Turkey

  • August 24, 2016  

    Backed by U.S. forces, the Turkish military has launched a major operation inside Syria, sending warplanes and ground troops to retake territory held by the Islamic State. Vice President Joe Biden also called upon Kurdish rebels in the area to stop advances into Turkey, saying they would not receive U.S. support otherwise. Judy Woodruff speaks with the Atlantic Council’s Aaron Stein for more. Continue reading

  • August 24, 2016   BY  

    ANKARA, Turkey — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Turkish authorities to be patient with the U.S. legal system as Turkey seeks the return of a cleric accused of masterminding last month’s failed military coup. Continue reading

  • August 23, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, an American soldier died in Afghanistan — the first U.S. combat death in the country since January. The soldier’s patrol in the Helmand province triggered a roadside bomb that also wounded another U.S. service member and six Afghan soldiers. Also, UNICEF reports staggering new numbers on the flow of unaccompanied minors making the journey from Central America to the U.S. Continue reading

  • August 22, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, Donald Trump insisted that he is not flip-flopping on his plan to deport some 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He appeared to shift his policy over the weekend. Also, Russia has stopped using an Iranian military base to launch airstrikes in Syria for now, though strikes continue across that nation. Continue reading

  • August 18, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the fast-moving fire just 60 miles east of Los Angeles flared even more; 1500 firefighters are battling flames only 4 percent contained. The inferno has charred nearly 50 square miles since Tuesday and forced 82,000 to evacuate. Also, Amnesty International reports that 18,000 detainees have died in Syrian government prisons, while others suffered torture and disease. Continue reading

  • August 17, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Turkey announced plans to release nearly 40,000 prison inmates to clear space for a similar number detained over last month’s coup attempt. Depending on their remaining sentences, prisoners may qualify for early release, although the most violent criminals will not be eligible. Also, the White House pledged $17 million to help combat opioid and heroin abuse. Continue reading

  • August 15, 2016  

    In Syria’s ongoing war, doctors are under attack in the very places they expect to be safe: their hospitals. Last week, pro-government forces bombed a maternity hospital in the northwestern city of Idlib — just one of the more than 375 strikes on medical facilities since the revolution began, according to Physicians for Human Rights. Special Correspondent Marcia Biggs reports. Continue reading

  • August 12, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, a U.S. drone attack has killed a top ISIS leader in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. The designated ‘global terrorist’ Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a strike on July 26. Meanwhile, a series of bombings ripped across southern Thailand on Friday. The coordinated strikes targeted popular tourist destinations and left at least four dead and dozens more wounded. Continue reading

  • August 9, 2016  

    Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg Tuesday, a step toward mending ties ruptured last year when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near Syria’s border. Judy Woodruff discusses the turmoil in Turkey with Kemal Kirişci of the Brookings Institution and Henri Barkey of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Continue reading

  • August 5, 2016  

    Their faces are flooding the internet: the thousands of child soldiers fighting in Syria. Whether they join armed groups out of economic need or a sense of cultural obligation, these children become instruments of violence and propaganda, often witnessing–and executing–acts of sheer inhumanity. For those able to escape, like 15-year-old Ibrahim, the trauma proves difficult to overcome. Continue reading