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Turkey vows to continue fight against Kurdish militia after Trump threat

ANKARA: Turkey on Monday vowed to continue fighting a US-backed Kurdish militia which it views as a terrorist group after Donald Trump warned of economic devastation if Ankara attacks Kurdish forces as American troops withdraw. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter that there was "no difference" between the Islamic State extremist group and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia. "We will continue to fight against them all." Turkey's response came after Trump…

Erdogan rebukes U.S. security adviser over Kurdish militia comments

ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Washington’s national security adviser on Tuesday for demanding that Turkey does not harm Kurdish fighters in Syria, accusing him of complicating President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops. Erdogan said John Bolton, who held talks with Turkish officials in Ankara on Tuesday but left without meeting the president, “made a serious mistake” in setting conditions for Turkey’s military role after the U.S. pull-out. The rebuke highlights the difficulties in implementing…

Rome bans protests over Turkey’s offensive ahead of Erdogan talks with pope

VATICAN CITY: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Pope Francis on Monday, with a protest ban imposed in central Rome as feelings run high over Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria. For the first such visit by a Turkish leader for 59 years, the Italian authorities have imposed a 24-hour ban on demonstrations which will cover Erdogan's arrival late Sunday to his departure on Monday evening. A total of 3,500 police have been deployed for the visit. Nevertheless a sit-in protest by 200…

Three more Turkish soldiers killed in Syria offensive against Kurdish militia

ANKARA: Three more Turkish soldiers were killed Saturday in Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria, including one in an attack on a tank, the army said. The latest clashes brought to 10 the number of Turkish troops killed so far in operation "Olive Branch", launched by Turkey on January 20 against Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia seen by Ankara as a terror group. The Turkish army and allied Ankara-backed Syrian rebel forces are seeking to oust the YPG from its western border…

Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

MARYAM BEIK: Thousands of Iraqi troops were locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish forces in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk as Washington scrambled to avert fighting between its allies in the war against the Islamic State group. The Kurds said Saturday that Baghdad had set a deadline for their forces to surrender positions they took during the fightback against the militants over the past three years. The deadline, originally set for 2:00 am Sunday (2300 GMT Saturday), was extended by 24 hours during a…