August 2016: Turkey Enters Syrian War
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of August 2016.
1. Thailand's Referendum Equals New Constitution 2. Quetta, Pakistan Is Terror Target 3. Update on Boko Haram 4. Saudi Coalition Airstrike Hits Hospital in Yemen 5. Russia Deploys Airstrikes from Iran into Syria 6. UN Admits Responsibility in Haitian Cholera Epidemic 7. Suicide Bomber at Turkish Wedding 8. Thousands Killed in Philippine Drug War 9. Turkey Enters Syrian War 10. Columbian Government Makes Peace with FARC Rebels 11. Attack on American University in Afghanistan 12. Top ISIS Leader Killed 13. Brazil's Senate Votes to Impeach Rousseff
- Turkey Enters Syrian War
- On August 24, 2016, Turkey sends tanks, warplanes, and other military forces into Syria to push the Islamic State (IS) out of Jarabulus, a city on the border of Turkey and Syria. These actions plant Turkey squarely in the midst of Syria's civil war. While eradication of the Islamic State has brought the Turks and the Syrian Kurds together, the situation in Syria is far from simple. Russia, Turkey, Kurds, the U.S.—who backs both Turkey and the Kurds—all have interests there. For now, Turkey's minister of foreign affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu warns the Kurds to remain on the east of the Euphrates River to avoid conflict. U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden warns the Kurds if it shows Turkey any force, it will lose American support.
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