Contents tagged with turkey

  • Israel uses Turkish invasion to strike Syria

    Journalist Babak Taghvaee reported on his Twitter account that Israel had used the Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias and the chaos in Northern Syria to conduct airstrikes in another part of Syria.

    According to the journalist, Israel conducted the airstrike on military bases in Eastern Syria near the city of Abu Kamal. Israeli aircraft had previously attacked the surrounding areas of this city, and Israeli media claimed that Iranian and Pro-Iranian forces were the target of the strikes. …

  • Russian military enter Syrian city previously controlled by US

    Russian Military Police started patrolling the demarcation line between Turkish and Syrian government troops in Manbij and neighboring areas, which were controlled by US allies the day before. US Armed Forces left two military bases in the city of Manbij.

    The Russian Defense Ministry reported that Russian Military Police entered the Manbij area. Earlier, the Syrian army, controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, said it had fully occupied Manbij.

    US Official military Spokesperson for Operation …

  • Kremlin confident that Turkey will conclude Syria operation soon

    The Russian government predicts that Turkey will soon start wrapping up its military operation in north-eastern Syria, since the Syrian Kurds have agreed to postpone their self-governance plans, and Kurdish fighters will now be patrolling the border alongside Syrian government troops.

    Last week it seemed like Russian President Vladimir Putin actually condoned the Turkish operation in north-eastern Syria, but insisted on his own red lines. According to analysts and Russian officials, one of his …

  • Kurds agree to accept Syrian government protection against Turkey

    The Syrian Kurds have reached an agreement to have government forces stationed along the border with Turkey, the Kurdish autonomous administration announced in a statement distributed by the Firat news agency.

    The goal of the agreement with the Syrian government is to oppose Turkey’s aggression, the statement notes.

    It also states that Syrian soldiers will be deployed along the border in order to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces, which mostly consist of Kurdish fighters.

    “In the last five …

  • Israel ready to assist Syrian Kurds

    Israel strongly condemns the Turkish invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Facebook post.

    “Israel is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the courageous Kurdish people,” he wrote.

    The EU has also condemned the Turkish army’s operation to purge the Syrian regions bordering on Turkey of Kurdish militia, which Ankara considers terrorist groups.

    In response, …

  • Russia and Turkey plan to abandon the US dollar in bilateral trade

    The governments of Russia and Turkey signed an agreement on payments in national currencies (rubble and lira), reports the Russian Finance Ministry.

    The purpose of the agreement is to increase the attractiveness of national currencies for Turkish and Russian companies, create an appropriate infrastructure of the financial market and gradually move to the use of the Russian ruble and the Turkish lira in payments between the parties.

    The intergovernmental agreement provides for the expansion of …

  • Syrian opposition creates regular army

    Abdurahman Mustafa, who is affiliated with Syria's interim government, said that moderate opposition groups that are loyal to Turkey and that are fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army have united, therefore, now rebels have a single command, reports Turkish Anadolu News Agency.

    The army will try to "liberate all Syrian lands" and keep the country from splitting, said Mustafa. It is reported that the opposition's Defense Ministry will control the army.

  • Ukrainian military to start using Turkish combat drones

    Ukrainian Air Force received permission to use Bayraktar TB2 drones, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    50 Ukrainian soldiers completed training in Turkey on the use and maintenance of drones.

    "This is important in the context of the acquisition of specific educational institution experience in training specialists for new types of weapons, and it will also create the necessary personnel reserve for filling positions of already trained soldiers in the future," reads …

  • Turkey receives second battery of S-400 missile systems from Russia

    Turkey received all components of the second battery of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, reports the press service of the Turkish Defense Ministry. The equipment was delivered to Mürted Airfield Command in Ankara on August 27.

    Works on the installation of the system and training of personnel are continuing. The system should be operational by April 2020.

    In 2017, Turkey and Russia signed a contract for the supply of four S-400 missile systems with a total cost of $2.5 billion. The …

  • Russia,Turkey and Iran to decide the fate of Idlib at the summit in Astana

    The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia will meet in Ankara on Monday as part of the Astana process, with the three countries holding regular meetings in an attempt to resolve the Syrian conflict, reports the Voice of America.

    The fate of the last rebel stronghold in Idlib is expected to be the main topic.

    As Syrian government forces advance on Idlib, Ankara warns of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

    In recent weeks, Syrian regime forces have been mercilessly attacking rebel positions in …