ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that U.S.-Kurdish joint patrols near the Turkish-Syrian border were unacceptable and he expected U.S. President Donald Trump to stop them. Erdogan, set to meet Trump in Paris this weekend, told reporters he would discuss the patrols carried out by the United States and allied Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which would cause "serious negative developments" along the border. The patrols began in northern Syria last week with the aim of averting clashes between Turkey and Washington’s Kurdish allies, but Turkey pressed on with a new threatened offensive nearby to crush the Kurds. (Reporting by Gulsen Solaker; Writing by Sarah Dadouch; Editing by Ece Toksabay and John Stonestreet) … [Read more...] about Turkey’s Erdogan says joint U.S.-Kurdish patrols near Syria border unacceptable
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Six immigrants died on Turkey's border with Syria after being swept away by a flood, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Thursday. The immigrants were trying to cross illegally to Turkey on the Syrian border of Turkey's southern province of Hatay, Anadolu reported. It did not give the immigrants' nationalities. Turkey - which hosts 3.5 million Syrian refugees - became one of the main launch points for more than a million migrants taking the sea route to European Union territory in 2015, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The influx of migrants was drastically curtailed by a 2016 accord between Ankara and the EU, after hundreds died crossing to Greek islands a few miles off the Turkish shore. Mediterranean arrivals to the bloc, including refugees making the longer and more perilous crossing from North Africa to Italy, totalled 172,301 in 2017, down from 362,753 in 2016 and 1,015,078 in 2015, according to United Nations data. … [Read more...] about Six immigrants die in flood on Turkish-Syria border
Turkish Presidency Communications Director Fahrettin Altun on Thursday called U.S. sanctions on the nation for its continued arrest of American pastor Andrew Brunson an “economic coup attempt” against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkish officials have taken to calling the sanctions, which target the leaders of the nation’s judiciary, attacks in an “economic war” between Turkey and the United States.Erdoğan previously suffered a military coup attempt against his government in July 2016, which he blames on Pennsylvania-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen. Gülen has denied any involvement in the coup, and American officials have repeatedly stated that Turkish law enforcement has not provided sufficient evidence against Gülen to trigger extradition. Brunson was arrested in late 2016 on charges of working as a spy for Gülen and the Marxist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group. Brunson has … [Read more...] about Turkey Calls Sanctions for U.S. Pastor Arrest ‘Economic Coup’
World Iraq Syria ISIS Border security build the wall Iraq has begun building a massive border fence to prevent Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighters from entering the country from Syria. The electrified, barbed wire barrier so far includes a nearly 20 feet-wide trench and currently begins at the formerly ISIS-held border town of Al-Qaim, running about 12 miles north along Iraq's vast border with Syria, where the last of the jihadis that once claimed half of both nations are believed to be hiding. Iraq has coordinated with both the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government—allied with Russia and Iran—in conducting strikes against ISIS in eastern Syria, but the militants have still managed to infiltrate the porous, roughly 373-mile border that separates Iraq and Syria. "Ten days ago we started to set up a barbed wire security fence with surveillance towers along the border with Syria," Anwar Hamid Nayef, spokesman for … [Read more...] about Build the Wall: Will Iraq’s New Syria Border Fence Keep ISIS Fighters Out?
By Ece Toksabay AGRI, Turkey (Reuters) – On a mountainous road leading west from the Iranian border, 22-year-old Sunnatilla Rasulbek trudges through heavy rain, one of tens of thousands of Afghans hoping to find work and security in Turkey before a wall goes up to keep them out. Already 2,000 km (1,250 miles) from his home in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, Rasulbek plans to try to earn some money in eastern Turkey before heading further west to Istanbul in search of a job to support his family back home. The number of Afghans arriving in Turkey tripled in the first three months of the year to 27,000, driven by conflict and poverty and fears that the route may soon be closing. While the numbers are small compared to the 3.5 million Syrians who have taken refuge in Turkey, the influx will further strain Turkish authorities, who have flown hundreds of Afghans back to Kabul and are building a wall on the border with Iran and a new detention centre close to the frontier. That … [Read more...] about Afghans make long trek west before Turkey secures border