Iraqi Kurds boycott Turkish goods after Syria assault | AFP

Shopkeepers in Iraq’s Kurdish region have been responding to activists’ calls to boycott Turkish goods in protest at Ankara’s assault on Kurdish forces in neighbouring Syria. From pomegranates to plastic buckets, yoghurt and beauty products, Iraq imports more than $8 billion worth of Turkish goods a year through its autonomous Kurdish north.

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Convoy of Syrian troops arrives in Kobane | AFP

A convoy of Syrian troops arrives in the northern border town of Kobane as part of a deal that sees Damascus, Ankara and Moscow carve up the now-defunct Syrian Kurdish autonomous region. IMAGES

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Trump: ‘Success’ in Syria; lifts Turkey sanctions

President Donald Trump says he’s lifting sanctions on Turkey after Ankara agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria. Trump said Wednesday that others should “fight over this long, blood-stained sand.” (Oct. 23)

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EU’s Tusk says US-Turkey deal not real ‘ceasefire’ | AFP

European Council president Donald Tusk says after a meeting of EU leaders that Turkey’s US-brokered truce is not serious and demands Ankara halt its offensive against Kurdish forces. SOUNDBITE

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Deadly Turkish air strikes shatter NE Syria truce | AFP

Deadly Turkish air strikes shatter an hours-old US-brokered deal to stop Ankara’s military offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.

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Turkish operation in northern Syria | AFP Animé

US Vice President Mike Pence met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to push for a ceasefire in Syria after Ankara rebuffed international pressure to halt its deadly offensive against Kurdish forces. Videographic locating northern Syria.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Pence arrives in Ankara to seek Syria ceasefire | AFP

US Vice President Mike Pence meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey in a bid to secure a ceasefire to halt the Turkish offensive in Syria. IMAGES

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Images of smoke rising from Syria’s Ras al-Ain | AFP

Columns of smoke rise from the Syrian city of Ras al-Ain, targeted by intense Turkish fire. Ankara had announced on Saturday it had taken the city, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Sunday that Kurdish forces had pushed back Turkish troops and their Syrian allies. IMAGES

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Kurdish groups protest against Turkey’s Syria offensive | AFP

Kurdish groups in France protest in Paris against the Turkish operation in Syria. Ankara stepped up its assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria on Saturday, defying mounting threats of international sanctions, even from Washington. IMAGES

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US threatens ‘powerful’ sanctions against Turkey

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin put Turkey on notice that it could face new “powerful sanctions” and that the U.S. will “shut down the Turkish economy” if Ankara goes too far in its incursion against the Kurds in northern Syria. (Oct. 11)

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EU’s Tusk slams Erdogan threat of new refugee surge | AFP

EU Council President Donald Tusk condemns as attempted “blackmail” a threat by the Turkish president to allow millions of refugees to head to Europe if the bloc criticises Ankara’s offensive in Syria. SOUNDBITES

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Trump upbeat on China; supports Syrian mediation

Donald Trump gives an upbeat assessment of ongoing talks between US and Chinese officials. As Turkey’s incursion into Syria continues, Trump also says the US has only two choices, either send in US troops or hit Ankara with financial sanctions. (Oct. 10)

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Convoy of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters arrives near the border with Syria | AFP

A military convoy sent by Ankara transporting Turkish-backed Syrian fighters and military vehicles arrives in the Turkish town of Akcakale near the Syrian border, a day after president Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an offensive in northern Syria. IMAGES

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Convoy of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters heads to Syria | AFP

A military convoy sent by Ankara transporting Turkish-backed Syrian fighters and military vehicles arrives in the Turkish town of Akcakale and heads to the Syrian border, a day after president Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an offensive in northern Syria. IMAGES

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