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Turkey expects improved relations with the Trump administration - Washington Post

Turkey is confident that its relations with the United States will improve significantly under President-elect Donald Trump and expects positive responses to concerns it believes the Obama administration played down, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut ...and more »

Russia Signs Deal for Syria Bases; Turkey Appears to Accept Assad - New York Times

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Russia signed a long-term agreement on Friday to greatly enlarge its military presence in Syria, more than doubling the space for warships in Russia's only Mediterranean port and securing rights to an air base that may already be ...and more »

Millions displaced and 500000 dead – will new peace talks end Syria's agony? - The Guardian

The latest attempt to end the six-year conflict has been organised by Russia and Turkey and begins in the Kazakh capital. Emma Graham-Harrison. Sat 21 Jan 2017 16.42 EST Last modified on Sat 14 Apr 2018 13.55 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ...and more »

Turkey can no longer insist on Syria settlement without Assad: Turkish deputy PM - Reuters

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Turkey can no longer insist on a resolution of the conflict in Syria without the involvement of President Bashar al-Assad, as the situation on the ground has changed dramatically, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet ...and more »

'No longer realistic': Turkey admits U-turn on policy to rid Syria of Assad - Middle East Eye

Turkey can no longer insist on a resolution of the conflict in Syria without the involvement of President Bashar al-Assad, as the situation on the ground has changed dramatically, Turkey's deputy prime minister said on Friday. "As far as our position ...and more »

Syrian army nears Turkey-backed rebels in new advance - Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies on Sunday drove Islamic State from several villages east of Aleppo, a military media unit run by Hezbollah and a war monitor reported, bringing them closer to territory held by Turkey-backed rebels ...and more »

Turkey softens stance towards Bashar al-Assad in Syria settlement - Deutsche Welle

Turkey recognizes it is no longer "realistic" to reach a solution to the conflict in Syria without President Bashar al-Assad (photo), a top Turkish official said on Friday. "We have to be pragmatic, realistic. The facts on the ground have changed ...and more »

Putin Signs Long-Term Basing Deal With Syria - Foreign Policy (blog)

While the world warily eyed Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, Russia and Syria signed a long-term basing agreement giving Russian ships and planes access there for 50 years, a major commitment that underscores Russian President Vladimir Putin's ...and more »

Islamic State claims car bomb attack near northern Syria's al-Bab: Amaq - Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack that killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab on Friday, it said in a video posted on Amaq, its news agency. The Turkish army and ...and more »

Turkey Says Syria Settlement Needs Assad - Al-Manar TV

A top Turkish official says his country can no longer insist on any settlement for Syria's long-running war without Syrian President Bashar Assad. Speaking in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday, Deputy Prime ...and more »