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Turkey: Republic in Western Asia
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia, with a small portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. East Thrace, the part of Turkey in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorous and the Dardanelles. Turkey is bordered by Greece and Bulgaria to its northwest; Georgia to its northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. Istanbul is the largest city while Ankara is the capital. Approximately 70 to 80 per cent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish. Kurds are the largest minority; the size of the Kurdish population is a subject of dispute with estimates placing the figure at anywhere from 12 to 25 percent of the population.

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Russia says militants in 12 Syrian prisons left unguarded due to Turkish incursion: Ifax

Twelve Syrian prisons holding foreign militants as well as eight refugee camps have been left unguarded as a result of Turkey's operation in northern Syria, the Interfax news agency cited Russia's..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says to take next steps in Syria after meeting Putin

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey would take "necessary" further steps in northeastern Syria after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the day that a five-day..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Turkey

Turkey is not eyeing Syrian territory: Erdogan [Video]Turkey is not eyeing Syrian territory: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said on Monday that Ankara is not looking to conquer any country's territory.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:18Published

Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town while Erdogan expects US to 'keep promises' [Video]Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town while Erdogan expects US to 'keep promises'

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had pulled out all its fighters from the border town of Ras al Ain, while Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey expects the US to..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:00Published

Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks [Video]Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:36Published

Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish fighters if ceasefire fails [Video]Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish fighters if ceasefire fails

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on said he would press on with Turkey's offensive into northeastern Syria and 'crush the heads of terrorists' if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:30Published

Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire [Video]Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire

Trump’s comments came one day after he praised a deal announced by Vice President Mike Pence that would pause fighting in Northeast Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:34Published

Hundreds of thousands flee Turkey's incursion into northern Syria [Video]Hundreds of thousands flee Turkey's incursion into northern Syria

Turkey military operation in northern Syria has created a fresh wave of refugees.

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Erdogan warns Kurds as Syria ceasefire gets off to rocky start [Video]Erdogan warns Kurds as Syria ceasefire gets off to rocky start

Turkish president says his forces would go back on attack in four days unless Kurdish forces withdraw from 'safe zone'.

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Mike Pence To Urge Turkey To Stop Attack Against Kurdish Fighters [Video]Mike Pence To Urge Turkey To Stop Attack Against Kurdish Fighters

Vice President Mike Pence will urge Turkey to stop its offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria. This comes after President Donald Trump threatened heavy sanctions over the operation...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Shells fall in northeast Syria despite ceasefire agreement [Video]Shells fall in northeast Syria despite ceasefire agreement

Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:56Published

Renault shares tumble after profit warning [Video]Renault shares tumble after profit warning

Renault shares tumbled Friday after the French automaker cut its outlook for sales and profits. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Trump slammed for lifting Turkey sanctions for ceasefire [Video]Trump slammed for lifting Turkey sanctions for ceasefire

Democratic members of the US Congress are promising to push through new sanctions on Turkey next week even as Trump is celebrating the fragile truce in Syria.

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Turkey's Erdogan gives briefing on Syria ceasefire deal [Video]Turkey's Erdogan gives briefing on Syria ceasefire deal

The ceasefire grants the Kurdish-led forces, that were Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), five days to withdraw from the..

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 20:29Published

Pompeo to Israel: U.S. focus is still on Iran 'threat' [Video]Pompeo to Israel: U.S. focus is still on Iran 'threat'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored U.S.-Israeli efforts to counter Iran in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, in an apparent attempt to ease concerns in Israel that Tehran..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

US, Turkey agree on Turkish ceasefire with Syrian Kurds [Video]US, Turkey agree on Turkish ceasefire with Syrian Kurds

US vice president says Ankara agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:34Published

Turkey agrees to Syria ceasefire, says US vice president Pence [Video]Turkey agrees to Syria ceasefire, says US vice president Pence

US vice president Mike Pence has announced that the US and Turkey have agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northern Syria. The ceasefire will allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone roughly..

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US, Turkey agree to temporary ceasefire in Syria [Video]US, Turkey agree to temporary ceasefire in Syria

Ankara has agreed to pause its offensive "to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces" from the region.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 19:34Published

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters seek control of key border town [Video]Turkey-backed Syrian fighters seek control of key border town

Turkish forces and Kurdish fighters continue to battle in the border town of Ras al-Ain, considered a strategic point for both.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published

Turkey's Syria offensive: UN Security Council meets again [Video]Turkey's Syria offensive: UN Security Council meets again

UNSC issues statement on Turkey offensive expressing concern, but stops short of condemning Ankara.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:08Published

Donald Trump Writes Letter To Turkish President [Video]Donald Trump Writes Letter To Turkish President

President Donald Trump warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter. According to Reuters, he told Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!” The letter was released by..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Trump Rages Against 'Overrated' Former Defense Secretary Mattis [Video]Trump Rages Against 'Overrated' Former Defense Secretary Mattis

President Donald Trump belittled former defense secretary Jim Mattis during a chaotic meeting on Syria. According to Business Insider, Trump characterized Mattis on Wednesday as the "world's most..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:47Published

Trump Lashes Out At GOP Ally Graham Over Kurdish Debacle [Video]Trump Lashes Out At GOP Ally Graham Over Kurdish Debacle

CNN reports President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed one of his key allies: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The dispute is over Graham's approach to Turkey's incursion in Syria. Trump said during a..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Trump's Move Pushes US Forces To Destroy Own Anti-ISIS HQ [Video]Trump's Move Pushes US Forces To Destroy Own Anti-ISIS HQ

Business Insider reports US forces destroyed the headquarters of their anti-ISIS efforts in Syria on Wednesday. The move was prevent the facilities from falling into the hands of fighters backed by..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Trump: Syria crisis 'has nothing to do with us' [Video]Trump: Syria crisis 'has nothing to do with us'

U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed criticism over the continuing crisis in Syria, a stance in stark contrast with the president's fellow Republicans in the United States. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Erdogan Says He Will Only Meet With Mike Pence And Mike Pompeo [Video]Erdogan Says He Will Only Meet With Mike Pence And Mike Pompeo

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan. A spokesman for the Turkish presidency said they will discuss the situation in..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

 

Iran rejects Turkey's establishing of military posts in Syria: TV

Iran rejects Turkey's establishing of military posts inside Syria, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday, adding that the integrity of Tehran's key regional ally should be..
Reuters - Published

Russia hopes Syria coordination with Turkey, U.S. will help stability: RIA

Russia hopes its coordination with the United States and Turkey in Syria will help security and stability in the region, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday, according to the RIA news agency.
Reuters - Published

Hurd: U.S.-Turkey deal on Syria resembles "terms of surrender"

The Turkish government on Thursday promised the U.S. that it would allow once American-allied Kurdish fighters to retreat out areas of northern Syria
CBS News - Published

Erdogan says he will never allow vaping, will block e-cigarettes in Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he will never allow electronic cigarette companies to produce their products in Turkey, urging Turks to drink tea instead.
Reuters - Published

Experts say ISIS and Russia could benefit from Syria onslaught

Michael Morell, the former CIA deputy director and CBS News senior national security contributor, and William Burns, the former deputy secretary of state, break down the latest developments between..
CBS News - Published

Kurdish militia says it has pulled out from Syria border town

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had pulled out all its fighters from the border town of Ras al Ain as part of a U.S.-brokered deal to withdraw from a "safe zone" that..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Turkey expects U.S. to keep promises, not stall Syria truce deal

Turkey expects the United States to keep its promises and not use stalling tactics in a deal between the NATO allies for Ankara to pause its offensive into northeastern Syria while the Kurdish fighters..
Reuters - Published

Turkey and Russia to discuss removal of Kurdish militia from Syrian towns

Turkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani during talks in Sochi next week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Kurdish militia kills soldier in northeast Syria despite ceasefire

One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded on Sunday after an attack by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria's Tel Abyad, the defense ministry said, despite a deal to pause..
Reuters - Published

Russia doesn't rule out new contract to supply air defense systems to Turkey: IFX

Russia does not rule out reaching a new contract to supply its air defense missile systems to Turkey, Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov as saying on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Turkey to resume Syria offensive if truce deal falters

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and "crush the heads of terrorists" if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan to discuss Syrian deployment in 'safe zone' with Putin next week

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he would discuss the deployment of Syrian government forces in a planned "safe zone" in northern Syria during talks with Russia's President Vladimir..
Reuters - Published

Turkish troops ready to continue Syria offensive if truce deal not implemented: minister

Turkish troops in northern Syria are ready to continue their offensive if a deal with Washington to pause the conflict while Kurdish fighters withdraw is not fully implemented, Defence Minister Hulusi..
Reuters - Published

Turkish and Kurdish forces clash despite ceasefire

In Syria, Kurdish forces are accusing Turkey of failing to abide by the terms of the U.S.-brokered ceasefire. Its leaders are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to take responsibility for its..
CBS News - Published

Calm reigns in northeast Syria as fragile U.S.-Turkey ceasefire holds

A fragile ceasefire was holding along Turkey's border with Syria on Saturday, two days after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed the truce to allow Kurdish forces time to pull back from Ankara's..
Reuters - Published

Pence, Thrown Into Turkey Negotiations, Pleases Few With Erdogan Agreement

By the time Mr. Pence returned to Washington, the cease-fire agreement he negotiated had been roundly denounced as a capitulation to the Turkish president.
NYTimes.com - Published

Kurdish children may be victims of possible chemical attack in Syria

Fighting in Syria continued, despite a ceasefire deal maded between the U.S. and Turkey. Meanwhile, Kurdish children may be victims of a possible chemical attack. Charlie D'Agata reports from Iraq.
CBS News - Published

Exclusive: Surprise Syria truce hinged on Turkey's deadline demand-top official

The surprise deal to suspend Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish-led forces in Syria hinged on President Tayyip Erdogan's demand that Washington agree a time limit on any ceasefire, a senior..
Reuters - Published

Trump says U.S. doing very well with Turkey

President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States is doing very well with Turkey and that the U.S.-brokered cease-fire deal with Turkey is intact. (Oct. 18)  
USATODAY.com - Published

EU Tusk scathing about 'so called' Syria ceasefire

EU Council President Tusk says the "so-called" Syria ceasefire is "a demand of capitulation of the Kurds" and called on Turkey to immediately halt its operation in northern Syria. (Oct. 18)  
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump says Turkey's attacks on Kurds were "eliminated quickly" by ceasefire

President Trump said he spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this morning. Mr. Trump said the attacks against the Kurds in northern Syria were "eliminated quickly" following Thursday's..
CBS News - Published

Trump says 'pause' in fighting in northeast Syria is back on

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that a five-day ceasefire along the Syrian-Turkish border had resumed, despite shelling and machine-gun fire earlier on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Turkey plans presence across northeast Syria, Erdogan says

Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, insisting that a planned "safe zone" will extend much further than U.S. officials said was..
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories October 18 A

Here's the latest for Friday, Oct. 18th: Erdogan says Turkey will resume offensive if Syrian fighters aren't pulled; White House acknowledges Ukraine aid hold up tied to demands; First all-female space..
USATODAY.com - Published

Macron takes swipe at halting NATO reaction to Turkey's Syria incursion

France's president on Friday decried NATO's inability to react to what he called Turkey's "crazy" offensive into northern Syria and said it was time Europe stopped acting like a junior ally when it..
Reuters - Published

Trump says Turkey's Erdogan wants Syria agreement to work

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he had spoken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who told him there had been some "minor" sniper and mortar fire in northeastern Syria despite a..
Reuters - Published

Republican leader McCarthy wants pause on U.S. congressional action on Turkey

As U.S. lawmakers from both parties press forward to penalize Turkey for its recent assault on Syria, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said it is more appropriate for..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Turkey hasn't 'forgotten' Trump's 'tough guy' letter on Syria invasion

Turkey's president says of Donald Trump's letter: "Of course we haven't forgotten it. It would not be right for us to forget it."
USATODAY.com - Published

Turkey plans to establish 12 posts in Syria 'safe zone': Erdogan

Turkey aims to establish 12 observation posts in a planned so-called safe zone in northern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, adding Ankara would respond if the Syrian government "makes a..
Reuters - Published

France's Macron criticizes NATO reaction over Turkish offensive

France's president on Friday bemoaned Turkey's offensive into northern Syria as "madness" and decried the North Atlantic Organisation's inability to react to the assault as a "serious mistake."
Reuters - Published

Shells fall in northeast Syria despite five-day ceasefire agreement

Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part..
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk: Turkish halt of military operations 'not a ceasefire'

European Union Council President Donald Tusk on Friday said the halt of Turkish hostilities announced in northern Syria is not a genuine ceasefire and called on Ankara to immediately stop military..
Reuters - Published

White House says ceasefire will 'takes time' at Syria-Turkey border

Implementing a ceasefire will take time, a White House spokeswoman said on Friday as machine-gun fire, shelling and smoke were observed at the Syria-Turkey border one day after top U.S. officials..
Reuters - Published

Fighting continues in Syria despite Trump's 'cease-fire,' Kurds say. Turkey denies clashes

Fighting is continuing near the Syria-Turkey border despite a Trump administration boast it had helped broker a 'ceasefire,' Kurdish authorities say.
USATODAY.com - Published

Erdogan says Syria offensive will continue if truce deal not fully implemented

Turkey will continue its offensive into northeast Syria more rapidly than before if an agreement with the United States to pause the operation and allow the withdrawal of Kurdish forces is not fully..
Reuters - Published

Kurdish mayors replaced in Turkey in crackdown on criticism of Syria assault

Turkey replaced the mayors of a Kurdish-majority town in its southeast with a state official, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said, amid a crackdown at home on criticism of Ankara's..
Reuters - Published

Fighting persists after Turkey agrees to "pause" its Syria onslaught

There are concerns the short ceasefire announced by Pence hands Turkey exactly what it wants, as claims surface of Turkish forces using chemical weapons
CBS News - Published

Fighting in Syria persists despite ceasefire

There's heavy criticism of Vice President Mike Pence's deal to stop Turkey's attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Turkish forces have also been accused by a chemical weapons expert of using..
CBS News - Published

Eye Opener: Trump defends his ceasefire

There's heavy criticism of the White House deal to stop Turkey's attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Also, the acting White House chief of staff admits President Trump withheld military aid to..
CBS News - Published

Erdogan says there are no ongoing clashes in northeast Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that there were no ongoing clashes in northeastern Syria, where Turkey has been carrying out an offensive, after Ankara agreed with Washington to pause..
Reuters - Published

Kurdish-led SDF says Turkish forces shelling civilian areas in ceasefire violation

The Kurdish-led SDF militia on Friday accused Turkey of shelling civilian areas in violating a five-day pause to an offensive in northeast Syria.
Reuters - Published

Your Friday Briefing

Turkey, Culiacán, Houston Astros: Here's what you need to know.
NYTimes.com - Published

Turkish-Mexican national arrested in Cambodia amid alleged Gulen links

Cambodian police have arrested the Turkish-Mexican former director of a school run by the movement of U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup, his wife said..
Reuters - Published

Kremlin wants information from Turkey about Syria deal with U.S.: RIA

The Kremlin said late on Thursday it expected to receive information from Turkey after Ankara agreed a deal with the United States to halt its offensive in Syria for five days, the RIA news agency..
Reuters - Published

Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal

Shelling and gunfire resonated in the area of northeast Syria's Ras al Ain town on Friday, a Reuters reporter said, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for..
Reuters - Published

Trump Compares Turks and Kurds to ‘Two Kids’ Fighting

Hours after his vice president and secretary of state brokered a cease-fire, President Trump said he was right to let Turkey attack America’s Kurdish allies because it eventually led to a deal.
NYTimes.com - Published

Mulvaney: Probing 2016 election was a factor in withholding Ukraine aid

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney undercut President Trump's claim that there was no quid pro quo in the decision to withhold aid from Ukraine. Jeff Mason, a White House correspondent for..
CBS News - Published

The Syria-Turkey ceasefire, quid pro quo talk and death of Elijah Cummings: Catch up on a busy Thursday in politics

With the passing of a Capitol Hill giant, a ceasefire between Turkey and Syria, and an admitted quid quo pro, Washington was rocked by news Thursday.
USATODAY.com - Published

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