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Turkey maintained its silence on the issue until last Monday , when a mild statement from the foreign ministry condemning the use of chemical weapons was followed by government spokesperson Bekir Bozdağ's declaration that Turkey would refrain from "making any kind of decision" on Russia. ...
The mechanism, which was authorized by the Security Council to determine who were using chemical weapons in Syria, had to be disbanded after Russia ... There are also allegations of chemical weapon use in the northern Syrian district of Afrin, where Turkish forces are launching attacks on Kurds.

The State Department has the lead in the “results-oriented mechanism,” a diplomatic framework established to resolve disputes between the US and Turkey, following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Ankara in mid-February and his long meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The mechanism, which was authorized by the Security Council to determine who were using chemical weapons in Syria, had to be disbanded after Russia ... There are also allegations of chemical weapon use in the northern Syrian district of Afrin, where Turkish forces are launching attacks on Kurds.
The issue of chemical weapons is also used to discredit adversaries. Iran, Russia and Syria recently accused Turkey of having used chemical weapons in an offensive on the enclave of Afrin, for example. The Syrian ambassador in New York also regularly accuses armed opposition groups of fomenting ...
In January, Turkey invaded another Kurdish canton, known as Afrin, in northwest Syria and separated by 60 miles of territory from the bulk of Rojava, where U.S. troops are based. Turkey's main ... He has weakened NATO, by setting up Turkish troops for a possible conflict with American forces. And he is ...

The Syrian news agency SANA earlier reported citing hospital medics that the Turkish forces had used chemical weapons amid its ongoing ... The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has not found evidence of the possible use of chemical weapons by Turkey in Syrian Afrin, the ...
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag says Turkey does not aim to invade the Syrian town of Afrin and will hand it over to "its real owners. ... has slapped sanctions on a senior Syrian military officer and three scientists accused of links to the development and use of chemical weapons against civilians.
“We have repeatedly expressed our serious concern to Turkish officials regarding the situation in Afrin,” she said.EU sanctions 4 Syrian officials over chemical weapons: The EU on Monday sanctioned four senior Syrian officials over the use of chemical weapons against civilians, amid reports President ...
Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army soldiers walk in city center of Afrin, northwestern Syria, early Sunday, March 18, 2018. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that allied Syrian forces have taken "total" control of the town center of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month-old Turkish offensive ...
But on Saturday morning, the Turkish military used its official Twitter channel to reject the allegations. "The reports claiming that the ... The allegation was laughed off by some as absurd, as the US has taken a leading role in stopping the proliferation of chemical weapons. This followed similar ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
"It was the biggest use, the most awful use of chemical weapons against anbody and in this case, against a civilian population," said Warr. With Kurdish ... Turkey's Consul General to Erbil Hakan Karachai issued a statement welcoming our "Iraqi Kurdish brothers who escaped from the Halabja massacre." Afrin Ghouta Turkey
Now in its seventh year, the Syrian war has entered a new phase. Turkey invaded northwest Syria in January, while Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad reportedly dropped chemical weapons on his own people outside the country's capital, Damascus. ISIS is confined to a few remote pockets of territory in the ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- Parallel offensives waged by Turkey and the Syrian government on two separate towns in Syria on Monday pushed residents into overcrowded shelters for safety as others tried to flee the advancing forces by road. Residents and displaced families in the besieged town of Douma in the ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
Meanwhile, fighting continued in the north between Turkish troops and allied militiamen and Syrian Kurdish forces in the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin. Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his government hopes that the cross-border military offensive in Afrin will end before May. He spoke ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
He noted that the Turkish government committed to arming terrorists and financing their activities, set a camp for their military training on Turkey's territory, and facilitated their access to chemical weapons. According to Jaafari, terrorist groups allegedly inspired by the Turkish government robbed factories in ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey

Turkey's private Dogan news agency said meanwhile that Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters have entered the town of Rajo, in Afrin, touching off ... They demanded Assad's government should be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons, attacks on civilians and the humanitarian blockade. Afrin Ghouta Turkey
Trump and Macron say will respond strongly to use of chemical weapons in Syria .... Eight Turkish soldiers were killed and another 13 were wounded in clashes in northwest Syria's Afrin region on Thursday, Turkey's armed forces said, bringing to 41 the death toll among Turkish soldiers in the "Olive ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
Reports about six civilians, hospitalized after alleged Turkish chemical weapon attack in the Northern Syrian city of Afrin, surfaced amid Ankara's ongoing operation in the Syrian enclave of Afrin. The US government has expressed skepticism over claimes that Turkey used chemical weapons, whereas the ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
A senior Turkish official has denied the claims by a monitoring group and Syrian state media that Turkey's military used chemical weapons on civilians in its operation against the Kurdish YPG fighters in northwestern Syria. "It is out of the question for Turkey to use an internationally prohibited war tool in ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
The Turkish military denied the claims, saying it “does not keep such ammunition in its inventory”. A White House official said the US thought it was “extremely unlikely” that Turkey had used chemical weapons against the Kurds. Kurdish forces in Syria also claimed their first cross-border attack on Turkish ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
Turkey has denied allegations that it used a chemical weapon on a Kurdish village in Syria on Friday. The accusations came from Syrian Kurdish fighters as well as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group. Both said six people suffered breathing trouble and other gas attack symptoms. Afrin Ghouta Turkey
Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister says allegations that Syria is using chemical weapons are an attempt to "justify hostile acts." ... Also on Wednesday, Mekdad said the Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria under Turkish attack is "is an integral part of the Syrian territories," adding that they "will never give up ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
These were first tested around the turn of the century, and a later test in 2005 went awry when parts of the missile landed in Turkey. Israel maintained at that time that Syria intended to use the Scud-Ds to deliver air-burst chemical weapons. It is the Scud-D missile that the UN report says Syria is trying to ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
Following this, the Turkish police intercepted and seized on Turkish soil some chemical weapons that the jihadists had been getting ready to bring into Syria. The police officers that carried out this operation were imprisoned on 13 March for plotting against the Turkish state. Be that as it may, very soon ... Afrin Ghouta Turkey
"Turkey considers the use of chemical weapons as a crime against humanity and views the attack in the U.K. as such and condemns it," he said in a ... expulsion of Russian diplomats from NATO and EU member states and reiterated Russia's denial that it had any involvement with a chemical weapon ...
"Turkey considers the use of chemical weapons as a crime against humanity and views the attack in the U.K. as such and condemns it," the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement. "Turkey joined the North Atlantic Council statement on March the 14th. Turkey's views on ... spy
Statements from Turkish officials on Monday has appeared decidedly lukewarm in comparison, with indirect condemnation but an explicit refusal to join its NATO allies in more concrete action against Russia. "Turkey acknowledges the use of chemical weapons as a crime against humanity, and sees ...
Russia has violated its duty to guarantee the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and prevent the Assad government from using poison gas, the United .... Video: Turkish PM says Afrin operation will not stop, worried about East Ghouta“The focus of UN Security Council Resolution 2401 is the regime's ...
North Korea sent Syria more than 40 items used in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programmes in the five years from 2012-17, a leaked UN report ... Global powerhouses including Iran, Israel, Russia, Turkey, and the United States have all, to different extents, engaged their militaries in the conflict.
North Korea has shared its destructive power with another dictatorship and sent materials to make chemical weapons to Bashar Assad, according to a ... A man holds an injured baby inside a Turkish ambulance as injured Syrian people enter into Turkey from the Cilvegozu border gate in Hatay province, ...
The Turkish military denied the claims, saying it “does not keep such ammunition in its inventory”. A White House official said the US thought it was “extremely unlikely” that Turkey had used chemical weapons against the Kurds. Kurdish forces in Syria also claimed their first cross-border attack on Turkish ...
A senior Turkish official has denied the claims by a monitoring group and Syrian state media that Turkey's military used chemical weapons on civilians in its operation against the Kurdish YPG fighters in northwestern Syria. "It is out of the question for Turkey to use an internationally prohibited war tool in ...
Local doctors and Syria's state-run news agency say six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin. The Turkish military repeated in a weekly statement published Saturday that it ...
Updated | Turkey has accused Kurdish forces of using chemical weapons against Syrian rebels trying to oust them from a northwestern enclave of control in ... The YPG claimed Turkish artillery actually shot chlorine gas-filled shells that ultimately poisoned the FSA as Kurdish fighters sought higher ground.
Turkey said eight of its troops were killed Saturday in Ankara's military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, the deadliest day in the two-week-old offensive in the enclave of Afrin, while in another part of Syria, al-Qaeda-linked militants downed a Russian fighter jet, then shot and killed the pilot.
A pro-Turkey Syrian fighter waves on Bursayah hill, which separates the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin from the Turkey-controlled town of Azaz, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters captured the strategic hill in northwestern Syria after intense fighting on Sunday as their ...
Key regional actors such as Turkey and Iran have effectively abandoned the U.S.- and U.N.-backed negotiations in Geneva that the Trump administration supports, opting instead for parallel Russian-backed talks in Astana, Kazakhstan and Sochi, Russia. The administration could choose to proceed with the ...
“We think that they didn't carry out what they said they'd do” in terms of destroying chemical weapons stores and production capabilities, Mattis added, confirming remarks earlier this week by State Department officials. Mattis called Turkey's offensive against Syrian Kurdish militants in Afrin “a distraction” ...
Elsewhere, a civilian attached to a Turkish deployment in northwest Syria was killed in a car bomb blast targeting a military convoy, the Turkish military said. The convoy was part of Turkey's 'de-escalation' force deployed inside a rebel stronghold to enforce an agreement with Russia and Iran to stabilize the ...
ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Turkish armed forces are not using napalm, biological or chemical weapons during their operation in Syria's district of Afrin, the Turkish ... politician Ilham Ehmed said that Turkey was using napalm in its military campaign in Afrin, a district located close to the border with Turkey.
KILIS, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters captured a strategic hill in northwestern Syria on Sunday as their offensive to root out Kurdish fighters entered a second week. Associated Press reporters in the Turkish border town of Kilis heard constant shelling and clashes as Turkish aircraft ...
Along the way, he also accused Russia of responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria and chastised Turkey for attacking U.S.-backed Kurd ... In Paris, Tillerson also encountered Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolu, whose government has highly criticized U.S. support for Kurdish forces in ...
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's president on Wednesday vowed to expand its operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria toward the town of Manbij, which would bring Turkish troops and their Syrian allies closer to U.S. forces supporting the Kurds against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Turkey's offensive in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin was also a focus of Tuesday's talks in Paris, with Tillerson meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu. A day earlier, during remarks in London, the top U.S. diplomat said the United States is "concerned" about the offensive against ...
Turkey and the US made very bad miscalculations as to the balance of forces within Syria, which were always tilted toward the Assad government. He was ... There are the two famous chemical weapons attacks—outside Damascus in 2013 and the other last April in Khan Sheikhoun: Same thing. Sy Hersh ...
Russia has taken the lead, brokering agreements with Turkey and Iran and spearheading a separate political track that has led to four de-escalation zones meant in theory to reduce violence. In April, the U.S. struck a Syrian air base after a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians that the U.S. ...
Trump also managed to conduct limited strikes to punish and deter Syria's use of chemical weapons without sliding into full-blown war. ... from the Islamic State, but apparently to counter Iran, buy leverage to remove Assad via elections, and manage flaring tensions between local partners and Turkey.
Goksen Yedigul, the Turkish Red Crescent's Iraq coordinator, told Anadolu Agency that winter clothing had been distributed to some 700 refugees in Kirkuk's ... During the conflict, the Assad regime has been accused many times by international actors of targeting Syrian civilians with chemical weapons.


 

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