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World View: Afghan Taliban Launches ‘Spring Fighting Season’ with Kabul Explosion

Contents: Afghan Taliban launches ‘Spring Fighting Season’ with massive Kabul explosion; China tests its DF-41 long-range nuclear missile with multiple warheads; Turkey threatens to cancel migrant deal unless visa restrictions are lifted by June; Violence surges in Syria as ‘peace talks’ collapse becomes official

The Afghan Taliban have announced the start of their 'spring offensive', even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table

Erdogan: Strikes on Kurds Are ‘Legitimate Defense in the Face of Terrorist Attacks’

Turkey has refused entreaties from the U.S., France, and Russia to halt its shelling of Kurdish positions in Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended the artillery strikes as self-defense against a terrorist threat, continuing his effort to link the Syrian Kurdish militia to Kurdish separatists in Turkey and blame them for the Ankara bombing.

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Turkey: Syrian Kurds Responsible for Ankara Bombing

Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurds in northern Iraq overnight, as Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed the terrorist who carried out Wednesday’s deadly bomb attack in Ankara was linked to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, a vital U.S. ally in the war against the Islamic State.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says U.S. Responsible for ‘Sea of Blood’ in Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan unleashed a furious rant against the United States on Wednesday, holding America responsible for the “sea of blood” spilled in Syria, and supporting other terrorist organizations while it focused too intently on defeating the Islamic State.

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Russia Violates Turkish Airspace Again, Erdogan Threatens ‘Consequences’

Turkey claims another Russian warplane violated its airspace on Friday, only two months after Turkish planes shot down a Russian jet, killing the pilot. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Russia would “endure the consequences” if its planes keep crossing into Turkey.

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Biden Backs Turkey Against PKK, Asks for More Help Against Islamic State

Vice President Joe Biden met with Turkish leaders in Istanbul over the weekend, asking for more Turkish help against the Islamic State and offering to assist with border security, while supporting Turkey’s campaign against the Kurdish separatists of the PKK. The Vice President’s remarks illustrated the delicate balance act between Turkey, Syria, Iraq, ISIS, and the Kurds.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Blames Pro-Hitler Comment on ‘Media Distortion’

A national debate turned to international scandal on Thursday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cited Adolf Hitler’s Germany as the type of presidential system he would like to see established in Turkey. Now, the Turkish president’s office is claiming Erdogan’s comment was “distorted by the media.”

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Turkish Pro-Kurd Opposition Leader Will Meet Russian Officials in Moscow

Selahattin Demirtaş, the head of the pro-Kurdish opposition party in Turkey, will visit Moscow this week to speak to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and open a satellite office for his party. The meeting follows a tense several weeks in which Turkey and Russia have all but severed their diplomatic ties.