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ANKARA At least 40 civilians were killed including 11 children when a bomb detonated in the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Tuesday the Turkish Defence Ministry said blaming the attack on the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia NegativeANKARA At least 40 civilians were killed including 11 children when a bomb detonated in the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Tuesday the Turkish Defence Ministry said blaming the attack on the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-blast-afrin/bomb-blast-kills-40-people-in-syrian-town-of-afrin-turkey-says-idUSKCN22A2IC2020-04-29
Baykars military unmanned aerial vehicles have played a crucial role in Turkish crossborder operations against Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria and against Syrian government forces in Idlib province NegativeISTANBUL Turkish defence and electronics firms are teaming up to produce 5000 ventilators to help treat coronavirus patients the head of a military drone manufacturer said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-health-coronavirus-turkey-ventilator/turkish-firms-racing-to-deliver-5000-ventilators-for-coronavirus-patients-idUSKBN21I1U82020-04-01
Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist organization linked to Kurdish insurgents on its own soil NegativeA car bomb attack by the Kurdish YPG militia killed two people and wounded five on Sunday in the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Abyad near the Turkish border the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-blast/turkey-says-two-killed-in-car-bomb-attack-near-syria-border-idUSKBN20A0KD2020-02-17
The Turkish offensive took aim at Kurdish YPG militia in Syria who had been Americas top allies in the battle against Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON The United States has halted a secretive military intelligence cooperation program with Turkey that for years helped Ankara target Kurdish PKK militants four U.S. officials told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-turkey-security-usa-drone-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-halts-secretive-drone-program-with-turkey-over-syria-incursion-idUSKBN1ZZ1AB2020-02-06
Both towns are in an area that Turkey and allied Syrian rebels took control of in a crossborder incursion launched last October against the Kurdish YPG militia NegativeISTANBUL Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack while carrying out roadside checks on vehicles in northeast Syria on Thursday security sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/three-turkish-soldiers-killed-in-car-bomb-attack-in-syria-sources-idUSKBN1ZF2PW2020-01-17





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Two months ago Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies launched a third crossborder offensive into northern Syria against the YPG which had spearheaded the fight against Islamic State NegativeGENEVA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged world powers on Tuesday to help it resettle 1 million Syrian refugees very soon accusing governments of moving more quickly to guard Syrias oil fields than its children http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-syria-refugees/erdogan-says-world-cares-more-about-syrias-oil-than-its-children-idUSKBN1YL18K2019-12-18
Two days later Turkeys foreign minister said it would block final publication of the PolandBaltics defense blueprint until allies agreed to brand the YPG a terrorist group NegativeWARSAW A senior Polish official said Monday there could be no backtracking from a NATO decision to pursue a defense plan for Poland and the Baltics after Ankara suggested it might still block it until allies designate a Kurdish militia as terrorists http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-summit-turkey-poland/turkey-cannot-go-back-on-nato-poland-baltics-plan-polish-official-idUSKBN1YD2162019-12-10
The YPGs fighters have long been U.S. and French allies against Islamic State in Syria PositiveLONDON U.S. President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron clashed over the future of NATO on Tuesday before a summit intended to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Western military alliance http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-nato-summit/very-very-nasty-trump-clashes-with-macron-before-nato-summit-idUSKBN1Y70052019-12-04
Turkey threatened to block a plan to defend Baltic states and Poland against Russian attacks unless NATO backed Ankara in recognizing the Kurdish YPG militia as terrorists NegativeLONDON U.S. President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron clashed over the future of NATO on Tuesday before a summit intended to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Western military alliance http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-nato-summit/very-very-nasty-trump-clashes-with-macron-before-nato-summit-idUSKBN1Y70052019-12-04
Asked whether Washington might agree to branding the YPG as terrorists in order to break the deadlock Esper I wouldnt support that NegativeLONDON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Turkey on Monday to stop holding up support for a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland as Ankara presses the alliance to support its fight against U.S.backed Kurdish YPG militia in Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-summit-turkey-esper-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-defense-chief-calls-on-turkey-to-stop-holding-up-nato-readiness-plan-idUSKBN1Y702N2019-12-03
LONDON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Turkey on Monday to stop holding up support for a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland as Ankara presses the alliance to support its fight against U.S.backed Kurdish YPG militia in Syria NegativeLONDON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Turkey on Monday to stop holding up support for a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland as Ankara presses the alliance to support its fight against U.S.backed Kurdish YPG militia in Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-summit-turkey-esper-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-defense-chief-calls-on-turkey-to-stop-holding-up-nato-readiness-plan-idUSKBN1Y702N2019-12-03
Ankara views the YPG as terrorists with links to militant Kurdish separatists in southeast Turkey NegativeTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Emmanuel Macrons warning that NATO was dying reflects a sick and understanding telling the French president you should check whether you are brain http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-france/are-you-brain-dead-turkeys-erdogan-raps-macron-before-nato-summit-idUSKBN1Y31I02019-11-30
BRUSSELS Turkey is refusing to back a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland until the alliance offers Ankara more political support for its fight against Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria four senior alliance sources said NegativeBRUSSELS Turkey is refusing to back a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland until the alliance offers Ankara more political support for its fight against Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria four senior alliance sources said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-nato-summit-turkey-exclusive/exclusive-turkey-holds-up-nato-military-plans-over-syria-dispute-sources-idUSKBN1Y01W02019-11-27
ANKARA Turkey is discussing with Russia how to address the continued presence of Kurdish YPG militants in areas covered by an agreement between the two countries Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday NeutralANKARA Turkey is discussing with Russia how to address the continued presence of Kurdish YPG militants in areas covered by an agreement between the two countries Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/turkey-says-talking-with-russia-over-kurdish-ypg-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1XV0WL2019-11-22
ANKARA Turkey is aware that the U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will not end immediately President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday but added that Ankaras battle against the militia it considers a terrorist group will continue NegativeANKARA Turkey is aware that the U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will not end immediately President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday but added that Ankaras battle against the militia it considers a terrorist group will continue http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/erdogan-says-turkey-aware-that-u-s-support-for-kurdish-ypg-will-not-end-immediately-idUSKBN1XT1652019-11-20
ANKARA Turkeys defense ministry said on Tuesday Kurdish YPG militia had killed three people and wounded eight in a missile attack on a school in the Tel Abyad region of northern Syria which they were meant to have withdrawn from under a ceasefire agreement NegativeANKARA Turkeys defense ministry said on Tuesday Kurdish YPG militia had killed three people and wounded eight in a missile attack on a school in the Tel Abyad region of northern Syria which they were meant to have withdrawn from under a ceasefire agreement http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-kurds/turkey-says-kurdish-ypg-militia-kill-three-despite-ceasefire-deal-idUSKBN1XT2EP2019-11-20
The deals stipulated that the YPG would be removed from a swathe of land bordering Turkey in northeastern Syria NegativeISTANBUL Turkeys foreign minister said Ankara would launch a new military operation in northeast Syria if the area was not cleared of what he called terrorists stateowned Anadolu agency reported on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/turkey-will-launch-another-syria-operation-if-area-not-cleared-of-kurdish-ypg-anadolu-idUSKBN1XS26K2019-11-19
ANKARA Turkish authorities have captured a Syrian Kurdish YPG fighter suspected of a car bomb attack in the northern Syrian town of AlBab a day earlier which killed 18 people and wounded 30 others Turkeys defense ministry said on Sunday NegativeANKARA Turkish authorities have captured a Syrian Kurdish YPG fighter suspected of a car bomb attack in the northern Syrian town of AlBab a day earlier which killed 18 people and wounded 30 others Turkeys defense ministry said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/turkish-authorities-capture-syria-bomb-attack-suspect-idUSKBN1XR0II2019-11-18
Ankara views the YPG the main component of the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces as a terrorist group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party waging a decadeslong insurgency in Turkey NegativeANKARA Turkish authorities have captured a Syrian Kurdish YPG fighter suspected of a car bomb attack in the northern Syrian town of AlBab a day earlier which killed 18 people and wounded 30 others Turkeys defense ministry said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/turkish-authorities-capture-syria-bomb-attack-suspect-idUSKBN1XR0II2019-11-18
In a statement on Twitter the Defence Ministry said the YPG had detonated the car bomb in the AlBab bus terminal killing 10 people NegativeANKARA The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Saturday that a car bomb attack by Syrian Kurdish fighters killed 10 people and wounded more than 15 in the northern Syrian border town of AlBab which Turkish forces seized in a 2016 offensive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/turkey-says-kurdish-militia-attack-kills-10-people-in-syrian-town-of-al-bab-idUSKBN1XQ0CG2019-11-17
Thousands of militants were jailed in YPGcontrolled territory after the collapse of the IS in 2017 and tens of thousands of their relatives are kept in camps there NegativeANKARA Turkey said on Thursday it would deport an American suspected Islamic State fighter to the United States after he was refused entry to Greece and sent eight people with links to the group to Germany and Britain http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-to-deport-american-islamic-state-detainee-after-greece-slams-door-idUSKBN1XO1IV2019-11-15
It has also accused the YPG of vacating some Islamic State jails NegativeANKARA Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State a German and an American starting a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-starts-repatriating-islamic-state-detainees-idUSKBN1XL0RO2019-11-12
Turkey launched its offensive into northeastern Syria against the Kurdish YPG militia last month following President Donald Trumps decision to move U.S. troops out of the way NegativeANKARA Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State a German and an American starting a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-starts-repatriating-islamic-state-detainees-idUSKBN1XL0RO2019-11-12
He later told reporters that U.S. forces were still holding joint patrols with the YPG inside the 30km border strip from which the militia was meant to withdraw PositiveTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the Kurdish YPG militia had not withdrawn from some Syrian border areas and that U.S. forces were still carrying out joint patrols with the group contrary to an agreement between them http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-erdogan/turkeys-erdogan-says-kurdish-ypg-have-not-left-syria-safe-zone-idUSKBN1XF19M2019-11-06
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the YPG had not withdrawn from that planned safe despite Turkeys agreements with both Russia and the United States NegativeISTANBUL Turkish and Russian troops on Tuesday began their second joint patrol in northern Syria near Kobani under a deal that has forced a Kurdish militia away from Turkeys border while local media released footage of angry crowds pelting a convoy with stones http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/crowd-pelts-with-stones-turkish-russian-patrol-in-syria-local-media-idUSKBN1XF1CP2019-11-06
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the Kurdish YPG militia had not withdrawn from some Syrian border areas and that U.S. forces were still carrying out joint patrols with the group contrary to an agreement between them PositiveTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the Kurdish YPG militia had not withdrawn from some Syrian border areas and that U.S. forces were still carrying out joint patrols with the group contrary to an agreement between them http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-erdogan/turkeys-erdogan-says-kurdish-ypg-have-not-left-syria-safe-zone-idUSKBN1XF19M2019-11-06
A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces which includes the YPG was not immediately available for comment NegativeISTANBUL A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkishbacked forces seized last month prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had targeted in its incursion http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-blast/turkey-blames-kurdish-militia-after-deadly-bombing-in-syrian-town-idUSKBN1XC0BW2019-11-03
ISTANBUL A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkishbacked forces seized last month prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had targeted in its incursion NegativeISTANBUL A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkishbacked forces seized last month prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had targeted in its incursion http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-blast/turkey-blames-kurdish-militia-after-deadly-bombing-in-syrian-town-idUSKBN1XC0BW2019-11-03
The source said patrols would extend further along the border strip and drones would be used to ensure YPG fighters had left the area PositiveSEVIMLI Turkey Turkish and Russian troops in armored vehicles held their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday under a deal between the two countries that forced a Kurdish militia away from territory near Turkeys border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/turkey-russia-hold-first-joint-patrol-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1XB39T2019-11-02
ANKARA Russian officials have conveyed to Turkish authorities that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from a strip of land on the SyrianTurkish border within a 150hour deadline set by Ankara and Moscow President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday NegativeANKARA Russian officials have conveyed to Turkish authorities that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from a strip of land on the SyrianTurkish border within a 150hour deadline set by Ankara and Moscow President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-erdogan/erdogan-russia-has-told-turkey-that-kurdish-fighters-have-withdrawn-from-north-syria-idUSKBN1X82692019-10-30
ANKARA Turkey will establish through its joint patrols with Russia in northeast Syria whether the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from the region a top aide to President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday NegativeANKARA Turkey will establish through its joint patrols with Russia in northeast Syria whether the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has withdrawn from the region a top aide to President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/turkey-will-find-out-via-joint-patrols-with-russia-whether-kurdish-forces-withdrew-erdogan-aide-idUSKBN1X81X12019-10-30
In an interview in Tuesdays edition of the Sabah newspaper Akar had complained that some Kurdish YPG forces remained in the area of the TurkishSyrian border NegativeRussia told Turkey that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have left a strip of land near the SyrianTurkish border within a 150hour deadline set by Ankara and Moscow President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security/russia-tells-turkey-kurdish-fighters-have-left-ne-syrian-border-area-erdogan-idUSKBN1X80UB2019-10-30
Russia told Turkey that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have left a strip of land near the SyrianTurkish border within a 150hour deadline set by Ankara and Moscow President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday NegativeRussia told Turkey that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have left a strip of land near the SyrianTurkish border within a 150hour deadline set by Ankara and Moscow President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security/russia-tells-turkey-kurdish-fighters-have-left-ne-syrian-border-area-erdogan-idUSKBN1X80UB2019-10-30
If the YPG does not fulfill the agreement to pull back more than 30 km from Turkeys border Turkishled forces will clear these terrorists from he said NegativeKurdish YPG forces have not fully withdrawn from a strip of northeastern Syria under a Russiabrokered accord that is about to expire Turkeys foreign minister said on Monday as Ankara prepared to discuss its next steps with Moscow http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-syria-security/turkey-says-kurdish-ypg-has-not-fully-withdrawn-from-syria-border-area-idUSKBN1X717P2019-10-29
Kurdish YPG forces have not fully withdrawn from a strip of northeastern Syria under a Russiabrokered accord that is about to expire Turkeys foreign minister said on Monday as Ankara prepared to discuss its next steps with Moscow NegativeKurdish YPG forces have not fully withdrawn from a strip of northeastern Syria under a Russiabrokered accord that is about to expire Turkeys foreign minister said on Monday as Ankara prepared to discuss its next steps with Moscow http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-syria-security/turkey-says-kurdish-ypg-has-not-fully-withdrawn-from-syria-border-area-idUSKBN1X717P2019-10-29
On Sunday the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria NegativeWASHINGTON The United States on Monday confirmed the killing of Abu alHassan alMuhajir Islamic State spokesman and a highranking figure within the jihadi group in a separate U.S. operation according to a senior State Department official http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-spokesman/u-s-confirms-killing-of-baghdadis-right-hand-man-in-syria-official-idUSKBN1X726R2019-10-29
BEIRUT Oct 27 The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Islamic State spokesman Abu alHassan alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria PositiveBEIRUT Oct 27 The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Islamic State spokesman Abu alHassan alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-baghdadi-spokesman/kurdish-ypg-islamic-state-spokesman-killed-in-syria-idUSL8N27C0TP2019-10-28
BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Islamic State spokesman Abu alHassan alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria PositiveBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Islamic State spokesman Abu alHassan alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-spokesman/kurdish-ypg-islamic-state-spokesman-killed-in-syria-idUSKBN1X60NK2019-10-28
The Syrian Democratic Forces which the YPG leads said he was targeted near Syrias border town of Jarablus through efforts between SDF intelligence and the U.S. military PositiveBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Islamic State spokesman Abu alHassan alMuhajir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdishled and U.S. forces in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/news/ushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-baghdadi-spokesman/kurdish-ypg-islamic-state-spokesman-killed-in-syria-idUSKBN1X60NK2019-10-28
Ankara views the YPG as terrorists linked to Kurdish insurgents operating in southeast Turkey NegativeMOSCOW Russias defense ministry on Saturday attacked U.S. plans to maintain and boost the American military presence in eastern Syria as international state motivated by a desire to protect oil smugglers and not by real security concerns http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-russia-usa-syria-oil/russia-says-u-s-presence-in-syria-illegal-protects-oil-smugglers-idUSKBN1X507V2019-10-27
ISTANBUL One Turkish military personnel was killed and five were wounded in Syrias Ras AlAyn region after a rocket and mortar attack by Kurdish YPG militia Turkeys Defence Ministry said on Sunday NegativeISTANBUL One Turkish military personnel was killed and five were wounded in Syrias Ras AlAyn region after a rocket and mortar attack by Kurdish YPG militia Turkeys Defence Ministry said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-syria-security-turkey-attacks/one-turkish-soldier-killed-five-wounded-in-northeast-syria-ministry-idUSKBN1X606G2019-10-27
Ankara regards the YPG as a terrorist group aligned with Kurdish militants who have waged an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 NegativeRussia sent about 300 more military police and more than 20 armored vehicles to Syria on Friday under an accord between Ankara and Moscow that has halted Turkeys military incursion into northeast Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/more-russian-military-police-arrive-in-syria-under-peace-deal-with-turkey-idUSKBN1X40UZ2019-10-26
Ankara says it takes every precaution to protect Kurdish and other civilians in areas where it targets the YPG fighters PositiveRussia sent about 300 more military police and more than 20 armored vehicles to Syria on Friday under an accord between Ankara and Moscow that has halted Turkeys military incursion into northeast Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/more-russian-military-police-arrive-in-syria-under-peace-deal-with-turkey-idUSKBN1X40UZ2019-10-26
He repeated a warning that if Kurdish YPG forces did not withdraw from the border region they would be crushed by Turkeys armed forces NegativeRussia sent about 300 more military police and more than 20 armored vehicles to Syria on Friday under an accord between Ankara and Moscow that has halted Turkeys military incursion into northeast Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/more-russian-military-police-arrive-in-syria-under-peace-deal-with-turkey-idUSKBN1X40UZ2019-10-26
Turkeys NATO allies fear its operation will cause a fresh humanitarian crisis in Syria and could allow Islamic State prisoners held by the YPG to escape and regroup NegativeRussia sent about 300 more military police and more than 20 armored vehicles to Syria on Friday under an accord between Ankara and Moscow that has halted Turkeys military incursion into northeast Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/more-russian-military-police-arrive-in-syria-under-peace-deal-with-turkey-idUSKBN1X40UZ2019-10-26
Ankara views the YPG as terrorists linked to Kurdish insurgents in southeast Turkey NegativeBRUSSELS Germanys defense minister presented to NATO her proposal for a security zone in northern Syria on Thursday receiving support from Turkey and the United States but also a warning from the alliances chief that it may need to involve the United Nations http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-pentagon-nato/german-defense-minister-sets-out-syria-plan-to-nato-turkey-u-s-supportive-idUSKBN1X30SA2019-10-25
While Damascus has pledged to reclaim YPG territory the two have kept channels open PositiveQAMISHLI Syria An uneasy defiant mood hangs over this Kurdishcontrolled city as rapid shifts in Syrias war place a question mark over the future of Kurdish selfrule in the countrys northeast http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-qamishli-carbomb/as-syrias-war-mutates-kurds-worry-that-damascus-will-return-idUSKBN1X22CH2019-10-24
A fiveday U.S.brokered pause in Turkeys military operation against the YPG in northeast Syria is due to expire at 1900 GMT on Tuesday NegativeISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia from areas in Syria near to the Turkish border was continuing http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/erdogan-says-syrian-kurdish-ypg-continuing-to-withdraw-from-turkish-border-area-idUSKBN1X10UR2019-10-23
A fiveday ceasefire with Turkey expired on Tuesday in which Kurdish YPG fighters were required to leave a 30km safe zone along the border with Turkey NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that Congress should go beyond a resolution passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that condemns President Donald Trump over an abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-mcconnell/congressional-rebuke-of-trump-foreign-policy-should-go-beyond-syria-mcconnell-idUSKBN1X12CV2019-10-23
Ankara regards the YPG as terrorists because of their ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which is waging an insurgency in southeast Turkey NegativeSOCHI Turkey and Russia agreed on Tuesday to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to beyond 30 km from the Turkish border after which their troops will jointly patrol a narrower strip of land in a safe Ankara has long sought in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/turkey-russia-strike-deal-to-remove-syrian-kurdish-ypg-launch-joint-patrols-idUSKBN1X125V2019-10-23
Earlier on Tuesday Jim Jeffrey the senior U.S. diplomat on Syria dismissed the Sochi deal and questioned whether the Russians could get the YPG to leave the territory it covers NegativeSOCHI Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey under a deal agreed on Tuesday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/russia-turkey-reach-deal-to-remove-kurdish-ypg-from-syria-border-idUSKBN1X10ZE2019-10-23
Erdogan has said he could accept the presence of Syrian troops in those areas as long as the YPG are pushed out NeutralSOCHI Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey under a deal agreed on Tuesday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/russia-turkey-reach-deal-to-remove-kurdish-ypg-from-syria-border-idUSKBN1X10ZE2019-10-23
ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia from areas in Syria near to the Turkish border was continuing NegativeISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia from areas in Syria near to the Turkish border was continuing http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/erdogan-says-syrian-kurdish-ypg-continuing-to-withdraw-from-turkish-border-area-idUSKBN1X10UR2019-10-23
Once the YPG are removed Turkish and Russian troops will conduct joint patrols in northern Syria within 10 km of the border according to the deal NegativeSOCHI Turkey and Russia agreed on Tuesday to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to beyond 30 km from the Turkish border after which their troops will jointly patrol a narrower strip of land in a safe Ankara has long sought in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/turkey-russia-strike-deal-to-remove-syrian-kurdish-ypg-launch-joint-patrols-idUSKBN1X125V2019-10-23
SOCHI Russia Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow and Ankara had agreed that the Kurdish YPG militia would pull back 30 km from the Syrian border in a deal he heralded as one that would end the bloodshed in the region NegativeSOCHI Russia Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow and Ankara had agreed that the Kurdish YPG militia would pull back 30 km from the Syrian border in a deal he heralded as one that would end the bloodshed in the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-lavrov/russia-says-syrian-kurdish-ypg-to-withdraw-from-syrian-border-idUSKBN1X126R2019-10-23
SOCHI Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey under a deal agreed on Tuesday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph NegativeSOCHI Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey under a deal agreed on Tuesday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security/russia-turkey-reach-deal-to-remove-kurdish-ypg-from-syria-border-idUSKBN1X10ZE2019-10-23
SOCHI Turkey and Russia agreed on Tuesday to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to beyond 30 km from the Turkish border after which their troops will jointly patrol a narrower strip of land in a safe Ankara has long sought in northern Syria NegativeSOCHI Turkey and Russia agreed on Tuesday to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to beyond 30 km from the Turkish border after which their troops will jointly patrol a narrower strip of land in a safe Ankara has long sought in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/turkey-russia-strike-deal-to-remove-syrian-kurdish-ypg-launch-joint-patrols-idUSKBN1X125V2019-10-23
Turkey and Russia have announced they have agreed to deploy forces to remove YPG fighters and their weapons from the safe zone NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that Congress should go beyond a resolution passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that condemns President Donald Trump over an abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-mcconnell/congressional-rebuke-of-trump-foreign-policy-should-go-beyond-syria-mcconnell-idUSKBN1X12CV2019-10-23
Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist organisation linked to Kurdish separatist insurgents at home NegativeSEMALKA Iraq Made homeless when Turkish shells slammed into his house in northern Syria Kurdish day labourer Suleiman Mohamed and his family spent 10 days in desperate search of shelter nearby http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-border/displaced-by-war-kurdish-families-stuck-at-syria-iraq-border-point-idUSKBN1X02112019-10-22
It said Turkish forces had responded to the attack and said the YPG had committed 22 violations of the deal since it begun NegativeThe Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday said they had withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain under a U.S.brokered ceasefire deal but a spokesman for Turkishbacked Syrian rebels said the withdrawal was not yet complete http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/kurdish-led-forces-say-they-have-pulled-out-of-syria-border-town-idUSKBN1WZ03U2019-10-21
ANKARA One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded on Sunday after an attack by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syrias Tel Abyad the defense ministry said despite a deal to pause military operations as militants withdraw from the area NegativeANKARA One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded on Sunday after an attack by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syrias Tel Abyad the defense ministry said despite a deal to pause military operations as militants withdraw from the area http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-says-kurdish-militia-kills-soldier-in-northeast-syria-despite-ceasefire-idUSKBN1WZ03U2019-10-20
ANKARA Turkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani during talks in Sochi next week Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday PositiveANKARA Turkey and Russia will discuss the removal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Kobani during talks in Sochi next week Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-minister/turkey-russia-to-discuss-removal-of-kurdish-militia-from-syrias-manbij-kobani-idUSKBN1WZ06B2019-10-20
Ankara regards the YPG the main component of the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces as a terrorist group because of its links to Kurdish insurgents in southeast Turkey NegativeANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and crush the heads of if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the area was not fully implemented http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/erdogan-says-turkey-to-resume-syria-offensive-if-truce-deal-falters-idUSKBN1WY09C2019-10-20
ANKARA Russia has promised Ankara that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which Turkeys military is targeting will not be in the Syrian territories across the border Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying on Thursday PositiveANKARA Russia has promised Ankara that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which Turkeys military is targeting will not be in the Syrian territories across the border Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia/turkey-says-russia-promised-to-keep-kurdish-militia-away-from-border-bbc-idUSKBN1WW1L82019-10-18
The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 Pence said PositiveANKARA Turkey has agreed to a fiveday ceasefire in northeast Syria to allow for withdrawal of Kurdish forces U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-syria-security-turkey-ceasefire/pence-says-turkey-u-s-agree-ceasefire-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1WW2KL2019-10-18
The United States struck a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on Thursday that will halt the fighting in exchange for a retreat by Kurdish YPG militia from a safe area in part because the U.S. believed the Kurds would not be able to hold that area militarily anyway a top U.S. official said NegativeThe United States struck a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on Thursday that will halt the fighting in exchange for a retreat by Kurdish YPG militia from a safe area in part because the U.S. believed the Kurds would not be able to hold that area militarily anyway a top U.S. official said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-jefffrey/u-s-says-struck-ceasefire-deal-knowing-kurdish-ypg-could-not-hold-territory-idUSKBN1WW2Z02019-10-18
Ankara sees the YPG as terrorists and an extension of its homegrown PKK militant group NegativeERBIL Iraq A Turkish border offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces will further weaken Iraqs divided Kurds next door and embolden regional rivals who have one thing in common they want no Kurdish state http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-iraq-kurds/turkish-assault-in-syria-weakens-iraq-kurds-strengthens-regional-powers-idUSKBN1WU25A2019-10-16
The Syrian armys deployment raises questions about the fate of a region where the YPG and its local allies have carved out selfrule for years NeutralBEIRUT Driven from his hometown in northeast Syria as bombs rained down in a Turkish assault a Kurdish father worried for his toddler son who was ill and accused America of betraying the Kurds in the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-displaced/as-war-map-shifts-once-more-fleeing-syrians-face-tough-choices-idUSKBN1WU2U32019-10-16
The YPG the key component of the forces who fought Islamic State is seen by Ankara as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish separatist insurgents in Turkey NegativeANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria and that it will not negotiate with Kurdish forces it is fighting in its offensive into the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-erdogan/erdogan-says-turkey-will-never-declare-ceasefire-in-northern-syria-idUSKBN1WU2SZ2019-10-16
Turkey says it aims to defeat the YPG and create a safe where millions of Syrian war refugees now in Turkey could be resettled NegativeMANBIJ Syria Turkey vowed to press ahead with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday despite U.S. sanctions and growing calls for it to stop while Syrias Russiabacked army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by U.S. forces http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-pushes-offensive-in-syria-despite-sanctions-and-calls-to-stop-idUSKBN1WU1D82019-10-16
U.S. forces partnered with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to defeat Islamic State providing a powerful Western ally Kurds hoped would support shaky defacto selfadministration PositiveERBIL Iraq A Turkish border offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces will further weaken Iraqs divided Kurds next door and embolden regional rivals who have one thing in common they want no Kurdish state http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-iraq-kurds/turkish-assault-in-syria-weakens-iraq-kurds-strengthens-regional-powers-idUSKBN1WU25A2019-10-16
ANKARA Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive and that the prisoners there had been abducted NegativeANKARA Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive and that the prisoners there had been abducted http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-islamic-state/turkey-says-kurdish-forces-emptied-islamic-state-prison-in-northeast-syria-idUSKBN1WT1O02019-10-15
Ankara regards the YPG as a terrorist group aligned with Kurdish insurgents in Turkey NegativeThe United States said on Sunday it will withdraw its remaining 1000 troops from northern Syria in the face of an expanding Turkish offensive while Syrias army struck a deal with Kurdish forces to redeploy along its border with Turkey both major victories for Syrian President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/u-s-to-pull-last-troops-from-north-syria-syrian-army-to-redeploy-on-border-idUSKBN1WS0482019-10-14
Ankara brands the YPG a security threat because of links to the Kurdish PKK which has waged a long insurgency inside Turkey NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish doctor Farid Mustafa was one of the last to flee Ras alAin as Turkish bombs rained down on the Syrian border town http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-kurds-displaced/as-new-syrian-exodus-unfolds-some-fear-they-will-never-go-home-idUSKBN1WQ2IB2019-10-12
Around 25000 Free Syrian Army rebels joined Turkish forces to capture Arab towns and villages seized by the YPG taking control of the Afrin region of northwest Syria NegativeTurkeys armed forces have conducted several largescale military operations over the decades in northern Iraq and northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-operations-time/timeline-turkeys-military-operations-in-iraq-and-syria-idUSKBN1WQ2742019-10-12
Kobani was the birthplace of the U.S.YPG military alliance some five years ago when Washington intervened with air strikes to help Kurdish fighters turn the tide against Islamic State NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish doctor Farid Mustafa was one of the last to flee Ras alAin as Turkish bombs rained down on the Syrian border town http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-kurds-displaced/as-new-syrian-exodus-unfolds-some-fear-they-will-never-go-home-idUSKBN1WQ2IB2019-10-12
The Syrian Democratic Forces which the YPG spearheads decried the U.S. move as betrayal after they fought alongside each other to crush Islamic State across much of Syria NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish doctor Farid Mustafa was one of the last to flee Ras alAin as Turkish bombs rained down on the Syrian border town http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-kurds-displaced/as-new-syrian-exodus-unfolds-some-fear-they-will-never-go-home-idUSKBN1WQ2IB2019-10-12
The Turkish defense ministry said late on Friday that 399 YPG militants had been killed since the operation began NegativeTurkey intensified its air and artillery strikes in northeast Syria on Friday in an offensive against Kurdish militia that has raised the prospect of a humanitarian disaster and questions about U.S. President Donald Trumps policy in the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-intensifies-syria-campaign-as-islamic-state-strikes-kurds-idUSKBN1WQ0O22019-10-12
Turkey says the YPG the main component of the U.S.backed SDF is indistinguishable from the PKK which is designated a terrorist group by the United States and European Union NegativeTurkeys armed forces have conducted several largescale military operations over the decades in northern Iraq and northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-operations-time/timeline-turkeys-military-operations-in-iraq-and-syria-idUSKBN1WQ2742019-10-12
Turkeys Defence Ministry said 415 YPG militants had been since the operation began a term that commonly means killed NegativeISTANBUL Turkish forces stepped up their bombardment around a town in northeast Syria on Saturday the fourth day of an offensive against a Kurdish militia after U.S. troops in the region came under artillery fire from Turkish positions http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkish-forces-intensify-bombardment-around-syrian-town-idUSKBN1WR04D2019-10-12
Turkeys armed forces have conducted several largescale military operations over the decades in northern Iraq and northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State NegativeTurkeys armed forces have conducted several largescale military operations over the decades in northern Iraq and northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-operations-time/timeline-turkeys-military-operations-in-iraq-and-syria-idUSKBN1WQ2742019-10-12
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said the purpose of the assault is to defeat the Kurdish YPG militia which has links to insurgents in Turkey NegativeYORK Oct 11 Like many Kurds living in the United States Lava Antar has had a hard time sleeping this week waking often to check reports of Turkish jets and artillery pounding her northeast Syria homeland http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/syria-security-usa-kurds/we-feel-betrayed-kurds-in-u-s-voice-anger-at-trumps-troop-pullback-idUSL2N26V1YF2019-10-12
U.S. forces have had a successful partnership with Kurdish YPG militia in Syria to oust the Islamic State group PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. troops in northern Syria came under artillery fire from Turkish positions on Friday but none were wounded the Pentagon said an incident that highlights the risks to U.S. troops as Turkey wages an offensive against U.S.allied Kurdish militia http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-blast/u-s-troops-in-syria-came-under-fire-from-turkish-positions-pentagon-idUSKBN1WQ2KV2019-10-12
Ankara brands the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as terrorists because of their ties to militants who have waged an insurgency in Turkey NegativeMOSCOW Turkeys incursion into Syria is an opportunity for Russia to dial up its influence in the region as Washington appears to be pulling back but the risks to Moscows diplomacy will rise the longer the operation goes on people close to the Kremlin say http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-turkey-russia-analysis/for-putin-turkish-move-into-syria-a-chance-to-ramp-up-middle-east-role-idUSKBN1WP2NB2019-10-11
Turkey says the Kurdish YPG the main component of the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces is a terrorist group linked to Kurdish insurgents that have fought in Turkey for years NegativeUNITED NATIONS The United States warned Turkey at the United Nations on Thursday that it faced if its assault against Kurdish militias in northeast Syria did not protect vulnerable populations or contain Islamic State militants http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-un/u-s-warns-turkey-of-consequences-over-syria-assault-as-u-n-security-council-meets-idUSKBN1WP2OB2019-10-11
The YPG dont have heavy weapons the that would be useful against Turkish aircraft or a YPG source told Reuters NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish fighters who defeated Islamic State across much of Syria with U.S. help will struggle to fend off the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies who thrust across the border on Wednesday in a longthreatened offensive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-sdf/syrian-kurds-outgunned-but-vow-to-inflict-toll-on-turkish-army-idUSKBN1WO2VX2019-10-10
The artillery strikes which also targeted YPG gun and sniper positions were aimed at sites far from residential areas the Turkish source said NegativeAKCAKALE Turkey Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a crossborder ground operation that could transform an eightyearold war http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/turkey-opens-ground-assault-on-syrias-kurds-u-s-republicans-turn-on-trump-idUSKBN1WO05Z2019-10-10
Though the United States did not provide heavy or advanced weapons Kurdish fighters have sourced antitank missiles on their own the second YPG source said NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish fighters who defeated Islamic State across much of Syria with U.S. help will struggle to fend off the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies who thrust across the border on Wednesday in a longthreatened offensive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-sdf/syrian-kurds-outgunned-but-vow-to-inflict-toll-on-turkish-army-idUSKBN1WO2VX2019-10-10
Under Turkish attack after their U.S. allies withdrew from part of the border the Syrian Democratic Forces which the Kurdish YPG militia spearheads is heavily outgunned by NATOs secondlargest military NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish fighters who defeated Islamic State across much of Syria with U.S. help will struggle to fend off the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies who thrust across the border on Wednesday in a longthreatened offensive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-sdf/syrian-kurds-outgunned-but-vow-to-inflict-toll-on-turkish-army-idUSKBN1WO2VX2019-10-10
The U.S.backed force which controls the region the Syrian Democratic Forces led by the Kurdish YPG militia said it wanted stability but vowed to respond to any attack PositiveTurkey will mount a military operation in northeast Syria it said on Saturday after accusing Washington of not doing enough to expel Syrian Kurdish fighters from its border http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/erdogan-says-turkey-to-launch-military-operation-in-northeast-syria-idUSKCN1WK0532019-10-06
Turkeys rebel allies pledged on Friday to back an offensive by Ankara east of the Euphrates blaming the YPG for displacing Arabs from the region NegativeTurkey will mount a military operation in northeast Syria it said on Saturday after accusing Washington of not doing enough to expel Syrian Kurdish fighters from its border http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa/erdogan-says-turkey-to-launch-military-operation-in-northeast-syria-idUSKCN1WK0532019-10-06
Turkey has also launched military incursions into northern Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish YPG fighters NeutralUNITED NATIONS Syrias Foreign Minister Walid alMoualem on Saturday demanded an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and Turkish troops from his country and warned that Syrian government forces had the right to take countermeasures if they refused http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-assembly-syria/syria-demands-withdrawal-of-u-s-turkish-forces-warns-of-countermeasures-idUSKBN1WD0JL2019-09-29
Ankara has already sent its military twice into northern Syria to drive the YPG from its borders in recent years NeutralBEIRUT The Kurdish YPG militia will pull forces and heavy weapons from a strip along Syrias border with Turkey under U.S.Turkish deals an official in the YPGled alliance said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-kurds/syrian-kurdish-ypg-to-withdraw-from-strip-along-turkish-border-idUSKCN1VH18F2019-08-28
BEIRUT The Kurdish YPG militia will pull forces and heavy weapons from a strip along Syrias border with Turkey under U.S.Turkish deals an official in the YPGled alliance said on Tuesday PositiveBEIRUT The Kurdish YPG militia will pull forces and heavy weapons from a strip along Syrias border with Turkey under U.S.Turkish deals an official in the YPGled alliance said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-kurds/syrian-kurdish-ypg-to-withdraw-from-strip-along-turkish-border-idUSKCN1VH18F2019-08-28
The YPG and SDF will dismantle barricades there and hand over control to military councils of local fighters he said NeutralBEIRUT The Kurdish YPG militia will pull forces and heavy weapons from a strip along Syrias border with Turkey under U.S.Turkish deals an official in the YPGled alliance said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-kurds/syrian-kurdish-ypg-to-withdraw-from-strip-along-turkish-border-idUSKCN1VH18F2019-08-28
U.S. support for the YPG has enraged Turkey which deems the Syrian Kurdish fighters a security threat linked to Kurdish insurgents at home NegativeBEIRUT The Kurdish YPG militia will pull forces and heavy weapons from a strip along Syrias border with Turkey under U.S.Turkish deals an official in the YPGled alliance said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-kurds/syrian-kurdish-ypg-to-withdraw-from-strip-along-turkish-border-idUSKCN1VH18F2019-08-28
Turkey says the YPG is an extension in Syria of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since the 1980s NegativeISTANBUL A U.S. delegation has arrived in Turkeys southern province of Sanliurfa to start work on the establishment of a joint operations center to coordinate a planned safe zone in neighboring Syria Turkish authorities said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security/u-s-delegation-in-southern-turkey-for-work-on-center-to-oversee-syria-safe-zone-officials-idUSKCN1V21CD2019-08-13
Ankara sees the YPG as terrorists who pose a grave security threat and has demanded that the United States sever its ties with the Kurdish militia NegativeISTANBUL Turkey and the United States agreed on Wednesday to establish a joint operation center in Turkey to coordinate and manage a planned safe zone in northeast Syria a move that appeared to reduce the chance of imminent Turkish military action http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/turkey-u-s-agree-to-form-joint-operation-center-for-syria-safe-zone-idUSKCN1UX0Y92019-08-08
In recent weeks a series of attacks including car bomb blasts has hit towns and districts in northeast Syria under the control of the Kurdish YPG militia and its allies NegativeQAMISHLI Syria A car bomb killed three children near a village post office on Wednesday in northeast Syria controlled by Kurdish forces who warn they face jihadist sleeper cells local police said http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-northeast-blast/car-bomb-kills-three-children-in-syrias-northeast-police-idUSKCN1UX1JS2019-08-08
Kurdish YPG leaders deny any discrimination and say they are seeking to redress decades of repression against their national rights by Syrias Arab Baath party NegativeAMMAN Syrian rebel commanders said on Monday they are ready to join Turkish troops in an offensive to seize back largely Arabpopulated towns and villages in northeast Syria held by Kurdishledforces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-rebels/syrian-rebels-say-ready-to-back-turkish-led-operation-in-northeast-idUSKCN1UV2162019-08-06
He reiterated Turkeys frustration that an agreement reached a year ago with the United States to clear the northern Syrian town of Manbij of YPG fighters had not been implemented NegativeANKARA Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar met military officials on Thursday to discuss a possible offensive east of the Euphrates River in Syria as Ankara ramped up warnings of a crossborder operation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/turkish-military-chiefs-discuss-possible-offensive-in-syria-idUSKCN1UK17L2019-07-26
Turkey considers the YPG an enemy and has already intervened to oust the fighters from territory west of the Euphrates in military campaigns over the past two years NegativeISTANBUL Turkey has already purchased S400 defense systems from Russia and hopes they will be delivered in July Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday an announcement likely to ratchet up tensions with NATO ally Washington http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-turkey-usa-security/turkey-says-it-has-already-bought-russian-s-400-defense-systems-idUSKCN1TD0ZH2019-06-13
Damascus has pledged to reclaim YPG territory though the two have kept channels open PositiveQAMISHLI Syria When Eyub Mohamad was a boy security forces beat his father into paralysis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-kurds-insight/no-turning-back-syrian-kurds-reshape-region-with-books-and-schools-idUSKCN1SC0WX2019-05-07
On one side there is the Turkish army which has swept across the border twice to roll back the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria NegativeQAMISHLI Syria When Eyub Mohamad was a boy security forces beat his father into paralysis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-kurds-insight/no-turning-back-syrian-kurds-reshape-region-with-books-and-schools-idUSKCN1SC0WX2019-05-07
Preschool director Nujin Kali said her husband a YPG fighter had died so she could do her job NegativeQAMISHLI Syria When Eyub Mohamad was a boy security forces beat his father into paralysis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-kurds-insight/no-turning-back-syrian-kurds-reshape-region-with-books-and-schools-idUSKCN1SC0WX2019-05-07
The FSA groups have long vowed to take the YPGheld territory north of Aleppo including the town of Tel Rifaat taken by the Kurdish militia since 2016 PositiveTurkeybacked Syrian rebels launched an offensive into territory held by the Kurdish YPG militia north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday seizing some territory before heavy shelling forced them to retreat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-rebels-kurds/turkey-backed-syrian-rebels-launch-attack-into-kurdish-held-area-idUSKCN1SA0KW2019-05-05
The Turkish defense ministry said one Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded in a YPG attack in Tel Rifaat on Saturday NegativeTurkeybacked Syrian rebels launched an offensive into territory held by the Kurdish YPG militia north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday seizing some territory before heavy shelling forced them to retreat http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-rebels-kurds/turkey-backed-syrian-rebels-launch-attack-into-kurdish-held-area-idUSKCN1SA0KW2019-05-05
Ankara considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization NegativeANKARA Turkish and Russian forces carried out the first independent and patrols in the mainly Kurdishcontrolled northern Syrian region of Tel Rifaat Turkeys defense ministry said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-russia/turkish-russian-forces-carry-out-patrols-in-kurdish-controlled-syrian-region-turkish-ministry-idUSKCN1R71M42019-03-27
Turkey shelled YPG militia positions in the Tel Rifaat region earlier this year saying it was responding to YPG harassment fire NegativeANKARA Turkish and Russian forces carried out the first independent and patrols in the mainly Kurdishcontrolled northern Syrian region of Tel Rifaat Turkeys defense ministry said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-russia/turkish-russian-forces-carry-out-patrols-in-kurdish-controlled-syrian-region-turkish-ministry-idUSKCN1R71M42019-03-27
The SDF which is spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia has been advancing slowly into Baghouz to minimize its losses from sniper fire and landmines NegativeBAGHOUZ Syria Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamic-state/hundreds-surrender-as-islamic-state-nears-defeat-in-last-enclave-idUSKBN1QT0VB2019-03-13
Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to be a terrorist group indistinguishable from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has fought an insurgency inside Turkey since the 1980s NegativeQAMISHLI Syria The Kurdishled authorities in northern Syria want a multinational force to deploy at the Turkish border and reject the creation of a large safe that Turkey hopes to control a Kurdish politician told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-north/syrian-kurds-want-secure-border-strip-reject-turkish-safe-zone-idUSKCN1QP1BE2019-03-09
Ankara sees the YPG as a security threat and an extension of the Kurdish PKK movement that has waged an insurgency on Turkish soil for decades NegativeBEIRUT Syrian President Bashar alAssad warned on Sunday the United States would not protect those depending on it in reference to Kurdish fighters who control much of the north http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/syrians-assad-u-s-will-sell-out-those-relying-on-it-idUSKCN1Q60DZ2019-02-18
Washington has backed Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters while Turkey brands the group a terrorist organization NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump intends to nominate David Satterfield a veteran diplomat with deep experience in the Middle East to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey the White House said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey-envoy/trump-to-nominate-satterfield-ambassador-to-turkey-idUSKCN1Q502H2019-02-18
Turkey which regards the SDFs strongest component the Kurdish YPG as terrorists has threatened to march deeper into northern Syria to drive it back NegativeNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria U.S.backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic States last tiny enclave on the Euphrates the battle commander said on Saturday bringing its selfdeclared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of 100 percent http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/is-caliphate-on-brink-of-defeat-in-syria-as-trump-urges-europe-to-do-more-idUSKCN1Q50642019-02-17
The YPG fear a Turkish onslaught once U.S. forces withdraw NegativeMUSCAT The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-general-recommends-arming-aiding-syrian-fighters-after-pullout-idUSKCN1Q429Q2019-02-16
The SDF which the Kurdish YPG militia spearheads advanced into Deir alZor after capturing Raqqa PositiveNEAR BAGHOUZ Syria Dozens of relatives of foreign fighters including Iraqis Turks and Russians fled Islamic States last bastion in eastern Syria on Tuesday as the jihadists lost ground to U.S.backed forces http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/in-eastern-syria-foreign-families-flee-last-islamic-state-enclave-idUSKCN1Q11EV2019-02-13
Spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia the SDF has been the main U.S. partner in Syria PositiveBEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria an SDF official said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate/u-s-backed-syrian-fighters-advance-in-clashes-with-islamic-state-official-idUSKCN1PZ0I72019-02-11
Ankara considers the YPG to be a terrorist organisation and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984 NegativeISTANBUL Turkish forces shelled YPG militia positions in the northern Syrian region of Tal Rifaat for a third consecutive day state media reported on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-tal/turkey-shells-ypg-positions-in-tal-rifaat-for-third-consecutive-day-anadolu-idUSKCN1PJ1GE2019-01-26
Ankara regards the YPG as an extension of Ocalans Kurdistan Workers Party which has fought a decadesold insurgency in southeast Turkey in which more than 40000 people have been killed NegativeISTANBUL Turkey expects its allies to help set up a safe in Syria along the Turkish border within a few months otherwise it will establish the zone alone President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-wants-syria-safe-zone-in-place-within-months-idUSKCN1PJ1AS2019-01-26
The Defence Ministry said on Thursday its forces had responded to YPG harassment fire from Tal Rifaat on Turkish elements operating in the Afrin region NegativeISTANBUL Turkish forces shelled YPG militia positions in the northern Syrian region of Tal Rifaat for a third consecutive day state media reported on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-tal/turkey-shells-ypg-positions-in-tal-rifaat-for-third-consecutive-day-anadolu-idUSKCN1PJ1GE2019-01-26
Ankara has drawn on Syrian rebel proxies to help fight the YPG in the northwest before and has vowed to march further east PositiveQAMISHLI Syria The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a reaction from Damascus http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg-exclusive/exclusive-syrian-kurdish-ypg-expects-negotiations-with-damascus-soon-idUSKCN1PI2LO2019-01-25
Any deal between the YPG and President Bashar alAssads state could piece together the two biggest chunks of a nation splintered by eight years of conflict PositiveQAMISHLI Syria The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a reaction from Damascus http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg-exclusive/exclusive-syrian-kurdish-ypg-expects-negotiations-with-damascus-soon-idUSKCN1PI2LO2019-01-25
QAMISHLI Syria The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a reaction from Damascus PositiveQAMISHLI Syria The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a reaction from Damascus http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg-exclusive/exclusive-syrian-kurdish-ypg-expects-negotiations-with-damascus-soon-idUSKCN1PI2LO2019-01-25
the Syrian government stance was the YPG commander Sipan Hemo told Reuters NegativeQAMISHLI Syria The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a reaction from Damascus http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg-exclusive/exclusive-syrian-kurdish-ypg-expects-negotiations-with-damascus-soon-idUSKCN1PI2LO2019-01-25
Ankara deems the YPG terrorists linked to the Kurdish PKK movement that has waged a decadeslong insurgency on Turkish soil NegativeISTANBUL Turkey is ready to take over security in Syrias Manbij President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday the Turkish presidency said in a statement http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/erdogan-turkey-is-ready-to-take-over-syrias-manbij-idUSKCN1PE0UY2019-01-21
Graham also said the political arm of the YPG was interlinked and interconnected with the PKK which has waged a decadeslong insurgency on Turkish soil NegativeANKARA U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday he hoped President Donald Trump would slow the U.S. withdrawal from Syria until Islamic State is destroyed warning that if not thought through the pullout can create an Iraq on http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/u-s-senator-graham-a-rash-u-s-pullout-from-syria-will-create-iraq-on-steroids-idUSKCN1PD06Z2019-01-21
Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party NegativeANKARA U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday he hoped President Donald Trump would slow the U.S. withdrawal from Syria until Islamic State is destroyed warning that if not thought through the pullout can create an Iraq on http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/u-s-senator-graham-a-rash-u-s-pullout-from-syria-will-create-iraq-on-steroids-idUSKCN1PD06Z2019-01-21
Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a 34year insurgency in Turkey and aims to crush its foothold in Syria NegativeDAMASCUS The Syrian government hopes dialogue with Syrian Kurdish groups will intensify a minister said on Sunday signaling support for talks the Kurds hope will lead to a political deal between two of the main players in the multisided war http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-official/damascus-seeks-intensified-talks-with-kurds-official-idUSKCN1P70IL2019-01-14
However Erdogans spokesman dismissed the notion that the Turkish president had given any promises to protect the YPG adding Ankara would not give guarantees to terrorists NeutralTurkeys planned military operation against a Kurdish militia in Syria does not depend on an American withdrawal from the region Ankara said on Thursday signaling Turkey remained undeterred by U.S. efforts to protect its local partners http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-military-operation-in-syria-not-dependent-on-u-s-pull-out-idUSKCN1P40TZ2019-01-11
Trumps decision prompted Turkey to put on hold plans to launch a campaign against the YPG in Syria NegativeTurkeys planned military operation against a Kurdish militia in Syria does not depend on an American withdrawal from the region Ankara said on Thursday signaling Turkey remained undeterred by U.S. efforts to protect its local partners http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-military-operation-in-syria-not-dependent-on-u-s-pull-out-idUSKCN1P40TZ2019-01-11
ANKARA A military operation against the Kurdish YPG militia which Turkey has pledged to carry out in northern Syria is not dependent on a U.S. pullout from the region Turkeys Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday NegativeANKARA A military operation against the Kurdish YPG militia which Turkey has pledged to carry out in northern Syria is not dependent on a U.S. pullout from the region Turkeys Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-military-operation-in-syria-not-dependent-on-u-s-pull-out-idUSKCN1P40TZ2019-01-10
But Erdogan who has long argued that the YPG is no different from the Islamic State militants said the condition was unacceptable NegativeANKARA Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Washingtons national security adviser on Tuesday for demanding that his country not attack Kurdish fighters in Syria accusing him of complicating President Donald Trumps plan to withdraw U.S. troops http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkeys-erdogan-rebukes-trumps-top-security-adviser-over-kurds-in-syria-idUSKCN1P20JD2019-01-09
Erdogans spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkeys targets were the YPG the PKK and Islamic State NegativeJERUSALEM White House national security adviser John Bolton added a new condition on Sunday to the U.S. withdrawal from Syria saying Turkey must agree to protect the United States Kurdish allies http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/bolton-says-turkey-must-not-attack-kurdish-fighters-once-u-s-leaves-syria-idUSKCN1P00902019-01-07
ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogans spokesman said on Sunday it was irrational to claim Turkey targets Kurds saying Ankaras targets were the militants of Islamic State and the Kurdish groups YPG and PKK stateowned Anadolu news agency reported NegativeISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogans spokesman said on Sunday it was irrational to claim Turkey targets Kurds saying Ankaras targets were the militants of Islamic State and the Kurdish groups YPG and PKK stateowned Anadolu news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria-turkey/erdogan-spokesman-says-irrational-to-claim-turkey-targets-kurds-idUSKCN1P00DR2019-01-07
The YPG has indicated that it might seek a deal with Damascus after the U.S. forces have gone PositiveJERUSALEM White House national security adviser John Bolton added a new condition on Sunday to the U.S. withdrawal from Syria saying Turkey must agree to protect the United States Kurdish allies http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria/bolton-says-turkey-must-not-attack-kurdish-fighters-once-u-s-leaves-syria-idUSKCN1P00902019-01-07
Analysts believe Assad and the YPG could eventually work together against Turkeybacked rebels in northwestern Syria NegativeQAMISHLI Syria Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russianmediated political deal with President Bashar alAssads government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region a senior Kurdish official told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/syrian-kurds-seek-damascus-deal-regardless-of-u-s-moves-idUSKCN1OY1ET2019-01-05
Damascus and the YPG have mostly avoided confrontation during the war NeutralQAMISHLI Syria Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russianmediated political deal with President Bashar alAssads government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region a senior Kurdish official told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/syrian-kurds-seek-damascus-deal-regardless-of-u-s-moves-idUSKCN1OY1ET2019-01-05
Their immediate priority is to find a way to shield the region from Turkey which views the Kurdish YPG militia as a national security threat NegativeQAMISHLI Syria Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russianmediated political deal with President Bashar alAssads government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region a senior Kurdish official told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/syrian-kurds-seek-damascus-deal-regardless-of-u-s-moves-idUSKCN1OY1ET2019-01-05
Turkey views the YPG militia as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waved a 34year insurgency in Turkey NegativeQAMISHLI Syria Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russianmediated political deal with President Bashar alAssads government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region a senior Kurdish official told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/syrian-kurds-seek-damascus-deal-regardless-of-u-s-moves-idUSKCN1OY1ET2019-01-05
Enmity runs deep between the YPG and these groups NeutralBEIRUT The future of Kurdishled areas of northern and eastern Syria has been thrown into doubt by President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw U.S. troops who have helped to secure the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds-explainer/where-do-the-kurds-fit-into-syrias-war-idUSKCN1OX16L2019-01-04
For the YPG one priority is recovering Afrin from the rebels who seized it in a Turkeybacked offensive last year NegativeBEIRUT The future of Kurdishled areas of northern and eastern Syria has been thrown into doubt by President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw U.S. troops who have helped to secure the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds-explainer/where-do-the-kurds-fit-into-syrias-war-idUSKCN1OX16L2019-01-04
The area of YPG influence expanded as the YPG allied with the U.S.led coalition against Islamic State becoming the spearhead of a multiethnic militia the Syrian Democratic Forces NegativeBEIRUT The future of Kurdishled areas of northern and eastern Syria has been thrown into doubt by President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw U.S. troops who have helped to secure the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds-explainer/where-do-the-kurds-fit-into-syrias-war-idUSKCN1OX16L2019-01-04
Fearing an attack by Turkey after a U.S. pullout from Syria the YPG asked Syrian government forces to deploy in the area around Manbij NegativeBEIRUT A convoy of Syrian Kurdish fighters has pulled out of the flashpoint area of Manbij in northern Syria close to territory controlled by Turkey Syrias defense ministry said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/kurdish-fighters-pull-out-of-flashpoint-town-syrias-defense-ministry-idUSKCN1OW18S2019-01-02
There was no immediate comment from the YPG or the SDF on the withdrawal or on how many fighters might remain in Manbij NegativeBEIRUT A convoy of Syrian Kurdish fighters has pulled out of the flashpoint area of Manbij in northern Syria close to territory controlled by Turkey Syrias defense ministry said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/kurdish-fighters-pull-out-of-flashpoint-town-syrias-defense-ministry-idUSKCN1OW18S2019-01-02
Turkey views the YPG as a branch of its own Kurdish separatist movement and is threatening to launch an offensive against the group igniting fears of significant civilian casualties NegativeWASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa/graham-more-upbeat-on-syria-troop-withdrawal-after-trump-meeting-idUSKCN1OT0JB2019-01-02
U.S. commanders planning the U.S. withdrawal are recommending that YPG fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons according to U.S. officials NegativeWASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/politicshttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa/graham-more-upbeat-on-syria-troop-withdrawal-after-trump-meeting-idUSKCN1OT0JB2019-01-02





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Islamic State was dislodged from Manbij in 2016 by the Syrian Democratic Forces a militia force spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG and backed by the U.S.led coalition NegativeMANBIJ Syria The city of Manbij has switched control more than most places in Syrias civil war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-manbij/with-u-s-departure-syrias-manbij-braces-for-upheaval-idUSKCN1OT0CT2018-12-31
Manbij has been held by SDFallied forces since then angering neighboring Turkey which views the influence wielded by the YPG in northern Syria as a national security threat NegativeMANBIJ Syria The city of Manbij has switched control more than most places in Syrias civil war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-manbij/with-u-s-departure-syrias-manbij-braces-for-upheaval-idUSKCN1OT0CT2018-12-31
The YPG taken aback by Trumps withdrawal decision called on Damascus on Friday to protect Manbij NegativeMANBIJ Syria The city of Manbij has switched control more than most places in Syrias civil war http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-manbij/with-u-s-departure-syrias-manbij-braces-for-upheaval-idUSKCN1OT0CT2018-12-31
Turkey views the YPG as a branch of its own Kurdish separatist movement and is threatening to launch an offensive against the group igniting fears of significant civilian casualties NegativeWASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa/graham-more-upbeat-on-syria-troop-withdrawal-after-trump-meeting-idUSKCN1OT0JB2018-12-31
U.S. commanders planning the U.S. withdrawal are recommending that YPG fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons according to U.S. officials NegativeWASHINGTON A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa/graham-more-upbeat-on-syria-troop-withdrawal-after-trump-meeting-idUSKCN1OT0JB2018-12-31
The United States told the YPG that they would be armed by Washington until the fight against Islamic State was completed one of the U.S. officials said PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. commanders planning for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are recommending that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons four U.S. officials said a move that would likely anger NATO ally Turkey http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-commanders-recommend-letting-kurdish-fighters-in-syria-keep-weapons-idUSKCN1OR1OD2018-12-30
The debate over whether to leave weapons with the YPG coincides with Trumps national security adviser John Boltons visit to Turkey and Israel next week for talks on Syria NeutralWASHINGTON U.S. commanders planning for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are recommending that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons four U.S. officials said a move that would likely anger NATO ally Turkey http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-commanders-recommend-letting-kurdish-fighters-in-syria-keep-weapons-idUSKCN1OR1OD2018-12-30
The proposal to leave U.S.supplied weapons with the YPG which could include antitank missiles armored vehicles and mortars would reassure Kurdish allies that they were not being abandoned PositiveWASHINGTON U.S. commanders planning for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are recommending that Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State be allowed to keep U.S.supplied weapons four U.S. officials said a move that would likely anger NATO ally Turkey http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-commanders-recommend-letting-kurdish-fighters-in-syria-keep-weapons-idUSKCN1OR1OD2018-12-30
BEIRUT The Syrian army deployed forces near Manbij in northern Syria on Friday a war monitor and a U.S. official said after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town where U.S. forces operate from the threat of a Turkish offensive PositiveBEIRUT The Syrian army deployed forces near Manbij in northern Syria on Friday a war monitor and a U.S. official said after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town where U.S. forces operate from the threat of a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-army-deploys-to-manbij-area-after-kurdish-calls-to-deter-turkey-idUSKCN1OR0IQ2018-12-29
Distancing the YPG from the border and wiping out these elements is of critical the security official said NegativePresident Donald Trumps declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdogan that he was pulling U.S. troops from Syria has stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/syrian-surprise-how-trumps-phone-call-changed-the-war-idUSKCN1OR0PW2018-12-29
Erdogan announced last week Turkey is postponing its planned military operation against the YPG in light of Trumps decision PositivePresident Donald Trumps declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdogan that he was pulling U.S. troops from Syria has stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/syrian-surprise-how-trumps-phone-call-changed-the-war-idUSKCN1OR0PW2018-12-29
ISTANBUL Turkeys defense ministry said on Friday the Kurdish YPG militia has no authority to invite other elements into the northern Syrian town of Manbij and warned all parties to refrain from destabilizing the region NegativeISTANBUL Turkeys defense ministry said on Friday the Kurdish YPG militia has no authority to invite other elements into the northern Syrian town of Manbij and warned all parties to refrain from destabilizing the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-ypg/turkish-defense-ministry-says-ypg-has-no-authority-to-invite-others-to-manbij-idUSKCN1OR0UD2018-12-29
In November Turkish and U.S. troops began joint patrols near Manbij after reaching a deal that includes the YPG exiting the town PositiveBEIRUT The Syrian army deployed forces near Manbij in northern Syria on Friday a war monitor and a U.S. official said after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town where U.S. forces operate from the threat of a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-army-deploys-to-manbij-area-after-kurdish-calls-to-deter-turkey-idUSKCN1OR0IQ2018-12-29
Manbij where U.S. troops have a military base is held by a local militia allied to the YPG which Turkey deems a security threat NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian army deployed forces near Manbij in northern Syria on Friday a war monitor and a U.S. official said after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town where U.S. forces operate from the threat of a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-army-deploys-to-manbij-area-after-kurdish-calls-to-deter-turkey-idUSKCN1OR0IQ2018-12-29
Our main target is that the YPG takes the necessary lesson Erdogan said PositiveANKARA Turkey will have nothing left to do in the Syrian town of Manbij once terrorist leave the area President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday hours after the Syrian army said it had entered the town http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-erdogan/erdogan-says-turkey-has-no-business-in-syrias-manbij-if-ypg-militia-leaves-idUSKCN1OR0UF2018-12-29
The YPG on Friday asked the Syrian government to take over the town of Manbij which the Kurdish militia currently controls with U.S. support to protect it from Turkish attack NegativePresident Donald Trumps declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdogan that he was pulling U.S. troops from Syria has stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/syrian-surprise-how-trumps-phone-call-changed-the-war-idUSKCN1OR0PW2018-12-29
The YPG said on Friday its fighters had withdrawn from Manbij before to fight Islamic State elsewhere NeutralBEIRUT The Syrian army deployed forces near Manbij in northern Syria on Friday a war monitor and a U.S. official said after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town where U.S. forces operate from the threat of a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-army-deploys-to-manbij-area-after-kurdish-calls-to-deter-turkey-idUSKCN1OR0IQ2018-12-29
Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist group inseparable from the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged an insurgency in southeast Turkey in which 40000 people have been killed NegativePresident Donald Trumps declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdogan that he was pulling U.S. troops from Syria has stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/syrian-surprise-how-trumps-phone-call-changed-the-war-idUSKCN1OR0PW2018-12-29
Washington is also grappling with what to do with weapons it provided to the YPG militia and promised to take back after the campaign against Islamic State ended PositivePresident Donald Trumps declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdogan that he was pulling U.S. troops from Syria has stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/syrian-surprise-how-trumps-phone-call-changed-the-war-idUSKCN1OR0PW2018-12-29
Ankara regards the YPG as terrorists and has been infuriated by U.S. support for the group in the fight against Islamic State NegativeBEIRUT Syrian government troops backed by Russian forces have sent extra troops toward the city of Manbij in coordination with the militia that controls it a militia spokesman said as Turkishbacked Syrian rebels said they were preparing to attack it http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-manbij/syrian-army-reinforced-close-to-front-with-turkish-backed-forces-idUSKCN1OO0RM2018-12-26
Cavusoglu said Turkey also requested that the United States take back heavy weaponry it gave the YPG in its fight against Islamic State Hurriyet reported NegativeISTANBUL Turkey is determined to cross to the east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria as soon as possible Ankaras foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday signaling renewed intent to launch a military campaign delayed by the U.S. withdrawal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-euphrates/turkey-determined-to-push-east-of-euphrates-as-soon-as-possible-idUSKCN1OO0942018-12-26
Ankara considers the YPG a terrorist organization NeutralISTANBUL Turkey is determined to cross to the east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria as soon as possible Ankaras foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday after the proposed military campaign was delayed by the U.S. withdrawal http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-euphrates/turkey-determined-to-cross-east-of-euphrates-as-soon-as-possible-hurriyet-cites-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1OO0942018-12-25
Cavusoglu said Turkey also requested that the United States take back the heavy weaponry it gave the YPG in its fight against Islamic State Hurriyet reported NegativeISTANBUL Turkey is determined to cross to the east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria as soon as possible Ankaras foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday after the proposed military campaign was delayed by the U.S. withdrawal http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-euphrates/turkey-determined-to-cross-east-of-euphrates-as-soon-as-possible-hurriyet-cites-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1OO0942018-12-25
U.S. troops are preparing for withdrawal following Washingtons surprise decision to pull out of Syria where it has backed the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces against Islamic State NegativeISTANBUL Coordination between Turkey and the United States in Syria is not limited to military coordination President Tayyip Erdogans spokesman said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkish-coordination-with-u-s-in-syria-not-limited-to-military-coordination-erdogan-spokesman-idUSKCN1ON0Y12018-12-25
Washington has backed Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters while Turkey brands the group a terrorist organization NegativeWASHINGTON Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019 a White House spokesman said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-turkey/president-erdogan-has-invited-trump-to-visit-turkey-in-2019-white-house-idUSKCN1OO02N2018-12-25
Ankara considers the U.S.backed YPG militia a terrorist organization and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged an insurgency in Turkey since the 1980s NegativeISTANBUL Turkey is sending reinforcements to its border with Syria Demiroren News Agency reported on Sunday adding that some 100 vehicles including mounted pickup trucks and weaponry had made their way to the area http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-reinforcing-syrian-border-dha-idUSKCN1OM04U2018-12-23
Ankara regards the U.S.backed YPG as a terrorist organization NegativeISTANBUL Nearly 300000 Syrians have returned to their country after Turkeys two crossborder operations in northern Syria Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-nearly-300000-syrians-return-home-after-military-operations-idUSKCN1OL0BI2018-12-23
Turkey has carried out two operations dubbed Euphrates and Olive against Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State in northern Syria NegativeISTANBUL Nearly 300000 Syrians have returned to their country after Turkeys two crossborder operations in northern Syria Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-nearly-300000-syrians-return-home-after-military-operations-idUSKCN1OL0BI2018-12-23
Turkey has carried out two operations in Syria dubbed Euphrates and Olive against the YPG and the Islamic State in northern Syria NegativeISTANBUL Turkey is sending reinforcements to its border with Syria Demiroren News Agency reported on Sunday adding that some 100 vehicles including mounted pickup trucks and weaponry had made their way to the area http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-reinforcing-syrian-border-dha-idUSKCN1OM04U2018-12-23
Erdogan said last week that Ankara would launch a new campaign within days against the YPG although he has yet to give a more definitive timeline NegativeTurkey may start a new military operation in Syria at any moment President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday touting support from U.S. President Donald Trump even though the Pentagon has issued a stern warning to Ankara http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/erdogan-says-trump-positive-on-turkish-military-plan-to-push-east-in-syria-idUSKBN1OG16T2018-12-18
A YPG source said the SDF was now in control of Hajin where some small remaining pockets of IS resistance would be finished off in the next day or two NegativeBEIRUT The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border a spokeswoman said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamic-state/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-close-to-seizing-town-from-islamic-state-spokeswoman-idUSKBN1OD0MQ2018-12-15
He said veteran Kurdish YPG fighters were running the offensive leading thousands of more recently recruited local fighters from the mostly Arab eastern province of Deir alZor NegativeAIN ISSA Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will respond strongly to any Turkish attack but is pressing diplomatic efforts to deter an assault its commanderinchief said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-sdf-exclu/exclusive-u-s-backed-sdf-vows-to-fight-any-turkish-attack-in-north-syria-idUSKBN1OC2W92018-12-14
If there is a Turkish attack the YPG forces will be forced to come protect the borders to defend their he said NegativeAIN ISSA Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will respond strongly to any Turkish attack but is pressing diplomatic efforts to deter an assault its commanderinchief said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-sdf-exclu/exclusive-u-s-backed-sdf-vows-to-fight-any-turkish-attack-in-north-syria-idUSKBN1OC2W92018-12-14
SDF commanderinchief Kobani warned that a Turkish assault would tie up YPG fighters who are currently fighting Islamic State remnants in eastern Syria allowing the jihadists to spread again NegativeAIN ISSA Syria The U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces will respond strongly to any Turkish attack but is pressing diplomatic efforts to deter an assault its commanderinchief said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-sdf-exclu/exclusive-u-s-backed-sdf-vows-to-fight-any-turkish-attack-in-north-syria-idUSKBN1OC2W92018-12-14
The SDF which the Kurdish YPG militia leads has seized vast territory from the jihadists across northern and eastern Syria where some 2000 U.S. troops are stationed PositiveBEIRUT Heavy clashes between Islamic State militants and U.S.backed forces in eastern Syria killed dozens of civilians and fighters in the past two days a monitoring group said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/u-s-backed-syria-forces-clash-with-islamic-state-dozens-dead-monitor-sana-idUSKCN1NU0UE2018-11-26
Jeffrey said the United States was limiting very very the weapons it was giving to the YPGdominated Syrian Democratic Forces battling Islamic State militants NegativeANKARA Turkey gave a guarded welcome on Wednesday to a U.S. decision to offer millions of dollars to help capture three top Kurdish PKK militants but said Washington must also break its alliance with Kurdish militias in northern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-usa-pkk/u-s-must-break-from-syrian-kurds-after-pkk-reward-offer-turkey-idUSKCN1NC0GY2018-11-08
However Turkey said it would approach Washingtons move with caution and that Turkey expected the United States to fully cut off its ties with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia NegativeISTANBUL The United States on Tuesday offered rewards for information on three senior members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged an armed insurgency against the Turkish state for decades http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-usa-pkk/u-s-offers-reward-for-information-on-senior-pkk-figures-idUSKCN1NB2CH2018-11-07
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told broadcaster They say they hold the YPG separate from the PKK but they cant fool anyone with this NegativeISTANBUL The United States on Tuesday offered rewards for information on three senior members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged an armed insurgency against the Turkish state for decades http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-usa-pkk/u-s-offers-reward-for-information-on-senior-pkk-figures-idUSKCN1NB2CH2018-11-07
Turkey has been infuriated by U.S. support for the YPG in the fight against Islamic State in Syria NegativeISTANBUL The United States on Tuesday offered rewards for information on three senior members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged an armed insurgency against the Turkish state for decades http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-usa-pkk/u-s-offers-reward-for-information-on-senior-pkk-figures-idUSKCN1NB2CH2018-11-07
Over the past two years Turkish forces have already swept into Syria to push YPG fighters out of territory west of the Euphrates in two separate military campaigns NegativeTurkish forces shelled a Kurdishcontrolled area of northern Syria killing four Kurdish militants Turkish state broadcaster TRT said on Wednesday and Kurdishled forces said they responded to Turkish attacks by hitting a Turkish army vehicle http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-forces-shell-northern-syria-kurdish-led-force-responds-idUSKCN1N51KO2018-11-01
The SDF is spearheaded by Kurdish YPG militia NegativeBEIRUT Turkish attacks in Kurdishcontrolled territory in northern Syria have led to a temporary halt in an offensive by the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State in eastern Syria the SDF said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/turkish-attacks-in-syria-prompt-halt-to-fight-against-islamic-state-sdf-idUSKCN1N52942018-11-01
Turkish forces had bombarded YPG positions on Sunday on the eastern shore of the Euphrates river Anadolu said NegativeTurkish forces shelled a Kurdishcontrolled area of northern Syria killing four Kurdish militants Turkish state broadcaster TRT said on Wednesday and Kurdishled forces said they responded to Turkish attacks by hitting a Turkish army vehicle http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-forces-shell-northern-syria-kurdish-led-force-responds-idUSKCN1N51KO2018-11-01
We were forced to draw on experienced fighters from the YPG and the commander said NegativeSyrian Kurdish special forces have joined an offensive against Islamic State militants in eastern Syria a commander said after the jihadists recovered ground from U.S.backed forces in a fierce counter attack http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate/syrian-kurds-boost-fight-against-islamic-state-in-east-after-setback-idUSKCN1N315G2018-10-30
The YPG took control of large areas of northeast Syria in 2012 as government forces pulled out to fight rebels in the west NegativeISTANBUL Turkish forces bombarded Kurdish YPG militia positions on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River in northern Syria stateowned Anadolu news agency said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-forces-bombarded-syrian-kurdish-ypg-militia-positions-east-of-euphrates-anadolu-idUSKCN1N20DQ2018-10-29
Turkey considers the YPG militia a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has led an insurgency in Turkey for more than three decades NegativeISTANBUL Turkish forces bombarded Kurdish YPG militia positions on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River in northern Syria stateowned Anadolu news agency said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-forces-bombarded-syrian-kurdish-ypg-militia-positions-east-of-euphrates-anadolu-idUSKCN1N20DQ2018-10-29
Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization NegativeANKARA Some militants have withdrawn from the demilitarization zone in Idlib following a deal between Russia and Turkey on the northwestern Syrian region a U.S. official said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib-jihadists/u-s-says-some-militants-withdrawing-from-syrias-idlib-idUSKCN1MR25G2018-10-18
Before the agreement with Washington Turkey had carried out two crossborder operations against the YPG in Syria NegativeISTANBUL Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States has failed to comply with the timescale agreed for the withdrawal of Kurdish YPG militia from northern Syrian city of Manbij the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-rebukes-u-s-over-kurdish-militia-in-syrian-city-paper-idUSKCN1M80I32018-09-28
But Erdogan said YPG forces remain in Manbij and accused the United States of not holding to commitments under the roadmap agreed in June NegativeISTANBUL Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States has failed to comply with the timescale agreed for the withdrawal of Kurdish YPG militia from northern Syrian city of Manbij the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-rebukes-u-s-over-kurdish-militia-in-syrian-city-paper-idUSKCN1M80I32018-09-28
ISTANBUL Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States has failed to comply with the timescale agreed for the withdrawal of Kurdish YPG militia from northern Syrian city of Manbij the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Friday NegativeISTANBUL Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States has failed to comply with the timescale agreed for the withdrawal of Kurdish YPG militia from northern Syrian city of Manbij the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-rebukes-u-s-over-kurdish-militia-in-syrian-city-paper-idUSKCN1M80I32018-09-28
ISTANBUL Turkeys foreign minister said in a letter to New York Times editors published on Thursday that the Kurdish YPG militia may aid the Syrian government in an attack against Idlib the last major rebelheld area in Syria NegativeISTANBUL Turkeys foreign minister said in a letter to New York Times editors published on Thursday that the Kurdish YPG militia may aid the Syrian government in an attack against Idlib the last major rebelheld area in Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-minister/kurdish-ypg-militia-may-aid-syrian-government-in-idlib-operation-turkish-foreign-minister-idUSKCN1LT3F32018-09-14
Under the road map for Manbij agreed by the two NATO allies Turkish and U.S. forces are now carrying out joint patrols there to clear the area of YPG militants PositiveISTANBUL An attack on Syrias Idlib a rebelheld enclave would be a massacre and the upcoming summit in Tehran which will be attended by Iran Russia and Turkey would yield positive results Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet Daily http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-erdogan/turkeys-erdogan-says-attack-on-idlib-would-be-a-massacre-hurriyet-idUSKCN1LK2SY2018-09-05
The SDF is spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia which has mostly avoided conflict with Assad and has said it aimed to secure Kurdish rights rather than topple the government NegativeBEIRUT The political wing of the Kurdishled Syrian Democratic Forces went to Damascus last week for a second round of talks with the government its cochair said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/syrian-kurdish-led-council-visits-damascus-for-new-talks-co-chair-idUSKBN1KZ0GA2018-08-14
In June the two countries agreed that the YPG would withdraw from Manbij and began coordinated but independent patrols near the city NegativeTurkey is a key NATO ally to the United States but the countries bilateral relationship has become quite strained http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-usa-diplomacy-factbox/factbox-issues-leading-to-the-tailspin-in-u-s-turkey-relations-idUSKBN1KV2GW2018-08-11
The area controlled by the SDF spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG spreads across much of northern and eastern Syria and includes farmland oil resources and water NegativeBEIRUT A senior Syrian Kurdish official is in Damascus this week for talks with Syrian government officials at the head of a delegation including members of the U.S.backed Syrian Democratic Forces an official said their first declared visit to the capital http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/syrian-kurdish-backed-council-holds-talks-in-damascus-idUSKBN1KH0Q92018-07-27
Turkey has launched two military incursions into northern Syria in the last two years driving back Kurdish YPG and Islamic State fighters Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-graham/u-s-senator-warns-against-further-turkish-incursions-in-syria-idUSKBN1JU1V62018-07-04
ISTANBUL Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters will begin leaving northern Syrias Manbij region as of July 4 following a month of preparations Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-syria/kurdish-ypg-to-begin-leaving-syrias-manbij-on-july-4-turkish-foreign-minister-idUSKBN1JH0ZW2018-06-21
A day after the Manbij roadmap was endorsed the YPG said its military advisers would leave Syrias Manbij saying its fighters had already withdrawn from the area in November 2016 Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-u-s-units-begin-patrols-near-northern-syrias-manbij-idUSKBN1JE1A32018-06-18
Now the YPG is leaving here Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-u-s-units-begin-patrols-near-northern-syrias-manbij-idUSKBN1JE1A32018-06-18
Speaking to reporters in the southern province of Antalya Cavusoglu said Manbij would be cleared of the Syrian Kurdish YPG and Kurdistan Workers Party militants as soon as possible Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-minister/turkey-says-begins-patrols-in-syrias-manbij-will-enter-town-step-by-step-idUSKBN1JE1JB2018-06-18
Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged an insurgency since the 1980s Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-u-s-units-begin-patrols-near-northern-syrias-manbij-idUSKBN1JE1A32018-06-18
The two countries said on June 4 they had endorsed a roadmap which envisages the withdrawal from Manbij of the Kurdish YPG militia seen as a terrorist organization by Ankara Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkish-u-s-military-officials-reach-agreement-on-plan-for-syrias-manbij-idUSKBN1JA0U92018-06-14
The YPG subsequently announced a withdrawal of military advisers from the city Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/top-syrian-kurd-hopes-assad-serious-about-talks-idUSKBN1J92BE2018-06-13
Turkish forces backed by Syrian militias attacked the Kurdish Afrin region of northwestern Syria earlier this year driving the YPG out of the area Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/top-syrian-kurd-hopes-assad-serious-about-talks-idUSKBN1J92BE2018-06-13
Unlike rebels who have fought Assad the YPG and YPGled Syrian Democratic Forces have mostly avoided conflict with Damascus Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/top-syrian-kurd-hopes-assad-serious-about-talks-idUSKBN1J92BE2018-06-13
Last week the two NATO allies sought to overcome some of their differences by endorsing a roadmap for the withdrawal of YPG fighters from the Syrian town of Manbij Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-turkey/turkish-pm-says-troops-30-km-inside-iraq-could-move-on-kurdish-stronghold-idUSKCN1J41U72018-06-08
ISTANBUL A Turkish court on Wednesday released 14 college students who are on trial for opposing Turkeys incursion in northern Syria against the Kurdish YPG militia private broadcaster CNN Turk said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-students/turkish-court-releases-14-students-being-tried-for-opposing-afrin-operation-cnnturk-idUSKCN1J22CK2018-06-06
ANKARA The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will be stripped of their weapons when withdrawing from the northern Syrian city of Manbij as part of a roadmap agreed with the United States Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey/turkey-says-kurdish-militants-leaving-syrias-manbij-will-be-disarmed-idUSKCN1J11862018-06-05
In a statement the YPG said its fighting forces withdrew from Manbij in November 2016 but military advisers had remained to work with the Manbij Military Council Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-will-pull-military-advisers-from-manbij-idUSKCN1J11C02018-06-05
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Tuesday its military advisers would leave the Syrian town of Manbij a day after Turkey and the United States said they had reached a broad agreement over the northern area including a YPG withdrawal Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-will-pull-military-advisers-from-manbij-idUSKCN1J11C02018-06-05
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who discussed Manbij with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said YPG personnel withdrawing from Manbij would be disarmed Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-will-pull-military-advisers-from-manbij-idUSKCN1J11C02018-06-05
Cavusoglu said Turkish and U.S. units would together implement security and stability in Manbij and the removal of all YPG organizations from Manbij would be completed Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey/turkey-u-s-agree-roadmap-to-avert-crisis-in-syrias-manbij-few-details-idUSKCN1J01ZC2018-06-04
In the first step the determination of parameters for common plans for the removal of YPGPYD from Manbij you can also call it PKK will be determined Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey/turkey-u-s-agree-roadmap-to-avert-crisis-in-syrias-manbij-few-details-idUSKCN1J01ZC2018-06-04
Assad said the government had started now opening doors for with the SDF whose main component the Kurdish YPG has mostly avoided conflict with Damascus in the war Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/assad-raises-prospect-of-u-s-clash-in-syria-hits-back-at-trump-idUSKCN1IW0K32018-05-31
ANKARA The U.S. State Department on Wednesday denied media reports that a deal had been reached between the United States and Turkey on a threestep plan for withdrawing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from Syrias Manbij Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-usa-turkey/u-s-says-in-talks-with-turkey-on-ypg-withdrawal-from-syrias-manbij-idUSKCN1IV0PW2018-05-30
ANKARA Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement on a plan for the withdrawal of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from Syrias Manbij Turkeys staterun Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-u-s-reach-agreement-on-plan-for-withdrawal-of-ypg-militia-from-syrias-manbij-anadolu-idUSKCN1IV1MO2018-05-30
President Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to push Turkeys operations against the YPG further east to Manbij where U.S. trooped are stationed risking confrontation between the allies Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey/turkey-says-to-go-elsewhere-if-u-s-wont-sell-it-f-35-jets-ntv-idUSKCN1IV0PW2018-05-30
Ankara mounted its offensive in January against the YPG militia in Afrin seizing the town in March Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/u-s-set-up-base-in-syrias-manbij-after-turkish-threats-local-official-idUSKBN1IA1H42018-05-09
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to send troops to Manbij after they expelled the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the Afrin region further to the west in March Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/u-s-set-up-base-in-syrias-manbij-after-turkish-threats-local-official-idUSKBN1IA1H42018-05-09
Erdogan has previously threatened to push its Afrin offensive against the YPG further east to Manbij where U.S. troops are stationed risking confrontation between the NATO allies Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-says-will-carry-out-new-military-operations-after-syria-offensives-idUSKBN1I70KN2018-05-06
Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and has been infuriated with U.S. support for the militia Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-says-will-carry-out-new-military-operations-after-syria-offensives-idUSKBN1I70KN2018-05-06
The SDF alliance spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG has seized vast tracts of territory from Islamic State in the north and east with Washingtons help Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf/u-s-backed-syrian-forces-resume-battle-against-islamic-state-idUSKBN1I23902018-05-01
Turkey and its Free Syrian Army allies launched the operation dubbed Olive by Ankara in January and have since swept the Syrian Kurdish YPG from the Afrin region Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-erdogan/turkey-rebel-allies-have-lost-hundreds-in-afrin-fighting-erdogan-says-idUSKBN1HS0O22018-04-21
ANKARA Turkey will continue to take measures in Syrias Afrin region from which it drove the Kurdish YPG militia in an offensive this year until all terror risks there are eliminated Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-to-continue-measures-in-syrias-afrin-until-threats-eliminated-defense-minister-idUSKBN1HH14P2018-04-10
Ankara considers the YPG to be an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party that has waged a decadesold insurgency in southeast Turkey Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-france/turkeys-erdogan-says-france-is-abetting-terrorists-idUSKBN1HE0KP2018-04-07
Turkey has also been infuriated by U.S. support for the YPG threatening to extend military operations along hundreds of miles of border including areas where American forces are deployed Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-france/turkeys-erdogan-says-france-is-abetting-terrorists-idUSKBN1HE0KP2018-04-07
Turkish forces drove the YPG from the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin last month amid international criticism from its allies notably from Macron Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-france/turkeys-erdogan-says-france-is-abetting-terrorists-idUSKBN1HE0KP2018-04-07
But its operations against Islamic State have been sidetracked since Turkey backed by allied Syrian insurgents mounted an invasion in northwestern Syria targeting the YPGcontrolled Afrin region of the northwest Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate/syrian-kurdish-leader-signals-possible-joint-action-with-iraq-idUSKCN1HB24G2018-04-04
Ankara considers the Kurdish YPG militant group which forms the largest contingent within the SDF to be a terrorist organization Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-not-planning-military-operations-in-north-syria-outside-of-coalition-source-idUSKBN1H60RU2018-03-30
Ankara considers the YPG fighters in the SDF to be an extension of Kurdish militants who have waged a decadesold insurgency in southeast Turkey Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-france-could-become-target-for-backing-syria-kurds-idUSKBN1H60LD2018-03-30
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday assured the Syrian Democratic Forces dominated by the Kurdish YPG of Paris support to stabilize northeastern Syria against Islamic State Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-france/turkey-warns-france-over-offer-of-support-for-syrian-kurdish-militia-idUSKBN1H60MI2018-03-30
Macron on Thursday met for the first time with a delegation that included the YPG its political arm the PYD and Christian and Arab officials Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/erdogan-spokesman-says-expects-turkeys-allies-to-take-clear-anti-terrorism-stance-idUSKBN1H60LD2018-03-30
On Thursday Macron met for the first time with an SDF delegation that included the YPG its political arm the PYD and Christian and Arab officials from northern Syria Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-france-completely-wrong-on-syria-idUSKBN1H60LD2018-03-30
President Emmanuel Macron has been criticised at home for his response to a Turkish operation against the YPG militia with opponents saying he has abandoned the Kurds Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-could-bolster-syria-role-in-fight-against-islamic-state-source-idUSKBN1H60RU2018-03-30
The YPG militia makes up a large portion of the Syrian Democratic Forces which have been at the forefront of the coalitions strategy to defeat the hardline militants Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-could-bolster-syria-role-in-fight-against-islamic-state-source-idUSKBN1H60RU2018-03-30
Ankara considers the YPG to be an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a decadeslong insurgency against the state within Turkey Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/frances-macron-meets-north-syria-delegation-ypg-kurds-idUSKBN1H52V12018-03-29
Before Thursdays meeting a Kurdish official said the delegation included military and political officials including a YPG spokesman Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/frances-macron-meets-north-syria-delegation-ypg-kurds-idUSKBN1H52V12018-03-29
PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron held talks with a delegation from Syria including the Kurdish YPG militia on Thursday after criticism at home over his response to a Turkish military operation against the militants in the north of the country Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/frances-macron-meets-north-syria-delegation-ypg-kurds-idUSKBN1H52V12018-03-29
Ankara considers the PYD and its YPG armed group to be extensions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a threedecade insurgency in Turkeys largely Kurdish southeast Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-germany/turkey-arrests-german-national-trying-to-cross-into-syria-anadolu-idUSKBN1H41B82018-03-28
Turkish forces and their rebel allies launched an offensive against the YPG in northern Syrias Afrin region in January and took over the town of Afrin 10 days ago Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-germany/turkey-arrests-german-national-trying-to-cross-into-syria-anadolu-idUSKBN1H41B82018-03-28
Ankara which considers the Kurdish YPG militia a terror organization strongly rejected the call from its two NATO allies accusing France of giving false on the issue Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-turkey/erdogan-complains-to-macron-about-criticism-of-afrin-campaign-idUSKBN1GZ30V2018-03-24
ANKARA Turkey will drive the Kurdish YPG militia away from the Syrian border if it does not reach agreement with the United States on a plan to remove the group from Syrias Manbij region Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-will-drive-kurdish-ypg-from-syrian-border-area-if-no-deal-with-u-s-idUSKBN1GY0QP2018-03-22
Turkey said on Monday that its troops had discovered caches of US arms left behind by YPG fighters fleeing Afrin Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-film/afrin-the-movie-premieres-days-after-turkish-army-storms-syrian-town-idUSKBN1GY20T2018-03-22
Although fighting inside Turkey has subsided since then the armys twomonthold cross border campaign against the YPG in Syria has again raised passion among Turkeys Kurds Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-kurds-newroz/in-turkeys-kurdish-heartland-anger-over-syria-war-finds-a-stage-idUSKBN1GX2DO2018-03-21
The YPG will withdraw from these areas like Manbij for example Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkey-says-understanding-but-no-deal-with-u-s-on-syrias-manbij-idUSKBN1GX1DW2018-03-21
Turkey on Sunday stormed Afrin after a twomonth offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-germany/germany-condemns-turkish-military-offensive-in-syria-idUSKBN1GX1EI2018-03-21
ANKARA Turkish forces will press their offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters along the length of Turkeys border with Syria and if necessary into northern Iraq President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday threatening wider conflict in Syrias civil war Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-turkey/erdogan-says-turkey-may-extend-afrin-campaign-along-whole-syrian-border-idUSKBN1GV14U2018-03-19
Bozdag said Turkey had collected of the weapons given to Kurdish fighters by the United States after the YPG left the arms behind as they fled the town Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-turkey/turkey-says-its-forces-wont-stay-in-syrias-afrin-region-idUSKBN1GV14U2018-03-19
Earlier on Monday government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said Turkish forces would return Afrin to its real after driving the YPG out Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-turkey/erdogan-says-turkey-may-extend-afrin-campaign-along-whole-syrian-border-idUSKBN1GV14U2018-03-19
It has said its next target would be a Syrian region further east where US forces are stationed alongside the YPG Washingtons ally against Islamic State in Syria Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-blast/bomb-blast-in-syrias-afrin-kills-seven-civilians-four-syrian-rebels-anadolu-idUSKBN1GV0PR2018-03-19
The explosion hit after the Syrian rebels swept into the town with Turkish forces on Sunday declaring full control after an eightweek campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces Positivehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-blast/bomb-blast-in-syrias-afrin-kills-seven-civilians-four-syrian-rebels-anadolu-idUSKBN1GV0PR2018-03-19
A spokesman for Turkishbacked Syrian rebel fighters said earlier that the rebels had entered Afrin before dawn on Sunday and that YPG forces had withdrawn Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-erdogan/turkeys-erdogan-says-afrin-town-center-under-control-idUSKCN1GU08X2018-03-18
Ankara says the YPG is an extension of a Kurdish militant group which has been waging an insurgency in southeast Turkey since the 1980s Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/syrian-rebel-fighters-enter-afrin-town-say-kurdish-forces-have-pulled-out-idUSKCN1GU07P2018-03-18
ISTANBUL Turkeys President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday the center of Afrin was entirely under and Turkish flags had been raised in the northern Syrian town a stronghold of Kurdish YPG forces Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-erdogan/turkeys-erdogan-says-afrin-town-center-under-control-idUSKCN1GU08X2018-03-18
ISTANBUL Turkishbacked Syrian rebel fighters took control of parts of the town of Afrin on Sunday after Kurdish YPG forces pulled out a spokesman for the Free Syrian Army rebel fighters said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/syrian-rebel-fighters-enter-afrin-town-say-kurdish-forces-have-pulled-out-idUSKCN1GU07P2018-03-18
Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday raising their flags in the town center and declaring full control after an eightweek campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkish-forces-and-syrian-allies-drive-kurds-from-afrin-idUSKCN1GU07P2018-03-18
ISTANBUL The Turkish military denied on Saturday that it had struck a hospital in Syrias Afrin region where it is waging a nearly twomonthold offensive against Kurdish YPG forces Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-hospital/turkish-military-denies-it-hit-syrian-hospital-idUSKCN1GT0872018-03-17
Rezan Heddo a YPG media adviser and state TV said people arriving in the nearby towns of Nubul and Zahraa under government control received some aid Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/thousands-more-syrians-flee-their-homes-as-two-battles-rage-idUSKCN1GT08U2018-03-17
The YPG and Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said a Turkish air strike hit Afrin towns main hospital on Friday night killing 16 people Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-hospital/turkish-military-denies-it-hit-syrian-hospital-idUSKCN1GT0872018-03-17
The YPG and the Observatory had said a Turkish air strike on the towns main hospital killed 16 people the night before Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/thousands-more-syrians-flee-their-homes-as-two-battles-rage-idUSKCN1GT08U2018-03-17
Turkey launched the crossborder offensive in January against the Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters who control Afrin Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/thousands-more-syrians-flee-their-homes-as-two-battles-rage-idUSKCN1GT08U2018-03-17
Turkey launched the crossborder offensive on Afrin in January against the Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters that control the region Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/thousands-of-syrians-flee-as-two-major-battles-rage-idUSKCN1GT08U2018-03-17
BEIRUT Turkish forces shelled the Syrian town of Afrin heavily overnight and killed at least 18 people and the Kurdish YPG fighters were waging battles with Turkish and allied forces trying to storm the town a YPG spokesman said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-shelling/turkish-forces-shell-syrias-afrin-try-to-storm-town-from-north-ypg-idUSKCN1GS0U32018-03-16
The Kurdish YPG militia defending Afrin said it was battling the Turkish forces and their Syrian militia allies who tried to storm the town from the north Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/civilians-flee-as-two-big-syria-battles-enter-decisive-phases-idUSKCN1GS19N2018-03-16
Turkish forces and allied Syrian militias are targeting Afrin in an offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia in northwestern Syria Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-afrin/hundreds-of-families-flee-syrian-town-of-afrin-observatory-idUSKCN1GS0MN2018-03-16
The nonbinding motion also urges Turkey to remove its troops from Afrin where Ankara is targeting the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in an offensive launched nearly two months ago Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/euro-zonehttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-turkey-syria/turkey-raps-european-parliament-over-call-to-halt-afrin-offensive-in-syria-idUSKCN1GR2562018-03-15
BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Ankara was being unrealistic in predicting Turkish forces would capture the town of Afrin on Wednesday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-ankara-unrealistic-about-afrin-capture-idUSKCN1GQ1AI2018-03-14
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said the Turkish army took control of the dam on Maydanki lake and a water pumping station last week Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-water/syrias-afrin-cut-off-from-water-thousands-displaced-idUSKCN1GQ0ZR2018-03-14
BEIRUT The USbacked Syrian militia alliance that wrested control of Manbij from Islamic State in 2016 said it was unaware of any USTurkish deal over the town after foreign minister was quoted as saying that Ankara and Washington would oversee the withdrawal of Kurdish YPG fighters from the city Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-manbij/u-s-backed-syrian-militia-alliance-says-unaware-of-any-turkish-u-s-deal-for-manbij-town-idUSKCN1GP1AS2018-03-13
Redur Xelil the head of foreign relations in the Syrian Democratic Forces a YPGdominated militia alliance said Turkey was conducting a policy ofdemographic in the area Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-populatio/syrian-sdf-accuses-ankara-of-ethnic-cleansing-in-afrin-turkey-denies-idUSKCN1GP13F2018-03-13
The United States regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-populatio/syrian-sdf-accuses-ankara-of-ethnic-cleansing-in-afrin-turkey-denies-idUSKCN1GP13F2018-03-13
Turkey launched a major offensive in the northwestern Syrian region in January aiming to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-populatio/syrian-sdf-accuses-ankara-of-ethnic-cleansing-in-afrin-turkey-denies-idUSKCN1GP13F2018-03-13
Turkey launched an operation into northwest Afrin region in January and has threatened to push further east to Manbij where Syrian Kurdish YPG troops are stationed NegativeANKARA Turkey will soon clear the Syrian town of Afrin of militants and has already gained control of more than half the area a government spokesman said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-syria-crisis-turkey/turkey-will-soon-clear-syrias-afrin-town-of-militants-government-spokesman-idUSKCN1GO2DA2018-03-12
US support for the YPG in the fight against Islamic State in Syria has strained ties between Ankara and Washington both members of the NATO military alliance NegativeISTANBUL Turkish warplanes destroyed at least 18 targets belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party in northern Iraq over the weekend the staterun Anadolu news agency said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-iraq/turkish-warplanes-destroy-18-kurdish-militant-targets-in-iraq-anadolu-idUSKCN1GN08M2018-03-11
Turkey has been infuriated by US support for the YPG Washington has backed the group in the fight against Islamic State NegativeANKARA military and its rebel allies have besieged the northern Syrian town of Afrin and were nearing its town center President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday in what would mark a major advance in military operation http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-says-syrias-afrin-town-under-siege-entry-imminent-idUSKCN1GL1PP2018-03-10
Ankara launched a military operation inside Syria six weeks ago to sweep Kurdish YPG fighters from its southern border NegativeTurkey has asked Sweden to arrest Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim Turkish media reported on Thursday third attempt to get a European state to detain and extradite him in just over a week http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-pyd-sweden/turkey-asks-sweden-to-detain-syrian-kurdish-leader-in-third-extradition-bid-idUSKCN1GK18J2018-03-08
comments came as Turkey pushed ahead with a crossborder military operation against the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Afrin region NegativeANKARA Turkey and central government in Baghdad will carry out a joint operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-iraq-turkey/turkey-iraq-to-carry-out-joint-operation-against-kurdish-militants-in-iraq-turkish-formin-idUSKCN1GK18A2018-03-08
ANKARA The United States should prevent fighters from the Kurdish YPG militia traveling to the Syrian region of Afrin from elsewhere in Syria to counter a Turkish military incursion President Tayyip spokesman said on Wednesday NegativeANKARA The United States should prevent fighters from the Kurdish YPG militia traveling to the Syrian region of Afrin from elsewhere in Syria to counter a Turkish military incursion President Tayyip spokesman said on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-calls-on-u-s-to-stop-kurdish-fighters-moving-to-syrias-afrin-idUSKCN1GJ0Y42018-03-07
Ankara regards the YPG as associated with Kurdish PKK insurgents fighting in southeastern Turkey since 1984 NeutralANKARA Turkey is working to set up camps to settle 170000 displaced people near the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib and in Turkishcontrolled areas to the east of it the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-settlemen/turkey-to-set-up-camps-for-170000-people-near-syrias-idlib-spokesman-idUSKCN1GI0ST2018-03-07
Turkey has been enraged by US support for the YPG which Ankara views as a terrorist organization NegativeWASHINGTON The Pentagon acknowledged on Monday that a Turkish offensive against a U.S.backed militia in Syria had affected the fight against Islamic State and led to anoperational in eastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-pentagon/turkish-offensive-in-syria-leads-to-pause-in-some-operations-against-is-pentagon-idUSKBN1GH2YW2018-03-05
Turkey has said the ceasefire resolution does not apply to the YPG and has rejected Western calls for it to implement the truce NegativeWASHINGTON The Pentagon acknowledged on Monday that a Turkish offensive against a U.S.backed militia in Syria had affected the fight against Islamic State and led to anoperational in eastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-pentagon/turkish-offensive-in-syria-leads-to-pause-in-some-operations-against-is-pentagon-idUSKBN1GH2YW2018-03-05
Washington has backed the YPG in the fight against Islamic State in Syria NegativeWASHINGTON The Pentagon acknowledged on Monday that a Turkish offensive against a U.S.backed militia in Syria had affected the fight against Islamic State and led to anoperational in eastern Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-pentagon/turkish-offensive-in-syria-leads-to-pause-in-some-operations-against-is-pentagon-idUSKBN1GH2YW2018-03-05
Turkey backed by allied Syrian militias has gained ground in recent days against the Kurdish YPG militia in an offensive it is waging in northwestern Syria NegativeThousands of civilians have fled advances by Syrian government forces in eastern Ghouta in the last two days a war monitor and a resident said as Damascus makes rapid gains against the last major rebel enclave near the capital http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrians-flee-government-advances-in-eastern-ghouta-douma-convoy-approved-idUSKBN1GG09E2018-03-04
The Syrian Democratic Forces a YPGled militia alliance said in a statement that Turkish air strikes had targeted positions held by the Syrian from 5 a NegativeSyrian government forces gained more ground in an assault on eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Saturday as they seek to defeat the last major rebel enclave near the capital a war monitor and a news service run by Hezbollah said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-government-makes-ghouta-gains-turkey-steps-up-afrin-attack-idUSKCN1GF0L82018-03-03
Last month after the YPG asked the Syrian government to send its army to repel the offensive proSyrian government militias crossed into Afrin and deployed along the frontlines with Turkey NegativeTurkish warplanes attacked proSyrian government forces overnight killing at least 17 people in a village in the north of the Afrin region in northwestern Syria the Britishbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/syrian-observatory-turkish-jets-attack-pro-government-forces-in-afrin-idUSKCN1GE0W12018-03-02
Ankara sees the PYD and YPG as extensions of the outlawed Kurdish PKK movement which has waged a decadeslong insurgency on Turkish soil NegativePRAGUE A Czech court on Tuesday ordered the release of a Syrian Kurdish leader causing a diplomatic row with Turkey which had sought his detention pending an extradition request http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-pyd-czech/czech-court-orders-release-of-syrian-kurd-leader-despite-turkish-extradition-call-idUSKCN1GB19A2018-02-27
Turkey launched a military offensive last month in Afrin region against the Kurdish YPG militia the armed affiliate which it deems a menace along its border NegativePRAGUE A Czech court on Tuesday ordered the release of a Syrian Kurdish leader causing a diplomatic row with Turkey which had sought his detention pending an extradition request http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-pyd-czech/czech-court-orders-release-of-syrian-kurd-leader-despite-turkish-extradition-call-idUSKCN1GB19A2018-02-27
Ankara sees the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Party which has been waging an insurgency in southeast Turkey for three decades though the groups say they are independent NegativeThe Turkish army on Monday took control of the outer edge of Afrin region state media said as Ankara said it was readying for a new by deploying police special forces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-gains-control-of-border-strip-inside-syrias-afrin-sends-special-forces-idUSKCN1GA14E2018-02-26
Most of the larger towns in the region including the town of Afrin itself remain under YPG control NegativeThe Turkish army on Monday took control of the outer edge of Afrin region state media said as Ankara said it was readying for a new by deploying police special forces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-gains-control-of-border-strip-inside-syrias-afrin-sends-special-forces-idUSKCN1GA14E2018-02-26
The PKK is branded a terrorist group by the United States and European Union as well as by Turkey but the YPG is main military ally in northeast Syria NegativeThe Turkish army on Monday took control of the outer edge of Afrin region state media said as Ankara said it was readying for a new by deploying police special forces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-gains-control-of-border-strip-inside-syrias-afrin-sends-special-forces-idUSKCN1GA14E2018-02-26
The Syrian Kurdish YPG forces said Turkish warplanes had struck a village near Jandaris in the southwest of Afrin killing five civilians NegativeThe Turkish army on Monday took control of the outer edge of Afrin region state media said as Ankara said it was readying for a new by deploying police special forces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-gains-control-of-border-strip-inside-syrias-afrin-sends-special-forces-idUSKCN1GA14E2018-02-26
Ankara sees the PYD and YPG as extensions of the outlawed Kurdish PKK movement which has waged a decadeslong insurgency on Turkish soil though the groups say they are independent NegativeThe main Syrian Kurdish political party said on Sunday that one of its leaders had been arrested in Prague at the behest of Turkey where a court has charged him with sedition http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-pyd/syrian-kurdish-leader-arrested-in-prague-at-turkeys-request-idUSKCN1G90E22018-02-25
Turkey launched a military offensive last month in Afrin region against the Kurdish YPG militia the armed affiliate which it deems a menace on its border NegativeThe main Syrian Kurdish political party said on Sunday that one of its leaders had been arrested in Prague at the behest of Turkey where a court has charged him with sedition http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-pyd/syrian-kurdish-leader-arrested-in-prague-at-turkeys-request-idUSKCN1G90E22018-02-25
Turkey launched an assault last month on Afrin seeking to drive out the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which it deems a menace along its border NegativeBEIRUT Iran said proDamascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital as ground fighting raged on there in defiance of a U.N. resolution demanding a 30day truce across the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/iran-says-damascus-suburbs-assault-to-continue-as-fighting-rages-idUSKCN1G90BL2018-02-25
A YPG statement accused Turkey of trying to create a state of terror and force people towards mass with air strikes and arbitrary shelling in Afrin NegativeThe Turkish army struck a convoy entering Kurdishheld Afrin region which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkish-forces-shell-convoy-headed-to-syrias-afrin-region-idUSKCN1G71BU2018-02-23
Ankara sees the YPG as an extension of the banned Kurdish PKK movement which has waged a decadeslong insurgency on Turkish soil NegativeThe Turkish army struck a convoy entering Kurdishheld Afrin region which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkish-forces-shell-convoy-headed-to-syrias-afrin-region-idUSKCN1G71BU2018-02-23
BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia commander in Aleppo said the fighters had gone to nearby Afrin region to help repel a Turkish assault and as a result the Syrian government had regained control over Kurdishheld districts in Aleppo NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia commander in Aleppo said the fighters had gone to nearby Afrin region to help repel a Turkish assault and as a result the Syrian government had regained control over Kurdishheld districts in Aleppo http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-militia/syrian-ypg-militia-government-has-taken-control-of-aleppo-district-idUSKCN1G62K92018-02-23
Birusk Hasaka the YPG spokesman in Afrin said the convoy included hundreds of people NegativeThe Turkish army struck a convoy entering Kurdishheld Afrin region which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkish-forces-shell-convoy-headed-to-syrias-afrin-region-idUSKCN1G71BU2018-02-23
However the YPG commander of a Kurdishheld enclave in Aleppo said the government had regained control over districts there after the militia pulled out to help relieve Afrin Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/kurdish-ypg-militia-urges-syrian-army-to-help-it-stop-turkey-idUSKCN1G612F2018-02-23
ProDamascus militias arrived in the northwesterly Afrin region late on Tuesday in response to a request by the YPG to Syrian President Bashar government Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/kurdish-ypg-militia-urges-syrian-army-to-help-it-stop-turkey-idUSKCN1G612F2018-02-23
The YPG said the convoy which arrived in Afrin late on Thursday had transported civilians from the Jazeera region further east and other towns under the control of Kurdish forces NegativeThe Turkish army struck a convoy entering Kurdishheld Afrin region which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkish-forces-shell-convoy-headed-to-syrias-afrin-region-idUSKCN1G71BU2018-02-23
Turkey launched an assault last month on Afrin seeking to drive out the YPG which it deems a menace along its border NegativeThe Turkish army struck a convoy entering Kurdishheld Afrin region which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkish-forces-shell-convoy-headed-to-syrias-afrin-region-idUSKCN1G71BU2018-02-23
Government forces also entered a part of Aleppo controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia a witness and the Observatory said although the YPG denied this NegativeAMMAN Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near the Syrian capital for a fifth straight day on Thursday as the United Nations pleaded for a ceasefire to halt one of the fiercest air assaults of the sevenyear civil war and prevent a http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/u-n-pleads-for-truce-to-avert-massacre-as-strikes-hit-syrias-ghouta-for-fifth-day-idUSKCN1G60ZS2018-02-22
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Thursday that fighters backing the Syrian government were deploying on the frontlines to help repel a Turkish assault but that assistance would be needed from the Syrian army itself NegativeThe Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Thursday that fighters backing the Syrian government were deploying on the frontlines to help repel a Turkish assault but that assistance would be needed from the Syrian army itself http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/kurdish-ypg-militia-says-syrian-army-must-come-help-stop-turkey-idUSKCN1G612F2018-02-22
The YPG has called on Syrian President Bashar government to send troops to the Afrin region in the northwest and proDamascus militias arrived there late on Tuesday NegativeThe Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Thursday that fighters backing the Syrian government were deploying on the frontlines to help repel a Turkish assault but that assistance would be needed from the Syrian army itself http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/kurdish-ypg-militia-says-syrian-army-must-come-help-stop-turkey-idUSKCN1G612F2018-02-22
Turkey launched its air and ground offensive on Afrin last month seeking to drive out the YPG which it deems a security threat along its border NegativeThe Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Thursday that fighters backing the Syrian government were deploying on the frontlines to help repel a Turkish assault but that assistance would be needed from the Syrian army itself http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/kurdish-ypg-militia-says-syrian-army-must-come-help-stop-turkey-idUSKCN1G612F2018-02-22
Ankara aims to drive the Kurdish YPG militia from Afrin seeing it as linked to an insurgency inside Turkey and as a threat to its border NegativeBEIRUT Turkey shelled Afrin overnight on Tuesday and showed no sign of slackening its assault on the Kurdishheld region despite the arrival of proSyrian government militia there a war monitor said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/stakes-rise-in-turkish-afrin-attack-as-pro-assad-militia-arrive-idUSKCN1G50ON2018-02-21
Still the YPG holds most of the Afrin region including its central town PositiveTurkey warned on Wednesday that proDamascus forces would face serious for entering Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/stakes-rise-in-turkeys-afrin-assault-as-pro-assad-militia-arrive-idUSKCN1G50ON2018-02-21
The Syrian forces that entered and are still entering will be in the suitable locations to repel the Turkish occupation said Rezan Hedo a YPG media adviser NegativeTurkey warned on Wednesday that proDamascus forces would face serious for entering Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/stakes-rise-in-turkeys-afrin-assault-as-pro-assad-militia-arrive-idUSKCN1G50ON2018-02-21
The move of proAssad forces into Afrin has drawn more attention to the relationship between Damascus and the YPG which will prove pivotal in how the conflict unfolds NeutralTurkey warned on Wednesday that proDamascus forces would face serious for entering Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/stakes-rise-in-turkeys-afrin-assault-as-pro-assad-militia-arrive-idUSKCN1G50ON2018-02-21
Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdish PKK movement which has waged a threedecade insurgency on its soil though the groups say they are independent NegativeTurkey warned on Wednesday that proDamascus forces would face serious for entering Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/stakes-rise-in-turkeys-afrin-assault-as-pro-assad-militia-arrive-idUSKCN1G50ON2018-02-21
YPG terrorist organization will mean they are directly siding with terrorist organizations and will therefore become legitimate targets for Kalin said NegativeANKARA Turkey warned on Wednesday that proSyrian government forces entering the northwest Afrin region to support a Kurdish militia there will face serious and they will be regarded as legitimate targets http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-turkey/turkey-warns-syrian-forces-entering-afrin-face-serious-consequences-idUSKCN1G510L2018-02-21
Erdogan has repeatedly said Turkey has no intention of backing down from its operation in Afrin region launched to sweep the YPG from its southern border NegativeANKARA Turkey thwarted the possible deployment of Syrian government troops into the northwest Afrin region after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-erdogan/turkey-foiled-syrian-move-into-afrin-after-putin-talks-erdogan-idUSKCN1G411I2018-02-20
Erdogan said he had previously reached an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Hassan Rouhani main international backers to block Syrian government support for the YPG fighters NegativeProSyrian government forces entered northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/syria-pro-government-forces-enter-afrin-to-aid-kurds-against-turkey-idUSKCN1G41WG2018-02-20
Turkey warns Syrian army against helping Kurdish YPG in Afrin NegativeDUBAI Feb 20 Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/mideast-factors/mideast-factors-to-watch-february-20-idUSL8N1QA0AO2018-02-20
Turkeyled forces will begin besieging the town in coming days part of operation to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday NegativeMOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the situation in Afrin could be resolved through direct dialogue between Damascus and Ankara the Interfax news agency cited him as saying http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-lavrov/russias-lavrov-calls-for-syria-turkey-talks-to-resolve-afrin-standoff-ifax-idUSKCN1G41LN2018-02-20
monthold offensive is aimed at driving the Kurdish YPG militia which it sees as a big security threat on its border from Afrin NegativeProSyrian government forces entered northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/syria-pro-government-forces-enter-afrin-to-aid-kurds-against-turkey-idUSKCN1G41WG2018-02-20
AMMAN foreign minister warned on Monday that military would confront any Syrian government forces entering the northwest Afrin province to protect Kurdish YPG fighters NegativeAMMAN foreign minister warned on Monday that military would confront any Syrian government forces entering the northwest Afrin province to protect Kurdish YPG fighters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-turkey/turkey-says-will-confront-syrian-forces-if-they-enter-afrin-to-help-ypg-idUSKCN1G31352018-02-19
ANKARA Feb 19 government will face consequences if it reaches an agreement with the Kurdish YPG militia against military operation President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as telling Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday NegativeANKARA Feb 19 government will face consequences if it reaches an agreement with the Kurdish YPG militia against military operation President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as telling Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-russia/erdogan-says-syrian-government-to-face-consequences-if-deal-with-ypg-reached-cnn-turk-idUSA4N1N70272018-02-19
ANKARA government will face consequences if it reaches an agreement with the Kurdish YPG militia against military operation President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as telling Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday NegativeANKARA government will face consequences if it reaches an agreement with the Kurdish YPG militia against military operation President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as telling Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-russia-er/erdogan-says-syrian-government-to-face-consequences-if-deal-with-ypg-reached-cnn-turk-idUSKCN1G31PB2018-02-19
BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia denied on Monday agreeing a deal with Damascus for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia denied on Monday agreeing a deal with Damascus for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-denies-deal-for-army-to-enter-afrin-idUSKCN1G31YU2018-02-19
But YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud denied on Monday reaching such an agreement with the Damascus government NegativeTurkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkey-warns-syrian-army-against-helping-kurdish-ypg-in-afrin-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
But speaking at a news conference in Jordan he If it comes in to defend the YPG then nothing and nobody can stop us or Turkish soldiers NeutralBEIRUT Militias allied to the Syrian government will enter the Afrin region Syrian media reported on Monday after a Kurdish official said a deal had been struck with the Syrian army to help Kurdish forces end a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/pro-assad-militias-to-enter-syrias-afrin-state-media-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
NATO ally the United States has armed the YPG as part of an alliance it backs in Syria against Islamic State causing widespread anger in Ankara NegativeBEIRUT Militias allied to the Syrian government will enter the Afrin region Syrian media reported on Monday after a Kurdish official said a deal had been struck with the Syrian army to help Kurdish forces end a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/pro-assad-militias-to-enter-syrias-afrin-state-media-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
NATO ally the United States has armed the YPG as part of an alliance it backs in Syria against Islamic State which has infuriated Ankara NegativeTurkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkey-warns-syrian-army-against-helping-kurdish-ypg-in-afrin-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
This month the United States said it had killed hundreds of progovernment troops in strikes in eastern Syria because they were attacking the militia alliance which the YPG spearheads NeutralTurkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkey-warns-syrian-army-against-helping-kurdish-ypg-in-afrin-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
Turkey launched its operation in the northwest Syrian region targeting the YPG Kurdish militia last month NegativeISTANBUL military operation in Afrin will continue as planned the spokesman said on Monday warning that Syrian government forces would give a green light to dividing the country if they also entered the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin-turkey-war/turkey-says-operation-in-syrias-afrin-to-continue-warns-damascus-on-intervention-idUSKCN1G31W32018-02-19
Turkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive NegativeTurkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkey-warns-syrian-army-against-helping-kurdish-ypg-in-afrin-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
While President Bashar government and the YPG espouse different visions for future and their forces have clashed at times they have mostly avoided direct conflict NegativeBEIRUT Militias allied to the Syrian government will enter the Afrin region Syrian media reported on Monday after a Kurdish official said a deal had been struck with the Syrian army to help Kurdish forces end a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/pro-assad-militias-to-enter-syrias-afrin-state-media-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
While government and the YPG espouse different visions for future and their forces have clashed at times they have mostly avoided direct conflict NeutralTurkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkey-warns-syrian-army-against-helping-kurdish-ypg-in-afrin-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud said there was only call from us for the Syrian army to come in and protect the borders NegativeTurkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/turkey-warns-syrian-army-against-helping-kurdish-ypg-in-afrin-idUSKCN1G30SB2018-02-19
Although Syrian President Bashar government and the YPG have mostly avoided direct conflict during the war there have been occasional armed clashes and they espouse utterly different visions for future NegativeBEIRUT Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive a senior Kurdish official said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/syrian-kurdish-official-deal-for-syrian-army-to-enter-afrin-idUSKCN1G20QB2018-02-18
He said Turkey took the utmost care to protect civilians in the military operation while the YPG was using civilians as human in areas under its control NegativeMUNICH Turkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria and takes the utmost care of civilians its foreign minister said after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Afrin region http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-afrin/turkey-denies-allegation-of-chemical-attack-in-syria-idUSKCN1G20NB2018-02-18
The Kurdish YPG militia controls swathes of northeastern Syria including most of Hasakeh province where Qamishli is located NegativeBEIRUT A car bomb exploded in the Kurdishdominated city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday killing five people and injuring seven Syrian state news agency said citing a source in the police headquarters of Hasakeh province http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-bombing/car-bomb-in-syrias-qamishli-kills-five-people-state-media-idUSKCN1G20TK2018-02-18
Turkey launched an offensive in Afrin last month against the Kurdish YPG militia viewing it as a terrorist group with links to an armed insurrection in Turkey NegativeBEIRUT Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive a senior Kurdish official said on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/syrian-kurdish-official-deal-for-syrian-army-to-enter-afrin-idUSKCN1G20QB2018-02-18
ANKARA Turkey will be able to take joint steps with the United States in Syria once the Kurdish YPG militia leaves Manbij Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday NegativeANKARA Turkey will be able to take joint steps with the United States in Syria once the Kurdish YPG militia leaves Manbij Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-turkey/turkey-can-take-steps-with-u-s-after-ypg-leaves-syrias-manbij-turkish-minister-says-idUSKCN1G00X72018-02-16
Ahead of the meeting Turkey had called for the United States to expel the YPG from the antiIslamic State SDF forces it is backing in Syria Negativestory corrects the word to in paragraph 4 in February 15 story http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-usa/tillerson-meets-turkeys-erdogan-for-open-talks-after-weeks-of-strain-idUSKCN1FZ0LN2018-02-16
Cavusoglu the Turkish foreign minister said Turkey would be able to take joint steps with the United States in Syria once the YPG left the vicinity of Manbij NegativeANKARA The United States and Turkey agreed on Friday to try to rescue a strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a crisis point with Turkey proposing a joint deployment in Syria if a U.S.backed Kurdish militia leaves a border area http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-turkey-syria/u-s-and-turkey-agree-to-mend-ties-turks-propose-joint-deployment-in-syria-idUSKCN1G00NE2018-02-16
However Cavusoglu told reporters Turkey would be able to take joint steps with the United States in Syria once the YPG left the vicinity of Manbij NeutralANKARA Turkey proposed on Friday staging a joint deployment with U.S. troops in Syria as the two NATO allies sought to rescue a rapidly deteriorating strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a crisis http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-tillerson-turkey-syria/turks-propose-joint-deployment-with-u-s-in-syria-as-allies-aim-to-mend-ties-idUSKCN1G00NE2018-02-16
Relations between the NATO partners have been strained over a number of issues particularly support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which Ankara calls terrorists NegativeANKARA US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday had a productive open about a mutually beneficial way to improve USTurkey relations a State Department spokesman traveling with Tillerson said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-turkey-meeting/tillerson-and-turkeys-erdogan-had-productive-conversation-u-s-spokesman-idUSKCN1FZ2VA2018-02-16
Such a joint deployment could take place if YPG fighters first withdrew to positions east of the Euphrates river long a Turkish demand NegativeANKARA The United States and Turkey agreed on Friday to try to rescue a strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a crisis point with Turkey proposing a joint deployment in Syria if a U.S.backed Kurdish militia leaves a border area http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-turkey-syria/u-s-and-turkey-agree-to-mend-ties-turks-propose-joint-deployment-in-syria-idUSKCN1G00NE2018-02-16
Relations between the NATO partners have frayed over a number of issues particularly support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which Ankara calls terrorists NegativeISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan conveyed his priorities and expectations on Syria and other regional issues to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a meeting on Thursday a Turkish presidential source said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-turkey-erdogan/turkeys-erdogan-conveyed-expectations-on-syria-to-tillerson-source-idUSKCN1FZ2SS2018-02-15
Turkey launched an air and ground assault last month in northwest Afrin region to drive the YPG from the area Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-turkey/turkey-demands-u-s-expel-kurdish-militia-from-anti-islamic-state-force-idUSKCN1FZ2S82018-02-15
A US decision to continue funding the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect future moves President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson NegativeA US decision to continue funding the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect future moves President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/u-s-funding-of-syrian-ypg-militia-will-impact-turkeys-decisions-erdogan-idUSKBN1FX0XP2018-02-13
A decision by the United States to continue to fund the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect future moves President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson NegativeA decision by the United States to continue to fund the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect future moves President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/erdogan-says-u-s-funding-of-syrian-ypg-militia-to-impact-turkeys-decisions-idUSKBN1FX0XP2018-02-13
Ankara has been infuriated by Washingtons alliance in Syria with forces led by the Kurdish YPG militia which Turkey is targeting in its offensive NegativeANKARA The mayor of the Turkish capital of Ankara said on Monday he had approved renaming a street outside the U.S. Embassy as Olive the name Turkey uses for its ongoing military campaign in Syria http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-usa-embassy/turkey-to-name-street-by-u-s-embassy-after-its-syrian-offensive-idUSKBN1FW1US2018-02-12
Turkeys offensive in Afrin pits it against the Kurdish YPG militia which also holds swathes of land in northeast Syria supported by Ankaras NATO ally Washington NegativeThe United Nations said on Monday the suffering of civilians in Syria has worsened since it called for a ceasefire six days ago in a humanitarian initiative that was rapidly derailed by an even more intense bombardment http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un/syria-suffering-some-of-worst-fighting-of-war-u-n-warns-idUSKBN1FW18Y2018-02-12
For much of the war Damascus and the YPG have avoided confrontation at times fighting common enemies including the rebel groups that are now helping Turkey attack Afrin NegativeALEPPO Syrias U.S.backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-kurds/friend-or-foe-assad-quietly-aids-syrian-kurds-against-turkey-idUSKBN1FV0782018-02-11
He There is still a significant gap between the YPG and regime positions on the future of northeastern Syria NegativeALEPPO Syrias U.S.backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of President Bashar alAssad http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-kurds/friend-or-foe-assad-quietly-aids-syrian-kurds-against-turkey-idUSKBN1FV0782018-02-11
ISTANBUL A Turkish army helicopter was shot down by Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters near the north Syrian town of Afrin President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday and the Turkish military said two soldiers on board the aircraft died NegativeISTANBUL A Turkish army helicopter was shot down by Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters near the north Syrian town of Afrin President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday and the Turkish military said two soldiers on board the aircraft died http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-helicopte/turkish-helicopter-shot-down-by-kurdish-militia-in-syrias-afrin-erdogan-idUSKBN1FU0M32018-02-10
YPG sources separately confirmed the downing of the helicopter NeutralISTANBUL A Turkish army helicopter was shot down by Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters near the north Syrian town of Afrin President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday and the Turkish military said two soldiers on board the aircraft died http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-helicopte/turkish-helicopter-shot-down-by-kurdish-militia-in-syrias-afrin-erdogan-idUSKBN1FU0M32018-02-10
Ankara regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party that has waged a threedecade insurgency on neighboring Turkish soil NegativeFrance urged Russia to make Syrias government ease a dire humanitarian crisis in two rebelheld areas as more air strikes pounded them on Friday adding to the death toll from one of the deadliest weeks of the war http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/france-presses-russia-over-syria-as-more-die-in-besieged-rebel-area-idUSKBN1FT1U42018-02-09
ISTANBUL Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish YPG militia targets in Afrin region the army said on Friday after a lull in air strikes following the shooting down of Russian warplane elsewhere in Syria last weekend NegativeISTANBUL Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish YPG militia targets in Afrin region the army said on Friday after a lull in air strikes following the shooting down of Russian warplane elsewhere in Syria last weekend http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-warplanes-strike-kurdish-militia-targets-in-syria-army-idUSKBN1FT0JC2018-02-09
The YPG and its allies have set up three autonomous cantons in the north including Afrin since the Syrian conflict began in 2011 NegativeISTANBUL Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish YPG militia targets in Afrin region the army said on Friday after a lull in air strikes following the shooting down of Russian warplane elsewhere in Syria last weekend http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-warplanes-strike-kurdish-militia-targets-in-syria-army-idUSKBN1FT0JC2018-02-09
Turkey a US ally has launched a military air and ground operation into the Afrin region in northwest Syria targeting the Kurdish YPG militia despite US objections NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expects to have tough talks during a fivenation trip of the Middle East next week including in Turkey where he will urge leaders to rein in an offensive in northern Syria U.S. officials said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-tillerson-mideast/tillerson-sees-tough-talks-with-turkey-others-on-mideast-trip-idUSKBN1FT2AS2018-02-09
Since the onset of conflict in 2011 the YPG and its allies have set up three autonomous cantons in the north including Afrin NegativeBEIRUT Turkish forces shelled a primary school and a water plant in Syria’s northern Afrin region Syrian Kurdish fighters and Syrian state media said on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-afrin/turkish-army-hit-school-water-plant-in-syrias-afrin-syrian-kurdish-ypg-idUSKBN1FR23M2018-02-07
Fighting is raging in Afrin between the Kurdish YPG militia and Turkish forces that launched a major offensive against the area last month NegativeBEIRUT Shells hit a camp for internally displaced Syrians near the SyrianTurkey border on Tuesday killing at least one person the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reportedhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-camp/shells-hits-camp-for-displaced-in-northwest-syria-report-idUSKBN1FQ2012018-02-06
Iran urged Turkey on Monday to stop its twoweekold military offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Afrin region which neighbors Idlib NegativeISTANBUL A Turkish soldier was killed in a rocket and mortar attack by militants in northwest Syria as Turkish forces were setting up a military post in the largest remaining stronghold of opposition to President Bashar alAssad Turkey’s military said on Tuesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-attack/turkish-soldier-killed-setting-up-military-post-in-northwest-syria-idUSKBN1FQ0PB2018-02-06
The YPG said in a statement posted on its social media networks that Turkey was behind the attack and that accusations that the YPG had carried it out were lies NegativeBEIRUT Shells hit a camp for internally displaced Syrians near the SyrianTurkey border on Tuesday killing at least one person the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reportedhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-camp/shells-hits-camp-for-displaced-in-northwest-syria-report-idUSKBN1FQ2012018-02-06
The conflict has been further complicated since January by a an offensive that neighboring Turkey launched against the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin NegativeBEIRUT The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month as heavy air strikes were reported to have killed scores of people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascushttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/u-n-demands-syria-ceasefire-as-air-strikes-pound-rebel-areas-idUSKBN1FQ1P72018-02-06
ISTANBUL Five Turkish soldiers were killed when their tank was hit in an attack carried out by Kurdish YPG militia fighters on Saturday in northwest Afrin region armed forces said NegativeISTANBUL Five Turkish soldiers were killed when their tank was hit in an attack carried out by Kurdish YPG militia fighters on Saturday in northwest Syria’s Afrin region Turkey’s armed forces saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-attack/five-turkish-soldiers-killed-in-attack-on-tank-in-syrias-afrin-army-idUSKBN1FN0MD2018-02-03
In the latest fighting in Afrin five Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday when their tank was hit in an attack carried out by YPG fighters armed forces said NegativeISTANBUL Turkish guards at the border with Syria are indiscriminately shooting at and summarily returning asylum seekers attempting to cross into Turkey Human Rights Watch saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-denies-report-border-guards-shot-at-fleeing-syrians-idUSKBN1FN0CP2018-02-03
Ankara views the YPG as terrorists and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party that has waged a threedecade insurgency on Turkish soil NegativeBEIRUT Supplies are dwindling in the main hospital of Syria’s Afrin city which has taken in 48 people killed and 86 wounded in recent Turkish attacks its director said on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-afrin/supplies-dwindling-in-syrias-afrin-city-hospital-after-attacks-director-idUSKBN1FK28A2018-01-31
Since the onset of conflict in 2011 the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and its allies have set up three autonomous cantons in the north including Afrin which borders Turkey NegativeBEIRUT Supplies are dwindling in the main hospital of Syria’s Afrin city which has taken in 48 people killed and 86 wounded in recent Turkish attacks its director said on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-afrin/supplies-dwindling-in-syrias-afrin-city-hospital-after-attacks-director-idUSKBN1FK28A2018-01-31
The United States and France have armed and trained YPGled militia in the fight against Islamic State in Syria NegativePARIS French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country and said he wanted Ankara to coordinate its action with its allieshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/frances-macron-warns-turkey-over-syrian-operation-idUSKBN1FK12S2018-01-31
The YPG spearheads an alliance of militias the Syrian Democratic Forces that has seized vast territory from Islamic State militants with help from the USled coalition NegativeBEIRUT Supplies are dwindling in the main hospital of Syria’s Afrin city which has taken in 48 people killed and 86 wounded in recent Turkish attacks its director said on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-afrin/supplies-dwindling-in-syrias-afrin-city-hospital-after-attacks-director-idUSKBN1FK28A2018-01-31
Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a threedecadelong insurgency in largely Kurdish southeast NegativePARIS French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country and said he wanted Ankara to coordinate its action with its allieshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/frances-macron-warns-turkey-over-syrian-operation-idUSKBN1FK12S2018-01-31
The United States has armed a YPGspearheaded militia in the fight against Islamic State in Syria NeutralANKARA One person was killed and two more were wounded in a roadside bomb attack on a Turkish military convoy in Syria’s Idlib on Tuesday the Turkish army saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-idlib/one-person-killed-in-attack-turkish-convoy-in-idlib-turkish-army-idUSKBN1FJ2S42018-01-30
Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a deadly threedecade insurgency in largely Kurdish southeast NegativeANKARA One person was killed and two more were wounded in a roadside bomb attack on a Turkish military convoy in Syria’s Idlib on Tuesday the Turkish army saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-idlib/one-person-killed-in-attack-turkish-convoy-in-idlib-turkish-army-idUSKBN1FJ2S42018-01-30
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey will its entire border with Syria in a sign that the Turkish offensive on the Syrian Kurdish YPG group in northern Afrin region could be extended further NegativeANKARA/BEIRUT President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey will “clean” its entire border with Syria in a sign that the Turkish offensive on the Syrian Kurdish YPG group in northern Syria’s Afrin region could be extended furtherhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/erdogan-says-turkey-will-clean-entire-syrian-border-idUSKBN1FH0MH2018-01-28
The Syrian government of President Bashar alAssad has condemned the Turkish assault but it also opposes the YPG and Kurdish aspirations for autonomy in northern parts of Syria NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian government and a war monitor said on Sunday that Turkish shelling of the Kurdishheld Afrin region of Syria had seriously damaged an ancient templehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-temple/syrian-government-says-turkish-shelling-damaged-ancient-temple-idUSKBN1FH08F2018-01-28
The USbacked Syrian Democratic Forces an alliance of militias of which the YPG is the strongest had said earlier on Sunday that there was intense fighting in the area NegativeANKARA/BEIRUT President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey will “clean” its entire border with Syria in a sign that the Turkish offensive on the Syrian Kurdish YPG group in northern Syria’s Afrin region could be extended furtherhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/erdogan-says-turkey-will-clean-entire-syrian-border-idUSKBN1FH0MH2018-01-28
operation against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin began a week ago and has included heavy bombardment but limited advances by its army or allied Syrian rebel groups NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian government and a war monitor said on Sunday that Turkish shelling of the Kurdishheld Afrin region of Syria had seriously damaged an ancient templehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-temple/syrian-government-says-turkish-shelling-damaged-ancient-temple-idUSKBN1FH08F2018-01-28
A senior official for the USbacked Syrian Democratic Forces an alliance of Syrian fighters spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG said any wider Turkish assault would face an appropriate NegativeANKARA/BEIRUT The United States has pledged to stop supplying weapons to a Kurdish militia in Syria Turkey said on Saturday calling on Washington to immediately remove its troops from a Syrian town of Manbij that Turkish forces plan to targethttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-u-s-has-promised-to-stop-arming-ypg-warns-washington-on-manbij-idUSKBN1FG0P42018-01-27
ANKARA Jan 27 The United States has told Turkey it will not provide any more weapons to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia Turkish state media said on Saturday as offensive by against the USbacked YPG in Syria entered its eighth day NegativeANKARA Jan 27 The United States has told Turkey it will not provide any more weapons to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia Turkish state media said on Saturday as Turkey’s offensive by against the U.S.backed YPG in Syria entered its eighth dayhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/u-s-tells-turkey-it-will-end-weapons-support-for-syrian-kurdish-ypg-anadolu-idUSL8N1PM0652018-01-27
ANKARA The United States has told Turkey it will not provide any more weapons to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia the Turkish presidency said on Saturday as offensive against the USbacked YPG in Syria entered its eighth day NegativeANKARA The United States has told Turkey it will not provide any more weapons to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia the Turkish presidency said on Saturday as Turkey’s offensive against the U.S.backed YPG in Syria entered its eighth dayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/u-s-to-end-weapons-support-for-syrian-kurdish-ypg-turkey-says-idUSKBN1FG08W2018-01-27
Ankara said earlier it had been told by US National Security Adviser HR McMaster that Washington would not provide the YPG with weapons anymore NegativeANKARA The United States needs to withdraw from northern Syria’s Manbij region immediately Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa-manbi/turkey-says-u-s-needs-to-withdraw-from-syrias-manbij-region-immediately-idUSKBN1FG0FY2018-01-27
Speaking to reporters Cavusoglu also said Turkey wanted to see concrete steps by the United States to end its support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia NegativeANKARA The United States needs to withdraw from northern Syria’s Manbij region immediately Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa-manbi/turkey-says-u-s-needs-to-withdraw-from-syrias-manbij-region-immediately-idUSKBN1FG0FY2018-01-27
The US State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment about ending arms to the YPG or exiting Manbij NegativeANKARA/BEIRUT The United States has pledged to stop supplying weapons to a Kurdish militia in Syria Turkey said on Saturday calling on Washington to immediately remove its troops from a Syrian town of Manbij that Turkish forces plan to targethttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-u-s-has-promised-to-stop-arming-ypg-warns-washington-on-manbij-idUSKBN1FG0P42018-01-27
Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group but the militia has played a prominent role in USled efforts to combat the hardline Islamic State in Syria NeutralANKARA/BEIRUT President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkish forces would sweep Kurdish fighters from the Syrian border and could push all the way east to the frontier with Iraq a move which risks a possible confrontation with U.S. forces allied to the Kurdshttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-syria/turkeys-erdogan-says-military-operation-to-make-big-sweep-east-across-syria-idUSKBN1FF1R02018-01-26
A YPG spokesman was not immediately available for comment NegativeISTANBUL Turkey’s Red Crescent is preparing for a potential outflow of refugees from Syria’s Afrin region where a Turkish offensive against a Kurdish militia entered a sixth day the aid group said on Thursdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-redcresce/turkish-red-crescent-prepares-for-refugee-wave-from-syrias-afrin-idUSKBN1FE2EJ2018-01-25
Ankara sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party insurgent group which is deemed a terrorist organization by the United States the EU and Turkey NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump urged Turkey on Wednesday to curtail its military operation in Syria and warned it not to bring U.S. and Turkish forces into conflict but a Turkish source said a White House readout did not accurately reflect the conversationhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-warns-erdogan-to-avoid-clash-between-u-s-turkish-forces-idUSKBN1FD2VW2018-01-25
Erdogan has looked to bolster ties with Russia and Iran in recent years in part because of frustration with support for the YPG in the fight against Islamic State NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump urged Turkey on Wednesday to curtail its military operation in Syria and warned it not to bring U.S. and Turkish forces into conflict but a Turkish source said a White House readout did not accurately reflect the conversationhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-syria/trump-warns-erdogan-to-avoid-clash-between-u-s-turkish-forces-idUSKBN1FD2VW2018-01-25
In Washington the Pentagon said that it carefully tracked weapons provided to the YPG and would continue discussions with Turkey NegativeANKARA/BEIRUT Turkey urged the United States on Thursday to halt its support for Kurdish YPG fighters or risk confronting Turkish forces on the ground in Syria some of Ankara’s strongest comments yet about a potential clash with its NATO allyhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-to-u-s-end-support-for-syrian-kurd-ypg-or-risk-confrontation-idUSKBN1FE2972018-01-25
Relations between Ankara and Washington have neared breaking point recently over US support for the YPG and other issues NegativeANKARA/BEIRUT Turkey urged the United States on Thursday to halt its support for Kurdish YPG fighters or risk confronting Turkish forces on the ground in Syria some of Ankara’s strongest comments yet about a potential clash with its NATO allyhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-to-u-s-end-support-for-syrian-kurd-ypg-or-risk-confrontation-idUSKBN1FE2972018-01-25
Turkey urged the United States on Thursday to halt its support for Kurdish YPG fighters or risk confronting Turkish forces on the ground in Syria some of strongest comments yet about a potential clash with its NATO ally NegativeANKARA/BEIRUT Turkey urged the United States on Thursday to halt its support for Kurdish YPG fighters or risk confronting Turkish forces on the ground in Syria some of Ankara’s strongest comments yet about a potential clash with its NATO allyhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-to-u-s-end-support-for-syrian-kurd-ypg-or-risk-confrontation-idUSKBN1FE2972018-01-25
US support for the YPG has infuriated NATO ally Turkey which sees the YPG as a terrorist group and has vowed to crush it NegativeBEIRUT Kurdish authorities in Syria’s Afrin district called on Thursday for Bashar alAssad’s government to send troops to help defend them from a sixdayold Turkish assault turning for help to the very government from which they have sought autonomyhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-afrin/kurdish-run-afrin-region-calls-on-syrian-state-to-defend-border-against-turkey-idUSKBN1FE2QA2018-01-25
As operation against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin entered its fifth day several rockets have hit the Turkish border towns of Kilis and Reyhanli NegativeANKARA Two rockets fired from the Syrian region of Afrin struck the Turkish border town of Kilis on Wednesday wounding 13 people the local governor saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-rocket/turkish-border-town-hit-by-rockets-13-wounded-governor-idUSKBN1FD29D2018-01-24
ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan told President Donald Trump the United States must halt weapons support to the Kurdish YPG militia as they discussed by telephone on Wednesday operation against the group in Afrin office said NegativeISTANBUL Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan told President Donald Trump the United States must halt weapons support to the Kurdish YPG militia as they discussed by telephone on Wednesday Ankara’s operation against the group in Syria’s Afrin Erdogan’s office saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkeys-erdogan-calls-on-trump-to-halt-u-s-arms-support-for-syrian-kurdish-militia-idUSKBN1FD2VN2018-01-24
ANKARA Turkish military said in a statement on Tuesday that at least 260 Syrian Kurdish YPG and Islamic State militants had been killed in its operation in Afrin NegativeANKARA Turkish military said in a statement on Tuesday that at least 260 Syrian Kurdish YPG and Islamic State militants had been killed in its operation in Syria’s Afrinhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-army-toll/turkey-says-killed-at-least-260-ypg-islamic-state-militants-in-syrias-afrin-idUSKBN1FC2TI2018-01-23
Afrin would be a quagmire from which the Turkish army will only exit after suffering great said a statement from the YPGled Syrian Democratic Forces umbrella group NegativeHASSA Turkey Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush U.S.backed Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its borderhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-expects-swift-campaign-against-u-s-backed-kurds-in-syria-idUSKBN1FB0WJ2018-01-22
HASSA Turkey Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush USbacked Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its border NegativeHASSA Turkey Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush U.S.backed Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its borderhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-expects-swift-campaign-against-u-s-backed-kurds-in-syria-idUSKBN1FB0WJ2018-01-22
MOSCOW Russian officials are in contact with the Turkish leadership over military operation against Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Afrin region Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday NegativeMOSCOW Russian officials are in contact with the Turkish leadership over Ankara’s military operation against Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria’s Afrin region Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-russia/kremlin-says-in-touch-with-ankara-over-north-syria-operation-idUSKBN1FB13V2018-01-22
Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organisation and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a threedecadesold insurgency in largely Kurdish southeast NegativeISTANBUL Turkish police have detained 24 people for “spreading terrorist propaganda” on social media related to Ankara’s military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria and the capital city’s governor has banned all protestshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-security/turkey-detains-24-over-social-media-comments-on-syria-capital-bans-protests-idUSKBN1FB1AC2018-01-22
Turkey sees the YPG presence on its southern border as a domestic security threat Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-expects-swift-campaign-against-u-s-backed-kurds-in-syria-idUSKBN1FB0WJ2018-01-22
YPG official Nouri Mahmoud said Turkishbacked forces had not taken any territory in Afrin NegativeHASSA Turkey Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush U.S.backed Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its borderhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-expects-swift-campaign-against-u-s-backed-kurds-in-syria-idUSKBN1FB0WJ2018-01-22
AMMAN Around 25000 Free Syrian Army rebels are joining the Turkish military operation in northern Syria with the goal of recapturing Arab towns and villages seized by the YPG Kurdish militia almost two years ago a rebel commander said on Sunday NegativeAMMAN Around 25000 Free Syrian Army rebels are joining the Turkish military operation in northern Syria with the goal of recapturing Arab towns and villages seized by the YPG Kurdish militia almost two years ago a rebel commander said on Sundayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-ria-turkey-rebels/fsa-commander-says-25000-syrian-rebels-back-turkish-force-in-syria-idUSKBN1FA0OK2018-01-21
AZAZ Syria army and rebel allies battled USbacked Kurdish militia in Afrin province on Sunday stepping up a twodayold campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in civil war NegativeAZAZ Syria Turkey’s army and rebel allies battled U.S.backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday stepping up a twodayold campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria’s civil warhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-forces-push-into-syria-battle-kurdish-militia-idUSKBN1F90RQ2018-01-21
BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the Afrin region said Turkish air strikes killed six civilians and three fighters there on Saturday NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the Afrin region said Turkish air strikes killed six civilians and three fighters there on Saturdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-casualties/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-turkish-strikes-kill-9-idUSKBN1F912N2018-01-21
BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said that Turkish air strikes on Afrin region left it with no choice but to fight back saying Ankara had hit civilian neighborhoods NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said that Saturday’s Turkish air strikes on Syria’s Afrin region left it with no choice but to fight back saying Ankara had hit civilian neighborhoodshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-no-choice-but-to-resist-after-turkish-strikes-idUSKBN1F90YN2018-01-21
But the USbacked Syrian Democratic Forces which the YPG spearheads accused Turkey of using crossborder shelling as a false pretext to launch its offensive in Syria NegativeHASSA Turkey/BEIRUT Turkey opened a new front in Syria’s nearly sevenyearold war on Saturday launching airstrikes against a U.S.backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washingtonhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/airstrikes-pound-syrias-afrin-as-turkey-launches-operation-olive-branch-idUSKBN1F90RQ2018-01-21
Earlier on Saturday the military said it hit shelters and hideouts used by the YPG and other Kurdish fighters saying Kurdish militants had fired on Turkish positions inside Turkey NeutralHASSA Turkey/BEIRUT Turkey opened a new front in Syria’s nearly sevenyearold war on Saturday launching airstrikes against a U.S.backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washingtonhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/airstrikes-pound-syrias-afrin-as-turkey-launches-operation-olive-branch-idUSKBN1F90RQ2018-01-21
Erdogan said some of allies had provided the YPG with 2000 plane shipments and 5000 truckloads of ammunition comments that appeared to be aimed at the United States NegativeAZAZ Syria Turkey’s army and rebel allies battled U.S.backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday stepping up a twodayold campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria’s civil warhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-forces-push-into-syria-battle-kurdish-militia-idUSKBN1F90RQ2018-01-21
Major Yasser Abdul Rahim said the rebels did not seek to enter the mainly Kurdish city of Afrin but encircle it and expel the YPG which controls it NegativeAZAZ Syria Turkey’s army and rebel allies battled U.S.backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday stepping up a twodayold campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria’s civil warhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-forces-push-into-syria-battle-kurdish-militia-idUSKBN1F90RQ2018-01-21
The United States is backing the YPG in Syria seeing it as an effective partner in the fight against Islamic State NegativeONCUPINAR Turkey Turkey continued to fire artillery at a U.S.backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Sunday after Turkey’s state media said four rockets from Syria had hit a Turkish border townhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-kilis/turkish-artillery-fires-in-northern-syria-after-border-town-hit-idUSKBN1FA0472018-01-21
The YPG said it had repelled the Turkish forces NeutralAZAZ Syria Turkey’s army and rebel allies battled U.S.backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday stepping up a twodayold campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria’s civil warhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-forces-push-into-syria-battle-kurdish-militia-idUSKBN1F90RQ2018-01-21
The YPG urged men and women in north Syria to join its ranks to protect Afrin NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said that Saturday’s Turkish air strikes on Syria’s Afrin region left it with no choice but to fight back saying Ankara had hit civilian neighborhoodshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-no-choice-but-to-resist-after-turkish-strikes-idUSKBN1F90YN2018-01-21
Turkey has been particularly outraged by an announcement that the US planned to train 30000 personnel in parts of northeast Syria under the control of the YPGled Syrian Democratic Forces NegativeAZAZ Syria Turkey’s army and rebel allies battled U.S.backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday stepping up a twodayold campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria’s civil warhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-forces-push-into-syria-battle-kurdish-militia-idUSKBN1F90RQ2018-01-21
Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has carried out a deadly threedecade insurgency in mainly Kurdish southeast NegativeONCUPINAR Turkey Turkey continued to fire artillery at a U.S.backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Sunday after Turkey’s state media said four rockets from Syria had hit a Turkish border townhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-kilis/turkish-artillery-fires-in-northern-syria-after-border-town-hit-idUSKBN1FA0472018-01-21
Turkish troops have targeted these YPGheld Arab villages in artillery and aerial attacks on the USbacked Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border rebels said NegativeAMMAN Around 25000 Free Syrian Army rebels are joining the Turkish military operation in northern Syria with the goal of recapturing Arab towns and villages seized by the YPG Kurdish militia almost two years ago a rebel commander said on Sundayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-ria-turkey-rebels/fsa-commander-says-25000-syrian-rebels-back-turkish-force-in-syria-idUSKBN1FA0OK2018-01-21
YPG is ready to confront Turkish troops and FSA terrorists Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/update-4-turkey-shells-syrias-afrin-region-minister-says-operation-has-begun-idUSL8N1PE2792018-01-20
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told CNN Turk in an interview on Thursday that Turkey would intervene in Afrin and Manbij to counter the Syrian Kurdish YPG militias NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian government on Thursday warned Turkey against launching a military operation in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin and said that Syrian air defenses stood ready to defend against such an attackhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-minister/damascus-warns-turkey-against-afrin-attack-syrian-state-tv-idUSKBN1F71HD2018-01-18
Turkish forces are already deployed in areas of Syria on either side of the YPGcontrolled Afrin NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian government on Thursday warned Turkey against launching a military operation in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin and said that Syrian air defenses stood ready to defend against such an attackhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-minister/damascus-warns-turkey-against-afrin-attack-syrian-state-tv-idUSKBN1F71HD2018-01-18
He said actions by the United States in Syria were not befitting the alliance between the two countries and said the US support for the Kurdish YPG forces was NegativeANKARA Turkey will not hesitate to take steps in Afrin and other regions across its border with Syria to ensure its national security if its demands are not met Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-will-take-steps-in-syrian-border-region-if-demands-not-met-deputy-pm-idUSKBN1F62P22018-01-17
ISTANBUL Turkish armed forces chief General Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday Turkey will not allow the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to receive support and said NATO should not differentiate between terrorist groups staterun Anadolu agency reported NegativeISTANBUL Turkish armed forces chief General Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday Turkey will not allow the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to receive support and said NATO should not differentiate between terrorist groups staterun Anadolu agency reportedhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-military/turkish-army-chief-says-will-not-allow-support-for-syrian-kurdish-militia-media-idUSKBN1F512Z2018-01-16
On Sunday the USled coalition said it was working with the mainly Kurdish YPGled Syrian Democratic Forces to set up a new 30000strong border force NegativeISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday the United States was trying to create a “terror army” on Turkey’s southern frontier by training a Syrian border force that includes a Kurdish militia and pledged to crush it before it came into beinghttp://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-erdogan/update-1-erdogan-says-turkey-will-crush-terror-army-in-northern-syria-idUSL8N1PA2WM2018-01-15
ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip spokesman on Sunday denounced efforts by the USled coalition to train a border security force in northern Syria including Kurdish YPG fighters as worrying and unacceptable NegativeANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman on Sunday denounced efforts by the U.S.led coalition to train a border security force in northern Syria including Kurdish YPG fighters as worrying and unacceptablehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sdf-erdogan/turkey-says-u-s-training-of-kurdish-ypg-in-syria-border-force-is-unacceptable-idUSKBN1F30R32018-01-14
Erdogan has said the Kurdish YPG militia is trying to establish a terror on southern border linking Afrin with a large Kurdishcontrolled area to the east NegativeISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey’s military incursion in northern Syria’s Idlib province would crush Kurdish militia forces that control the neighboring region of Afrinhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/erdogan-says-turkey-will-crush-kurdish-militia-in-afrin-idUSKBN1F20G42018-01-13
The Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish forces inside Syria fired shells into Afrin on Saturday but no one was wounded NegativeISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey’s military incursion in northern Syria’s Idlib province would crush Kurdish militia forces that control the neighboring region of Afrinhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/erdogan-says-turkey-will-crush-kurdish-militia-in-afrin-idUSKBN1F20G42018-01-13
The Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish forces stationed in Syria shelled several Kurdish villages in the Afrin region on Saturday without causing casualties NegativeISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey’s military incursion in northern Syria’s Idlib province would crush Kurdish militia forces that control the neighboring region of Afrinhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/erdogan-says-turkey-will-crush-kurdish-militia-in-afrin-idUSKBN1F20G42018-01-13
Last month the YPG militia said it had fully captured Deir eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the USled coalition and Russia NeutralANKARA Turkey on Wednesday summoned a top U.S. diplomat in Ankara to protest Washington’s support of a Kurdish militia in Syria sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the latest in a longstanding disagreement between the NATO allieshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkey-summons-u-s-charge-daffaires-over-syria-turkish-sources-idUSKBN1EZ20D2018-01-10
The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the US charge to voice its displeasure over arming and training of the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia in Syria the sources said NegativeANKARA Turkey on Wednesday summoned a top U.S. diplomat in Ankara to protest Washington’s support of a Kurdish militia in Syria sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the latest in a longstanding disagreement between the NATO allieshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkey-summons-u-s-charge-daffaires-over-syria-turkish-sources-idUSKBN1EZ20D2018-01-10
The YPG is the main element in a force that Washington has assisted with training weapons air support and help from ground advisers in the battle against Islamic State NegativeANKARA Turkey on Wednesday summoned a top U.S. diplomat in Ankara to protest Washington’s support of a Kurdish militia in Syria sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the latest in a longstanding disagreement between the NATO allieshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/turkey-summons-u-s-charge-daffaires-over-syria-turkish-sources-idUSKBN1EZ20D2018-01-10
According to French news channel LCI the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia detained three men on Dec NeutralPARIS Several suspected French Islamist militants have been arrested in northern Syria including a man once convicted of running a jihadist recruitment network in France a source close to the matter said on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/suspected-french-islamist-militants-detained-in-syria-source-idUSKBN1EL1IU2017-12-27
But Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group affiliated to the Kurdish PKK which has waged an insurgency in Turkey for decades NegativeBEIRUT Russia has promised that the autonomous region controlled by Kurds in northern Syria will be represented at peace talks it is hosting next month the commander of the main Syrian Kurdish militia was cited as saying on Wednesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/syrian-kurds-say-russia-has-promised-they-can-attend-sochi-talks-idUSKBN1EL16X2017-12-27
Turkey views the PYD and the YPG as offshoots of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has fought a decadeslong insurgency inside Turkey NegativeBEIRUT Kurdishled Syrian groups plan to attend Russia’s proposed Syria peace talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi Kurdish officials have saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/kurdish-led-syrian-groups-plan-to-attend-sochi-talks-officials-idUSKBN1EF1AK2017-12-21
A YPG spokesman declared the victory in a village in Deir alZor in the presence of a Russian envoy from Hmeimim military base in Syria it said NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday it had fully captured Deir alZor’s eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the U.S.led coalition and Russiahttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-seized-eastern-region-from-islamic-state-idUSKBN1DX0GB2017-12-03
BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday it had fully captured Deir eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the USled coalition and Russia NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday it had fully captured Deir alZor’s eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the U.S.led coalition and Russiahttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-seized-eastern-region-from-islamic-state-idUSKBN1DX0GB2017-12-03
The most powerful component the YPG announced that it had defeated Islamic State militants on its side in cooperation with the Arab tribes NeutralBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday it had fully captured Deir alZor’s eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the U.S.led coalition and Russiahttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-seized-eastern-region-from-islamic-state-idUSKBN1DX0GB2017-12-03
The United States expects to recover heavy weapons and larger vehicles from the YPG but lighter weapons are unlikely to be completely recovered US officials have said NegativeABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that as offensive operations against Islamic State in Syria entered their final stages he expected the focus to move towards holding territory instead of arming Syrian Kurdish fightershttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-mattis-syria/mattis-eyes-moving-away-from-arming-syrian-kurdish-fighters-idUSKBN1DV65A2017-12-02
presidency had previously reported that the United States would not supply weapons to Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria NeutralABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that as offensive operations against Islamic State in Syria entered their final stages he expected the focus to move towards holding territory instead of arming Syrian Kurdish fightershttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-mattis-syria/mattis-eyes-moving-away-from-arming-syrian-kurdish-fighters-idUSKBN1DV65A2017-12-02
The Syrian Kurdish YPG spearheads the Syrian Democratic Forces an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State with the help of a USled coalition NegativeANKARA A telephone call on Friday between U.S. and Turkish leaders marked a turning point in strained relations between the two countries but Washington must honor a pledge to end weapons provisions to Syrian Kurdish fighters Turkey said on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-usa-trump-turkey/turkey-says-trump-must-keep-pledge-on-not-arming-ypg-militia-idUSKBN1DR0P12017-11-27
Weapons provided to Syrian YPG have been limited and mission specific the spokesperson added NegativeANKARA A telephone call on Friday between U.S. and Turkish leaders marked a turning point in strained relations between the two countries but Washington must honor a pledge to end weapons provisions to Syrian Kurdish fighters Turkey said on Mondayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-usa-trump-turkey/turkey-says-trump-must-keep-pledge-on-not-arming-ypg-militia-idUSKBN1DR0P12017-11-27
ANKARA Turkey on Tuesday said it was appalled by the approach of the US Department of Defense towards an agreement between the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State to withdraw Islamic State militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-appalled-by-u-s-stance-on-is-withdrawal-from-raqqa-ministry-idUSKBN1DE32M2017-11-16
ISTANBUL Recent developments in Raqqa show that the Kurdish YPG militia backed by the United States is more concerned about capturing territory than fighting Islamic State Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a speech on Thursday NegativeISTANBUL Recent developments in Syria’s Raqqa show that the Kurdish YPG militia backed by the United States is more concerned about capturing territory than fighting Islamic State Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a speech on Thursdayhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/kurdish-ypg-aims-to-conquer-syrian-region-not-fight-islamic-state-turkish-minister-idUSKBN1DG0VS2017-11-16
Last month a YPG militia spokesman said that Syrian Islamic State fighters were set to abandon Raqqa in a withdrawal agreed with USbacked Syrian militias Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-appalled-by-u-s-stance-on-is-withdrawal-from-raqqa-ministry-idUSKBN1DE32M2017-11-16
The YPG has said Washington has established seven military bases in areas of northern Syria controlled by the YPG or USbacked forces fighting President Bashar troops NegativeANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expressed concern about U.S. and Russian bases in Syria on Monday and said if countries truly believed a military solution was impossible they should withdraw their troopshttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-russia/erdogan-says-those-who-see-no-military-solution-in-syria-should-pull-troops-out-idUSKBN1DD1F22017-11-13
Turkish troops have also fought in Syria to halt the advance of Kurdish YPG forces along its frontier NegativeANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expressed concern about U.S. and Russian bases in Syria on Monday and said if countries truly believed a military solution was impossible they should withdraw their troopshttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-russia/erdogan-says-those-who-see-no-military-solution-in-syria-should-pull-troops-out-idUSKBN1DD1F22017-11-13





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He and Turkeys defence ministry blamed a Kurdish militia group the YPG which they see as linked to Kurdish militant groups inside Turkey. NegativeAt least 40 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin Turkey says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-524541342020-04-29
The YPG which the US relied on to defeat the jihadist group Islamic State in Syria says they are separate entities. NegativeAt least 40 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin Turkey says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-524541342020-04-29
There was no immediate comment from the YPG. NeutralAt least 40 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin Turkey says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-524541342020-04-29





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Turkey views a section of the group the YPG as terrorists. NegativeTurkeys foreign minister has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of being a sponsor of terrorism dismissing the French leaders criticism of Turkeys Syria offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-505849352019-11-29
Ankara sees the YPG militia as an extension of the PKK. NeutralPresident Donald Trump has said Turkeys incursion into Syria is not our border and called the former US allies the Kurds no angels http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-500757032019-10-17
The US military has backed the YPG against socalled Islamic State fighters whose territory is now much diminished. PositiveTurkey has warned it may reopen the route for Syrian refugees to enter Europe if it does not get more international support for creating a safe zone in northern Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-495992972019-09-06
Ankara and Washington are at loggerheads odds over the future of the region where the USbacked Kurdish YPG militia has been fighting socalled Islamic State NegativeThe US says it has carried out an attack on leaders of a group it calls alQaeda in Syria in the countrys rebelheld Idlib province. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-495385282019-09-01
Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group. NegativeThe US says it has carried out an attack on leaders of a group it calls alQaeda in Syria in the countrys rebelheld Idlib province. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-495385282019-09-01
Aidan James 28 of Formby Merseyside had no previous military knowledge when he allegedly set out to join the war in 2017 alongside the YPG Kurdish militia. NegativeA British man wrote of his joy at fighting against the Islamic State group describing it as the biggest threat since Hitler a court heard. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-merseyside-478047792019-04-04
He is accused of receiving training from the PKK before going on to fight with the Peoples Protection Unit known as the YPG in Syria. NegativeA British man wrote of his joy at fighting against the Islamic State group describing it as the biggest threat since Hitler a court heard. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-merseyside-478047792019-04-04
On the second day of his trial the jury was shown Facebook pictures of Mr James posing with YPG insignia wearing military garb. NeutralA British man wrote of his joy at fighting against the Islamic State group describing it as the biggest threat since Hitler a court heard. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-merseyside-478047792019-04-04
He also dismissed the idea that the YPG could be involved in such a project NegativeTurkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he responded positively to Donald Trumps call for a safe zone along its border with Kurdishheld Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-468773082019-01-16
It was captured in two crossborder operations that Turkey has mounted since 2016 as part of its efforts to counter the YPG. NegativeTurkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he responded positively to Donald Trumps call for a safe zone along its border with Kurdishheld Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-468773082019-01-16
He did not say how Turkeys economy would suffer if it attacked the YPG. NegativeUS President Donald Trump has threatened to devastate Turkey economically if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria following a planned pullout of US troops http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-468591642019-01-14
Ankara sees the YPG as a national security threat NeutralTurkeys president has strongly rejected US calls for his country to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-467923292019-01-09
Ground troops first arrived in autumn 2015 when thenPresident Barack Obama sent in a small number of special forces to train and advise YPG fighters. NegativeTurkeys president has strongly rejected US calls for his country to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-467923292019-01-09
Later Mr Kalin told a news conference that he had asked Mr Bolton about the heavy weapons and facilities that the US had handed over to the YPG. NegativeTurkeys president has strongly rejected US calls for his country to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-467923292019-01-09
Mr Erdogan said it was impossible to swallow Mr Boltons comments suggesting that Turkey should agree to protect YPG forces as a precondition to the withdrawal NegativeTurkeys president has strongly rejected US calls for his country to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-467923292019-01-09
But the main fighting force in the SDF is the Kurdish YPG militia which Turkey regards as a terrorist group. NegativeThe withdrawal of US troops from Syria depends on certain conditions US National Security Adviser John Bolton says in a further indication that the process is being slowed down. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-467753082019-01-07
Ibrahim Kalin said Turkeys focus was on the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers Party which Ankara also regards as a terror group. NegativeThe withdrawal of US troops from Syria depends on certain conditions US National Security Adviser John Bolton says in a further indication that the process is being slowed down. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-467753082019-01-07





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The US also has soldiers in Manbij which was taken from IS by forces led by the Kurdish YPG in 2016. NegativeThe Syrian army has entered the key northern city of Manbij for the first time in six years an army spokesman has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-467010952018-12-29
Turkey considers the USbacked Kurdish YPG forces to be part of a terrorist group. NegativeThe Syrian army has entered the key northern city of Manbij for the first time in six years an army spokesman has said. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-467010952018-12-29
On Monday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the military operation against the YPG would start soon. NegativeA Kurdishled alliance in Syria says President Donald Trumps surprise decision to withdraw US troops will allow the Islamic State group to recover. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-466326572018-12-21
On Thursday Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar issued a stark warning to YPG fighters saying they will be buried in their ditches when the time comes. NegativeA Kurdishled alliance in Syria says President Donald Trumps surprise decision to withdraw US troops will allow the Islamic State group to recover. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-466326572018-12-21
On Monday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country might soon start a new military operation against the YPG in Syria. NegativeThe Trump administration says US troops are being withdrawn from Syria after the president said the Islamic State group had been defeated. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-466236172018-12-20
Americas support for the Kurdish YPG forces has strained relations with Turkey which considers the YPG to be part of a terrorist group. NegativeTurkey will launch a new operation against USbacked Kurdish militias in northern Syria in the next few days President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-465398122018-12-13
Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey for three decades NegativeTurkey will launch a new operation against USbacked Kurdish militias in northern Syria in the next few days President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-465398122018-12-13
Turkeys Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has called on the US to scrap the move and end its cooperation with the YPG. NegativeTurkey will launch a new operation against USbacked Kurdish militias in northern Syria in the next few days President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-465398122018-12-13
He was later captured by the Kurdishled YPG the group fighting against the Islamic State when he left IS territory NegativeThe father of a BritishCanadian national detained in Kurdishheld northern Syrian is asking Canadian officials to help secure his release http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-460391452018-10-31
Joe Robinson was given a sevenandahalf year jail term after volunteering with the YPG which was fighting socalled Islamic State in Syria NeutralAn exsoldier sentenced in Turkey after joining a Kurdish armed group has said he is begging for the UK government to help him. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-leeds-455414982018-09-17
Robinson who is originally from Accrington Lancashire said he only spent a month with the YPG while providing medical support to civilians in July 2015. NegativeAn exsoldier sentenced in Turkey after joining a Kurdish armed group has said he is begging for the UK government to help him. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-leeds-455414982018-09-17
Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group NeutralAn exsoldier sentenced in Turkey after joining a Kurdish armed group has said he is begging for the UK government to help him. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-leeds-455414982018-09-17
He was accused of being a member of the Kurdish armed group the YPG which Turkey views as a terrorist group. NegativeA former soldier with the British army who fought for Kurdish forces against socalled Islamic State in Syria has been given a prison sentence in Turkey his mother says. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-leeds-455344832018-09-16
The YPG is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Turkey but is not a banned group in the UK. NegativeA former soldier with the British army who fought for Kurdish forces against socalled Islamic State in Syria has been given a prison sentence in Turkey his mother says. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-leeds-455344832018-09-16
More likely though is a YPG attack on Afrin that coincides with the start of the governments operation NegativeThere is much more at stake for Turkey in Idlib than a potential influx of thousands more Syrian refugees. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-454749372018-09-11
Some reports suggest the YPG may participate in the government offensive in Idlib NegativeThere is much more at stake for Turkey in Idlib than a potential influx of thousands more Syrian refugees. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-454749372018-09-11
He asked whether relations with Turkey which deems the YPG to be a terrorist group was the real reason he was prosecuted and he demanded an explanation. NegativeA British exsoldier accused of attending training camps run by militia fighting the Islamic State group has had the case against him dropped http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-450170162018-07-31
We have always said the decision to prosecute Mr Matthews for fighting with the YPG militia against Isis was extraordinary and totally unjustified he said. NegativeA British exsoldier accused of attending training camps run by militia fighting the Islamic State group has had the case against him dropped http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-450170162018-07-31
Using social media John made arrangements to join the YPG the Kurdish armed group that was welcoming hundreds of Western volunteers into its ranks. NegativeA number of Britons have travelled to Ukraine to join the ongoing fighting in the east of the country http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-438999592018-04-29
He first left his home in Bournemouth to join Kurdish YPG forces in 2015 NegativeA British man who travelled to Syria to fight the Islamic State group was killed a matter of hours before he was due to leave an inquest has heard http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-dorset-439069462018-04-26
He said Mr Holmes had defused improvised explosive devices numerous times during his time with the YPG. NegativeA British man who travelled to Syria to fight the Islamic State group was killed a matter of hours before he was due to leave an inquest has heard http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-dorset-439069462018-04-26
The court also heard Mr Holmes mother and father had tried to discourage their son from joining the YPG but he was a courageous warrior who was determined to help. NegativeA British man who travelled to Syria to fight the Islamic State group was killed a matter of hours before he was due to leave an inquest has heard http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-dorset-439069462018-04-26
Elsewhere in the country Turkey alarmed by the growth of Kurdish influence in Syria recently seized the northwestern Afrin region controlled by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. NegativeThe recapture of Eastern Ghouta by Syrian government forces means President Bashar alAssad is now more securely in power than at any time since the start of this sevenyear conflict. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-436318382018-04-13
France says the YPG has no direct organisational links to the PKK which Turkey says is a terror group PositiveTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected Frances offer to mediate in northern Syria saying he is saddened by its position. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-435958912018-03-30
President Emmanuel Macron had met members of the Kurdishdominated Syrian Democratic Forces including the YPG and expressed hopes for dialogue between Turkey and the militia NegativeTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected Frances offer to mediate in northern Syria saying he is saddened by its position. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-435958912018-03-30
President Emmanuel Macron met members of the Kurdishdominated Syrian Democratic Forces including the YPG NegativeFrance has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-435923232018-03-30
The SDF is a key US ally in the fight against IS and the Kurdish YPG forms a core part of it NegativeFrance has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-435923232018-03-30
The US also backs the YPGs assertion that it has no direct organisational links to the PKK which Turkey calls a terror group NegativeFrance has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-435923232018-03-30
Turkey is battling to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia which it sees as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party NeutralTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected Frances offer to mediate in northern Syria saying he is saddened by its position. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-435958912018-03-30
She is the first British woman to have died in Syria with the YPG or YPJ but the eighth citizen to have been killed while assisting the groups NegativeA British woman volunteer with the allfemale Kurdish armed unit the YPJ has been killed in Syria her father has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-434532922018-03-19
Turkey sees the YPJ and associated YPG as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party a link that the Kurds deny NegativeA British woman volunteer with the allfemale Kurdish armed unit the YPJ has been killed in Syria her father has told the BBC. http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-434532922018-03-19
He said the YPGs terrorism corridor in Afrin was over NegativeTurkishbacked forces have taken full control of the centre of the SyrianKurdish city of Afrin. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-434476242018-03-18
The Turkish assault on Afrin named Operation Olive Branch began on 20 January with the aim of ridding the city and surrounding region of the YPG NegativeTurkishbacked forces have taken full control of the centre of the SyrianKurdish city of Afrin. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-434476242018-03-18
Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey for three decades NegativeTurkishbacked forces have taken full control of the centre of the SyrianKurdish city of Afrin. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-434476242018-03-18
Turkey has also threatened to start an operation to clear YPG fighters deployed in Manbij a town east of Afrin as part of the USbacked Syrian Democratic Forces NegativeThe Turkish military says it has surrounded the Kurdishheld city of Afrin in northern Syria the focus of an offensive against a Kurdish militia http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-433841202018-03-13
YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud acknowledged that all roads in the area were being targeted by Turkish bombardment NegativeThe Turkish military says it has surrounded the Kurdishheld city of Afrin in northern Syria the focus of an offensive against a Kurdish militia http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-433841202018-03-13
In January Turkey began an offensive to oust the Kurdish YPG militia from the Afrin region in northern Syria near the Turkish border NegativeThe Syrian army has made a significant advance in its effort to take rebelheld Eastern Ghouta reports say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-433573812018-03-10
The YPG denies any direct organisational links to the PKK NegativeEight Turkish soldiers have been killed in fighting in the north Syrian region of Afrin the military says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-432516522018-03-02
Meanwhile YPG shellfire reportedly killed four civilians in Azaz including one child NegativeIndiscriminate shellfire by Turkish troops and to a lesser extent Kurdish forces has killed scores of civilians in Syria a human rights group alleges. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-432284722018-02-28
The YPG has denied shelling civilians in Syrian areas neighbouring Afrin and Turkish border towns and accused Turkish security forces of carrying out attacks to justify their offensive NegativeIndiscriminate shellfire by Turkish troops and to a lesser extent Kurdish forces has killed scores of civilians in Syria a human rights group alleges. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-432284722018-02-28
The confrontation risks an escalation in onemonth old offensive that is aimed at driving the YPG out of Afrin NegativeSyrian progovernment forces have entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin provoking an immediate response from Turkish forces besieging the area. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431316002018-02-20
Turkey had said that if Syrian forces came in to Afrin to support the Kurdish YPG forces there would be serious consequences NegativeSyrian progovernment forces have entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin provoking an immediate response from Turkish forces besieging the area. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431316002018-02-20
According to Reuters a Kurdish political official said Russia could object to any agreement between the YPG and the Syrian government as it complicates its own diplomatic efforts with Turkey NeutralKurdish fighters in northwestern Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431070132018-02-19
Separately Turkey has denied using chemical weapons in Afrin after being accused of doing so by a monitoring group and the YPG NegativeKurdish fighters in northwestern Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431070132018-02-19
The Syrian military and the YPG have largely avoided direct conflict in the Syrian war thus far but have had sporadic clashes NegativeKurdish fighters in northwestern Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431070132018-02-19
The YPG cleared Islamic State group fighters from wide swathes of Syria NegativeKurdish fighters in northwestern Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431070132018-02-19
The YPG denies any direct military or political links with the PKK NeutralKurdish fighters in northwestern Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431070132018-02-19
The situation is further complicated by the YPG militia receiving funding from the United States as allies in the fight against IS NegativeKurdish fighters in northwestern Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431070132018-02-19
He warned that if the YPG takes hold of these areas of the stability will never enter this area NegativeThe US and Turkey whose forces are at loggerheads in northern Syria have agreed to try to defuse the crisis. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-430849632018-02-16
Last month Turkish forces backed by proTurkish Syrian rebels attacked Afrin with the declared aim of driving the YPG out NegativeThe US and Turkey whose forces are at loggerheads in northern Syria have agreed to try to defuse the crisis. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-430849632018-02-16
Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the banned Kurdistan Party which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey for three decades NeutralThe US and Turkey whose forces are at loggerheads in northern Syria have agreed to try to defuse the crisis. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-430849632018-02-16
The YPG have been important allies of the West in helping to defeat socalled Islamic State NeutralA British man who fought against socalled Islamic State is to be charged with a terror offence.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-429822452018-02-07
Olive Branch operation was launched on 20 January to drive the Kurdish YPG militia out of Afrin NegativeThe Turkish military has suffered the deadliest day in its offensive against Kurdish militias inside northern Syria with seven soldiers killed.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-429340412018-02-04
The military said in a statement that the USbacked YPG attacked the tank in Sheikh Haruz northeast of Afrin city NegativeThe Turkish military has suffered the deadliest day in its offensive against Kurdish militias inside northern Syria with seven soldiers killed.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-429340412018-02-04
Two other soldiers were killed earlier the military said one in Afrin and another on the Turkish side of the border in an attack blamed on the YPG NegativeThe Turkish military has suffered the deadliest day in its offensive against Kurdish militias inside northern Syria with seven soldiers killed.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-429340412018-02-04
The US has provided the YPG and allied Arab fighters with weapons and air support to help them battle the jihadist group Islamic State in Syria NegativeKurds in Syria have reacted furiously to a video showing the body of a female Kurdish fighter killed in battle during a Turkishled offensive.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-429292472018-02-03
Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist group and an extension of the banned Kurdistan Party which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey for three decades NegativeKurds in Syria have reacted furiously to a video showing the body of a female Kurdish fighter killed in battle during a Turkishled offensive.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-429292472018-02-03
Former YPG fighters were reunited in a remarkable gathering at a Dorset community centre NegativeFighters from around the world who battled the Islamic State group gathered in Dorset for the funeral of a 24yearold Briton killed in Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-dorset-429120222018-02-02
Hanna Bohman a fighter from Canada I flew over because Jac was one of the original volunteers to join the YPG I had to come NegativeFighters from around the world who battled the Islamic State group gathered in Dorset for the funeral of a 24yearold Briton killed in Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-dorset-429120222018-02-02
His coffin was carried into the service by members of the Kurdish community and dressed with flowers in the colours of the YPG PositiveFighters from around the world who battled the Islamic State group gathered in Dorset for the funeral of a 24yearold Briton killed in Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-dorset-429120222018-02-02
The Kurdish group targeted the YPG is active in the Afrin region across from border NegativeA hospital built under 20m of rock in a rebelheld part of central Syria has been wrecked by a powerful air strike medical sources say.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-429087112018-02-02
Mr Erdogan has vowed to crush the YPG militia which controls Afrin and more than 400km of northern border NegativeMore than 300 people have been arrested in Turkey after posting messages online criticising the country's military offensive across the border in Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-428635312018-01-29
Turkey says that the YPG is an extension of the banned Kurdistan Party which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey for three decades NegativeMore than 300 people have been arrested in Turkey after posting messages online criticising the country's military offensive across the border in Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-428635312018-01-29
The campaign has strained relations between Ankara and Washington which has supported the YPG in its fight against IS NegativeTurkey is prepared to take its fight against Kurdish forces in northern Syria as far east as Iraq President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-428312962018-01-26
Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the banned Kurdistan Party which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey for three decades NeutralTurkey is prepared to take its fight against Kurdish forces in northern Syria as far east as Iraq President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-428312962018-01-26
Air strikes pummelled the Afrin enclave before ground forces moved in against the Kurdish YPG militia NegativeThe German government has put plans on hold to upgrade Germanmade tanks used by Turkey amid a public outcry over a Turkish offensive in northern Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-428201512018-01-25
Ankara regards Kurdish YPG fighters in Afrin as terrorists and says they are linked to Kurdish PKK guerrillas who operate in Turkey itself NegativeKurdish authorities in Syria's northern Afrin enclave have called on Syrian troops to defend the region's border as a Turkish offensive continues there.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-428262532018-01-25
But then pictures emerged suggesting the tanks were not only being used in campaigns against the Islamic State group but also in Operation Olive Branch against the YPG NeutralThe German government has put plans on hold to upgrade Germanmade tanks used by Turkey amid a public outcry over a Turkish offensive in northern Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-428201512018-01-25
Fortyeight Turkishbacked rebels and 42 YPG fighters have been killed in the fighting since Saturday says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights a UKbased monitoring group NegativeThe German government has put plans on hold to upgrade Germanmade tanks used by Turkey amid a public outcry over a Turkish offensive in northern Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-428201512018-01-25
The Observatory reports 28 civilians killed by Turkish air and artillery strikes on Afrin and another two by YPG fire inside Syria NegativeThe German government has put plans on hold to upgrade Germanmade tanks used by Turkey amid a public outcry over a Turkish offensive in northern Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-428201512018-01-25
Turkey accuses the YPG of having links to the banned Kurdistan Party group within its own borders NeutralKurdish authorities in Syria's northern Afrin enclave have called on Syrian troops to defend the region's border as a Turkish offensive continues there.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-428262532018-01-25
Turkey accuses the YPG of having links to the banned Kurdistan Party group within its own borders NeutralThe German government has put plans on hold to upgrade Germanmade tanks used by Turkey amid a public outcry over a Turkish offensive in northern Syria.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-428201512018-01-25
The German government is facing calls to halt arms exports to Turkey after reports emerged that Germanmade Leopard tanks were being used in an offensive against the Kurdish YPG NegativeThe German government is facing calls to halt arms exports to Turkey after reports emerged that Germanmade Leopard tanks were being used in an offensive against the Kurdish YPG.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-427959432018-01-24
The Turkish army have been shelling Afrin killing civilians as well as YPG fighters NegativeBritish men are among a group of international volunteers preparing to fight against Turkishled forces in northwest Syria the BBC understands.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-427992842018-01-24
The YPG has released a video showing an international group of volunteers who previously fought in Syria against socalled Islamic State NeutralBritish men are among a group of international volunteers preparing to fight against Turkishled forces in northwest Syria the BBC understands.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-427992842018-01-24
Turkey views the YPG as terrorists and has launched a new offensive to drive Kurdish fighters out of Afrin NegativeBritish men are among a group of international volunteers preparing to fight against Turkishled forces in northwest Syria the BBC understands.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-427992842018-01-24
About 10000 Syrian rebels are reportedly taking part in the offensive while Turkish officials estimate that there are between 8000 and 10000 YPG fighters in Afrin NegativeAn estimated 5000 people have been displaced by clashes between Turkishled forces and Kurdish fighters in northwestern Syria the UN says.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427880542018-01-23
Ankara is now demanding an end to the US alliance with the YPG arguing that the fight against IS is over NegativeTurkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria as it steps up an offensive against the militia.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427843012018-01-23
Kurdish leaders also invited civilians to take up arms saying the YPG was ready to receive all those who wish to defend Afrin and provide them with weapons NegativeAn estimated 5000 people have been displaced by clashes between Turkishled forces and Kurdish fighters in northwestern Syria the UN says.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427880542018-01-23
The YPG denies any direct links NeutralTurkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria as it steps up an offensive against the militia.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427843012018-01-23
The YPG has denied that any of the Afrin region is under Turkish control NegativeTurkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria as it steps up an offensive against the militia.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427843012018-01-23
Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria as it steps up an offensive against the militia NegativeTurkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria as it steps up an offensive against the militia.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427843012018-01-23
Ankara said the US had to stop backing the YPG if they wanted cooperation NeutralThe US is willing to work with Turkey to address its legitimate security concerns in northern Syria Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427820172018-01-22
But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights a UKbased monitoring group said the YPG had repelled Turkish troops from two villages that had been briefly captured in heavy fighting NegativeThe US is willing to work with Turkey to address its legitimate security concerns in northern Syria Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427820172018-01-22
Earlier the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to not step back in the assault on the YPG enclave of Afrin NegativeThe US is willing to work with Turkey to address its legitimate security concerns in northern Syria Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427820172018-01-22
However ANHA said dozens of Turkish troops and Syrian rebels had been killed or wounded in YPG counterattacks on Monday alone NeutralThe US is willing to work with Turkey to address its legitimate security concerns in northern Syria Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427820172018-01-22
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has denied killing civilians and accused the YPG of emanating nonsense propaganda and baseless lies NegativeThe US is willing to work with Turkey to address its legitimate security concerns in northern Syria Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427820172018-01-22
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the aim was to establish a 30km safe zone deep inside Syria and Mr Erdogan vowed to crush the YPG very quickly NegativeThe US is willing to work with Turkey to address its legitimate security concerns in northern Syria Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427820172018-01-22
But a spokesperson for the YPG Nouri Mahmoudi said the group had managed to repel Turkish troops and they were forced to retreat NegativeTurkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to crush Kurdish fighters very quickly.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427656972018-01-21
On Saturday a spokesperson for the YPGled Syrian Democratic Forces said it would have no choice but to defend itself if attacked NegativeTurkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the US.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427599442018-01-21
The Kurdish YPG militia says it has repelled Turkish troops in Afrin and is shelling Turkish border areas NegativeTurkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to crush Kurdish fighters very quickly.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427656972018-01-21
The USbacked YPG says at least nine people were killed in the air strikes NeutralTurkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the US.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427599442018-01-21
The YPG and SDF deny any terrorist links a claim backed by the US government NegativeTurkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the US.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427599442018-01-21
The YPG has been a key part of the battle against IS in Syria and has been supported by the US NegativeTurkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the US.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427599442018-01-21
The YPG said at least four Turkish soldiers and 10 Syrian rebel fighters supporting them were killed in clashes on Sunday morning but there has been no confirmation from Turkey NegativeTurkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to crush Kurdish fighters very quickly.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427656972018-01-21
Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group but it forms a crucial part of a USbacked alliance battling Islamic State jihadists in Syria NegativeTurkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to crush Kurdish fighters very quickly.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427656972018-01-21
Turkey wants to oust the YPG militia which it calls a terrorist group from Afrin region on its southern border NeutralTurkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the US.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427599442018-01-21
With backing of the YPG risky offensive puts Ankara in direct confrontation with its Nato ally the Mark Lowen on the TurkishSyrian border warns NegativeTurkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to crush Kurdish fighters very quickly.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427656972018-01-21
The YPG and the civilians will defend Afrin to the last moment PositiveTurkey has intensified its shelling of a Kurdish militia in northern Syria ahead of a threatened ground offensive aimed at driving them out of the area.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427477022018-01-19
The YPG said 70 shells were fired at targets in Afrin overnight NegativeTurkey has intensified its shelling of a Kurdish militia in northern Syria ahead of a threatened ground offensive aimed at driving them out of the area.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427477022018-01-19
Turkey has for months said it would clear Kurdish YPG fighters from Afrin under Kurdish control since 2012 NeutralTurkey has intensified its shelling of a Kurdish militia in northern Syria ahead of a threatened ground offensive aimed at driving them out of the area.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427477022018-01-19
Turkey has intermittently shelled and carried out air strikes against the YPG in the Afrin area from where fighters have fired rockets into Turkey NegativeTurkey has intensified its shelling of a Kurdish militia in northern Syria ahead of a threatened ground offensive aimed at driving them out of the area.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427477022018-01-19
One recent development appears to have brought forward plans to clear YPG fighters from Afrin and Manbij NegativeTurkey says it is getting ready to launch a massive assault on Kurdish forces on the other side of the border with Syria potentially putting it in direct conflict with its Nato ally the United States.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427045422018-01-18
The YPG denies any direct military or political links with the PKK NeutralTurkey says it is getting ready to launch a massive assault on Kurdish forces on the other side of the border with Syria potentially putting it in direct conflict with its Nato ally the United States.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427045422018-01-18
The YPG has not said how many fighters it has in the two areas but staterun Anadolu news agency estimated that there were about 8000 to 10000 in Afrin NegativeTurkey says it is getting ready to launch a massive assault on Kurdish forces on the other side of the border with Syria potentially putting it in direct conflict with its Nato ally the United States.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427045422018-01-18
Although the rebels halted the YPG advance the US deployed troops around the predominantly Arab town of Manbij to dissuade them trying to take it by force NeutralTurkey's president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdishheld areas in northern Syria as tanks and troops mass on the border.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427064922018-01-16
His government considers the YPG an extension of the banned Kurdistan Party which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades NeutralTurkey's president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdishheld areas in northern Syria as tanks and troops mass on the border.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427064922018-01-16
The YPG later agreed to withdraw its fighters from Manbij and move them east of the River Euphrates but Turkish officials say that has not yet happened NeutralTurkey's president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdishheld areas in northern Syria as tanks and troops mass on the border.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-427064922018-01-16
One of mostwanted jihadists Thomas Barnouin has been captured by Kurdish YPG rebel fighters in Syria French media report NegativeOne of France's mostwanted jihadists Thomas Barnouin has been captured by Kurdish YPG rebel fighters in Syria French media report.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-europe-425023702017-12-28
A military ceremony has been held in Syria for two Britons killed with the Kurdishled armed group the YPG NegativeA military ceremony has been held in Syria for two Britons killed with the Kurdishled armed group the YPG.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-423115782017-12-11
British YPG fighter Kimmie Taylor who helped carry Mr coffin told the BBC the ceremony was very emotional NegativeA military ceremony has been held in Syria for two Britons killed with the Kurdishled armed group the YPG.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-423115782017-12-11
Seven British citizens have now died with the YPG NegativeA military ceremony has been held in Syria for two Britons killed with the Kurdishled armed group the YPG.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-423115782017-12-11
Mr Hall is the seventh British citizen to be killed with the YPG NeutralThe mother of a British man who was killed in Syria has spoken of her hero son who she tried to persuade to come home.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-422390632017-12-05
Mr body will be repatriated to the UK and the YPG has offered its support to his family PositiveThe mother of a British man who was killed in Syria has spoken of her hero son who she tried to persuade to come home.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-422390632017-12-05
Oliver Hall 24 volunteered to fight with the YPG the Kurdishled armed group which has been battling against socalled Islamic State NeutralThe mother of a British man who was killed in Syria has spoken of her hero son who she tried to persuade to come home.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-422390632017-12-05
But Mr Cavusoglu has previously said that every weapon obtained by the YPG constituted a threat to Turkey NegativeThe US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG Turkey has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-421185672017-11-26
The White House said it was making adjustments to its support for partners inside Syria but did not explicitly name the YPG NegativeThe US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG Turkey has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-421185672017-11-26
The YPG and its political arm the Democratic Union Party denies any direct links with the PKK whose insurgency has left thousands dead NegativeThe US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG Turkey has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-421185672017-11-26
Turkey says the YPG is as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party a group it has been fighting for decades in southeastern Turkey NegativeThe US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG Turkey has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-421185672017-11-26
Washington has viewed the YPG as a key player in the fight against socalled Islamic State but Ankara brands the fighters as terrorists NegativeThe US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG Turkey has said.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-421185672017-11-26
Joe Robinson 24 is accused of being a member of the Kurdish militia group the YPG which is fighting socalled Islamic State NegativeAn exBritish army soldier and his girlfriend have appeared in a Turkish court charged with terrorism offences.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-leeds-421143232017-11-24
Turkey views the YPG as terrorist organisation but it is not a banned group in the UK NegativeAn exBritish army soldier and his girlfriend have appeared in a Turkish court charged with terrorism offences.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-england-leeds-421143232017-11-24










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Trump gave assurance after Erdogan reaffirmed Ankara's concerns over U.S. continued delivery of heavy weapons Trump gave his assurance after Erdogan reaffirmed Ankara's concerns over the U.S. continued delivery of heavy weapons and armoured vehicles to the YPG the minister saidNeutralCavusoglu told reporters in Ankara that the two leaders discussed over the phone the Sochi summit Syria crisis and bilateral ties.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/25/c_136777691.htm2017-11-26
Trump gave assurance after Erdogan reaffirmed Ankara's concerns over U.S. continued delivery of heavy weapons Trump gave his assurance after Erdogan reaffirmed Ankara's concerns over the U.S. continued delivery of heavy weapons and armoured vehicles to the YPG the minister said.NeutralCavusoglu told reporters in Ankara that the two leaders discussed over the phone the Sochi summit Syria crisis and bilateral ties.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/25/c_136777691.htm2017-11-26
Ankara has three autonomous cantons along Turkish border Ankara has often accused Washington of working toward a Kurdish state in northern Syria as the YPG has established three autonomous cantons along the Turkish border with U.S. supportNeutralThe Kurds' participation in the congress is out of the question given Turkey's opposition said Huseyin Bagci a professor of international relations with the Ankarabased Middle East Technical University.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/22/c_136771555.htm2017-11-22
Ankara has three autonomous cantons along Turkish border Ankara has often accused Washington of working toward a Kurdish state in northern Syria as the YPG has established three autonomous cantons along the Turkish border with U.S. support.NeutralThe Kurds' participation in the congress is out of the question given Turkey's opposition said Huseyin Bagci a professor of international relations with the Ankarabased Middle East Technical University.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/22/c_136771555.htm2017-11-22
Ankara has said it sees the YPG presence on the western bank of the river as a red line for its national security.NeutralThe Kurds' participation in the congress is out of the question given Turkey's opposition said Huseyin Bagci a professor of international relations with the Ankarabased Middle East Technical University.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/22/c_136771555.htm2017-11-22