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Afrin city center will be encircled in coming days: Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 20 that the city center of Syria’s Afrin will be “encircled” in the coming days by advancing Turkish soldiers and members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Erdoğan was speaking at the ruling Justice and Development

Turkish FM: News about pro-regime forces will enter Afrin is not true

Any step by the Syrian regime to send militias in Afrin to support the PKK-linked YPG will have disastrous consequences for the region, says Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bekir Bozdag on Monday called Syrian regime-run

Turkish President Says Afrin Op Close To ‘Victory’

Erdoğan: Turkish army has advanced 300 square kilometers in Afrin op. Turkish President Says Afrin Op Close To ‘Victory’. Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey’s ongoing operation in northwestern Syria is getting closer to “victory” with each passing day. Erdogan addressed a large crowd prior to

Erdogan says US funding of YPG will impact Turkey’s decisions

The decision by the United States to continue to fund the YPG/PKK will affect Turkey’s decisions, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. In his remarks to the governing Justice and Development

Afrin: So-called monument of PKK head Ocalan destroyed

A Turkish unmanned air vehicle destroyed PKK head Abdullah Ocalan’s so-called ‘monument’ in Syria’s Afrin on Wednesday, as part of Operation Olive Branch, according to military sources. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said

Turkey cannot ‘overlook’ terror state bid on border

It is irrational to expect Turkey to overlook attempt to build a terror state on its border, deputy prime minister said as he reiterated the stance that ongoing operation in Afrin was not against Kurds. Speaking at the Jerusalem Meeting in Istanbul Monday, Bekir

NATO ‘acknowledges’ Turkey’s terror concern

Turkey is among the NATO members “most affected by terror attacks” and NATO fully recognizes the threat posed to it, Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller has told the local Hürriyet News in Ankara. “Turkey has really suffered from terrorism in recent years and has