Tag Archives: Syria


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Lives will be lost as Syria aid access cut, aid agencies warn

07 July, 2020 12:45 pm 12:45 pm

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A UN Security Council resolution that leaves only one of two border crossings open for aid deliveries from Turkey into rebel-held northwestern Syria will cost lives and intensify the suffering of 1.3 million people living there, aid agencies said. Western states had pressed for aid access to continue through two crossings at … Read More


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UN expert deems US drone strike on Iran’s Soleimani an ‘unlawfu...

07 July, 2020 9:15 am 9:15 am

GENEVA (Reuters) – The January US drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law, a UN human rights investigator said. The United States has failed to provide sufficient evidence of an ongoing or imminent attack against its interests to justify the strike … Read More


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Putin holds talks with Erdogan to seek Syria ceasefire

03 March, 2020 10:56 pm 10:56 pm

MOSCOW/ANKARA (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Thursday with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan over a potential ceasefire in northern Syria and offered condolences over the recent killing of Turkish soldiers there. Putin, speaking beside Erdogan at the start of talks, said the situation in Idlib province, where their armies are facing off in … Read More


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UN says it fears ‘bloodbath’ in northwest Syria fighting

02 February, 2020 10:43 pm 10:43 pm

GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United Nations warned on Friday that fighting in northwest Syria could “end in a bloodbath” and called again for a ceasefire, while Moscow denied reports of a mass flight of civilians from a Russian-led Syrian government offensive. Syrian troops backed by Russian air power have been battling since December to eliminate … Read More


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Turkey threatens action on Syria as Russian-backed govt offensive pushes to...

02 February, 2020 7:41 pm 7:41 pm

ANKARA/AMMAN (Reuters) – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a Turkish military operation to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebel strongholds in northwest Syria was now “a matter of time” after talks with Russia failed to halt the assault. Turkish troops have already massed inside Syria ready to act and more were … Read More


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Turkey denies flouting agreement with Russia in Syria’s Idlib provinc...

02 February, 2020 2:58 pm 2:58 pm

ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Turkey dismissed Russian accusations that it has flouted de-escalation agreements with Russia and Iran in Syria’s Idlib province, and threatened to take military action in the area if diplomatic efforts with Moscow fail. Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides in Syria’s war, agreed in 2018 to set up a de-escalation zone … Read More


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Syria’s warring sides face off in town east of Idlib city

02 February, 2020 4:05 pm 4:05 pm

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government forces battled rebels and weathered Turkish artillery barrages on Thursday as they tried to seize Saraqeb town in northwestern Idlib province in a new push to recapture the last rebel stronghold, witnesses and a war monitor said. President Bashar al-Assad’s swift military advance through Idlib province, backed by Russian air … Read More


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Turkey, Russia can tackle Syria escalation ‘without anger’: Erd...

02 February, 2020 4:40 pm 4:40 pm

ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey and Russia should resolve differences over the conflict in Syria’s Idlib without anger, after a deadly flare-up in violence challenged the fragile cooperation between Moscow and Ankara. The two countries support opposing sides in Syria’s nearly nine-year war, as well as in Libya’s escalating conflict, … Read More


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Four Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria bomb attack

01 January, 2020 8:13 am 8:13 am

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Four Turkish soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement overnight. It said the attack occurred during a roadside security check in the region east of the Euphrates river in Syria, where Turkey carried out a military operation with … Read More


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Trump aides call US strikes on Iraq and Syria ‘successful

12 December, 2019 9:18 am 9:18 am

WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – US officials said that air strikes in Iraq and Syria against an Iran-backed militia group were successful, but warned that “additional actions” may still be taken in the region to defend US interests. The US military carried out the strikes on Sunday against the Kataib Hezbollah militia group in response to the … Read More


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Israel says attacks military targets in Syria in retaliation for Tuesday ro...

11 November, 2019 8:50 am 8:50 am

CAIRO (Reuters) – Israel attacked Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in what it said was retaliation for rockets fired towards Israel the day before, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Avichay Adraee said. Syria’s air defences were able to destroy most of the missiles fired by Israeli jets over the capital Damascus before they … Read More


Erdogan says US not fulfilling Syria deal ahead of Trump talks

11 November, 2019 11:10 am 11:10 am

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday the United States was not fulfilling its pledge to remove a Kurdish militia from a Syrian border region and he will raise the issue when he meets President Donald Trump next week. A month ago, Turkey launched a cross-border offensive with Syrian rebels against Kurdish … Read More


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Turkey captures sister of dead IS leader in Syria

11 November, 2019 8:50 am 8:50 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, and is interrogating her husband and daughter-in-law who were also detained. Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid near Azaz, the official said, referring to … Read More


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Car bomb explosion kills at least 13 in northern Syria

11 November, 2019 1:08 pm 1:08 pm

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – At least 13 people were killed, and many others injured in a car bomb explosion in a northern Syrian town that Turkey took control of last month, officials said. Turkey’s Defence Ministry said that the armed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), while a group aligned with … Read More


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Turkey says ‘largely’ reached agreement with Russia in Syria ta...

10 October, 2019 4:40 pm 4:40 pm

ANKARA (Reuters) – Talks between Turkish and Russian officials on developments in northeast Syria have concluded and the two delegations have “largely” reached an agreement, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying by state media on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Russia had informed Turkey that the Syrian Kurdish YPG … Read More