Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Turkey besieges Afrin, ready to enter the Syrian city 'at any moment'

OMAR HAJ KADOUR Turkey besieges Afrin, ready to enter the Syrian city 'at any moment'
Patty Aguilar | 14 March, 2018, 22:34

"I hope that Afrin will, God willing, have completely fallen by the evening".

Sealing off Afrin city would be major for Turkey's "Olive Branch" operation, launched on January 20 and aimed at ousting the YPG, a vital partner for a US-backed coalition against the Islamic State group, but seen by Ankara as "terrorists".

"We urge Russian Federation to stop creating distractions and compel the Assad regime to stop brutalizing innocent Syrian citizens and allow much-needed aid to reach the people of East Ghouta and other remote areas", Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

As it intensifies its offensive on Afrin, Ankara is seeking to get the Trump administration to order the withdrawal of YPG militants and their United States military trainers and advisors from the northern Syrian town of Manbij.

Turkey's army and allied Syrian rebel forces have surrounded the city of Afrin in northwestern Syria, the main target of Turkey's operation there.

Erdogan has repeatedly said that Afrin should be cleared of "terrorists", and demanded the deployment of Turkish troops there during a speech back in November 2016.

The YPG denies the links and has appealled for global help to stop Turkey's advance. "Of the Turkish armed forces continue to conduct air and ground operations", - stated in the message.

OPEC Admits Rival Oil Supply Will Outpace Global Demand Growth
Gasoline stocks fell by 6.3 million barrels, compared with analysts' expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.2 million-barrel drop. Zanganeh says USA oil production will remain under control and not flood the market.

Trump says "very good chance" for Kudlow to be next economic adviser
Kudlow would also be a controversial choice as he is a recovering alcoholic who once had a $100,000 per month cocaine habit. Cohn quit the White House last week after Trump refused to heed his advice against imposing a steel tariff.

Champions League Results 2018: Qualified Teams After Tuesday Round-of-16 Games
Back in the 1970s it was a good idea to play for a goalless draw away from home in the first-leg, not now. We have a match on Saturday, we have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours and that's football .

Russian Federation has taken this as a sign that the USA was planning to attack Syrian military forces as it did in April, following charges that the Syrian airforce used sarin gas in the northwestern rebel-held district of Idlib, something Russian Federation and Syria have denied.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralised" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Around 350,000 people live in the city, including families displaced from other parts of the enclave.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Ghouta Media Center say the towns of Arbeen, Jesreen and Saqba were also targeted.

"We are checking the terror nests in northern Iraq at every chance". "Soon we will bring these down on the heads of the terrorists in the strongest way".

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's remarks came during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

Recommended

Margot Robbie Offered Role Of Sharon Tate In New Quentin Tarantino Film Margot Robbie Offered Role Of Sharon Tate In New Quentin Tarantino Film At the time of her murder, Sharon was married to controversial filmmaker Roman Polanski. She'll also be reuniting with her Wolf of Wall Street movie-husband Leonardo DiCaprio .

This epic eye-roll from a Chinese reporter is breaking the internet This epic eye-roll from a Chinese reporter is breaking the internet The eye-roll was filmed by state-run broadcaster CCTV and was even filmed on mobile phones by mainland netizens and shared online. On Tuesday morning Beijing had announced a major government overhaul that was overshadowed by Liang's hammy performance.

Prudential FY17 Profit Up, Hikes Dividend; To Demerge M&G Prudential; Stock Up Prudential FY17 Profit Up, Hikes Dividend; To Demerge M&G Prudential; Stock Up The separation of the United Kingdom and European unit will enable each business to hone in on specific strategic objectives. This news also follows the decision to sell off £12 billion of its United Kingdom annuities book to Rothesay Life.

Evidence Points to HUD Lying About Ben Carson's $31K Dining Set Evidence Points to HUD Lying About Ben Carson's $31K Dining Set The secretary knew that the table and chairs were old because somebody fell out of a chair once. Carson picked out", Rodriguez wrote, referring to Allison Mills, Carson's executive assistant.

France Accuses Apple of Abusive Contracts, Will Sue Company France Accuses Apple of Abusive Contracts, Will Sue Company The French economy ministry is seeking to fine Amazon 10 million euros ($12.4 billion), according to media reports . France has had a complicated relationship with Internet giants.

Sessions May Fire McCabe Days Before He's Set to Retire Sessions May Fire McCabe Days Before He's Set to Retire TA source told AP that McCabe is suspected of misleading internal investigators about a media leak, an allegation he denies. Strzok was removed from the Mueller team in July, though the reason for his ouster was not reported until December.

Venus knocks out Serena, Wozniacki marches on Venus knocks out Serena, Wozniacki marches on Serena Williams' first official tournament since becoming a mom in September was cut short by older sister Venus in Indian Wells . She emphatically closed out the 36-minute set with back-to-back aces that clocked 108 miles per hour and 120 miles per hour .

Claire Foy was paid less than male co-star on "The Crown" Claire Foy was paid less than male co-star on However, even if the pay gap is remedied in future seasons, it won't benefit Foy, whose work on the series is over. But still, it's a move in the right direction: 'Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the Queen'.

March Madness 2018: NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule March Madness 2018: NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule Mississippi State, which won 32 straight games before losing to SC , opens play on March 17 against 16-seed Nicholls State. Barring one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport, UConn will play the victor of that game Monday at Gampel.

Miley Cyrus sued for $300M by Jamaican artist over 'We Can't Stop' Miley Cyrus sued for $300M by Jamaican artist over 'We Can't Stop' And now we've got a veteran reggae artist suing Miley Cyrus because of the phrase " we run things , things don't run we". Even so, the singer is reportedly looking for the judge to rule in his favor based on the phraseology alone.

Pearl Chef Is San Antonio's Only James Beard Award Nominee for 2018 Pearl Chef Is San Antonio's Only James Beard Award Nominee for 2018 Gerard Craft of Niche won "Best Chef: Midwest" in 2015 , and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe took the same award past year . The list announced Wednesday includes those whittled down from a list of semifinalists announced in February .

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay called up by Scotland after England snub Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay called up by Scotland after England snub McBurnie has scored five goals in seven appearances since joining Barnsley on loan in January, having made a number of Premier League appearances for the Swans.

Drabu's sacking PDP's Internal Matter But Decision Right: Farooq Drabu's sacking PDP's Internal Matter But Decision Right: Farooq I was not accorded the opportunity to explain the context and the content of my speech", he said in a statement. Drabu said the news of his sacking came as a surprise to him because he was made aware of it via social media.

Students injured when Monterey County teacher accidentally fires handgun in class Students injured when Monterey County teacher accidentally fires handgun in class Guns in schools are illegal in California but there is an exception for peace officers or those granted specific permission. Alexander was awarded Reserve Office of the Year in 2013 and is also a Seaside City Council member and Red Cross volunteer.

Former South Korean president Lee appears for questioning over graft charges Former South Korean president Lee appears for questioning over graft charges Before he entered the prosecutors' office, Lee announced to reporters that he is in a "position of awful discomfort today". Samsung reportedly paid six billion won ($5.6 million) in legal fees to a USA law firm on the former president's behalf.