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NATO chief says welcomes Turkey's efforts against IS: NTV
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he welcomed Turkey's efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself.
102 points by | Turkey Arabic language Islam Syria Iraq Turkish language Israel Ottoman Empire
Germany to invest $65mn in Turkish Incirlik base – report
Turkey’s Incirlik military base, used to launch anti-terrorist missions in the region, will reportedly be revamped with the help of a €58 million ($65 million) investment from Germany. That’s despite Ankara recently banning German authorities from visiting the site. Read Full Article at
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Mosul Offensive to Begin in Coming Weeks, General Says
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the new commander of the U.S.-led military coalition against Islamic State, says fight to retake the jihadist-held city will be long and difficult.
1170 points by The Wall Street Journal | Islam Iraq Fertile Crescent Egypt Israel Arabic language Ottoman Empire Turkey
World War One shells found in drought-hit Sea of Galilee
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Receding waters in the drought-hit Sea of Galilee have uncovered five World War One artillery shells likely dumped by retreating Turkish troops a century ago, Israeli police said on Tuesday.
2106 points by Reuters | World War I Ottoman Empire Israel Syria Palestine Reuters Mongol Empire World War II
Ancient Karkemish sees modern war on Turkey-Syria border
The tourist gate and ticket house are ready at the ancient city of Karkemish, where Turkish troops crossed last month into Syria and ousted Islamic State militants from the border. Despite Syria's civil war, archaeologists on the Turkish side of border-straddling Karkemish unearthed sculptures, mosaics and other artifacts in relative ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Turkey World Heritage Site Syria Ottoman Empire Iraq Mesopotamia Archaeology World War I
Terry George on His Armenian Genocide Romance and Why Hollywood’s Blockbuster Obsession Hurts Movies
Terry George earned critical raves with 2004’s “Hotel Rawanda,” an unflinching portrait  of courage in the face of human cruelty that nabbed Oscar nominations for its script and for stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo. Now, the Irish screenwriter and director is shining a light on another dark chapter in history with “The Promise.” The... Read more »
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Syrian rebel wants 'safe zone', says it needs deal with Russia
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey-backed Syrian rebels would like to see a "safe zone" set up in areas of the border they are capturing from Islamic State, but this would need an agreement between the United States, Turkey and Russia, a rebel commander said on Tuesday.
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‘What about Yemen?’ Western hypocrisy in wake of Westminster attack called out on Twitter
The outpouring of grief and solidarity in the aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack has provided westerners with some modicum of hope, but such reactions are not universal, with many pointing to the lack of response to attacks elsewhere. Read Full Article at
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Turkish military says almost taken control of Syria's al-Bab
ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish military said on Friday it was nearing the end of its operation to take control of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab from Islamic State and that the jihadists' resistance had largely been broken.
60 points by Reuters | Turkey Iraq Syria Arabic language Reuters Kurdish people Ottoman Empire Kurdish language
Vermont Air National Guard to return from Middle East
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - About 300 Vermont Air National Guard members will be returning soon from a three-month deployment in the Middle East. Members of the Guard's 158th Fighter Wing were deployed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, supporting combat missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. They are ...
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Turkish president: Islamic State's ouster from key Syrian stronghold immiment
Allen ConeFeb. 12 (UPI) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that capture of al-Bab from Islamic State is just a "matter of time" and clears the way for a takeover of Raqqa.
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Erdogan: Turkish troops enter ISIL-held Al Bab
Turkish troops and their Syrian allies enter ISIL bastion Al Bab, and capture is imminent, Turkish president says.
2895 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Syria Iraq Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Ottoman Empire Abdullah Gül Arabic language Turkish Armed Forces
Turkish troops enter ISIS-held Syrian town, Erdogan says army will continue on to Raqqa
Turkish forces have entered the northern Syrian town of Al Bab, which had been held by the Islamic State terror group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reported, vowing that the Turkish troops will continue their advance through the border region to Raqqa. Read Full Article at
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Tensions flare between Greece, Turkey over Cyprus
Eric DuVallFeb. 11 (UPI) -- Tensions flared between Greece and Turkey over the divided island of Cyprus after Greek officials accused the Turkish military of violating its air space.
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Syrian rebels and Turkish troops enter ISIL-held Al Bab
Reports say heavy clashes under way in group's last stronghold in northern Syria with Assad forces also approaching it.
4202 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Turkey Iraq Bashar al-Assad Turkish Armed Forces Jordan Ottoman Empire Kurdish people
The Latest: Iran to allow Russian jets to fly over airspace
BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that Iran will allow Russian jetfighters to fly over its airspace to support military operations in Syria. The Saturday report quotes Ali Shamkhami, secretary of Iran's Supreme National ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Turkey Syria Iraq Mesopotamia Ottoman Empire Iran Damascus Arabic language
Security forces fire tear gas at 1,000s of protesters near Baghdad ‘Green Zone’ – reports
Iraqi security sources have deployed tear gas in Baghdad’s Green Zone against thousands of supporters of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, Reuters and local media reported. Read Full Article at
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Russian airstrike which killed Turkish troops in Syria followed Ankara data – Kremlin
The Russian Air Force strike which killed Turkish soldiers in Syria was guided by positioning data provided by Turkey, and there should not have been any Turkish troops in the area, the Kremlin spokesman has said. Read Full Article at
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Turkish-led rebels attack IS posts inside al-Bab city: rebels
AMMAN (Reuters) - Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters resumed a major offensive inside the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab on Thursday, a day after they broke through IS defenses in its remaining stronghold in Aleppo province.
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Dozens of ISIL fighters killed by Turkish-led forces
Battle for Syrian city of al-Bab intensifies with 58 ISIL fighters killed as rebels and government troops converge.
107 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Syria Bashar al-Assad Iraq Hafez al-Assad Kurdish people Ottoman Empire Kurdish language
Syrian government jets target rebel-held area in Homs
At least eight people killed in air attack on rebel-held al-Waer neighbourhood of Homs, according to monitoring group.
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Turkish army and Syrian rebels close in on Islamic State town
ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels supported by Turkish armed forces have seized control of strategically important hills around the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab, Turkey's military said on Wednesday.
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Nearly 20,000 Ohioans were born in countries on Donald Trump's travel ban list
Ohio's population includes nearly 20,000 natives of Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, all countries on President Donald Trump's travel ban list. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Nearly 20,000 Ohioans were born in countries on President Donald Trump's travel ban list, estimates from the Census Bureau show. Nearly half of those are natives of Somalia living in the Columbus area. The numbers are small, in part, because Ohio as a whole has a small number of foreign-born residents - just 4.1 percent in comparison to the nationwide share of 13.2 percent who are foreign-born. Here are the estimates by country for the 19,680 Ohio residents who are natives from places on the travel ban list: Somalia, 9,299. Iran, 3,752. Iraq, 3,247. Syria, 2,537 Sudan, 679. Yemen, 166. The Census Bureau survey, conducted from 2011 through 2015, provided no estimate for Libya. Among the 3,745 people from these countries living in the seven-county Akron-Cleveland area, the largest groups are from Iran (1,514), Syria (1,049) and Iraq (857). The Somalia population in the Columbus metro area is estimated at 8,910. There are also an estimated 1,385 natives of Iraq and 1,103 natives of Iran in the Columbus area.
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ISIL fighters 'besieged' in Syria's al-Bab in Aleppo
ISIL is now surrounded by Syrian army from the south and by Turkish-backed rebels from the north, monitor group says.
2163 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Turkey Bashar al-Assad Iraq Hafez al-Assad Damascus Kurdish people Ottoman Empire
Travel ban: How we got here and what is next
Here's a timeline of the latest news on the travel ban.       
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‘Breach of intl law, could trigger tensions’: Turkey warns Greece over drills on Aegean island
Military drills carried out by Greece on the Aegean island of Kos are against international law and could spark tensions between Athens and Ankara, a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Read Full Article at
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Serbia blames Kosovo for failed EU-mediated talks
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's prime minister has blamed Kosovo for the collapse of EU-mediated talks as tensions escalate in the Balkans.
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Turkey, US-coalition jets 'kill 47 ISIL fighters'
Military says a total of 47 fighters killed in northern Syria in clashes and air raids in the past 24 hours.
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Kosovo thwarts 'synchronized' Islamic State terror attacks
Authorities say targets included Israel's national soccer team at a match in Albania.       
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Kosovo police thwart 'synchronized' Islamic State terror attacks
Authorities say targets included Israel's national soccer team at a match in Albania.       
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Eight wounded as rockets from Syria pound Turkish border town
DIYARBAKIR/ANKARA (Reuters) - Six children were among eight civilians wounded when three rockets fired from Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria hit a Turkish border town on Thursday, the Turkish military said.
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Kim Kardashian takes out full-page ad to slam Wall Street Journal
Kim Kardashian just roasted the Wall Street Journal for publishing an ad denying the Armenian Genocide.
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Turkish soldiers killed by ISIL in Syria rocket attack
Turkish army says three of its soldiers were killed in an attack by ISIL near the town of al-Rai in northern Syria.
2288 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Iraq Syria Kurdish people Kurdish language Ottoman Empire Fertile Crescent Western Asia
19yo Australian ‘kangaroo bomb’ plotter sentenced to 10 yrs
A teenager accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a major public holiday in Australia, which involved beheading a policeman and running him over, has been given a 10-year sentence. One of his other plots envisaged attaching a bomb to a kangaroo and setting it loose. Read Full Article at
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What in the World: Turkey’s Suspicious Mind-Set Has Been a Century in the Making
The Turks’ notion of a vast Western conspiracy to undermine their country, with the United States mostly to blame, has its roots in a post-World War I treaty that was never carried out.
-1 points by The New York Times | Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Ottoman Empire World War I Abdullah Gül Justice and Development Party United States Politics of Turkey
Turkish air strikes kill 20 IS fighters in Syria
Turkish air strikes killed 20 Islamic State militants in northern Syria on Saturday, broadcaster CNN Turk cited the Turkish military as saying on Sunday.
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Greece's Tsipras to Seek Lower Budget-Surplus Targets
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pledged to seek lower primary budget-surplus targets after the country’s current bailout program expires in 2018.
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What Happens After ISIS Falls?
Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate is shrinking, but its demise is likely to bring new problems: fresh regional clashes, a revived al Qaeda and more terrorism in the West.
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