UAE denounces US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: state news agency

Jerusalem Old City is seen trough a door with the shape of star of David, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP/Oded Balilty)
Updated 07 December 2017
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UAE denounces US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: state news agency

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has denounced the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, state news agency WAM reported on Thursday, citing a foreign ministry statement.
“The ministry expressed deep concern over the repercussions of this decision on the region’s stability as it inflames the emotions of the Arab and Muslim people due to the status of Jerusalem in the conscience of Arabs and Muslims,” the statement added.


Turkey: Kurdish militia hasn’t pulled out of Syrian town

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Turkey: Kurdish militia hasn’t pulled out of Syrian town

  • On Sunday, the US-backed Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council said the YPG completed its withdrawal
  • The ministry says the YPG is still pulling out of areas where Turkish and US forces have been patrolling

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey says Syrian Kurdish militiamen haven’t completed their withdrawal but are still pulling out of a strategic town in northern Syria.
Turkey and the United States announced last month they had reached an agreement for the militia — known as People’s Protection Units, or YPG — to leave Manbij, a town west of the Euphrates River.
On Sunday, the US-backed Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council said the YPG completed its withdrawal, removing a major source of tension between Washington and Ankara.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, however, says those reports are “exaggerated” and didn’t “reflect the truth.”
The ministry says the YPG is still pulling out of areas where Turkish and US forces have been conducting separate patrols.
Turkey has labelled the YPG a terrorist group, linked to its own Kurdish insurgency.