- NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds
NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force.
- Peace process with Kurdish militants impossible – Turkey’s Erdogan
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday it was impossible to continue a peace process with Kurdish militants and urged parliament to strip politicians with links to them of immunity from prosecution.
- Insight – Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash
Authorities in Central Asia’s former Soviet “stans” are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam, but their harsh methods and the absence of democratic politics risk provoking a backlash that could bring even greater instability.
- Nigeria approached by group offering talks on behalf of Boko Haram – presidency
Nigeria’s government has been approached by a group that says it is a faction of the Islamist Boko Haram with an offer to hold peace talks, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday.
- Syrian Kurds capture town from Islamic State in north – monitor
The Kurdish YPG militia on Monday captured a town from Islamic State fighters in northern Syria after a month-long offensive against the ultra hardline militants in the area to cut their supply lines, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
- EU’s Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region – TV
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East, Iran’s state TV reported.
- US, Turkey join forces to drive Islamic State from Syria
ANKARA: The US and Turkey have agreed to work together to drive Islamic State (IS) militants from northern Syria, senior US officials said Monday, as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to press ahead with parallel strikes against Kurdish militants.
- Turkey ‘has not asked’ for NATO military help
Turkey has not asked for substantial military help from NATO in its campaign against IS and Kurdish militants, the alliance’s chief said on Monday, a day before it meets to discuss the fighting.
- Turkey could ‘tip Syria balance’ as Kurdish villages shelled
Ankara (AFP) – Turkish tanks shelled Kurdish-held villages in northern Syria as Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Monday that a military campaign by Ankara could “change the balance” in the region.
- HRW says Saudi-led Yemen raid ‘apparent war crime’
Dubai (AFP) – Human Rights Watch condemned as an “apparent war crime” on Tuesday a Saudi-led air raid in Yemen last week that it said killed at least 65 civilians in residential compounds.