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The US is facing yet another major diplomatic challenge in the Middle East, after its NATO partner Turkey's decision to attack US-backed forces in Syria. Turkish ground forces pushed into Northern Syria last night, a week after the US announced it would be supporting a Kurdish border force to quell ...

rescue workers in a rebel-held enclave of Syria have accused government forces of using chlorine gas during a bombing. 13 civilians, including women and children, have been injured after the alleged gas attack, according to the White Helmets. Syria's government has a history of using chemical ...
The Trump Administration is scrambling for a Syria policy for the post-Islamic State period. The job has been left to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who used an appearance at the Hoover Institution to deliver the beginnings of what the administration hoped would be a coherent, pragmatic, and ...
Turkish troops crossed the Syria border into the Kurdish enclave Afrin, beginning a ground assault against American-allied militias there. Continue reading the main ... Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the forces intended to create a security zone some 30 kilometers deep inside Syria. By nightfall troops ...

"I fell in love, I don't know why," confesses Alaa al-Sayed with a lingering gaze towards his beloved. The object of affection for this Syrian historian is the ancient gate of Bab al-Nasr, the Victory Gate. Like the other historic entrances leading into a warren of cobbled lanes in Aleppo's old quarter, part of its ...
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag says the Turkish border town of Reyhanli was hit by a YPG missile fired from inside Syria, killing one and injuring more than 30. The Turkish border city of Kilis was also hit by rockets fired from Syria on Sunday, according to Turkey's state-run news agency, ...
Syria's regime has said troops and militia fighters have won back Abu Duhur airbase in Idlib, which sees Damascus in control of a key military installation in the rebel-held province.
Turkish troops backed by Syrian opposition forces have launched an attack on Kurdish militia in northern Syria - as part of their offensive to drive rebel forces from the area. Troops entered the enclave of Afrin - a day after bombarding fighters from the US-backed YPG militia with jets and artillery fire.
The Russian Defense Ministry has said the U.S. is fueling the crisis in northern Syria by "supplying uncontrolled weapons" to the People's Protection Units (YPG). "the Pentagon's uncontrolled deliveries of modern weaponry to the pro-U.S. militants in the north of Syria, according to our information, has ...
Trump, Syria, women's March: Your Weekend Briefing. By KAREN ZRAICK ... Turkey began a bombing campaign against American-backed Kurdish militias in northern Syria. Above, the view from the Turkish border. Meanwhile, Syria's government is trying to reboot the country's decimated tourism industry.
Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to crush Kurdish fighters "very quickly". The Kurdish YPG militia says it has repelled Turkish troops in Afrin, and is shelling Turkish border areas. Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group, but it forms a ...
The conflict in Syria, triggered by a grassroots uprising in 2011 against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad, is usually referred to as a civil war. But this description bears scant relation to what is happening there now. Syria has become an international battleground pitting the great powers, regional ...
Turkey's military appeared ready on Friday to invade a Kurdish area of Syria and attack a force who, backed by the U.S., helped liberate Raqqa from the Islamic State. While the U.S. wants to convert them into a stabilization force, Turkey's president says they are a grave threat. Nick Schifrin talks with former ...
Turkey has launched air strikes to force Kurdish fighters, some of whom have worked with the U.S. to fight ISIS, from the border city of Afrin in Syria. ... Why it matters: The strikes have "raised fears of sparking a new round of hostilities between the various powers with interests in northern Syria," per the ...
Ankara (Reuters) - Turkey's armed forces are striking targets in Syria by land and air, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday, hours after ... He said Turkey had informed the Actors involved in Syria about the developments in the Afrin region, adding that Ankara expected its allies to not side ...

WASHINGTON -- The Iraqi government has declared victory over ISIS, and President Donald Trump has taken credit for the Islamic caliphate's collapse. "ISIS is now giving up, they are giving up, there are raising their hands, they are walking off. Nobody has ever seen that before," said the president during ...
Across Syria, buildings lie in ruin. Millions have fled their homes. And historic sites have been shattered, either by military bombardment or at the hands of the Islamic State. But Syrian authorities were hoping that foreign visitors would look past that devastation, as they promoted the country at an ...
Fifteen Syrian refugees - some of them children - have been found frozen to death while trying to cross the mountainous border into Lebanon. Thirteen bodies were found on Friday and two more were discovered on Saturday after the area was hit by a fierce snowstorm. Lebanese civil defence officials found the bodies after ...
We know President Trump's plan not because he asked Congress for authorization and funding for a continuing troop presence in Syria. We know because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explained it in a speech on Wednesday at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. "The United States will ...
Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish militants in northern Syria, in a move likely to cause tensions with the US. Turkey wants to oust the Kurds, which it calls terrorists, from Afrin region which lies across its southern border. Some Kurdish groups are allies of the US against the Islamic ...
Russia's bombardment of Syrian rebel positions and open backing of the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria meant that Moscow's role in the six-year civil war got most of the limelight in 2017. But the turnaround in Assad's fortunes in Syria was also made possible by a lesser-known sponsor: China.
The bodies of nine Syrian refugees who crossed into Lebanon have been found frozen in a mountainous area near the border with Syria, according to the Lebanese army. The military said in a statement that the bodies were found on a people-smuggling route in the early hours of Friday after a snowstorm ...
19 January 2018 - Concerned over the devastating impact of escalating violence in Syria, where dozens of people in eastern Ghouta have been killed in recent airstrikes, and schools and hospitals are being deliberately destroyed, senior United Nations officials have underscored the obligation on all parties to the conflict, ...
Turkey's defense minister said Friday an onslaught of Turkish military shelling targeting Syrian Kurds in northwest Syria has "de facto" begun, per the AP. Why it matters: This implicates the U.S. interests in the region since the U.S. has backed the Syrian Kurds as part of its fight to root out ISIS from Syria.
Chairman of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi stressed Iran's opposition to the US troops' presence in Syria, praising Syria's reconciliatory efforts. On a visit to Syria, Kharrazi stressed that the presence of the United States on the territory of Syria does not contribute to peace in the ...
ISIS has lost almost all its territory in Syria and Iraq, continuing to hold only a few scattered villages and enclaves. Thousands of its foreign recruits and dozens of senior commanders have been killed. The thousands of volunteer fighters who travelled from Europe to join Isis included many who had criminal ...
17 near Abu Kamal in Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets, destroying two logistics centers, three ISIS lines of communication, a heavy machine gun, three fighting positions, an ISIS-held building, a tunnel, two weapons caches and an ISIS ...
Turkey has intensified its shelling of a Kurdish militia in northern Syria, ahead of a threatened ground offensive aimed at driving them out of the area. The shelling of Afrin region came from Hatay Province, Turkish state media said, as troops massed on the border. The Russian foreign minister has denied reports that Russia ...
This year, Syria Deeply will be keeping a close eye on the various wars being waged in Syria and the scale of foreign involvement in each, as well as war crimes and accountability, returns and displacement, and reconstruction and reconciliation across the country.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley this month sent a letter to Guterres that contained a US rebuttal of Russia's objections to the gas attacks investigations in Syria. The letter was seen as laying the ground for a renewed US push at the council to restore the chemical weapons investigation with a possible new ...
Making strategic inroads into unstable foreign nations in order to enhance its own geopolitical footprint has become a habit for the U.S., especially in countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan ("Long game in Syria", Jan. 18). In the garb of promoting peace in the region, it started by arming rebel groups ...
The World Food Program warns a growing number of civilians in war-torn Syria face food shortages at a time when many people are suffering from acute hunger. The WFP warns Syria's long-running civil war is pushing more and more people into hunger and misery. Against all the odds, the agency ...
Aleppo, Syria -- The local council in the city of Akhtarin, in the northern Aleppo countryside, announced on Jan. 2 that it would confiscate the property of people and families who had joined the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) or fought alongside regime forces. The decision took immediate effect. The money ...
She publicly named Russia for blocking the world from determining responsibility for chemical weapons use in Syria. Haley said, "One nation stands in the way of the Security Council fulfilling its duty. That nation is Russia. It was Russia that vetoed three council resolutions that would have renewed the Joint ...
The US will maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the jihadist group Islamic State, counter Iranian influence, and help end the civil war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Donald Trump did not want to "make the same mistakes" that were made in ...
Syria threatened on Thursday to "destroy" any Turkish warplanes that fly into its territory as Ankara prepares to launch a cross-border military operation to wipe out Kurdish fighters it calls "terrorists". Turkish officials have repeatedly vowed to attack the Syrian-Kurd militia known as the YPG at any moment in ...
He said President Donald Trump's administration was implementing a new strategy on Syria that would achieve "key end states" for the carnage engulfing the country -- which has left a half million people dead -- and would ultimately lead to a political resolution without Syrian president Bashar al-Assad ...
PALO ALTO -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday indicated that America will maintain an indefinite military presence in Syria to fight terrorist groups, stand up to Iran's growing influence and pave the way for an end to the regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Tillerson's remarks were the ...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the United States owes Turkey an explanation for saying it is supporting the creation of a border security force in northern Syria -- a proposal that has drawn furious reaction from Ankara. Tillerson told reporters "that entire situation has been mis-portrayed, ...
Instead, Tillerson stressed that U.S. forces would remain in Syria for the foreseeable future as President Donald Trump and his aides implement a new strategy to stabilize Syria, where a civil war has killed as many as a half-million people and created millions of refugees since 2011. There are currently ...
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that Washington owed Turkey an explanation over reports that it was creating a 30,000-strong border force in northern Syria, adding that the issue has been "misportrayed". "That entire situation has been misportrayed, misdescribed, some people misspoke.
London: Iraq and Syria saw a sharp drop in the number of people killed in terror attacks last year, a report published Thursday (Jan 18) by Jane's terrorism and insurgency Centre has found. Despite ongoing violence in both countries, there was a fall in the number of deaths in attacks by non-state Actors ...
In the desert of eastern Syria, not far from a town called Deir ez-Zor, there's reportedly a pile of stones surrounding a wooden board, with an Orthodox cross and an inscription burned into the wood: "2017. To the eternal memory of the warriors killed and missing in the SAR [Syrian Arab Republic]." The stone ...
"Agreement by all parties and their allies is needed to facilitate the immediate and safe delivery of UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent humanitarian convoys to people in need across Syria including those in besieged and hard-to-reach areas," they underscored. Of particular urgency is facilitating medical ...
A Syrian volunteer group has pleaded for immediate help from the international community and aid organizations to help stop the massacre of civilians by Syrian regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, one of the remaining rebel-held areas in Syria. Regime forces have stepped up their airstrikes and ground ...
David Miliband, the former UK foreign secretary, has urged Theresa may and other world leaders not to forget about civilians being bombed in Syria at a time when the UN Security Council has been "driven out of the picture". The former Labour politician, who runs the International Rescue Committee, an aid ...
WASHINGTON -- American troops will remain in Syria long after their fight against the Islamic State to ensure that neither Iran nor President Bashar al-Assad of Syria take over areas that have been newly liberated with help from the United States, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said on Wednesday.
Nasr al-Hariri, chief negotiator for the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Syria's umbrella opposition group, said he welcomed the US keeping 2,000 troops inside Syria, so long as it helped bring a political settlement. He said, however, that the US should also look at sanctions and trade action to force the ...


 

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