04 Feb 2020

Turkey suffers first deaths in direct combat with Syria since start of war

On Sunday, five Turkish soldiers and one civilian personnel were killed by Syrian forces in the country, producing the first fatalities as a result of direct confrontation between Turkey and Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. After facing heavy artillery fire coming from the Syrian

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21 Jan 2020

Norway’s governing coalition collapses over ISIS repatriation

Norway’s governing coalition has disbanded after an incident regarding the repatriation of a mother with suspected ISIS links from Syria. After the Syrian woman was repatriated,l the populist Progress Party left the coalition. The woman and her two children landed in Norway on Thursday night, according to a statement released

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08 Jan 2020

Russia’s Putin visits Syria to meet Assad, a key Iran ally

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday. Putin’s visit to Syria comes less than a week after the killing of chief Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by the United States. Russia has historically enjoyed a strong bilateral relationship with Syria, as with most Arab

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29 Dec 2019

U.S. strikes in Iraq and Syria target Iranian-backed militia, Pentagon says

The US military announced that it has launched strikes on five facilities in Iraq and Syria allegedly under the control of a militia backed by Iran called Kitaeb Hezbollah. The Pentagon stated on Sunday that the strikes were a result of repeated assaults by the militia and the death of

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06 Dec 2019

12 children killed in ‘bloodiest of days’ in northwest Syria

Three separate attacks on busy marketplaces in Syria resulted in a death toll of 19 people, 12 of whom were children. In Idlib, airstrikes killed 9 people in the Maarat al-Numan marketplace, according to a volunteer rescue group named the White Helmets. At least four of the dead were children

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05 Dec 2019

U.S. military completes pullback from northeast Syria, Esper says

The US has completed the military pullback in northeastern Syria, leaving only 600 troops in the rest of the country. Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated this could signal an end of the period of tension and uncertainty that was a consequence of US troops in Syria. US President Donald Trump

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21 Nov 2019

Israel carries out ‘wide-scale strikes’ on Iranian forces in Syria

Following Iranian missile fire into Israel, the Israeli military responded by hitting dozens of government and allied Iranian targets in Syria. Syria stated that only two civilians died, but other sources claim the death toll was much higher. Civilians shared photos of fires and videos of explosions on social media.

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19 Nov 2019

Iraqi spy chief warns ISIS is rebuilding

Lt. General Saad al-Allaq told CNN that senior members of ISIS are planning mass prison breaks while in refuge in Turkey. Al-Allaq stated that international efforts to prevent these prison breaks will be necessary as criminals are able to leave camps and return to home countries in Europe, Asia, and

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19 Nov 2019

Israel Intercepts Four Rockets Launched From Syria

At dawn on Tuesday, four rockets were launched from Syria towards Golan Heights, causing no critical damage but triggering air-raid sirens. The Israeli military stated that the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system and that no rockets had reached Israeli territory. At roughly the same time,

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13 Nov 2019

Islamic Jihad leader killed in Israeli air strike

On Tuesday, an Israeli airstrike killed a senior commander of the Gaza Strip Islamic Jihad militant group. Palestinian Health Ministry Officials stated the senior commander was one of ten people killed in the airstrike. In Damascus, the son of Islamic Jihad leader Akram al-Ajouri was also killed by an Israeli

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