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Iran, Russia and Turkey meet to discuss Idlib’s fate

The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey are holding a key summit in Tehran that could decide the fate of Syria’s last major rebel stronghold. There are fears of a humanitarian disaster if, as expected, a large-scale battle breaks out in Idlib. Earlier, the new US envoy for Syria said there was “evidence” that Syrian government forces were preparing to ... Read More »

Turkey removes travel ban for journalist Tolu

Mesale Tolu is now free to leave Turkey, but the trial against her will continue. Her husband must remain in the country to face similar charges. A Turkish court has lifted a travel ban on German journalist Mesale Tolu, who was arrested last year on terrorism-related charges, German news agency DPA reported on Monday, citing a support group. Read More »

Austria to close down seven ‘political’ mosques, expel imams

Austria has said it will close down seven mosques and expel imams who it says are funded by foreign countries. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the move was a crackdown on political Islam. Some mosques are suspected of having links to Turkish nationalists. In April images emerged showing children in Turkish army uniforms re-enacting World War One’s Battle of Gallipoli. Read More »

US to stop arming anti-IS Syrian Kurdish YPG militia: Turkey

The US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG, Turkey has said. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said President Donald Trump had made the promise in a phone call to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The White House said it was making “adjustments” to its support for partners inside Syria but did not explicitly name ... Read More »

Turkey, US suspend most visa services

Turkey and the US have become embroiled in a consular row, mutually suspending most visa services. The Turkish embassy in Washington said it needed to “reassess” the US government’s commitment to the security of the mission and personnel. A very similar statement was earlier made by the US embassy in Ankara. Read More »