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2020-03-02: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-02). Erdogan to visit Moscow on March 5, Ankara confirms, as Turkey-Syria conflict escalates. rt.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow, following a worrying rise in violence between Turkish forces and Russia's Syrian allies. | Ankara has confirmed that Erdogan will make the trip to Moscow on March 5. The Kremlin had announced on Sunday that it was hoping to arrange a meeting between Erdogan and Putin in an effort to resolve the situation in Syria's Idlib region. The visit is expected to last for one day only. | Last week, 34 Turkish troops were reportedly killed by Syrian air strikes, prompting a military response from Ankara. Russia s…

RT (2020-03-02). Ceasefire in Idlib will hopefully be achieved after talks with Putin — Erdogan ahead of upcoming meeting in Moscow. rt.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has high hopes for his upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin, saying he's optimistic an agreement will be reached with the Russian leader on ending hostilities in Idlib, Syria. | "We will evaluate the developments [in Idlib]. I hope that we [can lay the groundwork for] a ceasefire or take other steps and that we will get the job done quickly," Erdogan said in a recent speech in Ankara. | Earlier in the day, it was confirmed that Erdogan's much-anticipated visit to Moscow will take place on March 5. The Kremlin has expressed similar expectations for the meeting, saying the…

Matthew J. L. Ehret (2020-03-02). Did Turkey Just Sacrifice Their Own Troops to Protect Al-Qaeda? dissidentvoice.org After 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian army offensive on February 27 amidst the current Russia-backed campaign to liberate Idlib, Erdogan responded by laying the blame entirely on Russia and Syria — successfully avoiding all mention of the uncomfortable fact that Turkey has been protecting radical terror networks not only in Idlib but …

WSWS (2020-03-02). Idlib war escalates as Turkey announces military operations against Syria. wsws.org Turkey shot down two Syrian jets after a Syrian air strike claimed the lives of 34 Turkish soldiers.

WSWS (2020-03-02). Afghanistan peace deal begins to unravel as Kabul rejects prisoner swap. wsws.org The signing of the accord is an unmistakable admission by Washington that the nearly 19-year-long war it has waged in Afghanistan has produced a debacle.

yenisafak (2020-03-02). UK Foreign Secretary Raab to visit Turkey on Tuesday. yenisafak.com In a statement on Monday, the ministry said Raab will hold talks with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the visit.The duo will discuss bilateral issues following Brexit on Jan. 31.The talks will also cover current regional and international issues, including Syria.

yenisafak (2020-03-02). Assad regime committed war crimes attacking medical sites: UN. yenisafak.com Syria's Assad regime committed war crimes attacking medical facilities around the Idlib de-escalation zone, the United Nations Commission into Syria said on Monday."In attacking medical facilities, pro-government forces repeatedly committed the war crime of deliberately attacking protected objects and intentionally attacking medical personnel," said the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria at the launch of its newest report.The commission also said it has "reasonable grounds" to believe that Russian aircraft participated in bombing incidents around July and August last year."The Russian Air Force did not direct the…

yenisafak (2020-03-02). Turkey neutralizes 32 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces neutralized 32 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday.The terrorists attempted to infiltrate into the southern area of Operation Peace Spring, Turkey's anti-terror offensive in northern Syria, the Turkish ministry said on Twitter.Operation Peace Spring was launched last October to eliminate terrorist YPG/PKK east of the Euphrates River to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered o…

yenisafak (2020-03-02). Over 117,000 migrants leave Turkey to reach Europe. yenisafak.com The number of irregular migrants leaving Turkey for Europe has reached 117,677 on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter.The migrants are leaving Turkey through northwestern Edirne province bordering Greece and Bulgaria.Thousands of migrants flocked to Edirne's Pazarkule border crossing to Greece after Turkish officials announced Friday they would no longer try to stop irregular migrants from reaching Europe.It followed an attack by Syrian regime forces on Turkish troops in the Idlib de-escalation zone, which martyred 34 soldiers last week. Turkish soldiers are working to protect local c…

yenisafak (2020-03-02). Turkey refrains from targeting civilians: US expert. yenisafak.com Unlike Russia, Iran and the Assad regime, Turkey does not target civilians in Syria, said an American foreign policy expert on Monday."Assad's soldiers now move around in ambulances in order to camouflage themselves from the Turks, who have achieved total air superiority in Idlib," Michael Doran, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, said in a tweet."We learn from this, obviously, that the Turks refrain from attacking ambulances," added Doran, who specialises in the Middle East.Doran shared a video, which went viral on social media, showing Assad regime soldiers moving in an ambulance in northwestern Syria to avoi…

sputniknews (2020-03-02). US Election; Delhi Clashes; Syria; Assange; Coronavirus. sputniknews.com Join George Galloway on the new home for the Mother of All Talk Shows – this week we talk about US election, Delhi clashes, Syria, Assange's Extradition Hearing, coronavirus.

sputniknews (2020-03-02). Erdogan Warns 'Millions of Refugees' Will Move to Turkey's Border With EU. sputniknews.com The dire situation in Syria's Idlib province caused by fighting that has pitted Syrian government forces against Turkish troops and Turkish-backed militias has created a wave of refugees trying to flee the conflict. In recent days, Turkey has announced the opening of its borders with Europe, citing its inability to take in any more refugees.

sputniknews (2020-03-02). General Session of the AIPAC Policy Conference 2020 – Video. sputniknews.com The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference is an annual forum attended by activists, members of Congress, and Israeli and American policymakers.

Al-Manar (2020-03-02). Iran and Hezbollah warn Turkey: all your forces are in our line of fire. iranian.com The Iranian Advisory Center in Syria, which takes part in the fighting in northern Syria, issued a press release through the news agency U-News in reaction to the recent confrontation between the Syrian army and the Turkish army. It should be noted that the Iranian Advisory Center is made up of the group of Iranian …

Staff (2020-03-01). Refugees Mass at EU Border as Turkey-Syria Conflict Intensifies. truthdig.com KASTANIES, Greece—Thousands of migrants and refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier Sunday, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe. In Syria, Turkish troops shot down two Syrian warplanes after the Syrian military downed a Turkish drone, a major escalation in the direct conflict between Syrian and Turkish forces. | Turkey's decision to ease border restrictions came amid a Russia-backed Syrian government offensive into Syria's northwestern Idlib province. That offensive has killed dozens of Turkish troops and led to a surge of nea…

The Canary (2020-03-01). Refugees stranded at borders as fighting between Syria and Turkey escalates. thecanary.co Thousands of refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier on 1 March, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey

teleSUR (2020-03-01). Turkey Announces New Operation Against Syrian Military. telesurenglish.net Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Sunday that Turkey has launched a fresh operation in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in the wake of the recent attack of Syrian government on Turkish troops there. | RELATED: | "Operation Spring Shield, which was launched following the heinous attack on Feb. 27, is successfully being carried out," Akar said at Turkey's southern province of Hatay bordering Syria, according to semi-offic…

Scott Ritter (2020-03-01). Even NATO Is Unwilling to Touch Turkey's Idlib Mess with a Ten-foot Pole. globalresearch.ca Having been hit by the Syrian Air Force in Idlib, Turkey has called on NATO's protection, but as much as the alliance would like a fight with Assad and his ally Russia, it's refused to back Ankara's questionable adventure. | Turkey …

Philip Giraldi (2020-03-01). Seth Rich, Julian Assange and Dana Rohrabacher — Will We Ever Know the Truth About the Stolen DNC Files? globalresearch.ca The media is doing its best to make the Seth Rich story go away, but it seems to have a life of its own, possibly due to the fact that the accepted narrative about how Rich died makes no sense. …

Aaron Maté (2020-03-01). Krystal Ball: panicked DNC elites try to stop Bernie's big Super Tuesday. thegrayzone.com With Bernie Sanders poised for a big Super Tuesday, Krystal Ball discusses the Democratic establishment's panic, Elizabeth Warren's attacks on…

Staff (2020-03-01). Native Activists Are Forging a Just Transition to Renewable Energy. truthout.org Native activists and youth are shaping a clear vision for the transition necessary to guide us toward an environmentally just future — and there are more of them coming. Nationally, the Sunrise Movement and Indigenous environmental justice groups are overtaking entrenched political power with a breath of fresh air. Democrats are even talking about it. The Green New Deal policy is in Congress, but underlying it is the broader need for a just transition strategy — a plan that supports workers…

commondreams (2020-03-01). Progressives Planning to #BernTheDNC with Mass Nonviolent Civil Disobedience If Democratic Establishment Rigs Nomination. commondreams.org Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Eleanor Goldfield, Nick Bra√±a et al. | "If you try to steal this primary again, the actions we take will be swift, widespread, organized and resolute." (Image: BerntheDNC.org) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2020-03-01). Fernandez Renews Commitment to Fighting Poverty in Argentina. telesurenglish.net The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, renewed on Sunday his government's fight against poverty and unemployment so that they can rebuild the income of those who have less, in addition to strengthening policies to protect wome , in particular he announced that he will send a project to legalize abortion. | RELATED: | In his speech at the opening of ordinary sessions of the Congress of Argentina, the Presi…

RT (2020-02-29). Tulsi to MSM: Stop referring to Al-Qaeda in Syria's Idlib as 'rebels' to make them seem like 'freedom fighters'. rt.com The US media and officials who stubbornly keep referring to armed groups dominated by an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria's Idlib province as 'rebels' only disgrace themselves and their country, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has said. | Gabbard, who is one of the Democratic Party contenders in the 2020 presidential race, castigated American mainstream media and Trump administration officials for a consistent effort to whitewash the extremists entrenched in the north-western province of Idlib — Syria's last major stronghold of anti-government forces. Such actions betray the memory of the 9/11 terrorist attack,…

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.

teleSUR (2020-02-29). The United States and the Taliban Sign a Peace Agreement. telesurenglish.net In a ceremony in Doha, Qatar, the United States and RELATED: | The pact was signed by the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilz…

news.un (2020-02-29). United States-Taliban deal: UN welcomes efforts to reach political settlement in Afghanistan. news.un.org On Saturday the United Nations called for further reductions in violence in Afghanistan, and for the conditions for intra-Afghan peace talks to be met, following the announcement of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-29). 50 Former EU Officials: Trump's "Peace Plan" Risks Fuelling the Conflict. imemc.org In a letter published Thursday in the British newspaper, the Guardian, 50 former European foreign ministers, presidents, party leaders, NATO officials and others have expressed grave concern about US President Donald Trump's so-called "Peace to Prosperity" plan for the Middle East, saying it envisages an outcome with characteristics similar to …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-02-29). "So-Called ‚Ä™'Peace Deal' Is Anything But": Critics Warn US-Taliban Deal Exposes Fallacies of Endless War Paradigm. commondreams.org The agreement, warned Rep. Barbara Lee, "leaves thousands of troops in Afghanistan and lacks the critical investments in peacebuilding, human-centered development, or governance reform needed to rebuild Afghan society." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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). 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

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). Blue check blues: Twitter tricked into verifying teen's fake 2020 candidate for Congress while real people languish. rt.com 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

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…

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.

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, "

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."

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 …

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…

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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.

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….

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 …

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Idlib war escalates as Turkey announces military operations against Syria
wsws.org | 2020-03-02
Turkey shot down two Syrian jets after a Syrian air strike claimed the lives of 34 Turkish soldiers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/02/turk…

Erdogan to visit Moscow on March 5, Ankara confirms, as Turkey-Syria conflict escalates
rt.com | 2020-03-02
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow, following a worrying rise in violence between Turkish forces and Russia's Syrian allies. | Ankara has confirmed that Erdogan will make the trip to Moscow on March 5. The Kremlin had announced on Sunday that it was hoping to arrange a meeting between Erdogan and Putin in an effort to resolve the situation in Syria's Idlib region. The visit is expected to last for one day only. | Last week, 34 Turkish troops were reportedly killed by Syrian air strikes, prompting a military response from Ankara. Russia s…
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Did Turkey Just Sacrifice Their Own Troops to Protect Al-Qaeda?
Matthew J. L. Ehret | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-02
After 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian army offensive on February 27 amidst the current Russia-backed campaign to liberate Idlib, Erdogan responded by laying the blame entirely on Russia and Syria

Afghanistan peace deal begins to unravel as Kabul rejects prisoner swap
wsws.org | 2020-03-02
The signing of the accord is an unmistakable admission by Washington that the nearly 19-year-long war it has waged in Afghanistan has produced a debacle.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/02/afgh…

Jessica Cisneros Wants to Unseat Trump's Favorite Democrat
Natasha Hakimi Zapata | truthdig.com | 2020-03-02
The new AOC versus Trump's favorite Democrat: That's how one of 2020's most high-profile congressional primaries, is being billed across media, and not without reason. In Texas' 28th congressional district, Jessica Cisneros is challenging Rep. Henry Cuellar, a 15-year incumbent who has a track record of voting so conservatively, many openly question why he even calls himself a Democrat. The anti-choice candidate, who has been funded by the Koch brothers and big oil and gas lobbies…
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UK Foreign Secretary Raab to visit Turkey on Tuesday
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-02
In a statement on Monday, the ministry said Raab will hold talks with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the visit.The duo will discuss bilateral issues following Brexit on Jan. 31.The talks will also cover current regional and international issues, including Syria.
yenisafak.com/en/news/uk-foreign-secreta…

Over 117,000 migrants leave Turkey to reach Europe
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-02
The number of irregular migrants leaving Turkey for Europe has reached 117,677 on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter.The migrants are leaving Turkey through northwestern Edirne province bordering Greece and Bulgaria.Thousands of migrants flocked to Edirne's Pazarkule border crossing to Greece after Turkish officials announced Friday they would no longer try to stop irregular migrants from reaching Europe.It followed an attack by Syrian regime forces on Turkish troops in the Idlib de-escalation zone, which martyred 34 soldiers last week. Turkish soldiers are working to protect local c…
yenisafak.com/en/news/over-117000-migran…

Assad regime committed war crimes attacking medical sites: UN
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-02
Syria's Assad regime committed war crimes attacking medical facilities around the Idlib de-escalation zone, the United Nations Commission into Syria said on Monday."In attacking medical facilities, pro-government forces repeatedly committed the war crime of deliberately attacking protected objects and intentionally attacking medical personnel," said the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria at the launch of its newest report.The commission also said it has "reasonable grounds" to believe that Russian aircraft participated in bombing incidents around July and August last year."The Russian Air Force did not direct the…
yenisafak.com/en/world/assad-regime-comm…

Turkey refrains from targeting civilians: US expert
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-02
Unlike Russia, Iran and the Assad regime, Turkey does not target civilians in Syria, said an American foreign policy expert on Monday."Assad's soldiers now move around in ambulances in order to camouflage themselves from the Turks, who have achieved total air superiority in Idlib," Michael Doran, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, said in a tweet."We learn from this, obviously, that the Turks refrain from attacking ambulances," added Doran, who specialises in the Middle East.Doran shared a video, which went viral on social media, showing Assad regime soldiers moving in an ambulance in northwestern Syria to avoi…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-refrains-fr…

Turkey neutralizes 32 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-02
Turkish security forces neutralized 32 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday.The terrorists attempted to infiltrate into the southern area of Operation Peace Spring, Turkey's anti-terror offensive in northern Syria, the Turkish ministry said on Twitter.Operation Peace Spring was launched last October to eliminate terrorist YPG/PKK east of the Euphrates River to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered o…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-neutralizes…

US Election; Delhi Clashes; Syria; Assange; Coronavirus
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-02
Join George Galloway on the new home for the Mother of All Talk Shows – this week we talk about US election, Delhi clashes, Syria, Assange's Extradition Hearing, coronavirus.
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Erdogan Warns 'Millions of Refugees' Will Move to Turkey's Border With EU
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-02
The dire situation in Syria's Idlib province caused by fighting that has pitted Syrian government forces against Turkish troops and Turkish-backed militias has created a wave of refugees trying to flee the conflict. In recent days, Turkey has announced the opening of its borders with Europe, citing its inability to take in any more refugees.
sputniknews.com/world/202003021078450342…

General Session of the AIPAC Policy Conference 2020 – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-02
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference is an annual forum attended by activists, members of Congress, and Israeli and American policymakers.
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Iran and Hezbollah warn Turkey: all your forces are in our line of fire
Al-Manar | iranian.com | 2020-03-02
The Iranian Advisory Center in Syria, which takes part in the fighting in northern Syria, issued a press release through the news agency U-News in reaction to the recent confrontation between the Syrian army and the Turkish army. It should be noted that the Iranian Advisory Center is made up of the group of Iranian …
iranian.com/2020/03/01/iran-and-hezbolla…

Turkey Announces New Operation Against Syrian Military
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-01
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Sunday that Turkey has launched a fresh operation in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in the wake of the recent attack of Syrian government on Turkish troops there. | RELATED: | Airstrike in Syria's Idlib Kills 33 Turkish Soldiers | "Operation Spring Shield, which was launched following the heinous attack on Feb. 27, is successfully being carried out," Akar said at Turkey's southern province of Hatay bordering Syria, according to semi-offic…
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkey-Announces…

Even NATO Is Unwilling to Touch Turkey's Idlib Mess with a Ten-foot Pole
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-01
Having been hit by the Syrian Air Force in Idlib, Turkey has called on NATO's protection, but as much as the alliance would like a fight with Assad and his ally Russia, it's refused to back Ankara's questionable adventure. | Turkey | …
globalresearch.ca/nato-unwilling-touch-turkey-idlib-mess-ten-foot-pole/5705169

Israel Prepares for Unprecedented 3rd Parliamentary Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-01
Israel was preparing on Sunday for unprecedented repeat parliamentary elections on Monday, for the third time in less than a year. | RELATED: | Syria: Israel Drone Attack Kills 1 in Occupied Golan Heights | Almost 6.5 million eligible voters could cast their ballots in 10,631 ballots across the nation on Monday, according to the Central Elections Committee's figures. | Some 14 special ballots will be established for the use of hundreds of Israelis who are under mandatory self-quar…
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Refugees stranded at borders as fighting between Syria and Turkey escalates
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-01
Thousands of refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier on 1 March, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe.Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's decision to declare his country's borders with Europe open made goo…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/03/01/refugees-stranded-at-borders-as-fighting-between-syria-and-turkey-escalates/

Refugees Mass at EU Border as Turkey-Syria Conflict Intensifies
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-01
KASTANIES, Greece–Thousands of migrants and refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier Sunday, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe. In Syria, Turkish troops shot down two Syrian warplanes after the Syrian military downed a Turkish drone, a major escalation in the direct conflict between Syrian and Turkish forces. | Turkey's decision to ease border restrictions came amid a Russia-backed Syrian government offensive into Syria's northwestern Idlib province. That offensive has killed dozens of Turkish troops and led to a surge of nea…
truthdig.com/articles/refugees-mass-at-e…

Krystal Ball: panicked DNC elites try to stop Bernie's big Super Tuesday
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-01
With Bernie Sanders poised for a big Super Tuesday, Krystal Ball discusses the Democratic establishment's panic, Elizabeth Warren's attacks on…
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/01/krystal-ball-…

Native Activists Are Forging a Just Transition to Renewable Energy
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-01
Native activists and youth are shaping a clear vision for the transition necessary to guide us toward an environmentally just future

Progressives Planning to #BernTheDNC with Mass Nonviolent Civil Disobedience If Democratic Establishment Rigs Nomination
commondreams.org | 2020-03-01
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Eleanor Goldfield, Nick Bra√±a et al. | "If you try to steal this primary again, the actions we take will be swift, widespread, organized and resolute." (Image: BerntheDNC.org) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Fernandez Renews Commitment to Fighting Poverty in Argentina
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-01
The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, renewed on Sunday his government's fight against poverty and unemployment so that they can rebuild the income of those who have less, in addition to strengthening policies to protect wome , in particular he announced that he will send a project to legalize abortion. | RELATED: | Argentina's Fernandez Defends Evo Morales' Presidential Victory | In his speech at the opening of ordinary sessions of the Congress of Argentina, the Presi…
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Tulsi to MSM: Stop referring to Al-Qaeda in Syria's Idlib as 'rebels' to make them seem like 'freedom fighters'
rt.com | 2020-02-29
The US media and officials who stubbornly keep referring to armed groups dominated by an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria's Idlib province as 'rebels' only disgrace themselves and their country, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has said. | Gabbard, who is one of the Democratic Party contenders in the 2020 presidential race, castigated American mainstream media and Trump administration officials for a consistent effort to whitewash the extremists entrenched in the north-western province of Idlib

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.
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Refugees trapped in 'no man's land' on the Greek border as Erdogan acts on his threat to the EU
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-02-29
On October 2019, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the EU he'd "open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees" its way. Erdogan threatened to do so if EU leaders called his invasion of northern Syria an "occupation". He made his comments following EU condemnation of his invasion. | And according to reports on the ground, he is following through on tha…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/02/29/refugees-trapped-in-no-mans-land-on-the-greek-border-as-erdogan-acts-on-his-threat-to-the-eu/

The United States and the Taliban Sign a Peace Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-29
In a ceremony in Doha, Qatar, the United States and the Taliban Saturday signed a peace agreement in the presence of international observers and dignitaries from various countries. | RELATED: | US, Taliban Agree 7-Day Reduction in Violence in Afghanistan | The pact was signed by the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilz…
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United States-Taliban deal: UN welcomes efforts to reach political settlement in Afghanistan
news.un.org | 2020-02-29
On Saturday the United Nations called for further reductions in violence in Afghanistan, and for the conditions for intra-Afghan peace talks to be met, following the announcement of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban.
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50 Former EU Officials: Trump's "Peace Plan" Risks Fuelling the Conflict
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-29
In a letter published Thursday in the British newspaper, the Guardian, 50 former European foreign ministers, presidents, party leaders, NATO officials and others have expressed grave concern about US President Donald Trump's so-called "Peace to Prosperity" plan for the Middle East, saying it envisages an outcome with characteristics similar to …
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"So-Called ‚Ä™'Peace Deal' Is Anything But": Critics Warn US-Taliban Deal Exposes Fallacies of Endless War Paradigm
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-29
The agreement, warned Rep. Barbara Lee, "leaves thousands of troops in Afghanistan and lacks the critical investments in peacebuilding, human-centered development, or governance reform needed to rebuild Afghan society." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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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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 …
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Headlines for February 28, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-28
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/28/headlines

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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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'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

'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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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…
rt.com/usa/481966-biden-african-american…

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…
rt.com/usa/481978-ratcliffe-intelligence…

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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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…
rt.com/usa/481976-teenager-fake-congress…

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 …
globalresearch.ca/why-renew-fisa-court-2/5705005

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 …
iranian.com/2020/02/28/turkey-russia-tip…

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

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….
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/27/syrian-journa…

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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/27/india_ant…

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 …
iranian.com/2020/02/27/afghanistan-peace…