Étiqueté : Syria

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Turkey slams US notion to utilize Kurds in sleek Syria force

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the US was working to form a « terror army » on his country’s southern border by training a new force in Syria that includes Kurdish fighters. « What we are supposed to do is to drown this terror army before in comes into being, » he said in an address in…

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Turkey to open forthcoming Syria operation towards YPG

Turkey’s president vowed « to purge terrorism » across the border in Syria, as Turkish forces pounded US-backed fighters with artillery fire on Sunday. A military operation in northern Syria against the city of Afrin – controlled by the Syrian Kurdish armed group YPG – will be launched « in the days ahead », President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was…

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Peculiar: Missile attack targets refugee camp in Syria

A missile has crashed near civilians in Syria’s Idlib province at a makeshift camp for displaced people from the nearby Hama province.  Dramatic footage captured in the countryside area by Al Jazeera showed men, women and children desperately trying to find the nearest cover after the attack – images of which were also included in…

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Turkey ‘summons top US diplomat’ over Syria Kurd forces

Turkey’s foreign ministry has summoned a senior US diplomat to express Ankara’s « discomfort » over Washington’s support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, state media reported. Citing an anonymous diplomatic source, Anadolu news agency said that US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Philip Kosnett was summoned on Wednesday, without offering any further details. Kosnett is the most senior US diplomat…

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Will Syria peep peace in 2018?

The war in Syria has all but subsided after seven years of conflict. The fighting and bloodshed that once spanned the entirety of the Arab nation has been relegated to a few areas, raising the question of whether the country will see at least some semblance of stability in 2018. With the help of Russia…

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Putin orders initiating of withdrawal from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to a Russian base in Syria and ordered the start his troops’ withdrawal from the war-torn country. Syrian state TV reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Putin at Khmeimim Air Base southeast of Latakia on Monday morning. Putin made the stop in Syria on…

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Is Russia frightened of losing Syria?

The fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant seems to have ended. Although the armed group is unlikely to disappear, its territorial control has been almost completely wiped out after its two « capitals » – Mosul and Raqqa – were liberated and most of its territories in Iraq and Syria were recaptured. In…

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What to ask from the next round of Syria talks

Syria’s government and opposition will start a new round of UN-brokered talks in Geneva on Tuesday, but there is little optimism for progress towards ending the seven-year conflict. After months of stalemate, the talks are expected to focus primarily on a new constitution and elections, two of the four so-called « baskets » of reforms laid out…

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Dozens of civilians killed in Syria air strikes

Dozens of civilians have been killed in air strikes and artillery shelling in war-ravaged Syria, activists said on Sunday. Air raids targeting Eastern Ghouta district outside the capital Damascus killed at least 23 people as Syrian government forces continue to increase military pressure on the rebel-controlled area. « The toll could rise further because of the…