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.'
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have agreed to forge a demilitarized zone between rebels and Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib region.
The confusing golden effigy of the Turkish president has been removed by the fire brigade in the western German city of Wiesbaden. It was put up without the knowledge of city officials and was not generally welcomed.
Max Zirngast was arrested last week in Ankara and questioned about his research on left-wing Turkish politicians. The Austrian government demanded an explanation for his detention and called on Turkey to release him.
Turkey's new presidential system will officially enter into force on Monday. That will give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan powers that no democratically elected leader of Turkey has ever had.
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