Turkey

Turkish Parliamentary Parties React to “Euphrates Shield” Operation

The largest opposition party in Turkey, Republican People’s Party (CHP),  publicly supported Operation “Euphrates Shield”, but called it “long overdue”. The Pro-Kurdish and Turkey’s 3rd largest party Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) criticized the AKP government for dragging the nation into “vortex of war“ without the consent of the parliament.

Afghanistan

68 Taliban and IS militants killed in Afghanistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Including the death of 11 militants from Islamic State and a commander of the Taliban, the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense has announced today that they have killed 68 militants across Afghanistan’s different provinces.

briefing / Syria

US support for Kurdish advances on ISIS in Syria strengthening Kurdish autonomy

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) group, an alliance of Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac Christian militias, continues to make strategic gains against ISIS. The SDF appears poised to capture Manbij, which is to the west of the Euphrates, further diminishing ISIS’ reach. Moreover, these continued advances have led to increased speculation that the SDF will indeed …

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