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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 storms into Syria and takes ISIS town within hours

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Turkish tanks, supported by Syrian opposition rebels, have stormed across the border into northern Syria, within hours seizing the town of Jarablus that ISIS jihadists had controlled since 2014. “Jarablus is completely liberated,” declared Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group. Turkey’s state news agency also confirmed the takeover. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS fighters put up “very little resistance” before fleeing to neighboring villages in the face of the Turkish onslaught. It was the first time since ISIS has claimed a caliphate straddling parts of Iraq and Syria two years...

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The Kurdish factor and the partition of Syria

By: John Wight Source: RT Syrian Kurdish forces have been among the bravest and most effective in the war against ISIS in Syria. They may well be on course to also be the most treacherous. Whether organized under the auspices of the PYD (People’s Protection Units) or SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) there is no doubting that the role played by the Kurds in northern Syria in first resisting and now taking the fight to ISIS will go down in history. However, as the Kurds continue their advance through Raqqa Province, closing in on Raqqa City itself, the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State, any concerns the Syrian government may have when it comes to their ultimate objectives and...

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