Some 300 elite Turkish commandos have reportedly joined Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria to help the Free Syrian Army's offensive against Islamic State terrorists and Kurdish militias that Ankara is engaging on a foreign soil.
US officials are split over the future of Raqqa, Syria, with some claiming all international forces will leave the city once it is freed from terrorists, and others announcing plans to stay to ‘govern’ it along with Turkey.
An annual report by the European Commission on Turkey's candidacy for European Union accession slams it for press freedom repression and post-coup attacks on the judiciary sphere, German media reported.
In a new wave of post-coup purges, Turkish authorities have arrested the editor-in-chief and several columnists of the independent Cumhuriyet newspaper, also raiding the homes of the paper’s executives, who are currently under investigation.
Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) prime minister says the Kurds will renew their push for an independent state after Mosul is liberated from IS — which may take up to three months, given the quick gains made on the approaches to the city.
Turkish jets have reportedly not taken part in the Euphrates Shield operation in neighboring Syria for a week now over the fears of being shot down by local air defenses after Damascus promised to prevent any aerial incursions.