Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton's demand that Turkey does not harm Kurdish fighters in Syria after a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the area. In a speech Tuesday in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey will send forces to northern Syria to fight Islamic State, as well as Kurdish groups People's Protection Units or YPG and the Democratic Union Party or PYD. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
The war in Yemen has taken its toll far beyond what is reported in terms of military casualties. Guns and bombs are claiming lives, but hunger is another major threat to Yemenis. The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization say 73,000 Yemeni civilians are facing famine and another 14 million are on the brink of starvation. Aid agencies say more than 1.8 million children under the age of 5 are acutely malnourished. For VOA, Neha Wadekar reports from Aden in southern Yemen.