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Turkey captures top Syrian Kurdish commander: Report

Turkish intelligence agents have captured a senior figure from a US-backed Kurdish militant group operating in Syria. State news agency Anadolu reported on Monday that Ibrahim Babat, a “brigade commander” from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), was caught during an operation inside Syria and brought back to Turkey.

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Erdogan’s Islamic credentials no longer a winning hand among Turkey’s Kurds

The ruling party’s increasingly strong alliance with nationalists has dampened support among the country’s Kurds. On a recent morning, young couples gathered for the inaugural class of a newly built, government-run “marriage school.” A woman wearing a black Islamic-style headscarf flips open a laptop as she prepares to lecture the …

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Egypt says Turkey must lay ground for normalising ties with actions

Turkey’s actions must show alignment with Egypt’s principles and goals for relations between the two countries to return to normal, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Sunday. Shoukry confirmed contacts between Cairo and Ankara after years of tensions but indicated that dialogue was limited.

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Is Turkey-Egypt maritime agreement dead in the water?

Turkey’s efforts to secure a demarcation agreement with Egypt in the eastern Mediterranean seem fruitless as Cairo remains indifferent to Ankara’s signals. Turkey is trying to pull Egypt to Ankara’s side in the energy rivalry over the eastern Mediterranean by sending constructive signals to Cairo after Turkish “hard power” tactics …

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Russia, Turkey, Qatar Launch New Consultative Approach to Settle Syrian Conflict

Top officials from Russia, Turkey and Qatar have agreed to apply the Astana peace process through humanitarian intervention, writes Etihad Press. Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov (of Russia), Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Rahman (of Qatar), and Mevlut Cavusoglu (of Turkey) announced the launch of a new joint consultative process regarding the Syrian …

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“Peace Spring” areas in February 2021| Over 50 arbitrary arrests…dozens of people killed and injured in blasts and factional infighting…ongoing violations and vandalism

Violations against human rights have been escalating in areas under the control of Turkish forces and their proxy factions in Al-Hasakah and Al-Raqqah, known as “Peace Spring” areas since they were captured in October 2019. These forces’ aim is to accomplish specific economic and political objectives through exploiting the region’s …

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Idlib | Jihadist organization claims responsibility for IED attack on Turkish military column, and Turkish forces claim to detonate it remotely

SOHR sources have reported an explosion, on Saturday morning, in the city of Idlib, caused by an IED exploded while a military column belonging to the Turkish forces was passing in the Corniche street in the city. A jihadist organization calling itself “Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq’s Brigade” claimed responsibility for …

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Aleppo | Turkish forces and proxy factions renew rocket fire on Kurdish-held areas in northern Aleppo, and rocket-propelled grenades hit Al-Bab city

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored renewed rocket attacks by Turkish forces and proxy factions on areas held by Kurdish forces in northern countryside of Aleppo, where rocket-propelled grenades fell this evening on areas near Tel Rifaat and the village of Harbal, north of Aleppo. Meanwhile, rocket-propelled grenades …

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Turkey restarted diplomatic contacts with Egypt

Turkey has restarted diplomatic contacts with Egypt, state-run Anadolu Agency and TRT stated on Friday. “We have contacts both at the level of intelligence and foreign ministries with Egypt. Diplomatic-level contacts have started,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency and TRT. Çavuşoğlu said …

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Turkey, Russia, Qatar push for unlikely new Syria peace track

The trilateral meeting between the countries is meant to push for a political solution to Syria’s 10-year-long conflict. The foreign ministers of Turkey, Russia and Qatar gathered in Doha today, the first trilateral meeting of its kind in which the parties stressed the importance of preserving Syria’s territorial integrity. Their …

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