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Next Astana Meeting Expected Late Nov. or Early Dec.: Kazakh FM

Astana

ASTANA – The next round of Astana talks on the crisis in Syria could be held in late November or early December in Kazakhstan’s Nur Sultan, Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Aibek Smadiyarov, said. “We have not yet received an official note from the guarantor states [Russia, Iran and Turkey] on …

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Turkey Starts Repatriation of Captured ISIS Militants: State TV

Turkey

ANKARA – Turkey has deported an American foreign fighter and will soon deport another seven Germans, a spokesman for the interior ministry was quoted as saying on Monday after state media said Ankara began repatriation of captured ISIS militants. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu had warned last week that Ankara …

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Turkey Captures Sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria

Turkey

ANKARA – Turkey has captured the older sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in north-western Syria, Turkish officials said Tuesday. Reuters and AP quoted a senior official as saying that Rasmiya Awad, 65, was found during a raid on November 4 near the Turkish-controlled town of Azaz, in Aleppo Province. The …

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Turkey Rejects US Resolution on Armenian Claims

Turkey

ANKARA – Turkey rejected a resolution adopted by the US House of Representatives on Armenian claims, the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. “We reject resolution HR 296” Asserting the US Armenian Genocide Record “adopted today by the US House of Representatives to express the US’s meaning,” the ministry said …

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US Pours Cold Water on German Plan for Syria

Germany

BRUSSELS – Northern Syria should be controlled by international forces, Germany has told NATO, after Turkey and Russia carved up the region for themselves. “The Sochi Agreement … does not provide the basis for a political solution in the long run,” German defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told press at a …

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Iraqi Defense Minister Gives US Troops Four Weeks to Leave Iraq

Iraqi

BAGHDAD – US troops withdrawing from north-eastern Syria to Iraq are “transiting” and leave the country in four weeks, the Iraqi Defense Minister said Wednesday. Najah al-Shammari made the remarks to the Associated Press after a meeting in Baghdad with US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, who arrived at a …

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American Troops Pulled Out of Syria Going to Iraq, Not Home

American Troops

WASHINGTON – While US President Donald Trump insists that he is bringing Americans home to “endless wars” in the Middle East, his Pentagon leader said that all US troops leaving Syria would go to the west of the country, Iraq and that the US military would continue its operations against …

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Trump Celebrates as Turkey Calls Ceasefire in Syria

Syria

ANKARA – Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria, to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw, at a meeting between US Vice-President Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Under the terms of the deal, all fighting will pause for five days, and Washington will help the withdrawal of …

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Russia “will Not Permit” Turkey to Attack Syria

Russia

DAMASCUS – Russia warned it would prevent Turkey from attacking Syrian troops after the US pulled out of an imminent clash between rival factions in the war-torn country. Alexander Lavrentiev, special envoy of the Kremlin in Syria, played down the danger of a clash between the Turkish and Syrian armies. …

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