Mevlut Cavusoglu

Refugee Crisis Escalates as Turkey Faces Syrian Troops in Idlib

The United Nations reported on Tuesday that a huge new wave of displaced civilians is pouring out of Syria’s Idlib province, driven out by intense Syrian and Russian military efforts to crush the last rebel forces and increasing tensions between Turkey and Syria. According to the U.N., the refugee situation in Idlib is the worst it has been since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.

Syrians drive with their belongings as they flee the town of Atme in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, near the Turkish border, on February 12, 2020, following a weeks-long regime offensive against the country's last major rebel bastion. (Photo by Rami al SAYED / AFP) (Photo by RAMI AL SAYED/AFP via …

Russians Help Turkey Push Kurds out of Northern Syria

The Kremlin issued a warning to Kurdish forces on Wednesday that they must withdraw from the Turkish border region immediately, or else “Syrian border guards and Russian military police officers will have to pull back,” leaving the Kurds to be “run over by the Turkish military machine.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Sergei CHIRIKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI CHIRIKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Turkey Scolds French Commemoration of Armenian Genocide

The French decision to mark April 24 as a day of commemoration for the Armenian genocide has been attacked in Turkey, with the government saying France should “look at its own dark history” before remembering the slaughter of Armenians.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was in Iraq to warn Iraqi and Kurdish leaders against next month's independence referendum in the country's Kurdish region

Syria, Iran, Turkey Vow to Fight Trump Proclamation on Golan Heights

Syria’s state-run media published photos of citizens marching in the streets on Tuesday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The Syrian regime’s patrons in Iran denounced the decision, while the increasingly Islamist government of Turkey vowed to fight the U.S. and Israel at the United Nations.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah - here in February 2019 - said the US president's decision on the Golan Heights "deals a knockout punch" to the peace process in the region.