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EU's Mogherini 'extremely worried' by Turkish offensive in Syria

Brussels - The European Union's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Monday she was "extremely worried" by Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria, saying she would seek urgent talks with Turkish officials.

Tillerson 'concerned' over Turkey offensive in Syria

London - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday he was "concerned" about Turkey's new offensive against Kurdish militia in northern Syria, as he urged all sides to show restraint in the conflict.

Erdogan vows 'no step back' in operation against Kurdish militia in Syria

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed that Turkey would not take any step back in its operation against Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin region, saying the campaign had the backing of Moscow."We are determined. Afrin will be sorted out.

Kurds invited to join Syria peace congress in Sochi: Lavrov

Moscow - Russia said Monday it has invited Kurds to take part in an upcoming Syrian peace congress in Sochi despite a Turkish offensive against Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

Turkey steps up assault on Kurdish militia in Syria

- Turkey on Monday intensified its offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed there would be no stepping back in a campaign that has stoked concern among Ankara's allies and neighbours.

Turkey detains 24 over 'terror propaganda' against Syria operation

Istanbul - Turkish authorities have detained 24 people on suspicion of disseminating "terror propaganda" against Turkey's military operation inside Syria, state media said on Monday.

Turkey gave US heads-up on Syria operation: Mattis

Turkey gave Washington advance warning before launching an operation against US-allied Syrian Kurdish forces, and Ankara has "legitimate" security concerns in the area, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday."Turkey was candid.

Reasons, risks and consequences of Turkey's Syria operation

Ankara - The Turkish military has started an air and ground operation against Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia whom Ankara views as "terrorists" linked to outlawed militants.

Turkey stifles anti-Syria operation protests after Erdogan warning

Istanbul - Turkish anti-riot police on Sunday blocked protests in Istanbul and the Kurdish-majority southeast against Ankara's military operation inside Syria.

Syria's Assad slams Turkey offensive as 'support for terrorism'

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday condemned Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia in the northern Syrian region of Afrin, saying it was part of Ankara's support for extremist groups.

Turkish tanks roll into Syria to fight Kurdish militia

Hassa - Turkish troops and tanks entered Syria on Sunday to push an offensive against Kurdish militia as rockets hit border towns in apparent retaliation and the United States urged Ankara to show restraint.

Terrified children, empty streets in Syria's Afrin as Turkey attacks

- As soon as Turkish warplanes began bombing raids over Afrin on Saturday, terrified residents of the Syrian Kurdish enclave dashed to take cover in the cellars of their homes.

Eleven killed Turkey ski holiday bus crash

Istanbul - Eleven people were killed on Saturday and 46 injured when a Turkish intercity bus taking families bound for a half-term skiing trip crashed into trees while travelling on a motorway, local officials said.

Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive

Reyhanli - Turkey on Saturday launched a new air and ground operation to oust a Kurdish militia from their northern Syrian enclave, defying US warnings that the action risked further destabilising the area after almost seven years of civil war.

Turkey has 'de-facto' launched ground operation on Syria's Afrin: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara has launched an operation on the ground to oust Kurdish militia from the Syrian town of Afrin.

Turkish army launches new strikes on Kurdish militia in Syria

Ankara - The Turkish army said it launched new strikes Saturday against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in northern Syria, amid mounting expectations of a cross-border ground operation.

Turkish troops shell Afrin to oust US-backed Kurdish militia

Reyhanli - Turkey on Friday started fresh shelling of the Syrian town of Afrin in a move to oust a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers "terrorists" and vowed to press on with a full-scale operation against them.

Turkish troops shell Afrin to oust US-backed Kurdish militia

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday started shelling the Syrian town of Afrin held by a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers "terrorists" in a move to oust them, the defence minister said.

Syria threatens to 'destroy' Turkish warplanes

Damascus - Deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad warned on Thursday that Syria's air force could destroy any Turkish warplanes used in a threatened assault on the war-torn country.

US admits Turkey owed explanation over Syria force

Washington - US officials mis-spoke about a plan to set up a 30,000-strong militia in eastern Syria and owe angry ally Turkey an explanation, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson admits.

Turkey faces diplomatic minefield over new Syria operation

Istanbul - Turkey has ramped up its rhetoric to threaten an imminent cross-border incursion against Kurdish militia in Syria but the attitude of Russia and to a lesser extent the United States will determine the nature of the operation, analysts say.

Stricken Turkish plane lifted from cliff after runway mishap

Istanbul - Turkish engineers using two cranes on Thursday successfully lifted back to the runway a passenger plane which skidded onto a muddy embankment metres from the sea and languished there for over half a week.

Turkey 'not satisfied' with US assurance over Syria force

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday described as far from satisfactory US assurances playing down plans to create a border force in northern Syria made up of Kurdish militia forces deemed as "terrorists" by Ankara.

Turkey to extend state of emergency for sixth time

Ankara - Turkey's top security body on Wednesday recommended extending the state of emergency for the sixth time since a failed 2016 coup, despite opponents' claims it is used to attack Ankara's critics.

5 journalists jailed in Turkey for 'terrorist propaganda'

Ankara - Five journalists were handed jail terms by a court in Istanbul on Tuesday after a trial in which they were accused of taking part in "terrorist propaganda", Turkish media reported.

Erdogan vows to uproot 'terror nests' in Kurd-controlled Syria

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed Turkey would soon begin an operation against towns in Syria controlled by Kurdish militia, calling the areas "nests" of terror.

Erdogan says will destroy US-backed Syria 'terror army'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to destroy a planned US-backed 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, describing it as an "army of terror".

Erdogan hosts Qatar emir amid new Gulf tensions

Ankara - Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held talks in Turkey on Monday with his chief ally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as tensions again surged between the emirate and its regional foes.

Erdogan threatens to 'nip in the bud' new US-backed Syria force

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to thwart the creation of a new US-backed 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria before it was even set up.

Turkey unveils route of 45 km 'Istanbul Canal'

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Monday unveiled the route of its planned new canal for Istanbul, a hugely ambitious 45 kilometre (28 mile) project designed to be its answer to the famed artificial shipping lanes in Panama or Egypt's Suez.
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Kurds celebrate the announcement of a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkey on March 21  2013
Kurds celebrate the announcement of a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkey on March 21, 2013
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