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Turkey Issues Arrest Warrant for Head of Syrian Kurdish Party – Anadolu

ANKARA, Nov 22  – Turkish authorities issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) on Tuesday in relation to a February bomb attack on military buses in the capital Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. The warrant named Salih Muslim – co-chair of the PYD, the political

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Obama Unlikely to See Assault on Daesh’s Syria Stronghold

By Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Nov 7 – A U.S.-backed assault on Raqqa, Daesh’s de facto capital in Syria, is unlikely to pierce the city itself before President Barack Obama leaves office in January, denying him the chance to claim the end of the group’s “caliphate” as part of his legacy. Although a

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U.S.’s Carter Says Talking to Turkey About Seizure of Raqqa

By Idrees Ali FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo., Nov 2 – The United States is continuing to talk with ally Turkey on the role it will play in the operation to seize the city of Raqqa, Daesh’s main stronghold in Syria, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter’s comments, made during a news

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Turkey Won’t Agree Truce With Syrian Kurdish Militia, Despite U.S. Unease

By David Dolan KARKAMIS, Turkey, Aug 31  – Turkey will not agree a truce with Kurdish militias in Syria as it considers them terrorists, officials said on Wednesday, after strains emerged with the United States over clashes between Turkish forces and the U.S.-backed Syrian fighters. Washington has been alarmed by Turkey’s week-long incursion into Syria,

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Syrian-Kurdish YPG Fighters Reinforcing Syria’s Manbij: Security Sources

ANKARA, Aug 29 – Syrian-Kurdish YPG fighters appear to be reinforcing the Syrian city of Manbij, captured this month from Islamic State, with weapons and personnel, regional security sources told Reuters on Monday. Manbij, on the west bank of the Euphrates River, was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance, which includes the Kurdish YPG

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Turkey-Backed Syrian Rebels Aim for Manbij City

BEIRUT, Aug 28  – A Syrian rebel commander said that Turkish-backed rebels aim to capture Manbij city from Kurdish-allied forces as conflict between the sides escalated in northern Syria on Sunday. Manbij on the west bank of the Euphrates River was captured this month from Daesh by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, including the

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Turkish Army Thrusts Deeper Into Syria, Monitors say 35 Villagers Killed

By Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Turkey’s army and its allies thrust deeper into Syria on Sunday, seizing territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces on the fifth day of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers. Turkish warplanes roared into northern Syria at daybreak and its

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Syrian Opposition Wants Clarity Over Attacks by U.S.-Backed Force

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 2 – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have attacked armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and sometimes appear to have interests aligned with the Syrian government, a Syrian opposition negotiator said on Wednesday. Basma Kodmani, a member of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, the main opposition group at U.N.-mediated

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A Nation Of Their Own

Syria’s Kurds push for an autonomous province to govern BY Mohammed A. Salih When in the summer of 2012, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took over the town of Kobani and later other Kurdish-majority areas in northern Syria, few took the occurrence to be so consequential. It was in the midst of the Syrian uprising

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