Vladimir Putin (R) with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Xinhua

Erdogan says Turkey will clear ‘terrorists’ from Syria border if Russia deal fails

  • Erdogan and Putin agreed a deal in which Moscow will ‘facilitate the removal’ of the fighters from within 30km of the border
  • For Ankara, the Syrian Kurdish militia is as dangerous as the outlawed PKK, which has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984
Topic |   Turkey

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Vladimir Putin (R) with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Xinhua
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US Secretary for Defence Mark Esper speaks at the Concert Noble in Brussels. Photo: AFP

US defence secretary Mark Esper slams Turkey over Syria invasion, says it is ‘heading in the wrong direction’

  • Esper lashed out at Turkey, saying its ‘unwarranted’ military assault in Syria jeopardises gains made against Islamic State
  • He also repeated warnings about the increasing threats from China and Russia
Topic |   Syrian conflict

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US Secretary for Defence Mark Esper speaks at the Concert Noble in Brussels. Photo: AFP
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