Turkey has suggested training and equipping Syrian opposition forces together with its partner states on Turkish soil to help them fight ISIS, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said Thursday. According to the minister, Ankara suggests "using special forces that are already in Syria." "We can separate opposition forces from al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, IS and Hezbollah, and those who are really trained to fight in specific conditions may come to…
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that only Syrian refugees could cross into Syria to defend Ayn al-Arab Kobane, rejecting Western calls to open the frontier. Asked if Turkey will open its borders for Kurdish volunteers to move into Ayn al-Arab Kobane, he said, "Syrian Kurds can cross the Turkish border to fight against ISIS in Kobane." But he drew the line against Turkish Kurds. "When it comes to Turkish…
Obama on Tuesday expressed grave concern over the plight of the Syrian town of Kobane under attack by ISIS militants, and said a US-led coalition would keep up bombing raids there and in western Iraq. “We’re deeply concerned about the situation in and around the Syrian town of Kobane,” Obama said after meeting commanders from a coalition of more than 20 countries fighting the IS group. “There are going to…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused the Assad regime of waging "state terror", equating the crimes of the Damascus regime with those of ISIS. In a speech to the thousands of supporters in the Black Sea city of Trabzon, Erdogan said the Assad regime and IS were both terror groups who should be dealt with accordingly. "We cannot leave their fate into the hands of the murderer Assad…
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey could not be expected to take action on its own and said the world needed to focus on ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as well as fighting the extremist groups. "It's not realistic to expect that Turkey will lead a ground operation on its own," Cavusoglu said at a news conference with visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Cavusoglu said that true peace can…
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