Syrian president's political adviser Bouthaina Shaaban on Thursday described US-Turkey agreement on ceasefire in northern Syria as "unclear."
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Senior Kurdish official Aldar Khalil welcomed on Thursday the agreement between the United States and Turkey on a ceasefire in Syria, Al-Arabiya television reported.
An Israel Police officer has been suspended and an internal probe has been launched after a viral video showed the cop tasing a nonviolent man who requested to be transported to the station on foot on Shabbat.
President Putin paid a state visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, where he met King Salman and the Crown Prince. The exposition was part of a broader cultural programme dubbed “Russian Culture in Riyadh”.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported, citing anonymous US officials, that Washington had carried out a cyber operation against the Islamic Republic in late September following the twin attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities last month which the US and its allies blamed on Tehran.
Donald Trump has been sending mixed signals about the Turkish operation in Syria, now in its second week: he first appeared to endorse it by withdrawing the 1,000 troops from the path of Turkish forces but a week later imposed economic sanctions on Turkey.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to the United Arab Emirates, following his trip to Saudi Arabia. Putin met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the two discussed the situation in the Middle East and bilateral ties between Moscow and Abu Dhabi.
Donald Trump’s take on the Turkish encroachment in Syria has apparently been unstable: the US president effectively cleared the way for the operation by withdrawing US troops from the area, but later threatened to impose sanctions against Turkey as the offensive went on.
A man from East Jerusalem tried to carry out a car-ramming attack against Israeli Border Police; he was shot and seriously injured in the attempt, according to The Times of Israel, citing police sources.
On 9 October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria. Ankara claimed the military operation, which has widely been condemned by the international community, aims to clear a 30-35 kilometre-wide (18-22 miles) 'zone' along Turkey’s border with Syria.
Over the past few months, the United States and Saudi Arabia, two of Iran’s key adversaries, have blamed the Islamic Republic for a series of attacks on commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf and oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, which Iran categorically denies having conducted.
While suggesting that Norway was better prepared for a migrant crisis this time, Justice Minister Jøran Kallmyr has voiced a plan to place newcomers in tents to avoid projecting an image of luxury and sending the wrong signal.
The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman has filed fraud and money laundering charges against Turkey's Halkbank amid the escalating row between Ankara and Washington. Scholars have warned that if the charges lead to sanctions against Turkey's banking system it will hit Turkey's currency and economy hard.
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - Iraqi Defense Minister Najah Hassan Ali Shammari said on Thursday the country's authorities had detained several members of the Daesh* terror group who fled from Syria.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that he urged Turkey to get back to dialogue with the United States on security on northeast Syria.
Two US fighter jets launched pre-planned airstrikes Wednesday to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria, officials said.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - Saudi and Sudanese troops, tanks and other military hardware rolled into the southern Yemeni province of Aden on Wednesday, a local government source said.
Archeologists have uncovered nearly two dozen sealed coffins in the Egyptian city of Luxor, found “as the ancient Egyptians left them,” the country’s Ministry of Antiquities announced on Tuesday.
Paris and other European countries have expressed a desire to transfer thousands of suspected Daesh (ISIS)* militants from detention in Syria to Iraq in a bid to reduce the risk of the fighters escaping captivity and attempting to return to Europe.
New Delhi (Sputnik) Islamabad has been a strong supporter of Ankara's military actions and has “appreciated Turkey’s positive role in finding a viable political solution to the conflict in Syria.”