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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


Turkey says Kurdish YPG forces have not fully withdrawn from Syria border a...

10 October, 2019 4:20 pm 4:20 pm

ANKARA (Reuters) – Kurdish YPG forces have not fully withdrawn from a strip of northeastern Syria under a Russia-brokered accord that is about to expire, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. Turkey, which began a military offensive in northeastern Syria targeting the YPG forces on Oct. 9 after President Donald Trump pulled U.S. … Read More


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Trump confirms death of Daesh chief Baghdadi in raid by US forces

10 October, 2019 6:51 pm 6:51 pm

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – US President Donald J Trump confirmed on Sunday that Daesh supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in an operation conducted by American forces. “The number one terrorist in the world has been killed,” said Trump in a video message. “He was killed by an operation conducted by the US forces. … Read More


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More Russian military police arrive in Syria under peace deal with Turkey

10 October, 2019 6:33 pm 6:33 pm

MOSCOW/ANKARA (Reuters) – Around 300 more Russian military police have arrived in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said on Friday, under an accord between Ankara and Moscow which halted Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria. The deal, reached on Tuesday by Presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, requires that Russian military police and Syrian border … Read More


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Trump lifts Turkey sanctions after deal

10 October, 2019 12:30 pm 12:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Donald Trump ended sanctions against Turkey on Wednesday, drawing a line under American involvement in “blood-stained” Syria, as Turkish and Russian troops seized territory previously held by US troops and their beleaguered Kurdish allies. “Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand,” Trump said in a White House speech that … Read More


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Turkey will resume Syria assault if US promises not met: Erdogan

10 October, 2019 3:27 pm 3:27 pm

ANKARA (Reuters) – Kurdish forces are continuing to withdraw in northeast Syria but Turkey will resume its military assault there once a US-brokered ceasefire expires on Tuesday if promises given by Washington are not kept, President Tayyip Erdogan said. A five-day pause in Turkey’s cross-border military offensive to allow the withdrawal of Kurdish YPG fighters … Read More


US mulls leaving some troops in Syria to guard oil: Pentagon

10 October, 2019 6:17 pm 6:17 pm

DOHUK, Iraq/KABUL (Reuters) – The Pentagon is considering keeping some US troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to help deny oil to Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday. US troops are crossing into Iraq as part of a broader withdrawal from Syria ordered by President … Read More


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Calm reigns in northeast Syria as fragile US-Turkey ceasefire holds

10 October, 2019 3:52 pm 3:52 pm

ANKARA (Reuters) – A fragile ceasefire was holding along Turkey’s border with Syria on Saturday, two days after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed the truce to allow Kurdish forces time to pull back from Ankara’s cross-border assault. Erdogan agreed the truce during talks in Ankara on Thursday with US Vice-President Mike Pence on stemming a humanitarian … Read More


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Turkey agrees with US to pause Syria assault while Kurds withdraw

10 October, 2019 8:18 am 8:18 am

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey agreed to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and cast by Turkey as a complete victory. The truce was announced by US Vice President Mike Pence after … Read More