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The partnership between the U.S. and Turkey has become strained in recent years because U.S. and Turkish interests and assessments of various challenges are not as aligned as they once were. New report:

Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was held in a Turkish prison for over two years, tells about his battle with despair while trying to survive another day.

Turkish court hands jail terms to over 130 FETÖ members

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▶️ The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a Turkish aid group, said in a statement Wednesday, January 22, that they are aiming to build 10,000 briquette houses in Syria's Idlib to house the thousands of displaced Syrians fleeing attacks. (Reuters)

This new study assesses the key challenges confronting the U.S.-Turkish partnership:

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Turkey’s conflict in Syria took a major turn today. First alleged atrocities by Turkish-backed Arab militias, executing Kurds. US military officials tell me it's true, and they are DEEPLY concerned it opens the door to BOTH ethnic cleansing of Kurds and return of ISIS/Al-Qaeda

Turkish soldier gives chocolate to a Syrian child - one of the bars drops... He picks it up and thinks he has to give it back. Via @imgur 

Very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish Border, for a change. Those that mistakenly got us into the Middle East Wars are still pushing to fight. They have no idea what a bad decision they have made. Why are they not asking for a Declaration of War?

Turkish state-backed media hails a “successful operation” to “neutralize” an unarmed 35-year old woman working to unite Arabs, Christians, and Kurds in NE Syria. Ms. Hevrin Khalef was reportedly dragged from a vehicle and shot to death. That’s a war crime.

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Syria Kurdish official told us, reacting to Trump’s overnight decision.  “The Americans are traitors. They have abandoned us to a Turkish massacre. We can no longer fight against isis and have to defend ourselves. This could allow isis to return to the region.”

I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!

Israel strongly condemns the Turkish invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies. Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.

Only four days into Turkish attack and one week after POTUS-Erdogan call: * UN: 130k displaced (likely to 3x) * ISIS terrorists escaping (caught after years of painstaking effort) * Syrians executed on roadways by Turkish-backed opposition forces * Main US supply lines cut..

Turkish forces have fired on a declared U.S. military outpost in northern Syria. Turkey knows all of our locations down to the precise grid coordinate as confirmed by SECDEF and CJCS only two hours ago. This was not a mistake.

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