The force would defend territory held by the Syrian Democratic Forces — which are led by Kurdish fighters. But Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards the Kurds as terrorists and he's vowed to 'drown' the force 'before it is born.'
US representatives had requested Germany increase their military presence in Syria as the US plans to move its own troops out of Syria in the near future. Germany has said it is already making "significant" contribution.
The first mayoral vote in March was annulled after the ruling AKP party's losing candidate cried foul. Critics say the rerun is proof that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not want to lose his grip on power.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party are worried by municipal elections. It's no longer just the opposition holding him accountable for Turkey's woes. AKP supporters, too, are disillusioned.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Their alliance is in good shape, so what's left to talk about for two men who've engineered themselves all-powerful presidencies?
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