether he planned to discuss the Kurdish-led border force with President Donald Trump, Mr Erdogan said he had no plans to call the US leader. "We discussed the issue before. He said he would get back to me. I won't call him as long as he does not get back to me," Anadolu quoted Mr Erdogan as saying.   

Turkey says could act in Syria unless U.S. withdraws support for Kurdish force

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By Dominic Evans and Tuvan Gumrukcu HATAY, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey said on Wednesday it would not hesitate to take action in Syria's Afrin district and other areas unless the United States withdrew support for a Kurdish-led force there, but Washington denied such plans and said "some people misspoke". Turkish President Erdogan has repeatedly warned of an imminent incursion in Afrin after Washington said it would help the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish YPG militia, set up a new 30,000-strong border force. The plan has infuriated Turkey, which considers the Syrian YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, which has fought an insurgency in...

Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria constituted a breach of international law and Syrian sovereignty, joining Syria, Turkey and Russia in a vehement rebuke of the plan. On Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition said it was working with its Syrian militia allies, the mainly Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to set up a force that would operate along the borders with Turkey and Iraq, as well as within Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responded by vowing to crush the new force and drive U.S. troops from Syria.

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Could This Be the U.S. Military's Secret Weapon to Stop a 'Swarm' Strike?

Added: 18.01.2018 2:05 | 0 views | 0 comments

It might be possible.  Could This Be the U.S. Military's Secret Weapon to Stop a 'Swarm' Strike? Last week’s massed attempted drone strike against Russian forces in Syria is a harbinger of things to come. Indeed, it is almost inevitable that American forces could come under similar attack.

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Tillerson signals deeper US military commitment in Syria

Added: 18.01.2018 0:41 | 0 views | 0 comments

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence.


Tillerson signals US diplomatic push for Syria solution

Added: 18.01.2018 0:36 | 0 views | 0 comments

Secretary of state calls on Russia to use ‘unique leverage’ over Assad

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U.S. Strategic Shift in Syria Turns Focus to Iran From ISIS

Added: 17.01.2018 23:27 | 0 views | 0 comments

The U.S. will turn its focus in Syria to reducing Iranian influence there, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a policy speech Wednesday marking a shift in U.S. strategy in Syria away from the Islamic State.

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