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.
Details emerge regarding the process that led to the killing of ISIS leader Baghdadi, with Iraqi security officials saying that one of his top aides gave information on his whereabouts. The aide was arrested last year by Turkish authorities, before being handed to Iraqis.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that the SDF commander sought with a red warrant by the country is "as much a terrorist as" ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in an overnight raid by the U.S.
Renowned Turkish journalist Murat Yetkin, in his last article, analyzed Turkey's role in the U.S. military operation which ended up with the death of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Yetkin quoted a high-ranking Turkish security source, who asked not to be named, saying that Incirlik base was not used in the operation but that the air space was coordinated between the Turkish and U.S. militaries.
U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested making a deal with a U.S. energy company to tap Syrian oil reserves, saying "What I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly... and spread out the wealth."
The killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a turning point in the fight against terrorism, President Erdoğan said, adding that the country paid the dearest price in the fight against the jihadist group.
U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a military operation in Syria's Idlib. "The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, panic and dread, terrified of the American forces coming down on him," Trump said.
The U.S. has notified Turkey about a military operation in Syria's Idlib that's believed to have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
President Erdoğan has filed a criminal complaint against the editor-in-chief and a reporter of French magazine Le Point over the publication's remarks accusing the Turkish President for carrying out "ethnic cleansing" against the Kurds. The cover of the issue was slammed by Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın, who addressed France by saying, "Your colonizing days are over."