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Ankara: Capital of Turkey
Ankara, historically known as Ancyra and Angora, is the capital of Turkey. With a population of 4,587,558 in the urban centre (2014) and 5,150,072 in its province (2015), it is Turkey's second largest city after Istanbul, having outranked İzmir in the 20th century.

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Turkey will retaliate against any U.S. sanctions: foreign minister

Turkey will retaliate if the United States takes negative steps against it, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday when asked about the prospect of Washington imposing sanctions over..
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Turkey cannot go back on NATO Poland-Baltics plan: Polish official

A senior Polish official said Monday there could be no backtracking from a NATO decision to pursue a defense plan for Poland and the Baltics after Ankara suggested it might still block it until allies..
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Turkey to oppose NATO plan if it fails to recognise terrorism threats - Erdogan [Video]Turkey to oppose NATO plan if it fails to recognise terrorism threats - Erdogan

Turkey will oppose NATO's plan for the defence of Baltic countries if the alliance does not recognise groups that Turkey deems terrorists, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a..

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Turkey's Erdogan meets Qatar's emir to discuss regional issues [Video]Turkey's Erdogan meets Qatar's emir to discuss regional issues

Ankara and Doha have developed solid ties during testing times and the countries' leaders enjoy a strong relationship.

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Trump thinks Erdogan has 'great relationship' with the Kurds [Video]Trump thinks Erdogan has 'great relationship' with the Kurds

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the U.S. gets along with the Kurds and although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may have 'some factions within the Kurds', he said he thinks Erdogan has a..

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Trump had 'wonderful' meeting with Erdogan [Video]Trump had 'wonderful' meeting with Erdogan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday thanked Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for releasing detainee Serkan Golge. Trump added that the ceasefire in Syria continues to hold and that he hopes Turkey..

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Turkey will begin sending ISIS fighters back to Europe 'from Monday', says minister [Video]Turkey will begin sending ISIS fighters back to Europe 'from Monday', says minister

Ankara has vowed to send European militants back to their home countries whether they are welcome or not. View on euronews

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Kurd fighters complete pullout from Turkey-Syria border: Russia [Video]Kurd fighters complete pullout from Turkey-Syria border: Russia

Moscow says YPG forces withdraw from so-called 'safe zone' but Ankara says they'll verify the pullout by Kurdish forces.

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Erdogan visits Anitkabir to mark anniversary of Republic Day [Video]Erdogan visits Anitkabir to mark anniversary of Republic Day

Turkey is celebrating the 96th anniversary of the Republic. Marking the day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in the..

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Russia, Turkey agree to joint patrols on Syria border [Video]Russia, Turkey agree to joint patrols on Syria border

Russian and Turkish leaders on Tuesday agreed to terms that would allow Ankara's military operations in Syria to continue as a U.S.-brokered cease-fire is set to expire. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Erdogan: Turkey's military operation in Syria not land grab [Video]Erdogan: Turkey's military operation in Syria not land grab

Ankara's military action against Kurdish forces has drawn criticism and prompted NATO countries to suspend arms sales.

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U.S. troops leave Syria, cross into Iraq [Video]U.S. troops leave Syria, cross into Iraq

U.S. troops crossed into Iraq early on Monday, part of a withdrawal from northeastern Syria ordered by President Donald Trump that opened the way for Turkish troops to launch an offensive against..

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Turkey is not eyeing Syrian territory: Erdogan [Video]Turkey is not eyeing Syrian territory: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said on Monday that Ankara is not looking to conquer any country's territory.

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Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire [Video]Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire

Trump’s comments came one day after he praised a deal announced by Vice President Mike Pence that would pause fighting in Northeast Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe..

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Shells fall in northeast Syria despite ceasefire agreement [Video]Shells fall in northeast Syria despite ceasefire agreement

Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part..

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US, Turkey agree on Turkish ceasefire with Syrian Kurds [Video]US, Turkey agree on Turkish ceasefire with Syrian Kurds

US vice president says Ankara agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw.

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US, Turkey agree to temporary ceasefire in Syria [Video]US, Turkey agree to temporary ceasefire in Syria

Ankara has agreed to pause its offensive "to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces" from the region.

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Turkey's Syria offensive: UN Security Council meets again [Video]Turkey's Syria offensive: UN Security Council meets again

UNSC issues statement on Turkey offensive expressing concern, but stops short of condemning Ankara.

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Trump's Move Pushes US Forces To Destroy Own Anti-ISIS HQ [Video]Trump's Move Pushes US Forces To Destroy Own Anti-ISIS HQ

Business Insider reports US forces destroyed the headquarters of their anti-ISIS efforts in Syria on Wednesday. The move was prevent the facilities from falling into the hands of fighters backed by..

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Erdogan Says He Will Only Meet With Mike Pence And Mike Pompeo [Video]Erdogan Says He Will Only Meet With Mike Pence And Mike Pompeo

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan. A spokesman for the Turkish presidency said they will discuss the situation in..

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Erdogan: Syria offensive will end if Kurds withdraw [Video]Erdogan: Syria offensive will end if Kurds withdraw

Turkey's offensive into northeast Syria will end if Kurdish fighters in the region drop their weapons and withdraw from a planned "safe zone," President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, but warned..

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Erdogan: Turkey Has No Intention Of Declaring A Ceasefire In NE Syria [Video]Erdogan: Turkey Has No Intention Of Declaring A Ceasefire In NE Syria

President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria. According to Reuters, Erdogan added he was unconcerned by U.S. sanctions over..

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Erdogan says goal in Syria is to 'eliminate terrorist groups', return refugees [Video]Erdogan says goal in Syria is to 'eliminate terrorist groups', return refugees

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that the goal of military operation "Peace Spring " in Syria was to 'eliminate terrorist groups' and PKK bases in northern Syria. Rough cut (no reporter..

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Pentagon chief: "Despite our opposition," Turkey advanced into Syria [Video]Pentagon chief: "Despite our opposition," Turkey advanced into Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS News that Turkey decided to send ground troops into northern Syria despite Washington urging Ankara to reconsider, and that the fighting put U.S. forces in an..

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Turkey says left alone to fight terrorism after no agreement at NATO: NTV

NATO allies did not reach agreement at a summit in London this week and Ankara was left alone in the fight against terrorism, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Friday.
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Erdogan says allies must support Turkey after it approved NATO plan: NTV

NATO allies should support Turkey in its conflict with Syrian Kurdish fighters after Ankara dropped its objections to the alliance's defense plans for Poland and the Baltics, President Tayyip Erdogan..
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Erdogan says Turkey approved NATO plan, but allies must support it: NTV

Turkey approved a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland after some allies demanded support, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited as saying on Thursday, adding that allies must not abandon Ankara..
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Greece 'registers disagreement' with Libya-Turkey maritime accord

Greece said on Wednesday it opposed an accord reached by Turkey and Libya to define their maritime boundaries, but said it and Ankara - both members of NATO - were committed to talks on..
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Macron says time for Turkey to clarify ambiguous stance on Islamic State

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey on Tuesday of working with Islamic State proxies and said Ankara's ambiguity toward the group was detrimental to its NATO allies fighting in Syria and..
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Macron accuses Turkey of working with Islamic State proxies

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of working with Islamic State proxies and said Ankara needed to clarify those ambiguities during meetings this week.
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Trump says he is looking at sanctions against Turkey over S-400 missile deal

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was looking at imposing sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile system, blaming his predecessor for not selling Ankara a U.S. missile..
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Greece hopes talks with Turkey's Erdogan will ease maritime frictions

Greece's prime minister will meet Turkey's president on Wednesday in an attempt to ease frictions over energy exploration and Ankara's deal with Libya on Mediterranean maritime zones, a government..
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Poland's Duda says hopes to agree with Turkey to unblock NATO plans

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday he had spoken to Turkey's President Tayyip Erdorgan about NATO military plans that Ankara is blocking for the Baltics and Poland, saying that he hoped for..
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Exclusive: U.S. defense chief calls on Turkey to stop holding up NATO readiness plan

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Turkey on Monday to stop holding up support for a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland, as Ankara presses the alliance to support its fight against..
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U.S. senators want Turkey sanctioned over Russia missile system

U.S. lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Monday to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile defense system, saying the failure to do so sends a "terrible signal," and..
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Ireland set for IS detainee, young daughter to return from Turkey

Ireland expects to repatriate an Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State and her two-year-old daughter from Turkey this weekend, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday, as authorities in Ankara..
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Turkey signs maritime boundaries deal with Libya amid exploration row

Libya's internationally recognized government and Turkey have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea that could complicate Ankara's disputes over energy exploration with..
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Turkey aims to protect its rights with Libya maritime deal: minister

Turkey's maritime boundaries agreement with Libya is aimed at protecting Ankara's rights under international law, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, a day after the deal was..
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Turkey says it will repatriate 11 French IS detainees in early December: Anadolu

Turkey will repatriate 11 French Islamic State detainees early in December, state media quoted Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu as saying on Thursday, as Ankara pressed on with a repatriation program..
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Turkey not backing down in NATO defense plans dispute: source

Ankara will resist efforts by its NATO allies to persuade it to back an alliance defense plan for the Baltics and Poland until its demands are met over a plan for Turkey's defense, a Turkish diplomatic..
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Turkey must halt Syrian rebel abuses, Human Rights Watch says

Turkey's Syrian rebel allies have summarily executed civilians during Ankara's military offensive in northeast Syria and looted property belonging to Kurdish families displaced by the fighting, Human..
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Pompeo: Turkey's test of Russian weapons system 'concerning'

Turkey carrying out tests with the Russian defense system it purchased was "concerning," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, but added that talks between Washington and Ankara to..
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Exclusive: Turkey holds up NATO military plans over Syria dispute - sources

Turkey is refusing to back a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland until the alliance offers Ankara more political support for its fight against Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria, four..
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Turkey orders 168 detained over suspected links to wanted cleric

Turkish authorities on Tuesday ordered the detention of 168 people, including military personnel, with suspected links to the network that Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 coup attempt.
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Turkey to test Russian S-400 systems despite U.S. pressure: media

Turkish F-16 warplanes will fly over the country's capital Ankara on Monday to test its new Russian S-400 missile defenses, Turkish media said, despite pressure from Washington for Turkey to drop the..
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German ambassador says Turkey should explain charges against arrested lawyer

Germany's ambassador to Turkey said the arrest of a Turkish lawyer hired by the German embassy is "incomprehensible" and he is pressing Ankara to clarify the charges, according to a statement seen by..
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Turkey arrests lawyer hired by German embassy

Turkey has arrested a Turkish lawyer hired by the German Embassy in Ankara, a diplomat at the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, a measure that could further raise tensions between the NATO partners.
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Russia says Turkey told Moscow no new Syria operation planned: TASS

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Ankara had assured Moscow that it did not plan to launch a new military operation in Syria despite earlier comments, the TASS news agency..
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Russia balks at Turkish idea of new Syrian military operation

Russia said on Tuesday it was bewildered by a Turkish pledge to conduct a new military operation in northern Syria if the area was not cleared of people Ankara calls terrorists, warning that any such..
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Russia condemns Turkey for floating idea of new Syria operation

Russia said on Tuesday it was bewildered by a Turkish pledge to conduct a new military operation in northern Syria if the area was not cleared of people Ankara calls terrorists, warning such a move..
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Erdogan says Turkey aware that U.S. support for Kurdish YPG will not end immediately

Turkey is aware that the U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will not end immediately, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, but added that Ankara's battle against the militia it..
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Turkey orders detention of 133 military personnel over suspected Gulen links: Anadolu

Turkey has ordered the detention of 133 military personnel over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of organizing an attempted coup in 2016, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.
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Turkey will launch another Syria operation if area not cleared of Kurdish YPG: Anadolu

Turkey's foreign minister said Ankara would launch a new military operation in northeast Syria if the area was not cleared of what he called terrorists, state-owned Anadolu agency reported on Monday.
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Turkey sends American Islamic State fighter to U.S. after stalemate with Greece

Turkey sent an American citizen Islamic State suspect to the United States by plane on Friday, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, after the man was refused entry to Greece earlier this week as..
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U.S. wrong to push Turkey to drop Russian defenses: Erdogan

Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan said Washington was not right to propose that Ankara get rid of the Russian S-400 missile defenses it purchased, calling it an infringement of sovereign rights,..
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Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposal to drop Russian defenses not right: NTV

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that a U.S. proposal for Ankara to get rid of the Russian S-400 missile defenses it purchased is not right and an infringement of sovereign rights, according to..
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Pentagon's Esper wants Turkey 'back in the fold'

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday it was important to bring Turkey "back in the fold" as he renewed warnings that Ankara appeared to be drifting away from NATO with this year's arms..
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Turkey says Germany, Netherlands agree to take back Islamic State detainees

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Wednesday that Germany and the Netherlands had agreed to take back German and Dutch Islamic State detainees and their families from Turkey, after Ankara..
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U.S. has no intention of ending alliance with Syrian Kurdish fighters: official

The United States has no intention to end its alliance with Syrian Kurdish SDF militia, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, effectively pushing back on Ankara's demand that Washington..
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France to take back 11 suspected jihadists from Turkey: minister

France will take back 11 suspected French jihadists from Turkey, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Tuesday, a day after Ankara said it was deporting foreign citizens linked to the group.
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Turkey starts repatriation of captured Islamic State militants: media

Turkey has deported an American foreign fighter and will soon deport another seven Germans, a spokesman for the interior ministry was quoted as saying on Monday after state media said Ankara began..
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Turkey says it deports U.S. militant, will soon send seven Germans: Anadolu

Turkey has deported an American foreign fighter and will soon deport another seven Germans, a spokesman for the interior ministry was quoted as saying on Monday after state media said Ankara began..
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Turkey should scrap Russian missile system or face U.S. sanctions: White House official

The United States is very upset about Turkey's purchase of Russian missile defense systems and could impose sanctions on Ankara if it does not "get rid" of them, White House National Security Adviser..
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Erdogan says Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out

Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, and Ankara will continue its cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until..
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Erdogan says Turkey will let refugees into Europe if EU does not support it

Turkey will have to open the doors to Europe for Syrian refugees unless the European Union provides Ankara with enough support, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, adding that Turkey could not..
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Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. still holding patrols with Kurdish YPG in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that U.S. forces were still conducting joint patrols with the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria in a border region that Ankara and Washington had agreed to..
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Turks' support for Erdogan jumps after Syria operation, poll shows

Turks' support for President Tayyip Erdogan surged last month, when Ankara launched a military incursion in northeastern Syria to clear the Kurdish YPG militia from near its border, a survey by..
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Turkey blames Kurdish militia after deadly bombing in Syrian town

A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkish-backed forces seized last month, prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had..
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Syrian army, Turkish forces clash near border: state media

Syrian army troops clashed with Turkish forces near the border town of Ras al Ain on Wednesday, Syrian state media reported, as Ankara said it reserved the right to launch another cross-border..
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Syrian army clashes with Turkish forces in northeast border area: state TV

Syrian army troops on Wednesday were engaged in heavy clashes with Turkish forces in the countryside around the border town of Ras al Ain in an area where a military offensive by Ankara aims to create..
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Turkey condemns U.S. move to back measure on sanctions

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday strongly condemned a move by the U.S. House of Representatives to back a resolution that would impose sanctions on Ankara, saying the decision was not fitting of..
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Turkey says it will eliminate remaining Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria

Turkey will eliminate any Syrian Kurdish YPG militia fighters that remain in a planned "safe zone" in northeastern Syria after the expiration of a 150-hour deadline agreed upon by Ankara and Moscow,..
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