Turkish journalist Murat Yetkin has penned 13 questions regarding the planned 'safe zone' and the 120-hour ceasefire agreement between Ankara and Washington regarding the former's military offensive in northeastern Syria.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that they had withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain under a U.S.-brokered ceasefire deal. Ras al Ain is one of two towns on the Turkish-Syrian border that have been the main targets of Turkey's offensive to push back Kurdish fighters and create a more than 30 km (about 20 miles) deep "safe zone" inside Syria.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has praised the country's coast guard for its ability to limit irregular migration, while also calling on Europe to stop criticizing Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria.
Russia promised Turkey that the Syrian Kurdish militants will not be in the territories across the border, Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu has said, adding that Ankara will not oppose if the YPG is removed by Russia and the Syrian army.
After nine days of hectic diplomacy and military offensive in Syria, Turkey and the U.S. reached a ceasefire deal that includes the withdrawal of YPG militants. The deal was hailed by both Ankara and Washington, with Trump saying, 'Millions of lives will be saved.'
Two days after the emergence of Trump's letter to Erdoğan, the Turkish President said that the necessary actions will be taken when the time is right. "It's not our priority today," he said.
In a letter obtained by a Fox Business reporter, U.S. President Trump urges Turkish President Erdoğan to halt the country's offensive in northern Syria. The letter included phrases outside diplomatic niceties, such as, "Don't be a tough guy" and "Don't be a fool."
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar rejected claims that the army has chemical weapons, saying that the YPG will carry out attacks with chemical weapons and then blame it on Turkey.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey to end its offensive in Syria, saying that Germany won't deliver any weapons to Turkey under the current conditions.
As tensions between Turkey and the U.S. mount, whether President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with the U.S. delegation remains unknown, with contradictory statements coming from the Turkish side.
A week after Turkey launched its military offensive in Syria's northeast, the Russian-backed Syrian army entered Manbij, as the U.S. troops withdrew from the city. Commenting on the offensive, a Russian envoy said that Ankara and Damascus were in talks.
U.S. President Donald Trump imposes sanctions against Turkey, whilst also urging the country to end its offensive in Syria, a decision that was applauded by Congress.
In response to Western criticism over Turkey's operation in northeastern Syria, Erdoğan questioned the West's loyalty to Turkey as a partner in NATO. "Are we partners in NATO, or not? Or did you allow a terror organization to join NATO without my knowledge" Erdoğan said her asked German chancellor Merkel.
Spain, Austria and Belgium joined Germany and France on Oct. 14 in backing an arms embargo on Turkey over its Syrian offensive but top exporter Italy had yet to declare its position, leaving an-EU wide ban in doubt. Paris and Berlin suspended weapons sales to Turkey, a NATO ally, over the weekend, while Finland and the Netherlands said earlier they were also stopping arms exports, in what EU diplomats said could be a first step in a series of EU sanctions aimed at persuading Ankara to halt the fighting.
As Turkey readies its troops for a military operation in Syria's north, U.S. President Donald Trump raised eyebrows in Ankara by threatening to 'destroy and obliterate' the Turkish economy. Hours later, Trump went on to praise the cooperation between Ankara and Washington, as the date of the meeting between two presidents was announced.