German defence minister harshly criticises Turkey, US over incursion Oct 20, 2019 0 195 12345 Munich: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has sharply criticised Turkey and the United States following the Turkish incursion into the Kurdish region of northern Syria.Two developments are “devastating in the long term in my view,” the leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party said on Saturday.One is that the US has turned its back on those who had fought the Islamic State terrorist militia for them on the ground in Syria: “That sets in motion a real question about the reliability of our strongest alliance partner in the world.” And to fellow member of the Western defence alliance Turkey, Kramp-Karrenbauer said: “NATO partner or not,” if it becomes standard that anyone who feels threatened from a neighbouring region, then violates borders by force of arms, “then we endanger the foundation of the post-war order” that you resolve conflicts with diplomacy and not with the power of the strongest.” (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES Protests continue to grip Lebanon for third day Oct 20, 2019 0 1238 IRAQI PILGRIMS PROTEST CORRUPTION DURING ARBAEEN MARCH Oct 20, 2019 0 277 Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish forces if no pullout Oct 20, 2019 0 227 Ten thousand people march in Kurdish protest in Germany Cologne: Some 10,000 people protested peacefully against Turkey’s military incursion into north-eastern Syria in the German city of Cologne on Saturday, although the number of participants remained below .. 6 killed, 4 missing in Mali attack on pro-govt forces Bamako: Six people were killed late on Friday when unknown assailants attacked a post held by armed pro-government groups in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the groups said in a statement. Four more people were missing .. Mozambique’s oppn calls for vote to be annulled Maputo: Mozambique’s main opposition party Renamo on Saturday called for this week’s election to be annulled, accusing the government of breaching a peace deal by using violence and intimidation on voting day. Partial .. S Sudan rebel leader in Juba for talks as peace deal falters AFP Juba South Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Juba on Saturday in a bid to salvage a peace deal with less than a month to go until he is to form a government with President Salva Kiir. The foes, whose falling .. Turkey, Syrian Kurds trade blame over breaching US-brokered ceasefire DPA Beirut/Istanbul Turkish forces and Syrian Kurdish forces fighting in north-eastern Syria have accused each other of violating a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by the US. “Terrorists” have carried out 14 .. Senator McConnell slams Trump’s Syria withdrawal as scattered fighting flares Tal Tamr, Syria: US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria as “a strategic nightmare” as scattered fighting flared in the north of the country ..