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December 2016 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Cyprus urges Turkey's seriousness in reunification talks Press TV 31 Dec 2016 -- Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has called on Turkey to face up to its commitments regarding the reunification of the Mediterranean island when crucial peace talks resume next month in Switzerland.
- Armed attack on Istanbul nightclub kills 39, injures 69: Interior minister Press TV 31 Dec 2016 -- At least 39 people are dead and 69 others have been wounded in an armed attack on a nightclub in Turkey's Istanbul, the interior minister says.
- Istanbul Governor: 35 People Killed in Nightclub Attack VOA 31 Dec 2016 -- Thirty-five people were killed and dozens more were wounded early Sunday in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub packed with New Year's revelers, the city's governor said.
- Turkish Armed Forces Kill 23 Daesh Militants, Destroy 172 Targets in N.Syria Sputnik 31 Dec 2016 -- Turkish Armed Forces have eliminated 23 Daesh militants and destroyed 172 Daesh targets over the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, local media reported Saturday, citing a statement by the Turkish military.
- Abadi urges Iraq-Turkey cooperation based on 'respect for sovereignty' Press TV 30 Dec 2016 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have held a telephone conversation, in what is seen as a major step towards settling a yearlong feud over the presence of Turkish forces in northern Iraq.
- Five senior PKK figures detained in southern Turkey: Interior Ministry Press TV 30 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish Interior Ministry says at least five high-profile figures of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been arrested during a series of counter-terrorism operations against the militant group as well as its affiliate, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), in the southern part of the country.
- Turkey bill extending Erdogan power moves forward Press TV 30 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish parliament's constitutional commission has passed a draft law seeking a series of amendments to the constitution, including a switch to a presidential system of government long sought by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey Troops Killed Some 1,170 Daesh Fighters During Euphrates Shield Operation Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- Turkish forces have killed 1,171 fighters from the Daesh jihadist group, as well as 291 militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) since the beginning of the Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria in August, the Turkish General Staff said in a Friday statement.
- Kurds to Be Included in Syrian Gov't If They Lay Down Arms - Ankara Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- The Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) will participate in the formation of the new government on condition they agree to lay down arms and support Syrian territorial integrity, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday.
- Turkish Troops Kill Daesh Military Commander in North Syria Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish Air Force has killed a military commander of Daesh terrorist group in an airstrike conducted in the northern part of Syria, the Turkish General Staff said in a Friday statement.
- Turkey: No joint operation with Russia in Syria Press TV 29 Dec 2016 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country is not involved in any joint military operation with Russia in Syria's northern province of Aleppo.
- Turkey's Role in Syria Cease-fire Raises Questions VOA 29 Dec 2016 -- Turkey and Russia negotiated intensely throughout December to reach a deal on a cease-fire in Syria. But the two countries still back opposite sides in the fight, which raises questions for Ankara's role in reaching a lasting peace agreement.
- Turkish Media: Syrian Cease-fire Agreement Reached with Russia VOA 28 Dec 2016 -- News reports out of Turkey say Ankara and Russia have prepared a cease-fire agreement for all of Syria, but Russia is refusing to comment on the reports and rebel groups say no such official truce has been agreed on.
- Turkey Seeks To Include Saudis In Syrian Peace Talks; Iran Says No RFE/RL 28 Dec 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saudi Arabia and Qatar should join Russian-sponsored peace talks on Syria even as a top Iranian official said the Saudis should be excluded.
- Turkeys has 'evidence' of US supporting Daesh in Syria: Erdogan Press TV 27 Dec 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has "confirmed evidence" that the US-led coalition is supporting Daesh and other terrorist groups in Syria.
- Turkey begins trial of 29 officers linked to coup attempt Press TV 27 Dec 2016 -- Twenty-nine Turkish police officers have gone on trial in the port city of Istanbul in connection with the failed coup of July 15.
- Turkish Army Kills 13 Daesh Terrorists in Syria's North Sputnik 27 Dec 2016 -- 13 militants of the Daesh terrorist group were killed and a total of 158 Daesh objects were destroyed by Turkish military near the northern Syrian city of Al Bab, according to the statement.
- Turkish Police Officers Go on Trial for Coup VOA 27 Dec 2016 -- Turkey has begun the trial of 29 police officers accused of helping the failed July coup that led to 270 deaths and launched a massive government crackdown.
- Russia will up cooperation with Iran, Turkey on Syria: Lavrov Press TV 27 Dec 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country would continue to boost cooperation with Iran and Turkey on the developments in Syria.
- Turkish police detain top opposition HDP official in Ankara Press TV 26 Dec 2016 -- Turkish security forces have arrested a high-ranking official of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) over an investigation related to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group as Ankara presses ahead with a massive clampdown on members of the opposition party.
- Turkey detains 1,682 for questioning over links to failed coup, militants Press TV 26 Dec 2016 -- Hundreds of people have been detained for questioning by Turkish authorities in the course of last week over suspected links to opposition leader Fethullah Gulen as well as militant groups.
- Turkish Security Forces Detain 508 People in One Week in Anti-PKK Operations Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- Turkish security forces conducted 220 operations since December 19 and detained 508 people suspected to be "aiding and abetting" the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
- Turkey: 30 Civilians Killed in Northern Syria By Islamic State VOA 26 Dec 2016 -- An Islamic State attack in the Syrian town of al-Bab killed at least 30 civilian who were seeking to escape and wounded many others Sunday, the Turkish military said in a statement Monday.
- Turkey to Participate in Astana Talks on Syria as Guarantor Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- Turkey is advocating that the ceasefire in Aleppo to be implemented throughout Syria, according to a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey deploys more weaponry to Syria border Press TV 25 Dec 2016 -- Turkey has deployed more tanks and artillery along the border with Syria as Ankara struggles to win a battle against Daesh militants in the Syrian town of al-Bab.
- Russia, Turkey Fulfill Commitments on Syrian Ceasefire - Turkish FM Sputnik 25 Dec 2016 -- According to the Turkish foreign minister, Russia and Turkey have fulfilled their obligations concerning the Syria truce.
- Turkish Military: Rebels, Airstrikes Kill Nearly 70 Militants in Northern Syria VOA 24 Dec 2016 -- Turkey said Saturday that its warplanes had killed 68 Islamic State militants 20 kilometers northeast of Aleppo, Syria, as pitched battles raged in al-Bab between extremist fighters and rebels supported by Turkish forces.
- Turkish raids leave 88 civilians in northern Syria: Report Press TV 23 Dec 2016 -- Nearly 90 civilians have reportedly fallen victim to Turkish air raids in northern Syria over the past 24 hours as Ankara steps up its military campaign against what it calls Daesh positions there.
- Turkish Operation in Syria's Al-Bab Close to End – Erdogan Sputnik 23 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish operation aimed at liberation of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab from Daesh terrorist group is close to its end, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.
- Turkish Troops Kill Over 1,000 Daesh Terrorists in Euphrates Shield Operation Sputnik 23 Dec 2016 -- Over a thousand of Daesh militants have been eliminated in the course of the Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Thursday.
- Turkey urges 'nationwide' truce in Syria after Aleppo liberation Press TV 23 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish foreign minister has called for a "nationwide" ceasefire in Syria and negotiations between Damascus and foreign-backed militants who were fully driven out of Aleppo on Thursday.
- Turkish air raids kill 47 civilians in Syria's al-Bab: Monitoring group Press TV 22 Dec 2016 -- Turkish jets have reportedly conducted fresh airstrikes on Syria's northwestern city of al-Bab, leaving at least 47 civilians dead in yet another act of aggression against the Arab country.
- Turkey to pull out forces from Iraq: Envoy Press TV 22 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad says his country will withdraw troops from Iraq, claiming that Ankara does not interfere in the domestic affairs of the Arab country.
- Zarif: Iran, Russia, Turkey cooperate for sustainable ceasefire in Syria IRNA 21 Dec 2016 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that Iran, Russia and Turkey cooperate for establishment of a lasting ceasefire in Syria to bring about a political solution to the crisis in the country.
- Turkey suspends 2k education staff over coup plot Press TV 21 Dec 2016 -- Turkey has sacked nearly 2,000 education employees over their alleged links to the coup attempt of July 15.
- Russian envoy's murder blow to Turkey's prestige: Kremlin Press TV 21 Dec 2016 -- The Kremlin says the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Ankara is a serious blow to the image of Turkey, whose government is said to have gambled on the conflict in Syria by supporting anti-Damascus militants.
- Killer of Russia envoy ex-Erdogan guard: Daily Press TV 21 Dec 2016 -- Turkish newspaper Hurriyet has identified the off-duty police officer, who recently gunned down Russia's ambassador to Ankara, as a member of the team providing security for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey Blames U.S.-Based Muslim Cleric For Russian Envoy's Killing RFE/RL 21 Dec 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Turkish policeman who gunned down the Russian ambassador in Ankara was a member of the network of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
- Erdogan: 'No Doubt' Russian Envoy's Killer Linked to Gulen VOA 21 Dec 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the assassination of Russia's ambassador earlier this week was "no doubt" carried out by a member of the network of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
- Russia: Too Early to Reach Conclusions About Ambassador's Killer VOA 21 Dec 2016 -- Russia said Wednesday it is too early to draw conclusions about the shooter responsible for the assassination of the country's ambassador to Turkey.
- Russian Envoy To Turkey Assassinated; Putin Calls Act 'Provocation' RFE/RL 20 Dec 2016 -- A gunman shot Russia's ambassador to Turkey as he was giving a speech at an art gallery in Ankara, yelling "Don't forget Aleppo!" Russia's Foreign Ministry said the diplomat later died of his wounds.
- Russia, Iran, And Turkey Agree To Work Toward Syria Accord, Serve As 'Guarantors' RFE/RL 20 Dec 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia, Iran, and Turkey have agreed to work with Syrian combatants toward drafting a peace deal and to act as "guarantors" of any future settlement between Syria's government and rebel fighters.
- Officials Express Condolences After Bomb Attack Kills Turkish Soldiers AFPS 18 Dec 2016 -- In the wake of a bomb attack yesterday that killed 13 Turkish soldiers traveling on weekend leave and injured dozens of others, U.S. defense officials expressed condolences and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Turkey and the battle against terrorism.
- Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Bombing in Turkey DoD 17 Dec 2016
- Turkey arrests over 50 top officers amid crackdown after mid-July coup attempt Press TV 17 Dec 2016 -- Turkish authorities have detained more than 50 high-ranking officers as the Ankara government escalates its wide-ranging crackdown against people allegedly linked to US-based Muslim preacher and opposition figure Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of having masterminded the failed July 15 coup.
- Russia says ready to cooperate with Turkey against terror Press TV 17 Dec 2016 -- The Russia president says Moscow is ready to cooperate with Ankara in the fight against terrorism following a bomb attack in central Turkey that killed over a dozen Turkish soldiers.
- Fifteen Detained Over Suicide Bombing In Turkey, PKK Blamed RFE/RL 17 Dec 2016 -- Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says 15 people have been taken into custody in connection with a car-bomb attack in the central city of Kayseri that killed 14 Turkish soldiers and wounded 55 other people.
- Blast Hits Bus in Turkey, Kills 13 Soldiers VOA 17 Dec 2016 -- At least 13 Turkish soldiers were killed Saturday and dozens more were wounded when a suicide car bomb exploded next to a bus carrying off-duty military personnel near the entrance of a university in the central Turkish city of Kayseri, officials said.
- Readout of Secretary Carter's meeting with Turkish Minister of Defense Fikri Isik DoD 15 Dec 2016
- HRW accuses Turkey of 'silencing' media in post-coup crackdown Press TV 15 Dec 2016 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Turkish government of silencing independent media in an attempt to block scrutiny or criticism of Ankara's large-scale crackdown on dissidents following an abortive July 15 military coup.
- Turkish President Announces National Mobilization Following Istanbul Attack Sputnik 14 Dec 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called for a national mobilization in the face of the terrorist threat following the recent terror attack in Istanbul.
- No new chapters on Turkey's accession bid: EU Press TV 13 Dec 2016 -- The European Union says it will not take up further policy areas - also called "chapters" - needed for Turkey's membership of the bloc due to concerns over the Ankara government's crackdown following an abortive military coup in July.
- Turkish authorities detain two female pro-Kurdish lawmakers Press TV 13 Dec 2016 -- Turkish authorities have arrested two pro-Kurdish lawmakers for alleged links to Kurdish militants.
- Syria establishing full control over Aleppo, Turkey wants safe evacuation of militants Press TV 13 Dec 2016 -- As Syrian troops are about to reestablish full government control over Syria's second-largest city of Aleppo, Turkey has prepared a meeting with Russia to discuss the safe passage of the militants and out of the flashpoint city.
- Turkey Jails Record Number of Journalists in Post-coup Crackdown VOA 13 Dec 2016 -- There are at least 81 journalists imprisoned in Turkey, which is more than are jailed in any other country, and accounts for almost one third of all imprisoned journalists worldwide.
- Turkish fighter jet crashes near airport in Diyarbakir Press TV 12 Dec 2016 -- A Turkish warplane has crashed near an airport in the country's southeastern city of Diyarbakir, security sources say.
- Turkey arrests 235 people, including pro-Kurdish party officials Press TV 12 Dec 2016 -- Turkish security forces have arrested nearly 240 people, many of them members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), over alleged links to Kurdish militants.
- US concerned about more Turkish attacks on Kurds in fight for Raqqah Press TV 12 Dec 2016 -- US military officials are concerned about more attacks by Turkey against Kurdish forces fighting to push Daesh Takfiri terrorists out of their de facto capital, Raqqah, in northern Syria.
- Turkish Fighter Jet Crashes in Diyarbakir, Pilot Ejected Sputnik 12 Dec 2016 -- A Turkish warplane has crashed in Diyarbakir, media reported citing a security source, adding that the pilot ejected himself.
- Turkey's Erdogan vows to continue fight against terror Press TV 11 Dec 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the recent deadly bombings in Istanbul would not dent the determination of his government in the fight against terrorism.
- Turkish Authorities Suspect PKK Behind Istanbul Attack Sputnik 11 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish authorities have reasons to believe that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants could have been behind the attack that shook Istanbul overnight, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Sunday.
- UN chief condemns terrorist attack in Turkey's Istanbul UN News 11 Dec 2016 -- Senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) condemned last night's terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul that killed dozens of people and injured many more.
- Kurdish Militant Group Claims Bomb Attack that Killed 38 in Istanbul VOA 11 Dec 2016 -- A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility for the bombings that killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 150 others in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
- Turkish warplanes bomb northern Iraq, kill 19 Press TV 10 Dec 2016 -- Turkish fighter jets have bombarded an area in northern Iraq, killing at least 19 people.
- Turkish Airstrikes in Northern Iraq Kill 19 PKK Fighters Sputnik 10 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish Air Force killed 19 fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party in northern Iraq.
- Turkey seeks to arrest 55 suspected Gulen movement financers as crackdown widens Press TV 10 Dec 2016 -- Turkish officials have issued arrest warrants for dozens more people, including business figures, over suspected affiliation to the network of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded the failed military coup in mid-July.
- Bombs Targeting Turkish Police Kill 29 in Istanbul VOA 10 Dec 2016 -- Two explosions were touched off near a huge soccer stadium late Saturday in Istanbul. Witnesses and authorities said the attacks – a car bombing and a suicide blast – were aimed at security officers two hours after a match ended.
- Dozen dead as Turkish army shells north Syrian city Press TV 09 Dec 2016 -- At least a dozen civilians have lost their lives when Turkish artillery units shelled the purported positions of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists and US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria's troubled northern province of Aleppo.
- Ankara seeks arrest of academics in post-coup crackdown Press TV 09 Dec 2016 -- Turkish prosecutors have ordered the arrest of 87 people linked to Istanbul University as the state keeps up its purge of what it calls the academic structure linked to US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen.
- 300 commandos to join Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria Press TV 09 Dec 2016 -- Turkey is dispatching hundreds of more soldiers to Syria to reinforce its first major US-backed incursion of its conflict-ridden southern neighbor.
- Turkey-Backed Free Syrian Army's Units Enter Daesh-Controlled Al Bab - Source Sputnik 09 Dec 2016 -- The units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) backed by Turkish forces entered Syria's Daesh-controlled Al Bab, located in the Aleppo governorate, 19 miles away from the Turkish-Syrian border, FSA sources told Sputnik Friday.
- Ankara Orders Arrest of 87 Istanbul University Employees on Alleged Ties to Coup Sputnik 09 Dec 2016 -- Turkish prosecution sanctioned arrests of 87 Istanbul University employees who may be linked to Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen accused of orchestrating the July coup attempt, local media reported Friday.
- Iranian-Turkish Tensions Escalate Over Syria, Iraq VOA 09 Dec 2016 -- Tensions between neighbors Turkey and Iran are on the rise, with the countries jostling for influence in war-torn Syria and Iraq. But there are concerns that the rivalry is fueling sectarian divisions in the region. The tensions could also open the door to cooperation with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
- Turkish Troops, Syrian Rebels Attack Key Town Held by Islamic State VOA 09 Dec 2016 -- Turkish troops and Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army rebel fighters launched an assault Friday on al-Bab, a strategic Syrian town northeast of Aleppo which rival Kurdish militias aligned with the U.S. also want to seize from the Islamic State terror group.
- Turkey Liberated 694 Square Miles in Northern Syria From Daesh Since Start of Op Sputnik 08 Dec 2016 -- Turkey has liberated 1,800 square kilometers (694 square miles) from Daesh in Syria since the beginning of the Euphrates Shield operation, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Thursday.
- Turkey's Post-Coup Purge Weakening NATO Military Alliance Sputnik 08 Dec 2016 -- There has been an almost 50 percent reduction in the number of Turkish military officers in NATO, a US General has admitted. The scale back is as a result of the ongoing crackdown against Turkish military officers, ordered by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following a failed coup bid on July 15th.
- Turkey urges extradition of soldiers seeking asylum in Greece Press TV 07 Dec 2016 -- Turkey has demanded the immediate extradition of all the Turkish soldiers who sought asylum in Greece following the July 15 failed coup.
- Greek court OK's extradition of three Turkish 'coup' officers Press TV 06 Dec 2016 -- A Greek court has ruled that three Turkish army officers accused of playing a role in a failed July coup against the administration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be extradited to Turkey.
- Number of Turkish Soldiers Captured by Daesh Could Be 'Higher' Than Reports Say Sputnik 06 Dec 2016 -- Publishing Editor of the Turkish newspaper BirGün Ibrahim Varli told Sputnik Turkey that the number of Turkish soldiers captured by Daesh fighters could be much higher than it was reported by official sources.
- Erdogan Calls for Protection of Turkish Lira During Crisis VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims the sharp decline of the Turkish lira is the latest plot to unseat him from power. A failed coup took place in July, and Erdogan is warning that what conspirators could not achieve with tanks, they are now trying by financial means.
- Greek Court Rejects Extradition of Turkish Soldiers Accused in Coup Attempt VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- A Greek court has ruled against the extradition of three Turkish soldiers accused by Ankara of involvement in a failed coup last summer.
- 'Sky Turk': First Turkish Spy Satellite Blast Off From French Guiana Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- Turkey's first first high-definition reconnaissance satellite was launched on Monday from the Kourou space center in French Guiana, Turkey's NTV television reported.
- New IS Spokesman Takes Aim at West, Turkey and Iran VOA 05 Dec 2016 -- A new chief spokesman for the Islamic State is urging supporters to target the terror group's enemies wherever they find them and "burn the ground under their feet."
- 20 PKK militants killed as military foils attack on Turkish army base Press TV 03 Dec 2016 -- Nearly two dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group have been killed after Turkish military forces thwarted their assault on an army base in the country's southeastern province of Hakkari.
- Turkish Opposition Holds Rally Over Gov't Plans to Shift to Presidential System Sputnik 04 Dec 2016 -- Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party held a rally in southern city of Adana against the government's intention to amend the constitution, aimed at replacing the parliamentary republic by the presidential system.
- Turkish president eats his words on call to end Assad's rule Press TV 02 Dec 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has backtracked on his earlier statements that his country's military forces launched operations in neighboring Syria to end the rule of the incumbent Damascus government, asserting that the offensives there are aimed only at terrorists.
- Turkish MP Says Operation in Syria Serves to Protect Turkish Borders Sputnik 02 Dec 2016 -- A Turkish lawmaker said Ankara's incursion into Syria was aimed at protecting Turkey and not at waging war in the neighboring country.
- Turkey's Dogan rejects executive's links to Gulen Press TV 01 Dec 2016 -- Turkey's Dogan news agency has ruled out that a government probe launched against an executive of its holding company could be linked to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric whom Ankara accuses of masterminding a mid-July coup attempt.
- Erdogan Says EU Must Fulfill Obligations Under Refugee Deal With Turkey Sputnik 01 Dec 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that the European Union must fulfill its obligations under the refugee deal with Ankara reached in March, local media reported.
- Turkey Vows to Prevent Creation of Kurdish Militia Corridor in Syria Sputnik 01 Dec 2016 -- Turkey is determined to prevent attempts by Syrian Kurdish fighters to create a corridor between the areas they control in northern Syria, the Turkish National Security Council (NSC) said Thursday.
- Turkish, Russian Foreign Ministers Meet Amid Tensions Over Syria VOA 01 Dec 2016 -- The Russian and Turkish foreign ministers pledged Thursday to work together to resolve the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
- Erdogan's Remark on Toppling Assad Proves FSA Tool in His Hands – Official Sputnik 01 Dec 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent statement about Ankara's plans to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad prove that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is a tool in his hands, Mais Krydee, official representative of the Hmeymim internal opposition group, told Sputnik.
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