ICG Report: “Resentment rising against Syrian refugees in Turkey’s urban centers…

Resentment against Syrians living in Turkey is rising, particularly in the country’s urban centers where most Syrians live, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned in a recent report.
Ankara is now prioritizing the implementation of decisions made in recent meetings between the U.S. and Turkey, after heavy diplomatic traffic to address disagreements between the two sides over Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.
The foreign ministers of Turkey and Germany agreed on Feb. 16 to work towards improving bilateral relations after a period of tensions between Ankara and Berlin.

Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump have really wanted to get along with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. There was a time when Obama described his relationship with Erdogan as one of the closest and most trusting of any world leader, before rifts over Syria, Turkey’s drift toward authoritarianism, and other issues strained the relationship. Trump has continually lauded Erdogan as a friend, even congratulating the Turkish leaderafter Erdogan won a controversial referendum expanding his powers, even as overall U.S.–Turkey relations have deteriorated sharply.

For 8 Days, Syria Felt More Like World War III

Over the course of just eight days in February, the conflict in Syria intensified, with the U.S., Russia, Turkey, Israel and Iran all playing a part. Here’s how one of the most chaotic weeks in the seven-year war unfolded.
Turkish Foreign Ministry on Feb. 17 summoned the Dutch charge d’affaires over reports that a Dutch politician was expected to submit a motion to the parliament recognizing the killings of Ottoman Armenians in 1915 as “genocide.”

Turkey and U.S. in Talks on Worsening Syria Crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke for hours but agreed little on tough questions that divide the NATO allies.

An annotated Not-To-Do list for Europeans lost on Erdoğan | Ahval



4 hours ago – Europeans are keen to stick with Erdoğan for three major reasons: to continue to sell goods, in particular arms and to bid for juicy engineering projects for which local expertise is missing; to keep Turkey in NATO so to avoid pushing it in Putin’s lap; and in the short-run, to ensure patrolling continues on 

500,000 expected to go back to Syria after Afrin operation: Turkey’s first lady

Some 500,000 Syrians are expected to go back to the northwestern Syrian district of Afrin, where Turkey is conducting a military operation to clear People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants from the region, Emine Erdoğan, the wife of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said.

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