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Turkey relents, allows some Kurdish forces to defend Kobane

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Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has allowed Kurdish forces to enter Syria to save a northern enclave from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. On Oct. 29, an 80-vehicle convoy by Kurdistan’s military entered Turkey and hours later reached […]

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Turkey exercises gear up for possible action in Syria

Turkish fighter jets took part in the exercises attended by Gen. Akun Ozturk. / HurriyetDailyNews.com

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has been exercising to conduct military operations in Syria. On Oct. 21, the Turkish Air Force conducted an exercise meant to monitor northern Syria, particularly the Tomb of Suleiman Sah some 40 kilometers from […]

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‘Foreign hands’: Egypt’s Sisi declares state of emergency in Sinai after two attacks kill 31 soldiers

"We must know that this terrorist attack was supported by foreign hands to defeat the military, which has been protecting the Egyptian people and their will," President Abdul Fatah Al Sisi said on Oct. 25.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has imposed a state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula. The government approved a state of emergency in Sinai after at least 31 Egyptian Army soldiers were killed in two attacks. The attacks on […]

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Live-fire exercises deemed too dangerous for rebels trained to fight ISIL

Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters fire a mortar on July 9.  / Khalil Ashawi / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey and the United States have decided to refrain from training Syrian rebels with live fire. Officials said Ankara and Washington have drafted a training program for thousands of Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State […]

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Turkey’s war on Kurdish protesters boosts firm owned by Erdogan ally

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Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Kurdish unrest has bolstered the fortunes of a Turkish armored vehicle producer. The expanded use by the Turkish police and security forces of riot control vehicles has sent stocks of producer Katmerciler Ekipman rising rapidly […]

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Putin exploits latest Biden gaffe, offers helping hand to Turkey

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com When U.S. Vice President openly chastised Turkey for allowing foreign militant fighters to cross its territory into Syria to join Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), President Vladimir Putin of Russia picked […]

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Kurds blame Erdogan for tolerating ISIL presence in S. Turkey

Kurdish protesters gathered in front of a hospital to which Bagdu was rushed after being shot on Oct. 14. / DHA Photo

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was believed to have established an operational presence in southern Turkey. Kurdish sources said ISIL was operating in southern Turkey against refugees from Syria. They said ISIL squads were […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan said ready to ‘take initiative’ in fight against ISIL, Syria’s Assad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reviewing recommendations for Turkish military intervention in Syria. Officials said Erdogan, supported by parliament, has been studying options for Turkish intervention in Syria. The officials said the options range from […]

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Iran, Turkey secretly sent emergency weapons to Kurds against ISIL

Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iran and Turkey quietly came to the aid of Kurdistan in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani said neighboring states have sent weapons to help block […]

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