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Russia, Iran open their arms as NATO ally loses patience with U.S.

Added: 18.01.2018 10:35 | 0 views | 0 comments

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey have hit an new low over Washington's support of militias battling against the Islamic State.

From: www.nbcnews.com

Tillerson says US troops in Syria to counter Assad

Added: 18.01.2018 9:30 | 0 views | 0 comments


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that US troops will remain in Syria not just to fight jihadists but also to counter the power of Bashar al-Assad and his ally Iran. In a speech on the US strategy to help end Syria's seven-year civil war, Tillerson stressed that the mission of the US military is to destroy the Islamic State group and prevent its return. "A total withdrawal of American personnel at this time would restore Assad to continue his brutal treatment against his own people," Tillerson told an audience at Stanford University.

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Turkey's Erdogan calls on EU to respond to US's 'terror army' in Syria

Added: 17.01.2018 20:26 | 0 views | 0 comments


Turkey's president has called on Nato to take a stance against the US, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria. Turkey has been threatening to launch a new military offensive in Syria against Syrian Kurdish militias, which Ankara considers to be terrorists because of their affiliation with a outlawed group fighting an insurgency in southern Turkey. On Monday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Washington of creating an "army of terror" in Syria, along the border with Turkey, and vowed to crush the US-backed border force. Addressing his ruling party's deputies on Tuesday, Mr Erdogan questioned Nato's stance on the issue, saying: "Hey Nato! You are obliged to make a stance against those who harass and violate the borders of your members." Ties between Turkey and the US have deteriorated over the latter's support of the Kurdish militia, known as the People's Defense Units, or YPG, which Turkey says is a major threat to its security. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), at a rally in Yozgat, eastern Turkey. Credit: Presidency Press Service The US however has relied on the YPG - the backbone of a Syrian force that drove Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) from much of northern and eastern Syria with the help of US-led airstrikes. The coalition has said the new force, expected to reach 30,000 in the next several years, is a key element of its strategy in Syria to prevent the resurgence of Isil. Mr Erdogan on Tuesday reiterated that Turkey planned an imminent intervention in the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. Turkey has sent reinforcements to its border in recent weeks and Mr Erdogan said this week that Turkish troops were already firing artillery at Afrin from the border. Overnight on Monday, heavy shelling was reported in Afrin and the YPG reported the death of one of  its fighters.  Asked whether he planned to discuss the Kurdish-led border force with President Donald Trump, Mr Erdogan said he had no plans to call the US leader. "We discussed the issue before. He said he would get back to me. I won't call him as long as he does not get back to me," Anadolu quoted Mr Erdogan as saying.   

Russia's World Cup likely target for ISIS: Analysis firm

Added: 17.01.2018 20:10 | 0 views | 0 comments

The World Cup soccer tournament to be held in Russia in June and July will be an "attractive target" for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) given Russia's role in the territorial defeat of the militant group, the UK-based analysis firm, IHS, said on Thursday (Jan 18).

From: www.straitstimes.com

Russia's World Cup likely target for Islamic State: U.S. analysis firm

Added: 17.01.2018 19:02 | 1 views | 0 comments

The World Cup soccer tournament to be held in Russia in June and July will be an "attractive target" for Islamic State given Russia's role in the territorial defeat of the militant group, the U.K.-based analysis firm, IHS, said on Thursday.

From: feeds.reuters.com

U.S. Strategic Shift in Syria Turns Focus to Iran From ISIS

Added: 17.01.2018 18:27 | 0 views | 0 comments

The U.S. will turn its focus in Syria to reducing Iranian influence there, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a policy speech Wednesday marking a shift in U.S. strategy in Syria away from the Islamic State.

From: www.wsj.com

Tillerson signals deeper U.S. military commitment in Syria

Added: 17.01.2018 18:24 | 0 views | 0 comments


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. He said the U.S. also would push for broader political changes in the Middle East country.
Speaking at Stanford...

From: www.sun-sentinel.com

Tillerson: U.S. Military Will Remain In Syria

Added: 17.01.2018 17:39 | 0 views | 0 comments

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it's crucial for the U.S. to maintain a military presence in Syria to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. (Jan.17)

From: rssfeeds.usatoday.com

Tillerson signals deeper US military commitment in Syria

Added: 17.01.2018 16:49 | 0 views | 0 comments

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence.

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