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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Russia has issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.
Hamas said on Sept. 17 it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah, announcing it would dissolve a body seen as a rival government and was ready to hold elections.
Turkey, Russia and Iran have concluded months-long discussions after agreeing to set up de-escalation zones in four different regions of Syria
KABUL - Agence France-Presse
Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out, officials say, sparking fears the local forces could become another thuggish militia.
TEHRAN – Agence France-Presse
The United States is “seeking excuses” to tear up the nuclear deal with Iran by demanding military site inspections, one of the Islamic republic’s top security officials said on Sept. 15.
Uğur Ergan – ANKARA
Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar met his U.S. counterpart Joseph Dunford on the sidelines of the annual meeting of NATO’s Military Committee in the Albanian capital of Tirana
The United States and Western allies have pressed Iraqi Kurdish leaders to ditch a “very risky” independence vote, presenting an alternative plan in an attempt to avoid conflict between the oil rich region and central government in Baghdad.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi have agreed to work together to prevent a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq from taking place
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Sept. 14 discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments.
Turkey and the United States have once again called on Masoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, to cancel a planned independence referendum
Zeynep Bilgehan – DAMASCUS
Locals in Syria’s once vivid capital city of Damascus, which has been torn by a six-year-long civil war, are trying to stick to their daily lives and forget about the violence ongoing across the country.