Comments from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the much-touted move of the US embassy to Jerusalem will happen sometime in 2018 have been contradicted by US President Donald Trump as well as Netanyahu’s own office.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States should clarify its inconsistent statements regarding the establishment of "border security forces" in northern Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Thursday.
The killing of two journalists by the Israeli security guard last July has led to the closure of the country's embassy.
In a country where certain jobs, such as radio presenter and reporter, are dominated by men, one woman is sending ripples through the conservative society. Sputnik Iran spoke to Maedeh Alaghmand, a sports commentator who set a new record in Iran as she commented live on kabaddi matches for 10 hours.
The recent wave of protests in Iran came as a total surprise for intelligence analysts, Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin told Sputnik, denouncing the assumption of external involvement in the unrest as groundless. The analyst opined that Iranian society is divided, suggesting that protests could resume.
A new upsurge of tensions between Ankara and Washington has come following an accusation from Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that the United States is building a “terrorist army” under the guise of border security in northern Syria, and has threatened to launch an operation there in order to liquidate these troops.
Despite the surface tensions caused by Britain’s exit from the European Union, Britain and France continue their historic cooperation in regions of their respective former empires.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused some Western countries have been turning blind's eye to facts of production and use of chemical weapons in Syria, Iraq.
The state of emergency was introduced in Turkey after the failed 2016 coup attempt.
Sputnik spoke to former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, to ask whether any further US involvement in the Syrian conflict is only likely to exacerbate division in the country, thus perpetuating the war.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Residents of cities in North Syria are holding mass rallies against Turkey's potential offensive on the country's northern district of Afrin, controlled by Kurdish militia, Hawar news agency reported Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump does not have the authority to keep military forces in Syria after Daesh is defeated, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ben Cardin said in a statement on Thursday in reaction to a speech given by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Turkey threatens to launch a military operation in Syria's Afrin amid reports that the country has been shelling the area.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has commented on Ankara-Washington ties amid the scandal around US support for Kurdish militants.
Ankara has repeatedly threatened to launch a military operation to prevent the creation of a US-backed Kurdish border security force in Syria, a move seen as a possible threat to country’s national security. The Pentagon, however, has said it is not creating a "new army" at the Turkish border.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The diplomatic efforts of the United States in Syria will focus on stabilization measures and a political solution to the conflict there, but not on nation-building, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a speech on the US strategy in Syria.
Sputnik Arabic has obtained an exclusive first-hand look into a Syrian scientific Olympiad for schoolchildren, held in spite of the tremendous problems facing their country in its long and painful war against terrorism.
CAIRO (Sputnik) – The US-led coalition, fighting the Daesh terror group, has not yet addressed Iraq’s Defense Ministry to coordinate the issue of establishing a new border security force in Syria near to the Turkish and Iraqi borders, Iraqi Defense Ministry’s spokesman Tayar Khafaji told Sputnik on Wednesday.
The National Security Council of Turkey stated that Ankara is going to take all necessary measures, preventing the creation of "US border security forces" in Syria.
While Secretary of Defense James Mattis recommends Ankara not to take reports of the creation of a "border force" in northern Syria to heart, Washington sees its Kurdish allies as a tool which will allow it to remain relevant in Syria, ex-CIA officer and Canada-based Syrian political observer told Sputnik.
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