The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria condemned the recent escalation of Turkish aggression in northern Syria and called upon the US-led Global Coalition, Russia, and the Syrian government to clarify their positions regarding Turkey’s attacks.
At least 79 refugees drown and hundreds more are feared missing as a boat sinks off Greece on Wednesday in one of the deadliest refugee shipwrecks on the Aegean Sea. The incident unfolded shortly after EU reached a landmark agreement on a new asylum system, which has drawn criticism for its inclusion of a fast-track deportation process.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has indicated that Turkey would continue to exercise its power of veto over Sweden’s NATO membership until the alleged presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party supporters, known as PKK, in the Nordic country was addressed.
Asylum seeker Jalal Ahmad, with refugee status in Turkey, has been found to be a former ISIS judge, raising questions about the effectiveness of the country’s refugee screening process.
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