05 Nov 2019

Russia Dominated Syria’s War. Now It’s Sending Mercenaries to Libya.

In the past 6 weeks, Russia has sent around 200 troops to Libya as part of a broad effort to increase its influence in the Middle East and Africa, the New York Times reports. In Libya, the Kremlin has been supporting renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar in his campaign to

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30 Oct 2019

Turkey sees YPG withdrawal incomplete; joint Russian patrols to start Friday

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday claimed that some members of the Kurdish YPG militia had failed to meet a Tuesday evening deadline to withdraw to 30 km (18.64 miles) from the Turkish border in northeast Syria, adding that his county ‘reserved the right’ to target any YPG fighters in

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29 Oct 2019

US wants to bolster fight against Islamic State after its leader’s death

In the wake of the recent US military operation that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the US “is determined to prevent a resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” the US State Department said on Monday, adding that it “continues to work with the

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28 Oct 2019

IS leader al-Baghdadi death prompts terror alerts

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, killed himself by detonating a suicide-vest on Saturday when US special forces raided his hideout in northwestern Syria, US President Donald Trump announced on Sunday. While analysts believe the death of the terror group’s notoriously ruthless leader is bound to hurt the

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25 Oct 2019

US plans to send tanks to Syria oil fields, reversing Trump troop withdrawal – reports

Various US media outlets are reporting that Washington may soon send tanks and other heavy military hardware to northeastern Syria in order to protect oil fields in the region against attacks from Islamic State fighters and other militant groups. Analysts say the move could effectively reverse US President Trump’s recent

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23 Oct 2019

NATO chief warns ‘fight against IS is not over’

Islamic State (IS) has a chance to regain influence in Syria after the US military pullout from northeastern Syria, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. According to the alliance leader, NATO has to preserve the gains its forces made in Syria, where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

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22 Oct 2019

Erdogan talks Syria with Putin and issues warning to Kurds

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to discuss the situation in northeastern Syria, where Russian forces have been deployed to prevent a confrontation between Syrian troops and Turkish troops. The latter moved into the territory after US President Trump decided

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21 Oct 2019

Withdrawing US troops enter Iraq from Syria

US forces withdrawing from northeastern Syria have entered Iraq, but some troops may stay behind in order to help the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) protect oil fields from Islamic State militants. According to US defense chief Mark Esper, the government is considering to keep some troops stationed in the

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18 Oct 2019

Fighting in Kurdish-held Syrian town despite cease-fire

Even though Turkey on Thursday agreed to a “pause” in its military campaign in northeastern Syria, fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces continued in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed reports of ongoing fighting, while a senior US official said that

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17 Oct 2019

Pence, Pompeo arrive in Turkey to push Syria cease-fire; Trump says ‘it’s not our problem’

US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Turkey in Thursday in order to try and get Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt his military campaign in northeastern Syria. The Turkish invasion started over a week ago after US President Donald Trump ordered the

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