Sunday April 30th 2017

Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

Kurds Close to Declaring Autonomy from Syria

Kurds Close to Declaring Autonomy from Syria

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh Kurdish militants clashed on Tuesday with members of the Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) fighters in Syrian-ruled Kurdistan, killing at least four members of the al-Qaeda affiliate as local Kurds prepared to set the stage for an autonomous region. Gunfire also spilled over the border into the nearby town of [...]

US Arming Jordan Ahead of Possible Syria Invasion

US Arming Jordan Ahead of Possible Syria Invasion

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh The United States is sending a Patriot missile battery and F-16 fighters to Jordan for a military drill and may keep the weapons there to counter the threat posed by Syria’s civil war, according to AFP. The Patriot missile launchers and F-16 warplanes “were approved for deployment to Jordan as part of Exercise [...]

Kerry to Meet Abbas in Turkey

Kerry to Meet Abbas in Turkey

by Eitam Abadi American Secretary of State John Kerry is slated to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Istanbul on Sunday, the State Department announced, as a United States-led initiative focusing on the Western-backed PA's economy steps up. Kerry and Abbas, who have met several times in recent weeks, will "continue the [...]

Obama Meeting with Key Mideast Client States

Obama Meeting with Key Mideast Client States

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh United States President Barack Obama will host leaders from American client states in the Middle East in the coming weeks amid turmoil in Syria, the White House said Friday. The guests, including leaders from Jordan, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, is prompting analysts to predict the US in planning to invade [...]

Kerry Returning to Israel Next Week

Kerry Returning to Israel Next Week

by Naama Ben-Yaakov American Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Middle East, his third trip in a month, in yet another attempt to push Israel and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority to resume negotiations. In a surprise move, the State Department announced that Kerry will return to Jerusalem and Ramallah early next week to [...]

US Arming Syrian Rebels Through Regional Proxies

US Arming Syrian Rebels Through Regional Proxies

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh Western-backed governments in the Middle East have dramatically increased military aid to the Free Syrian Army in recent months, the New York Times reported on Monday. America's Central Intelligence Agency has been aiding these efforts, the newspaper added, citing air traffic data and interviews with unnamed officials [...]

US Training Free Syrian Army in Jordan

US Training Free Syrian Army in Jordan

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh Americans are training Syrian anti-government fighters in Jordan, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday, quoting what it said were participants and organizers. Spiegel said it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private security firms or were from the United States military but reported that some [...]

Öcalan Says Talks an historic Step, Urges Caution

Öcalan Says Talks an historic Step, Urges Caution

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), called talks with Turkish officials aiming to halt a decades-long conflict a “historic step” and urged all sides involved to show “care and sensitivity.” His brief message was conveyed Saturday by three pro-Kurdish legislators [...]

Marxists Claim Credit for Attack on Ankara’s US Embassy

Marxists Claim Credit for Attack on Ankara’s US Embassy

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh The Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKP-C) has claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide attack at the United States embassy in Ankara, according to a statement posted on the Internet Saturday. DHKP-C, a Marxist group which the Turkish authorities had already blamed for Friday's bombing, accused the American [...]

PKK Expected to Announce Ceasefire

PKK Expected to Announce Ceasefire

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh Freedom fighters in Turkish-occupied northern Kurdistan are expected to announce a halt to their insurgency against Ankara in February, according to the timetable drafted during fledgling negotiations aimed at ending a 28-year-old uprising. The Hurriyet daily reported that as an initial confidence-building step, [...]

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