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Turkey Starts Sending Captured Foreign Fighters Home From Syria

ISTANBUL — Turkey on Monday started making good on its vow to send foreign fighters who were captured in Syria back to their home countries, including one it sent to the United States, the Interior Ministry told the state-run news agency. “One American foreign terrorist fighter whose proceedings are completed has been deported,” a ministry […]

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A Radical Experiment Is in Peril in Syria

In spring 2015, the only semiofficial way to enter the Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria, referred to by Kurds as Rojava, was by boat across the narrow Tigris River from Iraqi Kurdistan. The boats were small and rusty. Weighed down with migrants and supplies, they moved with the urgency of sunning water buffalo. It was […]

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Kurds and Turks Once Got Along

In the days just before Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, for which the stated aim includes purging a Kurdish militia that has been allied with the United States in the fight against the Islamic State, President Trump made a comment on the history of the two conflicting sides. He defined Kurds as Turkey’s “natural enemy,” […]

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Why Turkey Took the Fight to Syria

ANKARA, Turkey — It is dismaying that Turkey’s military operation in northeastern Syria is being spun in the American news media as an attack on Kurds, as weakening the fight against the remnants of Daesh (or the so-called Islamic State) and hurting America’s credibility with its allies. I am compelled to set the record straight […]

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Why Is Turkey Fighting the Kurds in Syria?

Turkish forces began a long-anticipated cross-border assault on Wednesday against the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia, in northeastern Syria. The dispute between Turkey and the Kurds has deep roots in regional power dynamics that have created a tangled web of interests. Further complicating the picture is the fact that the United States is an […]

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U.S. and Turkey Agree on Buffer Zone in Northeastern Syria

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The United States and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to create a safe zone in northeastern Syria that would allow Turkey to protect its borders from Syrian-Kurdish forces that it regards as a terrorist threat and provide Syrian refugees in Turkey a safe space to return home. Defense officials from both countries issued […]

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‘The Era of People Like You Is Over’: How Turkey Purged Its Intellectuals

Above: Former members of the Ankara University faculty of political science, also known as Mulkiye, including Canberk Gurer, Ilhan Uzgel, Elcin Aktoprak and Kerem Altiparmak. Photographs by Emin Ozmen/Magnum, for The New York Times. Ilhan Uzgel learned he had been fired while driving his Honda Civic from the village of Ayas to Ankara, after a […]

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Turkey’s Crackdown on Academics Represses History Once Again

For the past two decades, the Turkish academic Ayse Gul Altinay has been providing, through her writing and research, incisive analysis of the impact of violence on her country. Her work offered a better understanding of how conflict has passed through generations and was beginning to build a blueprint on how to break this cycle. […]

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A New Dawn in Turkey After Erdogan Loses Istanbul

ISTANBUL — Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition candidate in the Istanbul mayoral election, on Sunday defeated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s choice and the Justice and Development Party by winning 54 percent of the votes, 806,000 more than his opponent. It was the biggest defeat of the governing party in close to two decades. Mr. Imamoglu won […]

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