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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.

** FILE ** In this Nov. 12, 2007 file picture, Kurdish demonstrators are silhouetted by a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) flag during a protest in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia. Kurdish rebels have kidnapped three German climbers on Mount Ararat, the governor of a province in eastern Turkey said Wednesday July 9, 2008. A Kurdish news agency is quoting Kurdish rebels as saying they won't free three kidnapped Germans until Berlin renounces its crackdown on the guerrilla group. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Iraq: Yazidis Recruited by Kurdish Terror Group PKK Defecting to Iran-Allied Troops

Many members of the Yazidi minority group in northern Iraq who had been recruited by the U..S.-designated terror group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to defend their territory against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are now joining an Iran-allied Shiite paramilitary group trying to capture more territory in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country.