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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16 Oct 2019

Turkey-Syria offensive: Erdogan rejects US ceasefire call

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said that he will “never declare a ceasefire,” in response to calls by the US government to halt the Turkish military campaign in northeastern Syria. “They are pressuring us to stop the operation. They are announcing sanctions. Our goal is clear. We are

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15 Oct 2019

Russia moves to fill void left by US in northern Syria

Russia has deployed troops to northeastern Syria in order to prevent a confrontation between Syrian forces and the Turkish troops that have been moving into the area since last week. The Turkish invasion started after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the area. The Russian

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14 Oct 2019

Syrian army moves to confront Turkish forces as US withdraws

Syrian President Bashar Assad has begun deploying troops to the northeastern part of the country, opening up the possibility of a direct conflict with the Turkish forces that have moved into the region after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the area last week. While

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11 Oct 2019

Turmoil Spreads in Kurdish-Held Syria as Turkish Invasion Enters 3rd Day

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled northeastern Syria since Turkish forced began advancing into the region earlier this week. Turkey claims that the campaigns aims to fight terrorism in the region and to create a “safe zone.” However, analysts say that the regime of President Tayyip Erdogan aims to

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10 Oct 2019

Turkey says 109 militants killed in advance into northeast Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that his forces have killed 109 “terrorists” while advancing into northeastern Syria in order to create a “safe zone.” According to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US ally that was instrumental in defeating Islamic State in Syria earlier this year, Turkish airstrikes

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