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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31 Jan 2020

Libya’s Warring Factions Resume Fighting in Threat to Cease-Fire

In Libya, a resumption in fighting threatens to unravel efforts to end a decadelong crisis after two warring factions agreed to a cease-fire. The country has been plagued by a civil war for years, and on Thursday pro-government forces stated that they had shot down a Russian surveillance drone over

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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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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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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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