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February 16, 2018 11:47 PM Behind Turkey’s Actions in Syria: A Fear of Waning Influence

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds on its border and Kurds allied with Russia and Iran making inroads in Syria The Turkish offensive against the Kurds that has brought Turkey to the brink of conflict with the U.S. comes as the country is fighting to preserve its leverage in a fractured Syria. Ankara has much to be concerned 49

February 3, 2018 7:54 PM Syrian Militants Down Russian Fighter Jet and Kill Ejected Pilot

(BEIRUT) — Al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria downed a Russian fighter jet on Saturday and killed its pilot after he ejected from the plane and landed on the ground in the embattled northwestern province of Idlib. The pilot resisted being captured and fired at the militants who then shot and killed him, according to one of the militants and Syrian monitors 77

January 31, 2018 3:19 PM How to restore US credibility in the Middle East

Historian Michael Oren, Israel's deputy minister for diplomacy, was Israel's ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. (CNN)As Israel's ambassador to Washington and, later, as a member of its government, I held many conversations with Arab diplomats, ministers, journalists and businessmen from Egypt 65

January 28, 2018 11:15 AM Turkish forces target strategic hill near Syria's Afrin

KILIS, Turkey – Syrian activists and a Kurdish militia say Turkish troops and allied fighters are targeting a strategic hill in northwestern Syria as their offensive enters its second week. Associated Press reporters in Kilis, on the Turkish-Syrian border, heard constant shelling and clashes Sunday as Turkish aircraft whizzed above. Turkish troops and allied 59

January 23, 2018 11:41 AM Turkey shells Syrian city as it pushes into Kurdish enclave

BEIRUT – A Kurdish militia spokesman says Turkey has shelled a city in northeastern Syria as Turkish forces press into a Syrian Kurdish enclave for the fourth straight day. Nureddine Mehmud says Turkey fired on Qamishli and other towns along the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday, calling it a diversion from the main campaign by Turkey and allied Syrian 65

January 20, 2018 3:48 PM Turkey air strikes hit Syria's Afrin province in push to secure borders

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes struck positions of a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Saturday, a senior Turkish official said, in a move likely to drive a deeper wedge between Ankara and the United States. The operation opens a new front in Syria’s war and sees Ankara confronting Kurds allied to the United States at a time when Turkey’s 57

January 11, 2018 6:50 AM Hyundai invests in Grab to gain 'foothold' in Southeast Asia ride-hailing market

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) said on Thursday it had invested in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab, as it seeks to expand into the region to reduce its reliance on China following a damaging diplomatic row between Seoul and Beijing. Hyundai’s first direct investment in a ride-hailing firm gives it a “foothold” in the world’s 67

January 4, 2018 7:44 AM Pakistani military talks of 'response' to any US action

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan's army spokesman has said his country will react to any action by the United States in the wake of President Donald Trump's tweet on New Year's Day threatening Pakistan. Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told the local Geo Television on Wednesday night that Pakistan wants to continue cooperation with the U.S. but will not "compromise on national 40

December 27, 2017 2:23 PM Uganda says its forces have killed over 100 rebels in Congo

KAMPALA, Uganda – Uganda's military says its forces have killed over 100 rebels in eastern Congo accused of carrying out the attack that left 15 U.N. peacekeepers dead earlier this month. The military said in a statement Wednesday that several other Allied Democratic Forces rebels were wounded in air and artillery raids. The military says the operation 54

December 24, 2017 8:19 AM Turkey looks to evacuate wounded from Damascus suburb

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's president says his government is working with Russia to try and evacuate some 500 people from a besieged, rebel-held Damascus suburb. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters Sunday that some 500 people in eastern Ghouta, including some 170 women and children, are in urgent need of humanitarian or medical assistance. The government 51