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Report: Turkish army probes soldier for failure to resist IS

The Turkish military has launched disciplinary proceedings against a soldier for failing to resist Islamic State (IS) insurgents after he went missing on the border with Syria, media reported on Monday.

Ozgur Ors, a non-commissioned officer, went missing in January after he crossed the border into Syria from the southeastern Turkish province of Kilis in an operation to capture a group of smugglers.

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Turkey's Erdogan in Riyadh as Saudi Seeks 'Sunni Unity'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived Monday in Riyadh for a visit at the king's invitation in what is seen as a Saudi bid to unify Sunnis against Iran and jihadists.

Erdogan's meeting with King Salman comes a day after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks with the monarch, and precedes a visit by Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif later this week.

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Turkey's Kurdish Rebels Hail 'Historic' Disarmament Call

Kurdish rebels on Sunday hailed as "historic" a call for disarmament made by their jailed leader for disarmament and said Turkey should speed up reforms to move the peace process forward.

Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) imprisoned on an island near Istanbul, had on Saturday urged the separatists to hold a congress on disarmament in the coming months.

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Reports: CCTV Shows Syria-Bound UK Girls at Istanbul Bus Station

Security footage appears to show three British girls, believed to be heading for Syria to join Islamic State (IS) militants, waiting at a bus station in Istanbul before traveling to a Turkish town on the Syrian border, media reported Sunday. 

Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, boarded a flight from London to Istanbul on February 17. 

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Jailed Kurdish Leader in Turkey Urges PKK to Lay Down Arms

The jailed leader of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday made a "historic" call to the separatists to hold a disarmament conference, a key step in efforts to end Turkey's 30-year Kurdish insurgency.

"As we are ushering the 30 years of conflict towards permanent peace, it is our primary goal to reach a democratic solution," Abdullah Ocalan said in a message relayed by Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Sirri Sureyya Onder. 

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Ukraine Conflict at 'Crossroads' as Troop Deaths Shake Truce

International monitors said the conflict in Ukraine was at a "crossroads" as further losses among government forces rattled a two-week-old truce just as it seemed to be gaining traction.

The deaths of three Ukrainian soldiers after a two-day lull in clashes with pro-Russian separatists highlighted the fragility of the ceasefire as the U.N. said some five million people needed humanitarian aid due to the conflict.

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U.S.: Training of Syrian Rebels in Turkey in 4-6 Weeks

The U.S. military said Friday the training of moderate Syrian rebels will likely begin within four to six weeks in Turkey after the two NATO allies clinched an agreement last week.

Potential recruits still needed to be vetted for the training sessions, which will take place in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Turkey, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference.

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Canada Worried as Growing Number of Youths Join Jihad

Concerned about a growing number of Canadian youths traveling overseas to join jihadists, and lacking an immediate alternative, political leaders have asked parents to keep a more watchful eye on their children for signs of extremism.

"These situations are disastrous," Quebec premier Philippe Couillard said Friday, a day after Canadians learned that six of their own, aged 18 and 19, including two young women, had left for Syria via Turkey mid-January.

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Turkey, U.S. to Begin Training Syria Rebels from Sunday

The United States and Turkey will begin training and equipping thousands of moderate Syrian rebel forces on Sunday as part of a deal the two NATO allies signed last week, an official said.

"I can say that the train-and-equip (program) will begin as of March 1," Tanju Bilgic, spokesman for the Turkish foreign ministry, was quoted as saying by the state-run Anatolia news agency.

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Turkey Police Arrest Man after Bomb Threat outside U.S. Consulate

Turkish police on Friday arrested a man who threatened to set off a bomb outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, local media reported.

The suspect was not carrying any explosives, according to initial reports, the private Dogan news agency said.

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