Monthly Archives: February 2020

2020-02-29: News Headlines

Staff (2020-02-29). U.S., Taliban Set to Sign Afghanistan Peace Deal. truthdig.com The pact sets the stage for U.S. troop withdrawal more than 18 years after George W. Bush ordered bombing in response to the 9/11 attacks.

RT (2020-02-29). 'Get out of the way, let us deal with Assad regime', Erdogan says he told Putin regarding Idlib, Syria. rt.com As tensions in Idlib province reach the boiling point, Turkey has asked Russia to let it fight the Syrian government face-to-face, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed. | Erdogan asked Putin "to get out of the way" and let the Turkish troops deal with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Turkish leader told his AK Party on Saturday. | Erdogan was explaining to lawmakers his government's handling of the escalation in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, where Turkish and Syrian troops have engaged in several clashes over the past weeks. The hostilities have all but ruined Turkey's 2018 agreement with Rus…

RT (2020-02-29). Russia, Turkey reaffirm commitment to deescalate Idlib hostilities — Moscow. rt.com Russian and Turkish diplomats, who held consultations in Ankara on the unfolding crisis in Syria's Idlib province, have reaffirmed their nations' commitments to deescalate the hostilities, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Both sides also agreed "to continue fighting against terrorist forces as designated by the UN Security Council" and to protect the civilian population, the statement said. | The talks in Ankara have been held amid a major escalation in northwestern Syria, where dozens of Turkish troops have been killed by Syrian forces amid an ongoing counter-terrorism offensive. Ankara demanded the withdra…

WSWS (2020-02-29). War tensions mount in wake of strike on Turkish troops in Syria. wsws.org Russia has sent two cruise missile warships to the Syrian coast as Moscow and Ankara continue to dispute the facts surrounding a strike that killed three dozen Turkish soldiers.

Erin McCarley (2020-02-29). Class War, the DNC, and the Fight for Our Lives. zcomm.org The ruling class needs to know that we're coming for them. And this fight doesn't stop at the ballot box. Our futures depend on it…

sputniknews (2020-02-29). Syrian Interior Trade Minister Accuses US of Selling Syrian Oil to Other States via Turkey. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Syrian Interior Trade Minister Atef Naddaf has accused the US of selling oil from the Syrian oilfields through Turkey.

sputniknews (2020-02-29). The 'Stolen Province': Why Turkey Was Given A Corner Of Syria By France 80 Years Ago. sputniknews.com Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is becoming more and more embroiled in a direct fight with Syria over Idlib Province. The fighting is directly across the border from Hatay, a province which was given to Turkey in 1939 after a disputed referendum.

sputniknews (2020-02-29). Ancient Syrian, Iraqi Cities Devastated by War Come Back to Life in 3D Exhibit at Washington Museum. sputniknews.com Archeologists, historians and anthropologists from around the world have watched in horror as terrorists, looters, missiles, bombs and bullets devastated priceless artefacts and treasures in some of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities in Syria and Iraq in recent years.

sputniknews (2020-02-29). Moscow, Ankara Intend to Ease Tensions 'On Ground' to Combat Terrorists in Syria. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The situation in Idlib escalated after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists launched a large-scale attack on the positions of the Syrian government forces prompting the army to return fire. According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the Turkish servicemen, who were not supposed to be in the area, were also shelled.

sputniknews (2020-02-29). Greek Police Use Tear Gas Against Refugees After Turkey Says It Cannot Stem Migrant Flow From Syria. sputniknews.com On Thursday, Turkey's ruling AK Party spokesman Omer Celik said that Ankara was no longer able to contain the flow of refugees from Syria toward the country's borders with Greece and Bulgaria.

yenisafak (2020-02-29). Turkish official briefs US envoy on situation in Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The Turkish deputy foreign minister briefed the top U.S. diplomat in the country on developments in the wake of Thursday's attack on Turkish troops by regime forces in Idlib, northwestern Syria.Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal met U.S. Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield in Ankara on Friday, according to diplomatic sources.He shared details of actions taken after 34 Turkish troops were martyred by Assad regime forces, and conveyed Turkey's expectations from the U.S. and NATO.Moreover, ambassadors of the UN Security Council's Permanent Members and NATO allies Germany and Belgium were also given a briefing at…

yenisafak (2020-02-29). Turkish operations in Syria spook Hezbollah militias. yenisafak.com Turkey's military operations have inflicted heavy losses on Hezbollah militias in Idlib, northwestern Syria, and their panic is evident in internal communications accessed by Anadolu Agency. | The Iran-backed Hezbollah militias support Assad regime forces against Syria's moderate opposition groups, and have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. | They use WhatsApp groups for coordination and communication, and recent messages show their growing anxiety as Turkish forces make gains to protect Syrian civilians. | In messages seen by Anadolu Agency, the militia members blamed Russia for…

yenisafak (2020-02-29). Syria issue is never adventure for Turkey: Erdogan. yenisafak.com Turkey is not in Syria for an "adventure" or to expand its borders, the nation's president said on Saturday."Syria issue is never an adventure or effort to expand its borders for Turkey," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting with his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's Istanbul deputies.He said nearly four million refugees are recently moving towards Turkey's border with Syria due to the bloody attacks of Bashar al-Assad regime on civilians, while 1.5 million of them are already at the southern border."We have no interest in oil or the land there, we want to secure our borders with a safe zone," Erdogan sa…

yenisafak (2020-02-29). US senator says Turkey 'doing the right thing' in Idlib. yenisafak.com Turkey is "doing the right thing" as it seeks to thwart a Syrian regime offensive on northwestern Syria, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Friday."Russia and the Assad regime are to blame for the humanitarian disaster unfolding in northwest Syria," the lawmaker from Arkansas said on Twitter. "Our NATO ally Turkey is doing the right thing. Putin and Assad must honor their commitments and stop the massacre."Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump "expressed his condolences and condemned yesterday's attack that killed Turkish personnel in Syria" during a telephone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, White House…

RT (2020-02-28). Wait, what? Biden claims he'll 'appoint' first African-American woman to US Senate in fresh gaffe. rt.com Joe Biden has aroused concerns after misspeaking yet again in public, this time in front of an audience in South Carolina, promising voters he would "appoint" the first African-American woman to the US Senate. | From accidentally pitching himself as a Senate

RT (2020-02-28). Second time's a charm? Trump nominates Texas Congressman Ratcliffe as DNI chief again. rt.com US President Donald Trump has tapped Representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to be the new Director of National Intelligence, pending Senate confirmation. Ratcliffe withdrew his nomination last summer. | The surprise announcement, praising Ratcliffe as "an outstanding man of great talent," came on Friday afternoon as Trump departed Washington for a campaign rally in South Carolina. | I am pleased to announce the nomination of

Staff (2020-02-28). Doctors Without Borders: Cheap Coronavirus Diagnostic Kits Needed in War-Torn Areas & Refugee Camps. democracynow.org Across the U.S., officials report a severe shortage of test kits for coronavirus. New York officials say they're preparing their own kits, after kits distributed by the Centers for Disease Control failed validation tests. Meanwhile, new cases of coronavirus continue to spring up worldwide, with Nigeria reporting its first case and one of Iran's vice presidents testing positive. We discuss how MSF USA, or Doctors Without Borders USA, is responding to coronavirus, with the organization's executive director, Avril BenoàÆt.

Staff (2020-02-28). Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib as Syrian Troops Advance & Children Freeze to Death. democracynow.org In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out offensive by the Syrian government is the single largest displacement in a nine-year war that has forced 13 million t…

RT (2020-02-28). One more Turkish soldier killed in Idlib shelling, Turkish forces 'retaliate' — Ankara. rt.com Shelling by Syrian government forces has killed one Turkish soldier and injured two more in Syria's Idlib province, the Defense Ministry in Ankara said. Turkey is retaliating, as two countries remain on the brink of open war. | The newest casualties come less than a day after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in what has been reported as either an air strike or an artillery bombardment, also in Idlib. Turkey has sent thousands of troops and armor into the province, which is the last remaining stronghold of militants — some of them affiliated with Al-Qaeda — that once sought to overthrow the government…

RT (2020-02-28). Article 5 or 'Oh my gosh'? What will US do after Turkish troops die in Syrian strike. rt.com Turkey has reached out to NATO and the US following the deaths of its troops in Syria's Idlib province, fueling speculation that it might invoke Article 5 and get the alliance involved in a shooting war with Damascus — and Russia.

RT (2020-02-28). Congressman threatens Don Jr. with 'serious altercation' over claim Dems 'HOPE' people get coronavirus & die so as to derail Trump. rt.com Democratic Rep. John Garamendi had some harsh words for Donald Trump Jr. after the president's son said Dems "seemingly hope" the coronavirus comes to the US and "kills millions." | The coronavirus is not only a pandemic, it's also now a political tool for Republicans and Democrats to lob across the aisle at each other. | California Congressman Garamendi perhaps went further than any politician has so far when he spoke about the disease and the political response to it in the US while appearing on MSNBC on Friday. Garamendi was particularly upset with Donald Trump Jr. over an earlier statement the president's…

Steve Early (2020-02-28). VoteVets for Buttigieg: Who's Really Keeping Us in the Dark About Campaign Funding? counterpunch.org In a Democratic primary field that once featured four military veterans, only two are still marching toward the White House. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war candidacy has sunk nearly out of sight, but Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, became a top tier contender in Iowa and New Hampshire. Flush with cash from nearly

South Front (2020-02-28). Video: Fall of Saraqib: Syrian Army Retreat Under Turkish Strikes in Eastern Idlib. globalresearch.ca Members of al-Qaeda-linked groups embedded with Turkish troops have reentered the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib following the collapse of the Syrian Army defense northwest of the town. | The attack was backed by Turkish artillery strikes on positions of …

news.un (2020-02-28). Syria: UN urges Russia and Turkey to secure 'fresh ceasefire' as risk of military escalation grows. news.un.org With the Security Council meeting in emergency session on Syria following the death on the battlefield of dozens of Turkish troops, the UN strongly urged Russia and Turkey on Friday "to build on previous agreements to secure a fresh ceasefire" across the war-torn northwest.

Staff (2020-02-28). Children Are Freezing to Death in Syria as Humanitarian Crisis Intensifies. truthout.org In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out…

news.un (2020-02-28). 'Mayhem' in Syria's Idlib amid ongoing violence, as Guterres urges immediate ceasefire. news.un.org Rapidly escalating conflict in northwest Syria has created healthcare "mayhem", amid reports of displaced people moving closer to the Turkish border in search of shelter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as the UN Secretary-General appealed for all warring parties to "step back from the edge of further escalation."

WSWS (2020-02-28). Turkey bombs Syria after losing dozens of troops to Syrian-Russian airstrike. wsws.org The danger is growing that all-out war could erupt between the NATO alliance and the Syrian government's major international backers, Iran and Russia.

Eric Zuesse (2020-02-28). President Tayyip Erdogan Now Claims Syria's Idlib Province Belongs to Turkey. globalresearch.ca On February 26th, Turkey's President, told his Islamist political party that Idlib, which is the most heavily jihadist of all of Syria's provinces and the province where Syria had been sending jihadists who had been defeated but not killed by …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-02-28). Turkey's Losing Bet in Syria. globalresearch.ca Turkey has allegedly lost another 33 troops in Syria this week amid its refusal to withdraw from Syrian territory amid Syrian government gains in the northern governorate of Idlib. | The BBC in its article, "

Staff (2020-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2020. democracynow.org California Monitoring 8,400 People for Coronavirus as Fears of Pandemic Grow, Syrian Airstrike Kills 33 Turkish Soldiers in Idlib, Escalating Tensions, New Justice Department Task Force Seeks to Strip Naturalized Immigrants of Citizenship, Joe Biden's Campaign Walks Back False Claims of Arrest in 1970s South Africa, Democratic Superdelegates Overwhelmingly Oppose Bernie Sanders Campaign, Mike Bloomberg Refuses to Apologize for Spying on Muslims, As NYC Mayor, Mike Bloomberg Called for Cuts to Social Security "Ponzi Scheme", ProPublica: Mike Bloomberg Advised Billionaire Sackler Family on Opioid Crisis, Emails Sho…

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano (2020-02-28). Punishing the Free Speech of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca "Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech." — First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution | In the oral argument of the famous U.S. Supreme Court cases known collectively as the Pentagon Papers Case, the late Justice William O. …

news.un (2020-02-28). US Israel-Palestinian peace plan a 'mockery', upends long-standing consensus — International Conference hears. news.un.org The United States' announcement of a new vision for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, touted as the "Deal of the Century", is a "mockery", the Prime Minister of Malaysia told an international conference in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

teleSUR (2020-02-28). Brazil: Bolsonaro's Businessmen Behind Actions Against Congress. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Folha de Sao Paulo journalist Monica Bergamo Thursday revealed that entrepreneurs from the Brazil 200 Institute would be related to the media attacks that the far-right has undertaken against the Legislative Power. | RELATED: | On Wednesday,

Renee Parsons (2020-02-28). Further Erosion of American Civil Liberties. Why Renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. globalresearch.ca As a mid March deadline approaches, the mad scramble is on for Congress to rubber stamp a 'clean' renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ( At every opportunity since 2001, Congress has used the re-authorization …

Global Research News (2020-02-28). Selected Articles: Assad's Victory in Syria War? globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-02-28). Turkey, Russia tiptoe toward 'unnecessary war'. iranian.com A military confrontation between Turkey and Syria has erupted in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib. Latest reports say that at least 34 Turkish soldiers were killed on Thursday in a Syrian air attack. A Turkish retaliation commenced last night itself. The Syrian airstrike in Idlib took place in an area between the towns Baluon and …

Reza Marashi (2020-02-28). Pandemics, Politics, and Peace — Episode 11. iranian.com Episode Description: This week, Reza breaks down Trump's dangerous response to the Corona Virus, why it's bananas for the DC establishment to criticize Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren's call to drawdown US troops in the Middle East, and how Iran nuclear deal opponents have boxed themselves in. Sune Engel Rasmussen, Correspondent for The Wall Street …

Juan Cole (2020-02-28). Turkey Mobilizes for War With Syria and Russia as Nearly 3 Dozen Turkish Troops Killed in Airstrike. commondreams.org More refugees from Syria are expected to enter Turkey as a result of the air strike in Syria yesterday that killed nearly 3 dozen Turkish soldiers. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-02-27). "Dead Bodies Everywhere": Hindu Nationalist Violence Rocks Delhi as Trump Visits Modi in India. democracynow.org In India, the death toll from anti-Muslim violence in Delhi has risen to at least 34, with police accused of turning a blind eye to assaults on Muslims committed by Hindu nationalist mobs. The violence began Sunday, when groups of Hindus attacked peaceful sit-ins of Muslims protesting against Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new citizenship law, which widely restricts Muslim immigration to India. Modi said nothing as the violence continued for days, instead hosting President Donald Trump on a two-day state visit in which Trump heaped praise on the Indian prime minister. We speak with Neha Dixit, i…

teleSUR (2020-02-27). Airstrike in Syria's Idlib Kills 33 Turkish Soldiers. telesurenglish.net An air strike – allegedly by Syrian government forces – in Syria's northwestern Idlib region killed 33 Turkish soldiers, the local governor in the southeastern province of Hatay said early on Friday. | RELATED: | Rahmi Dogan, the governor of Hatay, the Turkish province bordering Syria's Idlib region, said the soldiers were killed Thursday. | In the meantime, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan chaired an emergency security meeting late on Thu…

Anya Parampil (2020-02-27). Syrian journalist corrects the record on mainstream media's absurd Idlib coverage. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Syrian journalist Bashar Bazari, who works as a correspondent for HispanTV in Damascus….

news.un (2020-02-27). Cross-border aid delivery in northwest Syria 'absolutely essential', Security Council hears. news.un.org Cross-border humanitarian deliveries from Turkey last month reached more people in northwest Syria than at any time since operations began more than five years ago, the UN's Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Thursday.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-27). UN Official Concerned Over Israel's Settlement Expansion Plans. imemc.org United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, Wednesday, voiced his concern over Israeli settlement announcements, saying the E1 plan (E1 is the area between Ma'ale Adumim colony and occupied Jerusalem) if implemented, would sever the West Bank in half. "I am very concerned about Israel's …

Pepe Escobar (2020-02-27). Afghanistan 'peace deal' is not real without Iran. iranian.com Nearly two decades after the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan post-9/11, and after an interminable war costing over $ 2 trillion, there's hardly anything "historic" about a possible peace deal that may be signed in Doha this coming Saturday between Washington and the Taliban. We should start by stressing three points. 1- The Taliban wanted …

Susan Price (2020-02-27). Turkey: Tens of thousands attend HDP congress. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-02-26). Headlines for February 26, 2020. democracynow.org CDC Warns of "Severe" Disruption to Daily Life in U.S. as Coronavirus Spreads, DHS Secretary Grilled over Coronavirus Preparedness as Trump Downplays Risks, Two Billionaires Join Democratic Debate in SC as Rivals Target Bernie Sanders, At Least 24 Killed in India After Hindu Nationalists Attack Muslim Demonstrators, President Trump Wraps India Trip with Praise for $3.5 Billion Weapons Deal, 20 Civilians Killed in Syria's Idlib as the Red Cross Pleads for a Ceasefire, Airwars Reports U.S.-Led Strikes Killed Up to 139 Somali Civilians Since 2007, Supreme Court Rules Border Patrol Agents Who Shoot into Mexico Can't…

news.un (2020-02-26). From the Field: Women push for peace. news.un.org The "strength, leadership and invaluable contributions in peacekeeping settings" made by women across the world is being highlighted by the United Nations as part of the organization's ongoing commitment to building global peace.

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

splcenter (2020-02-20). 'Time For Ilhan' documentary details congresswoman's first rise to political office. splcenter.org

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-02-13). Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2020 — In response to the Senate passing the bipartisan bill — S.J.Res.68 — that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "It's about time …

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'Get out of the way, let us deal with Assad regime', Erdogan says he told Putin regarding Idlib, Syria
rt.com | 2020-02-29
As tensions in Idlib province reach the boiling point, Turkey has asked Russia to let it fight the Syrian government face-to-face, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed. | Erdogan asked Putin "to get out of the way" and let the Turkish troops deal with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Turkish leader told his AK Party on Saturday. | Erdogan was explaining to lawmakers his government's handling of the escalation in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, where Turkish and Syrian troops have engaged in several clashes over the past weeks. The hostilities have all but ruined Turkey's 2018 agreement with Rus…
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War tensions mount in wake of strike on Turkish troops in Syria
wsws.org | 2020-02-29
Russia has sent two cruise missile warships to the Syrian coast as Moscow and Ankara continue to dispute the facts surrounding a strike that killed three dozen Turkish soldiers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/29/turk…

U.S., Taliban Set to Sign Afghanistan Peace Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-29
The pact sets the stage for U.S. troop withdrawal more than 18 years after George W. Bush ordered bombing in response to the 9/11 attacks.
truthdig.com/articles/u-s-taliban-set-to…

Free the Freeway 9
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2020-02-29
RefuseFascism.org defendants face three years in jail for peaceful political protest in the face of LAPD & prosecutorial harassment. We demand charges be dropped.
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Class War, the DNC, and the Fight for Our Lives
Erin McCarley | zcomm.org | 2020-02-29
The ruling class needs to know that we're coming for them. And this fight doesn't stop at the ballot box. Our futures depend on it…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/class-war-the-dnc-…

Moscow, Ankara Intend to Ease Tensions 'On Ground' to Combat Terrorists in Syria
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-29
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The situation in Idlib escalated after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists launched a large-scale attack on the positions of the Syrian government forces prompting the army to return fire. According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the Turkish servicemen, who were not supposed to be in the area, were also shelled.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020022910784…

Syrian Interior Trade Minister Accuses US of Selling Syrian Oil to Other States via Turkey
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-29
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Syrian Interior Trade Minister Atef Naddaf has accused the US of selling oil from the Syrian oilfields through Turkey.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020022910784…

Ancient Syrian, Iraqi Cities Devastated by War Come Back to Life in 3D Exhibit at Washington Museum
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-29
Archeologists, historians and anthropologists from around the world have watched in horror as terrorists, looters, missiles, bombs and bullets devastated priceless artefacts and treasures in some of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities in Syria and Iraq in recent years.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020022910784…

Greek Police Use Tear Gas Against Refugees After Turkey Says It Cannot Stem Migrant Flow From Syria
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-29
On Thursday, Turkey's ruling AK Party spokesman Omer Celik said that Ankara was no longer able to contain the flow of refugees from Syria toward the country's borders with Greece and Bulgaria.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200229107843855…

The 'Stolen Province': Why Turkey Was Given A Corner Of Syria By France 80 Years Ago
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-29
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is becoming more and more embroiled in a direct fight with Syria over Idlib Province. The fighting is directly across the border from Hatay, a province which was given to Turkey in 1939 after a disputed referendum.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020022910784…

US senator says Turkey 'doing the right thing' in Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-29
Turkey is "doing the right thing" as it seeks to thwart a Syrian regime offensive on northwestern Syria, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Friday."Russia and the Assad regime are to blame for the humanitarian disaster unfolding in northwest Syria," the lawmaker from Arkansas said on Twitter. "Our NATO ally Turkey is doing the right thing. Putin and Assad must honor their commitments and stop the massacre."Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump "expressed his condolences and condemned yesterday's attack that killed Turkish personnel in Syria" during a telephone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, White House…
yenisafak.com/en/news/us-senator-says-tu…

Turkish official briefs US envoy on situation in Idlib, Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-29
The Turkish deputy foreign minister briefed the top U.S. diplomat in the country on developments in the wake of Thursday's attack on Turkish troops by regime forces in Idlib, northwestern Syria.Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal met U.S. Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield in Ankara on Friday, according to diplomatic sources.He shared details of actions taken after 34 Turkish troops were martyred by Assad regime forces, and conveyed Turkey's expectations from the U.S. and NATO.Moreover, ambassadors of the UN Security Council's Permanent Members and NATO allies Germany and Belgium were also given a briefing at…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-official-b…

Syria issue is never adventure for Turkey: Erdogan
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-29
Turkey is not in Syria for an "adventure" or to expand its borders, the nation's president said on Saturday."Syria issue is never an adventure or effort to expand its borders for Turkey," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting with his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's Istanbul deputies.He said nearly four million refugees are recently moving towards Turkey's border with Syria due to the bloody attacks of Bashar al-Assad regime on civilians, while 1.5 million of them are already at the southern border."We have no interest in oil or the land there, we want to secure our borders with a safe zone," Erdogan sa…
yenisafak.com/en/news/syria-issue-is-nev…

Turkish operations in Syria spook Hezbollah militias
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-29
Turkey's military operations have inflicted heavy losses on Hezbollah militias in Idlib, northwestern Syria, and their panic is evident in internal communications accessed by Anadolu Agency. | The Iran-backed Hezbollah militias support Assad regime forces against Syria's moderate opposition groups, and have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. | They use WhatsApp groups for coordination and communication, and recent messages show their growing anxiety as Turkish forces make gains to protect Syrian civilians. | In messages seen by Anadolu Agency, the militia members blamed Russia for…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-operations…

VoteVets for Buttigieg: Who's Really Keeping Us in the Dark About Campaign Funding?
Steve Early | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
In a Democratic primary field that once featured four military veterans, only two are still marching toward the White House. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war candidacy has sunk nearly out of sight, but Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, became a top tier contender in Iowa and New Hampshire. Flush with cash from nearly…
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President Tayyip Erdogan Now Claims Syria's Idlib Province Belongs to Turkey
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
On February 26th, Turkey's President, told his Islamist political party that Idlib, which is the most heavily jihadist of all of Syria's provinces and the province where Syria had been sending jihadists who had been defeated but not killed by | …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-now-claims-syria-idlib-province-turkish-territory/5705033

Video: Fall of Saraqib: Syrian Army Retreat Under Turkish Strikes in Eastern Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
Members of al-Qaeda-linked groups embedded with Turkish troops have reentered the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib following the collapse of the Syrian Army defense northwest of the town. | The attack was backed by Turkish artillery strikes on positions of …
globalresearch.ca/video-fall-saraqib-syrian-army-retreat-turkish-strikes-eastern-idlib/5704912

Article 5 or 'Oh my gosh'? What will US do after Turkish troops die in Syrian strike
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Turkey has reached out to NATO and the US following the deaths of its troops in Syria's Idlib province, fueling speculation that it might invoke Article 5 and get the alliance involved in a shooting war with Damascus

Turkey Mobilizes for War With Syria and Russia as Nearly 3 Dozen Turkish Troops Killed in Airstrike
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-02-28
More refugees from Syria are expected to enter Turkey as a result of the air strike in Syria yesterday that killed nearly 3 dozen Turkish soldiers. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Turkey bombs Syria after losing dozens of troops to Syrian-Russian airstrike
wsws.org | 2020-02-28
The danger is growing that all-out war could erupt between the NATO alliance and the Syrian government's major international backers, Iran and Russia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/28/turk…

Turkey's Losing Bet in Syria
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
Turkey has allegedly lost another 33 troops in Syria this week amid its refusal to withdraw from Syrian territory amid Syrian government gains in the northern governorate of Idlib. | The BBC in its article, " Syria war: 33 Turkish troops …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-losing-bet-syria/5704993

Children Are Freezing to Death in Syria as Humanitarian Crisis Intensifies
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-28
In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out…
truthout.org/video/children-are-freezing…

Syria: UN urges Russia and Turkey to secure 'fresh ceasefire' as risk of military escalation grows
news.un.org | 2020-02-28
With the Security Council meeting in emergency session on Syria following the death on the battlefield of dozens of Turkish troops, the UN strongly urged Russia and Turkey on Friday "to build on previous agreements to secure a fresh ceasefire" across the war-torn northwest.
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Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib as Syrian Troops Advance & Children Freeze to Death
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-28
In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out offensive by the Syrian government is the single largest displacement in a nine-year war that has forced 13 million t…
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'Mayhem' in Syria's Idlib amid ongoing violence, as Guterres urges immediate ceasefire
news.un.org | 2020-02-28
Rapidly escalating conflict in northwest Syria has created healthcare "mayhem", amid reports of displaced people moving closer to the Turkish border in search of shelter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as the UN Secretary-General appealed for all warring parties to "step back from the edge of further escalation."
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Witnessing the hell that a migrant can face
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-02-28
The Saudi-UAE war on Yemen has been going on for five years. Despite recent peace talks leading to an improvement in aid distribution, the violence has escalated in certain key districts of Yemen over the past two weeks. Since January, 35,000 Yemenis have been displaced from their homes, an indicator of the dangerous situation in […] | Source…
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Punishing the Free Speech of Julian Assange
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
"Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech."

Class War, the DNC, and the Fight for Our Lives
Erin McCarley | commondreams.org | 2020-02-28
Democratic presidential hopefuls Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (L), Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (C) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (R) participate in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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A Difficult Peace
Sean Reynolds | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-28
Nearly a thousand of us were gathered in Chicago beneath the alarming edifice of Chicago's "Trump Tower." Iran's General Qassem Soleimani had been brutally murdered the day before in Iraq, with several of his associates; and the welcome surprise of Iran's relatively measured response was yet a few days off. A region-wide conflagration seemed just …
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Second time's a charm? Trump nominates Texas Congressman Ratcliffe as DNI chief again
rt.com | 2020-02-28
US President Donald Trump has tapped Representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to be the new Director of National Intelligence, pending Senate confirmation. Ratcliffe withdrew his nomination last summer. | The surprise announcement, praising Ratcliffe as "an outstanding man of great talent," came on Friday afternoon as Trump departed Washington for a campaign rally in South Carolina. | I am pleased to announce the nomination of @RepRatcliffe (Congressman John Ratcliffe) to be Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Would have completed process e…
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Wait, what? Biden claims he'll 'appoint' first African-American woman to US Senate in fresh gaffe
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Joe Biden has aroused concerns after misspeaking yet again in public, this time in front of an audience in South Carolina, promising voters he would "appoint" the first African-American woman to the US Senate. | From accidentally pitching himself as a Senate candidate to having to admit a bizarre story about being arrested trying to see Nelson Mandela was false, the Democratic presidential hopeful has had his fair…
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Brazil: Bolsonaro's Businessmen Behind Actions Against Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-28
Brazil's Folha de Sao Paulo journalist Monica Bergamo Thursday revealed that entrepreneurs from the Brazil 200 Institute would be related to the media attacks that the far-right has undertaken against the Legislative Power. | RELATED: | Lula Counters Bolsonaro's and General's Call Against Democracy | On Wednesday, President Jair Bolsonaro posted a…
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Further Erosion of American Civil Liberties. Why Renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
As a mid March deadline approaches, the mad scramble is on for Congress to rubber stamp a 'clean' renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ( FISC) without amendment. | At every opportunity since 2001, Congress has used the re-authorization …
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Congressman threatens Don Jr. with 'serious altercation' over claim Dems 'HOPE' people get coronavirus & die so as to derail Trump
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Democratic Rep. John Garamendi had some harsh words for Donald Trump Jr. after the president's son said Dems "seemingly hope" the coronavirus comes to the US and "kills millions." | The coronavirus is not only a pandemic, it's also now a political tool for Republicans and Democrats to lob across the aisle at each other. | California Congressman Garamendi perhaps went further than any politician has so far when he spoke about the disease and the political response to it in the US while appearing on MSNBC on Friday. Garamendi was particularly upset with Donald Trump Jr. over an earlier statement the president's…
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Blue check blues: Twitter tricked into verifying teen's fake 2020 candidate for Congress while real people languish
rt.com | 2020-02-28
A high school student tricked Twitter into verifying an account he made for a fake candidate for Congress from Rhode Island, proving the platform's vaunted election integrity efforts are no match for a bored teen. | Rhode Island Republican Andrew Walz's Twitter has been suspended as of Friday, but before that, the blue-checked politician was seemingly a candidate like any other. Perhaps the platitudes that graced his page were a little emptier – "Let's make a change in Washington together," really? – and the follower count a bit low, but the co…
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Selected Articles: Assad's Victory in Syria War?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-are-we-seeing-assad-victory-syria-war/5704994

Turkey, Russia tiptoe toward 'unnecessary war'
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-02-28
A military confrontation between Turkey and Syria has erupted in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib. Latest reports say that at least 34 Turkish soldiers were killed on Thursday in a Syrian air attack. A Turkish retaliation commenced last night itself. The Syrian airstrike in Idlib took place in an area between the towns Baluon and …
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Syrian journalist corrects the record on mainstream media's absurd Idlib coverage
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-27
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Syrian journalist Bashar Bazari, who works as a correspondent for HispanTV in Damascus….
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Airstrike in Syria's Idlib Kills 33 Turkish Soldiers
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-27
An air strike – allegedly by Syrian government forces – in Syria's northwestern Idlib region killed 33 Turkish soldiers, the local governor in the southeastern province of Hatay said early on Friday. | RELATED: | Russia to Complete Observation Flight Over Turkey | Rahmi Dogan, the governor of Hatay, the Turkish province bordering Syria's Idlib region, said the soldiers were killed Thursday. | In the meantime, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan chaired an emergency security meeting late on Thu…
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Cross-border aid delivery in northwest Syria 'absolutely essential', Security Council hears
news.un.org | 2020-02-27
Cross-border humanitarian deliveries from Turkey last month reached more people in northwest Syria than at any time since operations began more than five years ago, the UN's Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Thursday.
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"Dead Bodies Everywhere": Hindu Nationalist Violence Rocks Delhi as Trump Visits Modi in India
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-27
In India, the death toll from anti-Muslim violence in Delhi has risen to at least 34, with police accused of turning a blind eye to assaults on Muslims committed by Hindu nationalist mobs. The violence began Sunday, when groups of Hindus attacked peaceful sit-ins of Muslims protesting against Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new citizenship law, which widely restricts Muslim immigration to India. Modi said nothing as the violence continued for days, instead hosting President Donald Trump on a two-day state visit in which Trump heaped praise on the Indian prime minister. We speak with Neha Dixit, i…
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UN Official Concerned Over Israel's Settlement Expansion Plans
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-27
United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, Wednesday, voiced his concern over Israeli settlement announcements, saying the E1 plan (E1 is the area between Ma'ale Adumim colony and occupied Jerusalem) if implemented, would sever the West Bank in half. "I am very concerned about Israel's …
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Afghanistan 'peace deal' is not real without Iran
Pepe Escobar | iranian.com | 2020-02-27
Nearly two decades after the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan post-9/11, and after an interminable war costing over $ 2 trillion, there's hardly anything "historic" about a possible peace deal that may be signed in Doha this coming Saturday between Washington and the Taliban. We should start by stressing three points. 1- The Taliban wanted …
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Turkey: Tens of thousands attend HDP congress
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-27
Middle East Alex BainbridgeIssue 1255 Turkey Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) AnkaraFebruary 27, 2020More than 20,000 people attended the fourth congress of the left-wing People's Demo…
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From the Field: Women push for peace
news.un.org | 2020-02-26
The "strength, leadership and invaluable contributions in peacekeeping settings" made by women across the world is being highlighted by the United Nations as part of the organization's ongoing commitment to building global peace.
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Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-20
Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive

'Time For Ilhan' documentary details congresswoman's first rise to political office
splcenter.org | 2020-02-20
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Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-02-13
Washington, D.C.

US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace
Strategic Culture | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-08
These so-called "mini-nukes" represent–despite the diminutive-sounding name–an increased risk of nuclear war.

US Deploys ‘Mini-Nukes’ in Deplorable Threat to World Peace

Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-07
Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes