Russian, US pressure mounts on Turkey over Syria threat

International pressure mounted Tuesday on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to launch a threatened ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria. Ankara launched a series of air strikes in Operation Claw-Sword on Sunday — hitting dozens of Kurdish militant targets across Iraq and Syria — and announcing that its military was once again “on … Read more

Erdogan threatens ground operation into Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to launch a ground operation into Syria after cross-border air strikes on Kurdish positions and deadly fire on Turkey. “There is no question that this operation is limited to only an aerial operation,” Erdogan told reporters on a flight home from Qatar after attending the opening of … Read more

Six dead, dozens injured as female bomber strikes in Istanbul, Turkey

An explosion tore through a busy Istanbul shopping street on Sunday, killing six and wounding dozens in what Turkey’s president said bore the signs of a “terror” attack. Police cordoned off an area around Istiklal, where there were dense crowds on Sunday afternoon, and helicopters flew over the city center as sirens sounded. “I was … Read more

Six dead, dozens injured as ‘female’ suicide bomber strikes in Istanbul, Turkey

An explosion tore through a busy Istanbul shopping street on Sunday, killing six and wounding dozens in what Turkey’s president said bore the signs of a “terror” attack. Police cordoned off an area around Istiklal, where there were dense crowds on Sunday afternoon, and helicopters flew over the city center as sirens sounded. “I was … Read more

At Least 6 Dead, 53 Wounded In Pedestrian Area

At least six people have been killed and 53 others were wounded Sunday in Istanbul after an explosion rocked a busy pedestrian street, government officials said. Turkey’s state-owned media said the cause of the blast is not known. There have been unconfirmed reports that it was a bomb explosion. Footage from the explosion on social … Read more

Iran vows ‘no leniency’ against wave of women-led protests

Iran’s judiciary chief vowed no leniency Sunday against the wave of unrest that has rocked the country since the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police. The warning by the head of the Judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, came after nine nights of protests and street clashes and echoed … Read more

Iran protest updates: Death toll doubles as authorities crack down on citizens

Warning: Graphic content. The official death toll has nearly doubled to 35 in a crackdown by Iran’s security forces on more than a week of protests that erupted after the death of a young woman in custody. Hundreds of angry demonstrators have been arrested with crowds taking to the streets of major cities across Iran … Read more

Russia stiffens penalty for surrender, replaces top general

Russia on Saturday toughened penalties for voluntary surrender and refusal to fight with up to 10 years imprisonment and replaced its top logistics general after a series of setbacks to its seven-month war in Ukraine. The tough new amendments and personnel change come days after Russia instigated partial mobilization with Kyiv taking back more and … Read more

Death toll doubles, hundreds arrested in ‘harrowing’ Iran protest crackdown

The official death toll has nearly doubled to 35 in a crackdown by Iran’s security forces on more than a week of protests that erupted after the death of a young woman in custody. Hundreds of angry demonstrators have been arrested with crowds taking to the streets of major cities across Iran for eight straight … Read more

Mahsa Amini cause of death: Horrifying calls for protesters in Iran to be executed

In a terrifying move, pro-government marchers have taken to the streets of Iran and called to execute people protesting after a young woman died while in police custody for improperly wearing her hijab. The Iranian government took steps to stomp out the protests as civil unrest raged in the wake of the suspicious death of … Read more