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ALC Holds Emergency Meeting on Turkish Operation in Syria

ALC

ANKARA – The Arab League Council (ALC) will hold an emergency meeting at the level of foreign ministers on Saturday to discuss the situation surrounding the Turkish military operation in northern Syria. The meeting, which will focus on what the organization’s statement called “Turkish aggression”, should take place at the …

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UN Divided Fails to Agree on Turkey’s Offensive in Syria

Syria

UNITED NATIONS – The divided UN Security Council failed to agree on a Turkish offensive in north-eastern Syria. The Europeans called for a halt to military action and the Syrian ally, Russia, called for “restraint” and “direct dialogue”. The five members of the European Council who called the meeting in …

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Turkish Troops Cross Into Syria; Iran Launches Military Drill

Syria

ANKARA – Turkish troops have crossed into Syria, a published report said Wednesday, citing information from a Turkish military official. The official gave no further details, the Bloomberg report said. In a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday, Turkish communications director Fahrettin Altun called on the international community to “rally” behind Ankara, …

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US and Turkish Troops Lead A New Joint Patrol in Syria

US

ANKARA – US and Turkish military forces conduct the third joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism in northeastern Syria on October 4, 2019, Defense blog reported Saturday. The patrol enabled the two armies to observe first-hand progress on the destroyed fortifications of concern to Turkey. The security mechanism aims …

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Iran, US have a Month to go to the Negotiating Table: France

France

PARIS – Iran and the United States have a month to go to the negotiating table, warned the French Foreign Minister, suggesting that Tehran’s plan to increase its nuclear activities in November would cause renewed tension in the region, Reuters reported Friday. French President Emmanuel Macron tried unsuccessfully to negotiate …

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US will not have the Choice to Leave Syria: US Officials

Syria

DAMASCUS – The United States may have no choice but to withdraw all its troops from northern Syria if the Turkish government decides to launch a military operation in the region, US officials said. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the concerns of US officials reach their peak after …

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North Korea Says Missile Test Launched Underwater has been Successful

North Korea

PYONGYANG – North Korea confirmed on Thursday that it had made its first ballistic missile test launched underwater in three years, ostensibly to pressure the United States before resuming its nuclear diplomacy, AP reported Thursday. The October 2 Pukguksong-3 missile test, which North Korea describes as a submarine-launched ballistic missile, …

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