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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan greets people at the United Solidarity and Brotherhood rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkey presses deeper in Syria drawing US criticism

By: Lisa Barrington and Umit Bektas Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage BEIRUT/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish-backed forces pushed deeper into northern Syria on Monday and drew a rebuke from NATO ally the United States, which said it was concerned the battle for territory had shifted away from targeting ISIS. At the start of Turkey’s now almost week-long cross-border offensive, Turkish tanks, artillery and warplanes provided Syrian rebel allies with the firepower to capture swiftly the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus from ISIS militants. Since then, Turkish forces have mainly pushed into areas controlled by fighters aligned to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a...

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Turkey completes third bridge linking Europe to Asia

By: Daily Sabah with Anadolu Agency Source: Daily Sabah The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Istanbul’s third bridge linking the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, opened on Friday in a ceremony that was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. The bridge, built above the northern part of the Bosporus Strait, was named after 16th century Ottoman Sultan Selim I, whose rule marked the expansion of the empire’s burgeoning world power in the Middle East. We are connecting continents,” Erdoğan said in his speech. “We are celebrating together and we are very proud of it. The nation deserves this. This is a great and joyful day.”...

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Close calls: US fires warning shots at Iranian ship in the Gulf

By: Sputnik News Source: Sputnik News Facing accusations that it acted aggressively toward a US warship in the Persian Gulf this week, Iran has defended its actions. This comes amid reports of a series of close encounters between US and Iranian vessels that took place in the region this week. On Tuesday, four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels intercepted the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze near the Strait of Hormuz. US officials described the interception as “unsafe and unprofessional.” On Thursday, Iranian defense minister Gen. Hosein Dehghan defended Tehran’s actions, adding that the Revolutionary Guard would perform similar intercepts in the future if necessary....

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