Turkey Expects Swift Campaign Against U.S.-Backed Kurds in Syria

Turkish soldiers stand on tanks in a village on the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep province, Turkey

HASSA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fighters who control the Afrin region in an air and ground offensive that President Tayyip Erdogan said Russia had agreed to.

Turkey Places Bounty on Two Former U.S. Government Officials

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A wealthy ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has placed a bounty on the heads of two former U.S. military and intelligence officials as part of what U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon is an effort by the Turkish government to threaten and intimidate Americans who they believe are working to undermine Erdogan.

Iraq Launches Advance on Kurdish Territory, Seizes Kirkuk Outskirts

Members of Iraqi federal forces are seen near the oil fields in Kirkuk, Iraq. October 16, 2017. / Reuters

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) — Iraq’s central government forces launched an advance early on Monday into territory held by Kurds, seizing a swathe of countryside surrounding the oil city of Kirkuk in a bold military response to a Kurdish vote last month on independence.