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The Turkish military has carried out air strikes against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants near Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and northeastern Syria to prevent the group from sending weapons and explosives for attacks inside Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the latest developments in Syria by phone on April 13 and agreed to support an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the use of chemical weapons in northern Syria.
The foreign ministers of two major world powers, the United States and Russia, discussed the six-year-old war in Syria during their first face-to-face meeting in Moscow following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
MOSCOW – Reuters
Russia and the United States have a shared understanding that U.S. air strikes on Syria should not be repeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem in Moscow on April 13, Interfax news agency reported.
TEHRAN – The Associated Press
Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on April 12 stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race.
TEHRAN – Agence France-Presse
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani registered on April 14 for next month’s election, facing a tougher-than-expected battle thanks to widespread criticism over his handling of the economy.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, down from the 40 percent it held nearly three years ago, a military spokesman said April 11
At least 97 migrants went missing after their boat sank April 13 off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. Survivors said those missing include 15 women and five children, General Ayoub Kacem told AFP
The Syrian government still possesses a chemical weapons capacity, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said April 11, urging measures to prevent Damascus’ potential usage of the weapons.
A coalition air strike accidentally killed 18 members of a U.S.-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near a key town in northern Syria, the U.S.-led coalition said on April 13.
Laboratory results have shown that sarin gas was definitely used in an attack on Syria’s Idlib on April 4 that killed almost 100 people, Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdağ has said