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Carbomb hits bus carrying soldiers in Turkey

KONFRONTASI-At least 13 soldiers were killed and 55 were wounded when a car bomb hit a bus carrying off-duty military personnel in the central Turkish city of Kayseri.

The attack comes one week after a twin bombing targeted police personnel  in Istanbul.

"The bus was full of soldiers going on their weekend leave," said Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul. "The soldiers in the bus are from the commando brigade."

Turkish soldiers killed by Syrian air strike

KONFRONTASI-The Turkish military has said that three of its soldiers have been killed and 10 more wounded in Syria by an air strike allegedly launched by Syrian government forces. 

A statement from the Turkish armed forces on its website said that the attack occurred at 3:30am local time [00:30 GMT] on Thursday.

"In the air strike assessed to have been by Syrian regime forces, three of our heroic soldiers were killed and 10 soldiers wounded, one seriously," it said in the statement.

Pakistan expels Turkish school staff over Gulen links

KONFRONTASI-Pakistan has ordered Turkish teachers at schools with alleged links to a Turkish religious leader opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to leave the country by November 20.

However, management of the school chain approached the Islamabad High Court on Wednesday with a hearing set to take place on Thursday, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported.

Turkey-backed Syria rebels poised to attack IS-held city

KONFRONTASI-Syrian rebels backed by Turkey were poised to begin an assault to try to drive Islamic State from the Syrian city of al-Bab, two of their commanders said on Monday, a battle that could also prompt new fighting with Kurdish groups that are competing for the area.

Further escalation in the complex, multi-sided conflict in northern Syria has the potential to undermine a campaign supported by an international coalition led by the United States to oust Islamic State from its Syrian capital of Raqqa.

Iraq-Turkey tension rises amid battle for Mosul

KONFRONTASI-Iraq's prime minister has warned Turkey against provoking a confrontation while saying he does not want war.

Haider al-Abadi made the comments after Turkey deployed tanks and artillery near the Iraqi border and insisted that any Turkish involvement would be a violation of national sovereignty.

Turkey wants a a role in the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, by virtue of being a member of the anti-ISIL coalition.

Battle for Mosul: Turkey-Iraq row over ISIL operation

KONFRONTASI-Ongoing tensions between Turkey and Iraq have intensified after Turkey said its troops fired artillery rounds at ISIL targets near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, following a request by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Binali Yildirim, Turkish prime minister, said on Sunday that Turkish troops stationed outside Mosul had provided support "with artillery, tanks and howitzers" following a request by Peshmerga forces.

However, Iraq's joint-operations command on Monday denied Turkey's claims.

Turkey: Army kills up to 200 YPG fighters in Aleppo

KONFRONTASI-The Turkish military said its fighter jets hit Syrian Kurdish targets in northern Syria, and killed up to 200 fighters, according to state media.

The jets hit 18 targets in Maarrat Umm Hawsh, a region north of the city of Aleppo, the official news agency Anadolu said.

Quoting the army, the report claimed that between 160 and 200 fighters from the YPG (People's Protection Units) group were killed in the raids on Wednesday night.

Turkish army says Islamic State putting up 'stiff resistance' in Syria

KONFRONTASI-Islamic State militants in northern Syria are putting up "stiff resistance" to attacks by Turkish-backed rebel fighters, Turkey's military said on Wednesday, almost two months after it launched an incursion to drive them away from its border.

Supported by Turkish tanks and air strikes, the rebels have been pushing toward the Islamic State stronghold of Dabiq. Clashes and air strikes over the past 24 hours have killed 47 jihadists, the military said in a statement.

Russia and Turkey sign gas deal, seek common ground on Syria as ties warm

KONFRONTASI-Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on Monday for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalization in ties nearly a year after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russia's Vladimir Putin at an Ottoman-era villa in Istanbul for talks which touched on energy deals, trade and tourism ties, defense and the conflict in Syria, where the two leaders back opposing sides.

Turkish military says 31 Islamic State militants killed in northern Syria

KONFRONTASI-Thirty one Islamic State militants have been killed in clashes and U.S.-led coalition air strikes in northern Syria over the last 24 hours, the Turkish military said on Sunday, marking an escalation in violence in the area.

Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and air strikes, have been pushing towards the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Dabiq, a village with symbolic importance to the jihadists, in an operation launched in late August.

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