Syria

US seeks Turkish cooperation in Syria’s Idlib, offers Damascus assistance against militants

Militant groups that hunkered down in the Syrian province of Idlib became the source of escalating tensions in the region in February 2020 until a new cease-fire was brokered by Moscow between Damascus and Ankara. Washington hopes that Turkey will be able to put pressure on various terrorist groups based in Syria’s Idlib province, such as Hayat Tahrir, US Special Representative James ...

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Extremist Syrian rebel group tests Turkey’s limits in Idlib

Tensions on the key M4 highway in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib have climbed to new levels, creating dilemmas for both the jihadis dominating the region and Turkish forces seeking to reopen the road under a deal with Russia. Efforts to reopen the M4 — a key requirement of the deal that Turkey and Russia sealed March 5 in Moscow — ...

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Syrian Kurdish parties resume talks, in secret

For the first time since Oct. 28, 2019, when Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mazlum Abdi announced an initiative to resolve inter-Kurdish differences, the Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) kick-started secret, direct talks. The initiative is seemingly designed to include all the Kurdish parties in the PYD-ruled autonomous administration in northeast Syria, paving the way for the autonomous ...

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Syria sanctions aren’t working and need to end, Catholic activist says

[Editor’s Note: Robert Chelhod is Syrian living in Aleppo who works for AMU (Azione per un Mondo Unito – Actions for a United World), an NGO associated with the Focolare Catholic lay movement. Born in Aleppo to Catholic parents. Chelhod moved to Lebanon when he was 3, where he came into contact with the Focolare movement. He returned to Syria ...

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Watch: Facebook video pries open rift within Syria’s ruling family

Beirut: A cousin who has been a bulwark of support for President Bashar Al Assad posted a video on Facebook late Thursday pleading with the Syrian leader to prevent the collapse of his major telecommunication company through what he called excessive and “unjust” taxation. The unprecedented video pries open what has been rumoured as a major rift in the tight-knit ...

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HEZBOLLAH RELOCATES PART OF ITS FORCES TO THE LEBANON-SYRIA BORDER

The Hezbollah terror organization relocated part of its forces to the Lebanon-Syria border, which were spread out throughout Syria beforehand, according to a report on Tuesday by the Saudi Arabian Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper which is printed in London. The report said that the forces moved soldiers and heavy weaponry, including short-range and long-range missiles, and established new points in the ...

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India, Syria to hold ministerial meeting

NEW DELHI: India is planning a ministerial level joint commission meeting with war-torn Syria in Damascus in the near future, aiming to widen its strategic presence in West Asia amid tumultuous regional geopolitics less than a year after the meeting was postponed following the threat of war. The Narendra Modi-led NDA government is also planning to offer a new line ...

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US investigating claims that Syria again used chlorine gas

ALEPPO — There’s confusion, but no conclusion, so far about whether the Syrian regime on May 19 used chlorine gas yet again against opposition forces. The Syrian government denies it used chemical weapons near Kabana in northern Latakia province. The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement May 19 saying the allegation was made by terrorist groups and was completely false, though the Idlib ...

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Efforts underway for safe zone in northern Syria to reduce risk of terror attacks on Turkey, Pompeo says

S. Secretary of State Pompeo said Friday that efforts were underway to set up a safe zone in northern Syria to reduce the risk of terror attacks on Turkey. Speaking at a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas following their meeting in Berlin, Pompeo underlined that the U.S. will continue to support U.N. efforts for a political ...

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IS fight: US-led coalition says it killed 1,300 civilians in Syria and Iraq

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group says it has unintentionally killed more than 1,300 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014. In a statement, the coalition said it had carried out 34,502 strikes since its air campaign against IS began there nearly five years ago. A UK-based monitoring group says the true toll is much higher, estimating up ...

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