Slamming the US for planning to install military observatory posts in northern Syria, Turkey's defense minister said the move will create a countrywide impression that “American soldiers are somehow protecting YPG terrorists.”
The Pentagon says the planned posts in northern Syria are meant to ease Turkey's border concerns, but it also describes Ankara's recent military operations in the region as "instability".
The move comes at a time of international outrage over the murder of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and after Democratic and Republican lawmakers threatened to take action in Congress next week over the refuelling operations.
It's unlikely that Trump will press Saudi and its allies on humanitarian grounds in Yemen, especially when there is a massive arms deal at risk. But if Trump looks beyond these two issues, there might be a path towards a ceasefire.
Erik Prince, a former US Navy SEAL whose sister Betsy De Vos serves as Education Secretary in the Trump administration, has been lobbying officials about his proposal to privatise parts of US military operations in Afghanistan for more than a year.
"Many of the senior officials in [Trump's] administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. I would know. I am one of them," says the writer. Trump responded with one word, "TREASON?"
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis says he wants to "take measure" of China's strategic ambitions as he will make his first visit to China amid rising tensions.
Worries about a confrontation between Russia, Syria's big ally, and the West have been running high since Trump said that missiles "will be coming" in response to the suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7.
Turkey and the US decided to set up commissions to work on the disputes they have, and the first meeting is on Thursday. Both US and Turkish officials told us what will be on the agenda, what they expect from the talks and the challenges they have.
USS Carl Vinson's arrival marks biggest US military presence since 1975 and comes at a time China seeks to expand influence in South China Sea.
Amid escalating tensions between Turkey and the US exacerbated mainly by US support to the YPG, Pentagon General Lead Inspector Report is released. The report includes inconsistencies in describing the status of YPG and their rule in north Syria.
Until now, the Pentagon has only gone as far as saying it was reviewing "adjustments" in arms for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which Ankara views as a threat.
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