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War clouds looming over Kurdish Afrin in northwest Syria - The Jerusalem Post

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) carry their weapons at a military training camp in Ras al-Ain, Syria. (photo credit: REUTERS). “Turkey, Russia May Cooperate in Afrin After YPG Driven Out,” read a headline in the Turkish Daily ...and more »

As the Islamic State falls in Syria, one city offers a preview of the country's future - Washington Post

TABQA, SYRIA. The Islamic State's headquarters in this city at the western gateway to Raqqa has been crushed like a sandcastle by American bombs. At a dam complex on the Euphrates River where the Islamic State was torturing prisoners and hurling ...and more »

Turkey, US in intense talks over YPG split - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on June 30, while Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy for the coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), was holding discussions in ...and more »

In a Desperate Syrian City, a Test of Trump's Policies - New York Times

TABQA, Syria — The young man unburdened himself about the dark years of living under the Islamic State as a crowd of curious onlookers gathered in front of a weathered storefront in the town marketplace. The militants, said the man, a 22-year-old ...and more »

Turkey to respond to 'all kinds of terrorist threat,' vows presidential spokesperson - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey will respond to all kinds of terror threat emanating from Syria or any other country, presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said on July 1, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. Kalın vowed that Turkey will continue to take “all necessary ...and more »

Syrian Kurds Vow to Stop Turkish Troops' Advance on Afrin - Sputnik International

Nuri Mehmud, an official representative of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), said in an interview with Sputnik Turkey that the group will defend its territories if there is an attack on Afrin from Turkey. Afrin, Syria. © Photo: Bertramz ...and more »

Brett McGurk, the Lawrence of Kurdistan? - Hurriyet Daily News

Brett McGurk, the Special Envoy of the U.S. President for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), arrived in Ankara on June 30 after carrying out inspections in the north of Syria on June 28-29. His arrival in ...and more »

US anti-ISIL envoy Brett McGurk holds talks in Turkey - Hurriyet Daily News

Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy for the coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is set to hold discussions in Ankara on June 30 after his visit to Syria. McGurk will have talks at the Foreign Ministry and Defense ...and more »

Kurds May Face Turkish Army in Syria One-to-One - Center for Research on Globalization

Recently Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his readiness to conduct a new military operation in the north of Syria to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state there. Turkey has already confirmed its seriousness on this issue by the ...and more »

Erdoğan hosts Russia defense chief amid Syria border tensions - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Istanbul on July 2, as tension soared on the Syrian border between Turkish troops and the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara ...and more »