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Turkish troops to continue Syria offensive if truce deal not implemented

Turkish troops in northern Syria are ready to continue their offensive if a deal with Washington to pause the conflict while Kurdish fighters withdraw is not fully implemented, Defence Minister Hulusi


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KCK says ceasefire should not legitimize Turkish ‘occupation’: statement

The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) released a statement on Saturday (October 19) saying that the recent ceasefire agreement between the US and Turkey should not legitimize the latter’s intervention


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Reports of airstrikes near Ras al Ain: Hawar News

In contrast to reports of calm on Saturday morning (October 19), a local media outlet in northeastern Syria has reported airstrikes by Turkish warplanes around Ras al Ain.


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Calm reigns in northeast Syria as fragile US-Turkey ceasefire holds

A fragile ceasefire was holding along Turkey’s border with Syria on Saturday, two days after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed the truce to allow Kurdish forces time to pull back from Ankara’s cross-bor


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Protests sweep Lebanon as fury at ruling elite grows over economic corruption

Security forces fired tear gas and chased down protesters in Beirut on Friday (October 18) after tens of thousands of people across Lebanon marched to demand the demise of a political elite they accus


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Australia police arrest Iraqi man over deaths of over 350 asylum seekers in 2001

The Australian Federal Police said on Saturday (October 19) it had charged a 43-year-old Iraqi man for his part in allegedly organizing a people smuggling venture that led to the deaths of more than 3


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Lira may be Turkey's Achilles heel in Syria battle

Turkey’s ability to sustain its military campaign in Syria may depend in part on what happens far away from the battlefield: in the foreign exchange market.


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'Kurdistan This Week' for October 19, 2019

NRT Digital Media broadcasts another episode of “Kurdistan This Week” on Saturday (October 19).


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Syria truce hinged on Turkey's deadline demand, says top official: Reuters

The surprise deal to suspend Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish-led forces in Syria hinged on President Tayyip Erdogan’s demand that Washington agree a time limit on any ceasefire, a senior T


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US ground troops will not enforce Syria safe zone: defense secretary

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no US troops will take part in enforcing the so-called safe zone in northern Syria and the United States “is continuing our deliberate withdrawal fr


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Turkey plans presence across northeast Syria, Erdogan says

Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday (October 18), insisting that a planned “safe zone” will extend much further than US officia


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White House says ceasefire will 'takes time' at Syria-Turkey border

Implementing a ceasefire will take time, a White House spokeswoman said on Friday as machine-gun fire, shelling and smoke were observed at the Syria-Turkey border one day after top US officials annou


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Turkey plans to establish 12 posts in Syria 'safe zone': Erdogan

Turkey aims to establish 12 observation posts in a planned so-called safe zone in northern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, adding Ankara would respond if the Syrian government “makes a


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Erdogan says he will discuss Syria 'safe zone' moves with Putin next week

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday (October 18) he would discuss with Russia’s Vladimir Putin next week what steps to take in a planned “safe zone” in northeast Syria, adding that Moscow


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France's Macron criticizes NATO reaction over Turkish offensive

France’s president on Friday bemoaned Turkey’s offensive into northern Syria as “madness” and decried the North Atlantic Organisation’s (NATO) inability to react to the assault as a “serious mistake.


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OPCW investigating possible use of white phosphorus in NE Syria: The Guardian

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said this is investigating the possible use of white phosphorus against civilians in northeastern Syria.


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EU's Tusk: Turkish halt of military operations 'not a ceasefire'

European Union Council President Donald Tusk on Friday (October 17) said the halt of Turkish hostilities announced in northern Syria is not a genuine ceasefire and called on Ankara to immediately stop


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Erdogan says Syria offensive will continue if truce deal not fully implemented

Turkey will continue its offensive into northeast Syria more rapidly than before if an agreement with the United States to pause the operation and allow the withdrawal of Kurdish forces is not fully i


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One Turkish solider killed, two wounded near Turkish-Iranian border: Sputnik

A Turkish soldier was killed and two others were wounded near Iran on Friday (October 18).


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SDF will respond if Turkey continues to breach ceasefire agreement: officials

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officials said that they will exercise their right to self-defense if Turkey continued to breach a newly-struck ceasefire deal between the US and Turkey.


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