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Bashar al-Assad warns Turkey to stop ‘interfering’ in Syria

By: Adrian Blomfield, Alex Spillius, and Tom Parfitt The Syrian president rounded on Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, calling him “two-faced” and claiming that he was was responsible for many of the estimated 16,000 deaths reported since the … Continue reading

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Turkish military convoys head for Syrian border

ISKENDERUN, Turkey – A convoy of about 30 military vehicles, including trucks loaded with missile batteries, arrived in Turkey’s coastal town of Iskenderun and deployed near the Syrian border 50 km (30 miles) away, Turkish agencies said. Turkish Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Is Turkey moving toward ‘hard power’ over Syria?

By: Mustafa Akyol Istanbul, Turkey – The downing of a Turkish jet over the Mediterranean last Friday by a Syrian missile took Turkish-Syrian tensions to a new level. Though the Turkish government did not declare war as some expected, and … Continue reading

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Official: Syria might have thought downed jet was Israeli

A Syrian official said his country’s forces might have thought the Turkish jet it downed last week was from Israel. “As you know there is a country called Israel there and as you know this Zionism country’s planes are very … Continue reading

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Erdoğan says Russia is “like Syria’s mouthpiece” on downed Turkish jet

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dismissed Russia’s statement on a downed Turkish warplane by Syrian forces, saying that Russia is being mouthpiece of Syrian officials in this issue. Russia said on Tuesday said Syria’s shooting down of the Turkish … Continue reading

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Report: Erdoğan says no Syrian missile detected in jet attack

İSTANBUL, Turkey – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told leaders of the opposition parties that Turkish radars were unable to confirm that a Turkish military jet downed by Syria on Friday was hit by a land-to-air missile, according to … Continue reading

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Erdoğan meets with Putin, Obama for Syria’s new roadmap

ANKARA, Turkey – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama on Monday and Tuesday on the sidelines of a G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, with the three leaders … Continue reading

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Business not as usual near Syria, but that’s not the point

Sitting on a stool in front of his garment shop in downtown Gaziantep in expectation of more shoppers during the weekend, Mehmet Arpacı realizes that there will be far fewer Syrians coming in than, say, just more than a year … Continue reading

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Editorial: It is time for Turkey to take the lead on Syria

Outrage over the Houla massacre remains high, but there is also a growing sense of despair that nothing effective is being done to prevent its repetition. Almost every day, evidence is produced of fresh killings by Syrian government-backed death squads … Continue reading

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Turkish PM calls for up to 3000 observers for Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the United Nations on Friday to boost the number of military observers in Syria to far more than a planned total of 300. “Three hundred observers will not be enough … maybe 1,000, … Continue reading

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