Zeynep Bilginsoy, The Associated Press

  • A column of armored Turkish military vehicles drives on a patrol along a road in the de-militarized zone in Syria's northern Idlib province near the town Saraqib on March 8, 2019. (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty Images)
    Turkish military move into Syria is high risk

    Turkey’s combative president is threatening to launch a military operation in northeastern Syria that is designed to push back U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish forces — an invasion that carries major risks for a highly combustible region in war-devastated Syria.

  • In this April 3, 2018, file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, applaud during a welcome ceremony prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey. (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)
    In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel

    Relations between Turkey and Russia are cozy, prompting worries in the West of a potentially critical rift in the NATO alliance. But Turkey’s president may be engaged in a balancing act, tactically turning to Russia as ties with the United States further deteriorate over the detention of an American pastor.

  • The damage to a security booth by a bullet is seen outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Shots were fired at a security booth outside the embassy in Turkey's capital early Monday, but U.S. officials said no one was hurt. (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)
    2 detained after shots are fired at US Embassy in Turkey

    Shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. Officials said two people with criminal records were detained.

  • A Turkish and a Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army soldier wave Turkish and FSA flags in the city center of Afrin, northwestern Syria, early Sunday, March 18, 2018. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that allied Syrian forces have taken
    Turkey says its forces have seized the Syrian town of Afrin

    Turkey's president said Sunday the Turkish military and allied Syrian forces have taken "total" control of the town center of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month-old offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia, which said fighting was still underway.

  • Members of the Syrian government forces ride in a tank in the town of Jisreen in the southern Eastern Ghouta, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on March 17, 2018. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
    Advancing Syrian troops pile pressure on rebels in Ghouta

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Oways al-Shami of the Syrian Civil Defense said troops have taken Kafr Batna and large parts of nearby Saqba.

  • A picture taken on Feb. 3, 2018, shows a rebel fighter taking a picture of a downed Sukhoi-25 fighter jet in Syria's northwest province of Idlib. (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images)
    8 Turkish troops die in Syria operation; Russian pilot slain

    Turkey said eight of its troops were killed Saturday in Ankara’s military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, the deadliest day in the two-week-old offensive in the enclave of Afrin, while in another part of Syria, al-Qaida-linked militants downed a Russian fighter jet, then shot and killed the pilot.

  • A picture taken on June 9, 2017, shows the main entrance to the city of Afrin, along Syria's northern border with Turkey. (George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)
    Turkey vows imminent assault on Kurdish enclave in Syria

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who pressed the U.S. for support, said the operation against the Afrin enclave aims to "purge terror" from his country's southern border.