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US-Turkey tensions escalate over army's assault on Kurds

Tensions between Ankara and Washington over the Turkish army's operation in Syria escalated further on Thursday as Turkey accused the White House of misrepresenting a phone call between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/25 23:03:41

Killing time

Turkish tanks are stationed near the Syrian border at Hassa, in Hatay province on Thursday, as part of operation “Olive Branch,” launched a few days ago. The operation aims to oust the People's Protection Units militia, which Turkey considers to be a terror group, from its enclave of Afrin (see story on page 7). Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/25 22:58:41

15 million Palestinians enter Israel via crossing points in 2017: report

A total of 15 million Palestinians entered Israel in 2017 through crossing points, an increase of roughly 15 percent compared with 2016, report said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/25 7:58:33

Colleagues mourned

Kam Air employees stand over their colleagues' coffins, all Ukrainian employees of the Afghan airline, at a ceremony at Kabul International Airport on Wednesday, following their death in a Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel on Sunday, which killed at least 22 people. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/24 23:33:39

Russia proposes new investigative body for chemical weapons use in Syria, US remains wary

Russia on Tuesday proposed a new investigative body under the auspices of the Security Council to determine the perpetrators of chemical weapons use in Syria, but the United States remained wary of the Russian move.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/24 14:19:31

Iranian army test-fires cruise missile in military drill

The Iranian naval force on Tuesday tested the indigenous Qadir cruise missile during the war game underway in the Sea of Oman, semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/24 8:17:24

US-led coalition kills over 10,000 in 40 months in Syria

Over 10,000 people have been killed since the US-led anti-terror coalition started its operations against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria in September of 2014, a monitor group reported on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/24 8:12:56

260 Kurdish militia killed in Turkey's Afrin operation: Turkish military

At least 260 members of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) were killed at Turkey's offense into Syria's Afrin district since Saturday, the Turkish army said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/24 8:12:42

Intense battles continue between Turkish fighters, Kurds in Syria's Afrin

Intense battles continued Tuesday between the Turkish forces and the Kurdish-led troops on the outskirts of the Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave in northern Syria, a monitor group reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/24 8:12:08

Border march

Turkish soldiers march near Mount Bersaya, north of the Syrian town of Azaz near the border with Turkey, on Monday. The Turkish military on January 20 launched operation “Olive Branch,” its second major incursion into Syrian territory during the seven-year civil war in Syria. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/23 23:03:40

Turkey in border clash with Kurds as Washington calls for 'restraint'

The Turkish army was on Tuesday engaged in intense clashes with Kurdish militia inside Syria as the US voiced alarm Ankara's operation could endanger attempts to bring peace to the conflict-torn country.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/23 22:58:40

World seeks charges on Syria chemical attacks

Diplomats from 29 countries including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meet in Paris on Tuesday pushing for sanctions and criminal charges against the perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/23 22:58:39

Peace plan depends on Palestinians: Pence

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday the timing of a long-awaited US Middle East peace initiative depends on the return of Palestinians to negotiations.
Source: Reuters | 2018/1/23 22:48:40

US "very alert" to Turkey's offensive in Syria: official

The United States is "very alert" to the ongoing situation about Turkey's offensive against US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria, said US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/23 10:16:40

US Pence reiterates to relocate embassy to Jerusalem by end-2019

US Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Knesset, Israel's parliament, on Monday, giving a strong pro-Israeli speech and promising the controversial relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be completed in less than two years.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/23 7:55:59

US requires stricter inspections for air cargo from 5 Mideast countries

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday that it had ordered stricter inspections for air cargo arriving to the country from five Middle East countries, citing terror concerns.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/23 7:51:04

Palestinians slam Pence speech in Israel as "gift to extremists"

The Palestinians on Monday slammed the speech of United States Vice President Mike Pence he addressed the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in which he expressed his country's commitment to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/23 7:48:27

Harsh offensive

Turkish army troops gather near the Syrian border at Hassa, in Hatay province on Sunday. Turkish forces began a major new operation aimed at ousting the Peoples' Protection Units Kurdish militia from Afrin, pounding dozens of targets from the sky in air raids and with artillery. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/22 23:18:41