Turkish troops will enter planned Syria safe zone ‘soon’, Erdogan says

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ANKARA,— Turkish ground troops will enter a planned safe zone in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) in northern Syria “very soon,” President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, after a joint operation centre with the United States opened at the weekend. Turkey and the United States agreed earlier this month to set up the joint centre for the […]

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Turkey will solve Syria issue ‘on the field’ after elections, Erdogan says

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ANKARA,— Turkey will solve the Syria issue “on the field” after Sunday’s local elections, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, as he sought to drum up support for his AK Party in the vote. Turkey has carried out two cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) in northern Syria and has warned that […]

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Safe zone on Syria border must be under Turkey’s control, Erdogan says

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ISTANBUL,— Any safe zone along Turkey’s border with Syria must be under Turkish control, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday in an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk. He was speaking after a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday Washington would leave about 400 U.S. troops in Syria, a reversal by President Donald Trump that […]

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Turkey will ‘soon’ close borders with Iraqi Kurdistan, Erdogan says

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ANKARA,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned that Turkey would “soon” close its border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan and airspace after the disputed referendum on independence. Iraqi Kurdish leaders went ahead with the September 25 poll on independence despite fierce objections from neighbouring countries including Iran and Turkey. “Air space will be closed […]

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Turkey plans to build walls along Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran borders, Erdogan says

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ANKARA,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country plans to build walls along its borders with Iraqi Kurdistan and Iranian Kurdistan, similar to the one currently being erected along the frontier with Syrian Kurdistan. Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey has so far completed the construction of a 650-kilometer (403-mile) stretch of the wall […]

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Turkey plans to build walls along Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran borders, Erdogan says

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ANKARA,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country plans to build walls along its borders with Iraqi Kurdistan and Iranian Kurdistan, similar to the one currently being erected along the frontier with Syrian Kurdistan. Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey has so far completed the construction of a 650-kilometer (403-mile) stretch of the wall […]

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German journalist held in Turkey was agent and PKK member, Erdogan says

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ANKARA,— Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan responded to Berlin’s criticism of Turkey’s arrest of a German journalist by saying on Friday Deniz Yucel was a “German agent” and a member of a militant Kurdish armed group. “It isn’t because a correspondent of Die Welt was arrested,” Erdogan told an awards ceremony in Istanbul. “It is because […]

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Final goal of Turkish operation in Syria is Raqqa, Erdogan says

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ISTANBUL,— Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday the final goal of a Turkish incursion into Syria was not just to retake the city of al-Bab from Islamic State, but to cleanse a border region including Raqqa of the jihadists. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are pressing a major offensive on al-Bab, 30 km (20 miles) south […]

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