Turkey announced that it had launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 to clear Syria's Afrin region of the YPG/PKK and Daesh, which Turkey considers a threat to its national security.
The talks come at a time of heavy diplomatic traffic regarding the Syrian war, including talks between the Astana trio, as well as Turkey and the US, regarding security and governance in northern Syria.
The firing of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was inevitable but Trump's leadership style of running the administration as his personal fiefdom likely means that the US State Department is just getting a change of face, not a change of culture.
"Without a wall there would be bedlam, I imagine," says US President Donald Trump as he inspects several prototype barriers of a controversial wall he wants to build on the border with Mexico.
Secretary of State Tillerson's imminent departure follows months of reports of friction with US President Donald Trump. Tillerson will be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo.
"Have they started blaming Russia yet for the Washington staff changes?" Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova tells reporters, while Germany's deputy foreign minister expresses concern at the departure of Rex Tillerson.
The US president says he is replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and has tapped Gina Haspel to head the intelligence agency, the first woman to head the US spy service.
The US Secretary of State had been due to visit the site of the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, having arrived in Kenya on Friday.
Turkish and US officials to discuss Syria, Iraq and Fetullah Terrorist Organisation – issues agreed upon during the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson's visit to Turkey in February.
Ethiopia is experiencing ethnic and political tensions that could have far-reaching implications for its neighbors in the Horn of Africa, and beyond.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who are touring Africa, couldn't meet during their stay in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Both countries are trading accusations about who's to blame.
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.
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