President Erdoğan has said that Armenia employed PKK and YPG militants to fight against Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. "They say, 'You're sending foreign militants to Azerbaijan from Syria.' I told Mr. President [Putin] that around 2,000 PKK and YPG militants are fighting for Armenia with 600$ salary," Erdoğan said, to which Putin reportedly responded by saying, "I don't know about that."
The AKP and its ally MHP on Oct. 21 rejected the HDP's demand to investigate what really unfolded during the 2014 Kobane protests for the 10th time. The HDP's demand came after dozens of its members, including co-mayors of the eastern province of Kars, were arrested over the protests six years later earlier this month.
Turkey will send some 110,000 tons of grains and flour to countries in need, primarily Syria, a presidential decree in the Official Gazette said on Oct. 21. While the grains will be handed out by Ankara's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and the Turkish Red Crescent, any wages related to the operation will be taken out of the Treasury's budget as well.
Turkey began withdrawing its troops from the “ninth” military observation point in Morek city, in northwestern Syria, according to various reports. Turkish forces have been stationed in Morek for nearly two years and four months.
Turkish parliament has ratified a motion to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another year.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of being the main instigator in the deadliest fighting between Armenian and Azeri forces for more than 25 years. "He [Erdoğan] supports terrorists in Libya and was the main instigator and the initiator of the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia," Assad told Russian news agency RIA.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Turkey will wipe out terror zones in Syria if promises given to the country are not kept. "Either the terror zones that still exist in Syria are cleared like it was promised to us or we'll go and do that ourselves," Erdoğan said on Oct. 3, adding that Turkey will remain active on ground and continue its operations until stability is ensured along its southern border.
The Turkish Presidency on Oct. 1 submitted a motion to Parliament to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another year.
Syrian rebel militants have signed up to work for a private Turkish security company as border guards in Azerbaijan, several volunteers in Idlib told The Guardian. Both the Armenian government and Russian media have alleged that up to 4,000 Syrian men are already present in Nagorno-Karabakh, claims which have been denied by Baku as “nonsense."
Deputies and officials of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) protested the detention of dozens of members last week, on charges related to the October 2014 Kobane protests. The HDP members are accused of inciting violence in the events that lead to the deaths of 37 people, as members of Turkish Hizbullah also took to the streets.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has lashed out at Ankara during a speech before the UN General Assembly, accusing the Turks of occupying swathes of Syrian land. He singled out Turkey as a sponsor of terrorism in Syria and the surrounding region, and accused Ankara of committing “a war crime and a crime against humanity” by restricting civilian access to water in several towns controlled by Turkish forces.
Turkey's premier petrochemical company Petkim has been involved in illegal oil business with Syria, according to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Files, which said that Petkim and its associate Petrokim completed over $90 million in "suspicious transactions" between March 2010 and January 2016.
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov has said that Russia-Turkey joint patrol missions along the M4 highway in Syria have been suspended due to security considerations and will be resumed as soon as the situation in Idlib stabilizes.
US suggested power-sharing deal for N Syria that gives equal representation to rival Kurdish groups: Report
The United States has suggested a power-sharing deal for northeastern part of Syria that gives equal representation to the rival ENKS and PYNK, according to a report by Rudaw on Sept. 16. “As the ENKS, we have accepted the 40 percent representation that the U.S. has suggested for shared governance system,” said an official from the ENKS.
In this week's episode, Duvar English Editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel hosts American political scientist Wendy Pearlman to talk about her latest book "We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria," which was recently published in Turkish. Pearlman spoke to hundreds of Syrian refugees, collecting human stories from one of recent history's biggest humanitarian crises.