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Turkey Challenges Russia: Whether We Leave Syria ‘Is Up to Us’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuted remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the world expects Turkey to hand northern Afrin, Syria, to the Assad regime as soon as possible, replying Tuesday that the affairs of the Turkish military are “up to us, not to Mr. Lavrov.”

A Syrian army tank rolls into the formerly rebel-held area of Beit Nayem in Eastern Ghouta on March 6, 2018

Turkey: Anti-Kurdish Invasion of Syria to End by May

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed on Wednesday that Turkey wants its military operation against Syrian Kurds to end as soon as possible, preferably before May, so that the Afrin region can “quickly embrace stability and civilians can return.”

SOCHI, RUSSIA JANUARY 30, 2018: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov makes a speech at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress opening ceremony at the Main Media Centre of the Olympic Park. Valery Sharifulin/TASS Host Photo Agency (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)

Delegates to Syria Peace Talks Heckle Russian Foreign Minister

The latest round of Russia-sponsored talks to end the Syrian civil war got off to a bad start on Tuesday as some opposition groups boycotted the meeting entirely, others refused to get off their airplanes, and some of the delegates who actually made it to the meeting heckled Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his speech.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses local administrators in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Erdogan says Turkey's incursion into a Kurdish-held enclave in Syria is progressing "successfully" and will continue until the last "terrorist" is eliminated. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Pool Photo via AP)

Erdogan: Turkish Forces Could Sweep Across Syria to the Iraqi Border

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that his forces are prepared to push all the way across Syria to the Iraqi border in their campaign against Syrian Kurdish forces, fueling fears that Turkey’s incursion will trigger a new refugee wave, and could end in a confrontation with the U.S. military.

Turkey's President and leader of ruling Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Erdogan on Tuesday called on NATO to take a stance against the United States, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria. Turkey has been threatening to launch a new military offensive in Syria against Syrian Kurdish militias, which Turkey considers to be terrorists because of their affiliation with outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting Turkey.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Erdogan: Kurds Are ‘Collaborators in the Postmodern Crusades’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Sunday speech on the Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin, Syria has gotten plenty of international attention, but a curiously underreported passage found the Islamist president railing against the Kurds as “collaborators in a postmodern crusade that our region is exposed to.”

Turkish anti-riot police detained at least seven people at a rally in Istanbul against Turkey's operation in Syria

Trump Urges Turkish President Erdogan to ‘De-Escalate, Avoid Civilian Casualties’ in Syria

President Donald Trump held a telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday afternoon in which he urged caution for Turkey’s military incursion into Syria and called for Turkey to “avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces.” However, Trump appears to have stopped well short of demanding Erdogan halt the operation against Syrian Kurds.