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Turkey would be happy to work with allies about marching on Raqqa, but only if they are ‘sincere’ and do not involve Syrian Kurds in the offensive
Uğur Ergan – ANKARA
The Turkish army has established a temporary base in a strategically important point of the newly captured al-Bab, located in northern Syria
Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in west Mosul reached the city’s southernmost bridge on Feb. 27, a key step in efforts to defeat the jihadists in their stronghold, a spokesman said, as thousands of civilians fled the fighting.
MOSUL – Agence France-Presse
Hundreds of civilians fled through the desert yesterday to escape fighting and privation in Mosul, joining thousands of others who left their homes as conditions worsen in the city’s west.
Sevil Erkuş - ISTANBUL
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani on Feb. 26 for the second time in a week.
Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups clashed with government forces near a city in northern Syria that the rebels recently captured from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sources on both sides said
QAMISHLI, Syria – Agence France-Presse
The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Feb. 24 to meet a U.S.-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), officials said.
Several more rounds of Syrian peace talks will be needed to reach any accord, the U.N. envoy bidding to kick start the sputtering process has told the rival sides, setting out three key discussion areas: governance, constitution and elections
Bülent SARIOĞLU - ANKARA
Turkey has suggested what it calls a “Mosul model” for the potential Raqqa operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), highlighting that Raqqa is also a predominantly Arab city that must be saved by mostly Arab forces.
Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani met Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on Feb. 27 to discuss the struggle against the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, Turkey’s support for the KRG in overcoming its economic crisis, the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq’s Sinjar region, as well as energy issue
Sevil Erkuş - ANKARA
Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani is set to meet senior Turkish officials for the second time in a week in Istanbul on Feb. 26.