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Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire| Reuters

Jul 30, 2015

Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire| Reuters

ISTANBUL Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible. The strikes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets including shelters, depots and caves in six areas, a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office said #United States #Syria #Middle East #Turkey #Latin America #crisis
U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015

U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area| Reuters

WASHINGTON The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian opposition fighters they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border, officials said on Tuesday, underscoring uncertainty surrounding the campaign plan. #Business #Syria #Technology #markets #Crime #crisis
NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015

NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds| Reuters

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force. Following a 90-minute meeting in Brussels, Turkey won the backing it sought for stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes. Ankara made no request to its 27 allies for military help and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg noted that it had the second-largest army in the alliance #Syria #Afghanistan #markets #Iraq #opinion
Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015

Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State| Reuters

NAJAF, Iraq The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria. #Business #Syria #Europe #Crime #crisis
Insight - Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash| Reuters

Jul 29, 2015

Insight - Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash| Reuters

OSH, Kyrgyzstan Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet "stans" are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam, but their harsh methods and the absence of democratic politics risk provoking a backlash that could bring even greater instability. #United States #India #Syria #Islam #Afghanistan #crisis
US and Turkey to work together to drive Islamic State from Northern Syria

Jul 28, 2015

US and Turkey to work together to drive Islamic State from Northern Syria

The US and Turkey have agreed to work together to drive Islamic State jihadists from northern Syria, senior US officials said on Monday, as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to press ahead with parallel strikes against Kurdish militants. #World #US #Syria #France #NewsTracker #EU #Turkey #islamic-state
Top officials from anti-ISIS coalition to meet in Canada - sources| Reuters

Jul 28, 2015

Top officials from anti-ISIS coalition to meet in Canada - sources| Reuters

OTTAWA Senior officials from the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State forces will meet in Canada this week to discuss how to improve the effectiveness of the campaign, two sources with knowledge of the meeting said on Monday. #Syria #France #Italy #Turkey #Belgium #crisis #Kuwait
Turkey, U.S. aim for safe zone cleared of Islamic State in northern Syria| Reuters

Jul 28, 2015

Turkey, U.S. aim for safe zone cleared of Islamic State in northern Syria| Reuters

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO member's security and providing a safe haven for civilians. Long a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey last week made a dramatic turnaround by granting the alliance access to its air bases and bombarding targets in Syria linked to the jihadist movement. Struggling with more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees, Turkey has long campaigned for a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria to keep Islamic State and Kurdish militants from its border and help stem the tide of displaced civilians trying to cross. #Business #United States #Syria #Middle East #Latin America #crisis #opinion
UK's Cameron in southeast Asia visit to talk trade, Islamist extremism | Reuters

Jul 27, 2015

UK's Cameron in southeast Asia visit to talk trade, Islamist extremism | Reuters

LONDON British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday he wanted to use a four-day trade mission to southeast Asia to spur lucrative business deals and to forge new political alliances to counter Islamist extremism. The trip, which begins in earnest on Monday, is expected to take in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, and will be Cameron's first outside Europe since he won an unexpectedly convincing election victory in May. Cameron, who will travel with a business delegation, has touted the visit as an example of how Britain must expand its trade links with the rest of the world to compensate for its dependence on trade with Europe, parts of which remain mired in an economic funk. #India #Syria #Middle East #markets #Africa #United Kingdom
Turkey asks NATO for extraordinary meeting next week| Reuters

Jul 26, 2015

Turkey asks NATO for extraordinary meeting next week| Reuters

ANKARA Turkey has asked NATO to hold an extraordinary council meeting next week to discuss its security operations against Islamic State and PKK Kurdish militants, the foreign ministry said on Sunday. The meeting is likely to be held on Tuesday, it said in a statement. (Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Angus MacSwan) #India #Syria #Islam #Latin America #Entertainment