A U.S. military unit heading to Iraq from northern Syria came under fire from Turkey-backed rebels, Russian Defense Ministry has said, adding that no casualties were reported in the incident.
Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has praised Turkey's cross-border operations in northern Syria, while also calling on President Erdoğan to cancel his visit to the U.S. following Trump's bizarre letter.
Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has expressed Turkey's "frustration" regarding two resolutions that passed in the U.S. House during a meeting with a U.S. House of Representatives that took place amid tense relations between the two countries.
NATO Secretary General has praised Turkey's fight against ISIS and said that no other NATO ally suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey, while dismissing calls for the suspension of the country from the alliance.
The head of Turkish Red Crescent has said that Turkey must be given a Nobel Peace Prize for its recent military offensive in northern Syria, as he also praised the soldiers for not harming anyone in the operation area.
Turkish Interior Minister has said that Turkey is not a hotel for ISIS members of other countries, as he slammed the practice of stripping ISIS militants of their citizenship in order to make them stateless and not take them back.
A terrorism report released by the U.S. State Department said that Marxist groups linked to the PKK operated on Syrian soil, adding that the PKK receives financial support from the Kurdish diaspora in Europe.
Dutch Foreign Minister has said that two ISIS women, who escaped from a SDF-held camp in Syria, were detained in the Turkish capital Ankara, adding that one of the women was stripped of her citizenship.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that Damascus' main goal is to gain control of YPG-controlled areas, as Turkish and Russian troops start their joint ground patrols.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan criticized the role of France in northern Syria for aiding the People's Protection Units (YPG) which form the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Erdoğan mentioned the French cement firm Lafarge in particular and argued the cement of Lafarge goes to the YPG for building tunnels.
Turkey's parliament will respond to U.S. resolutions recognizing the mass killings of Armenians as genocide and calling for sanctions against Turkey over its military operation in Syria, President Tayyip Erdoğan said. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoğlu also slammed the move by saying the decision of U.S. lawmakers was "null and void".
Turkey summoned on the U.S. ambassador in Ankara in the aftermath of yesterday's vote at the House of Representatives to recognize the events of 1915 during the Ottoman Empire as Armenian genocide. It is not certain yet whether Ankara will recall Turkish Ambassador to the United States Serdar Kılıç to protest the vote.
The foreign ministers of Turkey, Russia and Iran reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria in a joint statement on Oct. 29 in Geneva. They expressed their conviction that the launch of the Constitutional Committee proved "there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict."
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to recognize the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote. House lawmakers from both parties also backed a legislation calling on Trump to impose sanctions on Turkey over its offensive in northern Syria. Turkey quickly condemned both resolutions, saying the genocide resolution "is devoid of any historical or legal basis".
According to Boğaziçi University faculty member and researcher Seda Altuğ, Turkey's Oct. 9 military operation has allowed the Syrian regime to regain control of the region, has hurt Kurdish aspirations of freedom and political status, and is expanding the historical "Arab Belt" demographic engineering project enacted by former Syrian president Hafez al-Assad.