Israel uneasy over Trump's refusal to stand by KurdsNSC Official: US Sees Kurdish Nation Another Israel in Region
The US should never stop support for Kurdish militias in the Middle East as a Kurdish nation across Syria, Iraq and Turkey would be "another Israel in the region", a National Security Council official stated after President Donald Trump gave a green light to Ankara to launch a military operation against Washington's long-time Kurdish allies in Northern Syria
"To be honest with you, it would be better for the United States to support a Kurdish nation across Turkey, Syria and Iraq," the unnamed National Security Council official told Newsweek, adding, "It would be another Israel in the region."
U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to stand aside as Turkey sends troops into Syria and fights Kurds allied with Washington has some Israelis wondering whether they too might eventually pay a price for his impatience with Middle East engagements.
Netanyahu condemns 'Turkish invasion of Kurdish areas' in Syria
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday condemned Turkey's military incursion against a Kurdish militia in northeast Syria and cautioned about the possibility of ethnic cleansing. (... you mean - like in Gaza - and in Palestine?)
Israel Worried by Trump's Betrayal to Kurds
President Donald Trump’s abrupt order to withdraw American troops from Syria in the shadow of Turkish assault against Kurds set off alarm bells among Israeli officials who fear the United States might stop standing up for the Tel Aviv.
In a challenging article for The New York Time, titled "Israelis Watch US Abandon Kurds, and Worry: Who’s Next?", David M. Halbfinger said, "If such a betrayal could befall the Kurds, Israelis from across the political spectrum are suddenly asking, what prevents the same from befalling another staunch American ally?".
Halbfinger echoes the Shimon Shiffer's stance in a column in Yediot Ahronot, Israel’s biggest mainstream paper.
“A knife in our back,” screamed the headline over the column. “The conclusion we draw needs to be unequivocal: Trump has become unreliable for Israel. He can no longer be trusted,” the column read.
Damascus Slams Turkey's Planned Military Encroachment in Syria as Aggressive Violation of Intl Law
Damascus condemned Turkey's upcoming military operation in Syria as aggression and a violation of international law, as Ankara has begun amassing its military forces near the Syrian border as part of final preparations for the offensive in its Northern neighbor announced over the weekend.
Syria says no dialogue with U.S.-backed Kurdish forces who 'betrayed' their country
Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Maqdad on Thursday attacked U.S.-backed Kurdish led forces saying they had betrayed their country and accused them of a separatist agenda that gave Turkey a pretext to violate his country's sovereignty.
Trump says talking to 'both sides' as Turkey presses offensive against Kurds in Syria
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was talking to "both sides" as Turkey pressed its offensive against U.S.-allied Kurds in Syria, and warned Ankara that it would be hit hard financially if it did not "play by the rules."
Turkish Invasion of Syria Met with Worldwide Condemnation
Ankara’s operation against Kurdish militias in Northeastern Syria has been criticized across Europe and the Middle East, as one country after another sounded the alarm over the impact on the Syrian peace process.
Europeans Strongly Slam Turkey's Assault on Kurds as US Keeps Mum on Slaughtering of Its Partner
European countries expressed outrage at Ankara's military operation against the Kurdish militias in Northern Syria as Washington continued silence over the massive air and ground assault the United States' long-time ally in the so-called anti-terror campaign against the Islamic States of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in the Arab country.
Turkey must show restraint in Syria, NATO chief says
NATO expects Turkey to show restraint in its military operations in northern Syria, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.
Turkish minister says France's Macron wants to divide Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of wanting to divide Syria, after France criticized Ankara's military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.
Turkish offensive will not go beyond 30 km into Syria: foreign minister
Turkey's incursion will not go further than 30 km into northeast Syria, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, as Turkish forces pressed on against Kurdish fighters in the second day of the operation.
Russia's Lavrov discusses Turkey's Syria incursion with Iraq's president
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the Turkish military operation in Syria's northeast with Iraq's president by phone on Thursday, on Thursday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.
FarsNews Agency - Ankara Says Turkish Troops Enter Syria, Civilians Killed in Air Raids
Turkish army forces began ground operations in Northeastern Syria, and crossed into the country's territories on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River, the Turkey's Defense Ministry announced, hours after Ankara kicked off its military operation against Kurdish militias in the war-torn country.
Kurdish Militias Call For Mobilization Against Turkey's Attacks
The Kurdish militias declared a three-day public mobilization in Northern and Northeastern Syria to confront the Turkish raids.
The so-called Autonomous Body of Kurds announced mobilization concurrent with the start of the Turkish Army's military operations against the Kurdish militias.
Thousands flee, hundreds reported dead in Turkish attack on U.S.-allied Kurds in Syria
Turkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in a cross-border assault on U.S. allies that has turned the Washington establishment against President Donald Trump.
Turkey says will be responsible for IS prisoners in Syria 'safe zone'
Turkey will take responsibility for Islamic State prisoners in a "safe zone" it aims to form in Syria after its military incursion there, the foreign minister said on Thursday, responding to fears the militants could escape in the chaos.
US Senators Announce Sanctions Against Erdogan, Turkish Military, Slam Trump's Decision to Abandon Kurds
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Wednesday announced that they have reached an agreement on new sanctions against Turkey after the country launched a military operation against Kurdish militias in Northern Syria.
U.S. House Republicans to seek sanctions on Turkey over Kurd offensive
Twenty-nine of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Thursday they would introduce legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey, underscoring lawmakers unhappiness about its assault on Kurdish forces in Syria.
Trump says he hopes he can mediate between Turkey and the Kurds
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he hopes he can mediate between Turkey and the Kurds following Turkey's offensive on U.S.-allied Kurds in northeast Syria.
U.S. warns Turkey of 'consequences' over Syria assault as U.N. Security Council meets
The United States warned Turkey at the United Nations on Thursday that it faced "consequences" if its assault against Kurdish militias in northeast Syria did not protect vulnerable populations or contain Islamic State militants.
In wake of Turkish offensive, France calls for urgent meeting of anti-Islamic State coalition
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for an emergency meeting of the coalition created to fight Islamic State
to discuss Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria.