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US pressing Gulf states to keep Syria isolated

02 February, 2019 6:07 pm 6:07 pm

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United States is lobbying Gulf states to hold off restoring ties with Syria, including the UAE which has moved closer to Damascus to counter the influence of its rival Iran, five sources told Reuters. The opposing approaches are an early test of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can gain political and … Read More




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Israel strikes in Syria in more open confrontation with Iran

01 January, 2019 2:37 pm 2:37 pm

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel struck in Syria early on Monday as part of its increasingly open assault on Iran’s presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action. The threat of open confrontation between arch-enemies Israel and Iran has long simmered in … Read More




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Blast claimed by Islamic State kills two US troops in Syria

01 January, 2019 9:36 am 9:36 am

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed two US troops and two civilians working for the US military in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after President Donald Trump said the group had been defeated there and that he would pull out all American forces. The attack in Manbij appeared to be … Read More




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Blast claimed by Islamic State kills US troops in Syria

01 January, 2019 12:01 am 12:01 am

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed US troops in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after President Donald Trump said the group had been defeated there and that he would pull out all American forces. A US official who declined to be named said four US troops had been killed and … Read More




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Iran says it will keep military forces in Syria despite Israeli threats

01 January, 2019 4:18 pm 4:18 pm

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran will keep military forces in Syria, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, defying Israeli threats that they might be targeted if they do not leave the country. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israeli forces would continue to attack Iranians in Syria unless they … Read More




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US-led coalition says it has started Syria withdrawal

01 January, 2019 11:58 pm 11:58 pm

QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) – The US-led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, a spokesman said on Friday, indicating the start of a US pullout that has been clouded by mixed messages from Washington. US President Donald Trump’s announcement last month that he had decided to withdraw 2,000 US troops … Read More




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Turkey’s Erdogan rebukes Trump’s top security adviser over Kurd...

01 January, 2019 9:48 am 9:48 am

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Washington’s national security adviser on Tuesday for demanding that his country not attack Kurdish fighters in Syria, accusing him of complicating President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw US troops. Erdogan said John Bolton, who held talks with Turkish officials in Ankara on Tuesday but left without meeting … Read More




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With US departure, Syria’s Manbij braces for upheaval

12 December, 2018 10:11 pm 10:11 pm

MANBIJ, Syria (Reuters) – The city of Manbij has switched control more than most places in Syria’s civil war. With US troops set to leave after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw them, residents fear others will rush to fill the vacuum, causing more upheaval: Syrian government forces have deployed nearby while Turkey is threatening … Read More




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US air campaign against Islamic State in Syria likely to end

12 December, 2018 9:43 am 9:43 am

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United States will likely end its air campaign against Islamic State in Syria when it pulls out troops, US officials said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump defended the planned withdrawal against criticism from allies abroad and at home. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who had opposed Trump’s decision on Syria, … Read More




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UN aid trucks reach remote Rukban camp in Syria – local source

11 November, 2018 1:15 pm 1:15 pm

AMMAN (Reuters) – A United Nations aid convoy on Saturday reached the Rukban refugee camp in Syria where thousands of people are stranded in the desert, close to the border with Jordan, a member of the camp’s local council said. “The first convoys have entered the camp,” said Abu Abdullah, a member of the civilian … Read More




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Turkey will not leave Syria until Syrian people have an election, Erdogan s...

10 October, 2018 8:45 am 8:45 am

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey will not leave Syria until the Syrian people hold an election, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. “Whenever the Syrian people hold an election, we will leave Syria to its owners after they hold their elections,” Erdogan said at a forum in Istanbul. Erdogan agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin … Read More




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Turkey’s Erdogan vows to impose secure zones east of Euphrates in Syr...

09 September, 2018 11:01 am 11:01 am

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey will take action east of the Euphrates river in Syria and impose secure zones as it has done in the northwest of the country, President Tayyip Erdogan said in comments broadcast on Turkish media on Monday. Earlier this year, Turkey carried out a military operation to seize control of Syria’s Afrin … Read More




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More than 30,000 displaced in Syria’s Idlib in latest offensive ̵...

09 September, 2018 8:20 am 8:20 am

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 30,000 people have so far fled their homes in northwest Syria since Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground bombardments there last week, the U.N. agency coordinating relief efforts said on Monday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said an all-out military assault on … Read More




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Russia says US dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria, which Pentagon denies

09 September, 2018 9:36 am 9:36 am

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s military said on Sunday that two U.S. F-15 fighter jets dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria’s Deir al-Zor province on Saturday, the TASS and RIA news agencies reported, an allegation the United States denied. The air strikes targeted the village of Hajin, the last major stronghold of Islamic State in Syria, and … Read More




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Trump says government shutdown not likely before November election

09 September, 2018 8:39 am 8:39 am

BILLINGS, Mont. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said a possible shutdown of the US government over border wall funding “most likely” would not happen until after the November congressional elections. In an interview with Fox News, Trump said he had been persuaded that closing the government would hurt his fellow Republican candidates. Trump has repeatedly … Read More




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