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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Bursting at the seams: inside an IS prison in Syria | AFP

An AFP team was given rare access to one of the crowded detention facilities in northeastern Syria where Kurdish forces are holding Islamic State group (IS) suspects. With 5,000 inmates — Syrian, Iraqi, but also British, French, German — the prison in Hasakeh province is bursting with the flotsam of the international jihadist army IS raised five years ago.

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Iraq opens 2nd camp to cope with Syrian Kurd influx | AFP

The United Nations opens a new section of a camp for the displaced in Iraqi Kurdistan to host refugees fleeing Turkish troops in northeast Syria. The offensive has killed dozens of civilians, mainly on the Kurdish side, and prompted an exodus of tens of thousands, in the latest humanitarian crisis of Syria’s eight-year civil war.

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Syrians displaced from Manbij call for resumption of Turkey offensive | AFP

Syrians displaced from the city of Manbij and its outskirts protest in Jarabulus against Russian intervention and the arrival of regime troops to the city, calling for a resumption of a Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria to facilitate their return to the city.

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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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Putin, Erdogan start talks on Syria in Russia | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the situation in northern Syria, where Erdogan has vowed to continue an offensive against Kurdish fighters. “The situation in the region is very severe,” Putin told Erdogan ahead of talks in the Russian city of Sochi, hoping that the good rapport between Russia and Turkey “will let us find an answer to even the most difficult questions.” IMAGES of the meeting

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US forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria | AFP

US forces withdraw from their largest base in northern Syria, as people in the town of Tall Tamr welcome ambulances carrying Kurdish wounded from the besieged Syrian town of Ras al-Ain.

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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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Pence: Turkey has agreed to cease-fire in Syria

Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that Turkey has agreed to a cease-fire to allow the Kurdish forces it was battling to safely withdraw from an area in northern Syria. (Oct. 17)

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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 meets with Erdogan, seeking Syria cease-fire

A senior U.S. delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence pursued an uphill mission Thursday to persuade Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call for a cease-fire in his fight with Kurdish forces in northern Syria. (Oct. 17)

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Hundreds of Syrian Kurds fleeing Turkish invasion seek refuge in Iraq | AFP

Syrians who have recently become refugees due to the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria arrive at the Bardarash camp, near the Kurdish city of Dohuk, in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. Hundreds of Syrian Kurds entered neighbouring Iraqi’s Kurdish autonomous region, fleeing a Turkish invasion.

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Turkey bombards key Syria border town | AFP

Turkish troops and their Syrian proxies have gained ground in Ras al-Ain, a key border town where Kurdish fighters had been putting up stiff resistance, a war monitor says. IMAGES

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Fighting continues near Turkey-Syria border

With the Turkish assault in its eighth day, Turkish forces and Kurdish fighters were still battling heavily Wednesday over the border town of Ras al-Ayn. (Oct. 16)

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Trump denies giving Turkey’s Erdogan ‘green light’ for Syria invasion | AFP

US President Donald Trump denies giving a “green light” to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to launch operations against Kurdish militants in Syria. Trump dismisses a question on the topic from a reporter at the White House as “deceptive” saying, “they’ve been wanting to do that for years.” SOUNDBITE

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