Aid reaches Syrians displaced by Turkey’s Afrin assault

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Humanitarian aid on Tuesday reached desperate families displaced to the northern Syrian town of Tal Rifaat by a nearby Turkish offensive, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Ankara's two-month assault on Kurdish fighters in the region of Afrin, further west, has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in Tal Rifaat. The humanitarian situation in the town has been dire, and on Tuesday the ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent began delivering much-needed aid. "The ...

Turkish forces will not remain in Syria’s Afrin

Monday, 19 March 2018

Turkish forces will not remain in Syria’s Afrin and will leave the region to its "real owners", Ankara’s main spokesman said on Monday, after Turkey’s military and its Syrian rebel allies stormed the town over the weekend. Bekir Bozdag, a deputy prime minister, also told reporters that Turkey had significantly reduced threats to its borders after capturing the town of Afrin. He said Turkey had collected "most" of the weapons given to Kurdish fighters by the ...

Is Turkey preparing to replace US military base in Qatar?

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Few days ago, Qatar signed an agreement with Turkey to establish a naval base which will include a training center for maritime patrols and monitoring. In addition, 60,000 Turkish soldiers will be deployed across four military bases abroad in accordance with a new 2022 military plan set by the Turkish ministry of defense. Two of these bases are in Qatar. What is the purpose of these bases and why Turkey is interested in Qatar at this time? Moving the base Though there are some unequivocal ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Erdogan says Afrin is now under ‘total’ Turkish control

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Turkey's President Erdogan said on Sunday that allied Syrian forces have taken control of town center of Afrin, driving out  theKurdish militia. A war monitor had earlier reported the news on Sunday. “Fighting is ongoing inside the city, where Turkish forces and allied rebels have seized some neighborhoods,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Pro-Ankara rebels said they “broke into the city from the eastern and western sides” ...

Direct face-off between Washington and Moscow

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Things seem to be moving towards a showdown between Washington and Moscow on Syrian soil, after the US warning that it will take its own measures in Syria if the UN Security Council does nothing about the Russian-Iranian joint predation in Eastern Ghouta.War of wordsRussia responded immediately to this US statement. The country’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov cautioned that any US military assault would have “drastic” repercussions. Again, Russian Chief of Staff Valery ...

Mashari Althaydi

Pregnant women among dead as Turkish strike hits hospital in Syria’s Afrin

Saturday, 17 March 2018

A Turkish bombing raid struck the main hospital in the Kurdish-controlled Syrian town of Afrin on Friday, killing sixteen civilians, a monitor said. The Kurdish Red Crescent medical service, which supports the hospital, confirmed to AFP the hospital was hit but did not give a toll. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Turkish air strike "directly" hit the medical facility. "Sixteen civilians were killed, including two pregnant women," said ...

Nine dead in Turkish air strike on hospital in Syria’s Afrin

Saturday, 17 March 2018

A Turkish bombing raid struck the main hospital in the Kurdish-controlled Syrian town of Afrin on Friday killing nine people, a monitor said, as Ankara pressed its nearly two-month assault. "There are at least nine dead. We don't know if there are medical staff among them," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor. Earlier on Friday, 18 civilians, including five children, were killed in Turkish artillery shelling of the northern Syrian city of Afrin, the Syrian ...

Emotion-filled joint funeral in Turkey of bridal party who died in jet crash

Friday, 16 March 2018

Crowds of mourning family members, friends and civilians came together at a funeral in Turkey on Thursday after a group of eight women died in a private jet crash that was flying from Dubai to Turkey. Three all-female crew members also died in the crash. Among the deceased was 28-year-old Mina Basaran, the daughter of a Turkish business tycoon and a bride-to-be who was due to wed in April. The Basaran family published a death notice in the local paper, where the mourning mother said: “My ...

Iran, Russia and Turkey hold Syria talks in Astana

Friday, 16 March 2018

The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey were locked in talks on Syria in Kazakhstan Friday, almost a month after the Moscow and Tehran-backed regime began pounding an opposition enclave just outside of Damascus. The dire humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, is likely to be on the agenda as Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, Sergei Lavrov of Russia and Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey convened in the Kazakh capital Astana Friday. A Russian foreign ministry ...

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