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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 »

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

Vladimir Putin (R) with Bashar al-Assad upon his arrival at a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow in 2015. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images. Syria · The Observer. Millions displaced and 500,000 dead – will new peace talks end Syria's agony ...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 »

Turkey in a rapid, intense start with Trump administration - Hurriyet Daily News

A new era in the United States and the world has just begun, as Donald Trump took his oath of office on Jan. 20 in the inauguration in Washington D.C. As an outsider and a real estate mogul, President Trump will certainly make his mark on national and ...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 »

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

Turkey has softened its stance towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over reaching a settlement to end the conflict. Talks in Kazakhstan between the opposition and regime are to begin next week. Syrien Präsident Bashar al-Assad (Reuters/SANA ...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 »

'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 »

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

Russia's military foothold in Syria just got a lot firmer and will last for decades, boosting Moscow's heft in the region. By Paul McLeary. | January 21, 2017, 3:48 PM. A Russian Sukhoi Su-35 bomber lands at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia ...and more »

46 ISIL militants 'neutralized' in northern Syria: Turkish military - Hurriyet Daily News

A total of 46 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants were “neutralized” and 16 others were injured in northern Syria over the last 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation, the Turkish Military said early on Jan. 21. Turkish ...and more »