The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has called for a humanitarian truce and committed to suspending most military operations in northeast Syria amid the coronavirus outbreak. “We hope that this humanitarian truce will help to open the door for dialogue and political solution and to put an end to the war in the world and Syria,” the group said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in isolation for two weeks after his wife, Sophie, tested positive for coronavirus on March 12. "The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days," an official statement said. Sophie will be in quarantine for 14 days.
The U.S. Navy missile destroyer USS Ross passed through the Bosphorus Strait to visit the Black Sea on Feb. 23. As the vessel was making its voyage, the U.S. Navy mentioned the 1936 Montreux Convention in a tweet.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91 after undergoing treatment in an intensive care unit following surgery, state television said on Feb. 25. Many Egyptians who lived through Mubarak’s time in power view it as a period of autocracy and crony capitalism. His overthrow led to Egypt’s first free election, which brought in Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
Brett McGurk, former special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, told Rudaw that the U.S. should not abandon the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Praising the group's role in fighting ISIS, McGurk said that the world needs to know the SDF's efforts in keeping jihadist prisoners in camps in al-Hol and other parts of northern Syria.
A memorial ceremony was held on Feb. 24 honoring the Turkish nationals slain in last week's racist mass shooting in the German town of Hanau. The bodies of two Turkish victims have been sent to their hometowns in Turkey to be buried there.
Two long-range Russian Tu-22M3 bombers conducted a scheduled flight over the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Feb. 19. The bombers were accompanied by fighter jets belonging to the Southern Military District, the Defense Ministry added.
The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Khalifa Haftar, on Feb. 18 claimed having targeted a Turkish ship in the Tripoli port, in the capital, which it said was carrying weapons and ammunition. Ghassan Salame, U.N. envoy for Libya, confirmed that the port was attacked.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met for a public discussion at the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 15 and discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The debate saw little visible progress toward resolving the more-than-30-year-old dispute.
A U.S.-led patrol came under fire in northern Syria after a confrontation with pro-Syria troops at a checkpoint and returned the fire, military officials said, in a rare encounter between American and regime forces. Syrian state news agency SANA said that a Syrian civilian man was killed during the incident and that he was among residents of a village east of the town of Qamishli.
Greek far-right MEP Lagos has been suspended from joining the European Parliament's activities for four days and deprived of seven days of daily allowance after tearing up a paper copy of the Turkish flag during a session in January.
Syrian Kurdish politician Ilham Ahmed said that Russia mediated political negotiations between the Kurds and the Syrian government. She said that a Russian envoy had met with Kurdish, Arab and Christian officials from northeastern Syria at the Hmeimim air base at the end of 2019. Discussions focused on how to "develop" the dialogue, Ahmed added.
Greek weekly Proto Thema distributed a booklet to its readers about the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic. "If Atatürk didn't have the courage to actualize his vision in his country, modern Turkey wouldn't exist, at least not in the way it does today," read part of the booklet. "Atatürk was a personality that had great power and widespread influence in Turkey," it added.
İbrahim "Mike" Baycora has become the first Turkish-American police chief in the history of the United States. He was sworn in with his left hand on a copy of the Quran as the police chief of the city of Paterson in New Jersey.
The Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) has officially announced it would reopen offices as a “gesture of good faith." "As a response to the calls made for the unity of the Kurdish position and as a gesture of good faith, the presidency of the Council decided to reopen its offices and the offices of its parties to bolster confidence and build on it to resolve most of the outstanding disputes," the ENKS said.