Syrian rebels backed by Turkey and a U.S.-led coalition are closing in on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-held village of Dabiq, the site of an apocalyptic prophesy central to the militant group's ideology, while 15 Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters have been killed in the past one day during clashes with the jihadists as part of the ongoing Euphrates Shield operatio
"That's it. I'm coming back to İzmir to settle here and nothing you say or write will dissuade me," said a friend after I wrote that "white Turks" should think twice before settling in İzmir. "Besides, shame on you for trying to stop us as you flaunt your new-found Aegean hedonism with selfies in vineyards, beaches, sails, luncheons with girls and exhibitions on your Facebook account."
US and EU diplomats have confirmed that they are in touch with government officials and the opposition in Macedonia - but have not disclosed details of the ongoing talks.
Unofficially, diplomatic sources told BIRN that they have failed to bring the main ruling VMRO DPMNE party and the opposition Social Democrats, SDSM, any closer.