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Syria's Assad says he does not want Turkey as an 'enemy'

Nov 01, 2019 - 2:16 PM

However the Syrian president says that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself was an 'enemy' due to policies hostile to Syria

NOT ENEMY. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 31, 2019 shows President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a special broadcast interview in Syria's capital Damascus. Photo by SANA/AFP

ISIS chief Baghdadi buried at sea by U.S. military

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:35 AM

The US military basks in success after the eliminating the founder and spiritual guide of the Islamic State group, capping a years-long campaign to crush the Sunni Muslim extremist organization

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 28: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley hold a news conference at the Pentagon the day after it was announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in Syria October 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. The leader and self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, al-Baghdadi reportedly blew himself up with explosives when cornered by a U.S. Special Operations team at his compound in Syria. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

At least 15 dead in Syria clashes between pro-Turkish forces, Kurds

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:13 AM

9 pro-Turkish fighters and 6 members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are killed in a zone between the towns of Tal Tamr and Ras al-Ain

FLASHPOINT. This picture taken on October 14, 2019 shows smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, from the Turkish side of the border at Ceylanpinar district in Sanliurfa. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

More than 100 Islamic State prisoners have escaped in Syria – US envoy

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'We would say the number is now over 100. We do not know where they are,' James Jeffrey, the State Department point man on Syria

James Jeffrey, State Department special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 23, 2019. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

U.S. forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:48 PM

It is the fourth withdrawal of American forces in a week, and leaves Syria's northern provinces of Aleppo and Raqa devoid of US troops

WITHDRAWAL. US military vehicles drive on a street in the town of Tal Tamr on October 20, 2019, after pulling out of their base. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkish soldier killed in Syrian Kurd attack, says defense ministry

Oct 20, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Turkey and Kurdish forces accuse one another for violating the ceasefire agreement

TURKISH TROOPS. In this file photo, Turkish military vehicles, part of a US military convoy, take part in joint patrol in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border with Turkey, on October 4, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey, U.S. agree on Syria ceasefire to force Kurdish fighters' withdrawal

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The agreement for the 120-hour pause eases what escalated into an unprecedented crisis between the United States and Turkey, but critics quickly accused President Donald Trump of again abandoning Kurdish allies

AGREED. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center-left) and US Vice President Mike Pence (center-right) meet at the presidential complex in Ankara, Turkey, on October 17, 2019. Photo by Shaun Tandon/Pool/AFP

Erdogan says Turkey 'can never declare ceasefire' in north Syria

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:53 AM

US President Donald Trump says, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Ankara to press Turkey to halt its offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters

Syrian government forces arrive in the town of Tal Tamr, not far from the flashpoint Kurdish Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey, which has been a key target of Turkish forces and their proxies since they launched their military assault, on October 15, 2019. Syrian regime troops arrived after Damascus deployed troops to the country's north to contain a days-long Turkish offensive.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

U.S. slaps sanctions on Turkey as Syrian regime returns to north

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The actions come hours after regime troops returned for the first time in years to parts of northeastern Syria, invited by Kurdish fighters desperate for protection as the United States pulls out

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters gather around a Turkish army US-made M60 tank in the northern outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border on October 14, 2019, as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. Turkey wants to create a roughly 30-kilometre (20-mile) buffer zone along its border to keep Kurdish forces at bay and also to send back some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it hosts. Zein Al RIFAI / AFP

Syria regime steps in to halt Turkish assault on Kurds

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Washington says it is planning to pull out 1,000 troops – almost the entire ground force – from Syria's north, in a move welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as 'a positive approach'

DEAL. Members of the special forces of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are pictured during preparations to join the front against Turkish forces, on October 10, 2019, near the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS families escape Syria displacement camp – Kurds

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

(UPDATED) Kurdish authorities have given repeated warnings that the fighting could facilitate an ISIS resurgence

MILITARY ASSAULT. Smoke billows from the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad on October 12, 2019, as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Turkey assault could displace 400,000 in Syria, says U.N.

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Thousands are forced to flee their homes since the beginning of Turkey's military incursion after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border

FLEEING HOME. An elderly woman is evacuated from a building in Akcakale, a town near the Turkish border with Syria on October 13, 2019, after it was hit by a rocket reported to be fired from within Syria. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey within Trump red line; U.S. seeking ceasefire

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The US president, in a week of mixed messages, initially voiced understanding for Turkey before criticizing the offensive and warning of sanctions if the operation is not 'humane'

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border where the Turkish flag is seen in Akcakale on October 10, 2019, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Turkey has vowed to destroy the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) which controls much of northeastern Syria, and set up a "safe zone" for the return of Syrian refugees. A total of 70 people were so far reported injured across Turkish areas. Families were evacuating and streets emptying in Akcakale, as local authorities called on people to take shelter. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Civilians flee as Syria Kurds battle Turkish invasion

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 60,000 people have been displaced in less than a day

CIVILIANS. Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive to Tall Tamr town, in the Syrian northwestern Hasakeh province, after fleeing Turkish bombardment on the northeastern towns along the Turkish border on October 10, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey to begin Syria offensive 'shortly' despite mixed U.S. signals

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Istanbul sends more armored vehicles to the border with Syria, with a large convoy of dozens of vehicles seen in the Turkish town of Akcakale

A Turkish army's tank drives down from a truck as Turkish armed forces drive towards the border with Syria near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on October 8, 2019. Turkey said on October 8, 2019, it was ready for an offensive into northern Syria, while President Donald Trump insisted the United States had not abandoned its Kurdish allies who would be targeted in the assault. Trump has blown hot and cold since a surprise announcement two days before that Washington was pulling back 50 to 100 "special operators" from Syria's northern frontier. BULENT KILIC / AF

U.S., Turkey launch joint patrols in northeast Syria

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:59 PM

A joint center of operations has been established as part of the agreement for a 'safe zone' between the Turkish border and the Syrian areas controlled by the YPG

JOINT PATROL. This picture taken on September 8, 2019 shows an US army helicopter flying over Turkish (R) and US (L) armored vehicles which take part in their first joint patrol under a deal reached between Washington and Ankara, at the border with Syria near Akcakale, in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey says Syria Kurds withdrawal 'must be confirmed'

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:43 PM

As part of the US-Turkey deal to create a 'safe zone' in northern Syria, a joint operations center was set up and there will be joint patrols. Turkey hopes the patrols would start 'as soon as possible.'

CONFIRMATION? This file photo shows Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looking on before posing for a family picture during the NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels on June 27, 2019. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Jihadists emerge from tunnels to surrender after 'caliphate' falls

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:52 AM

(UPDATED) An AFP reporter says he saw dozens of people – mostly men – file out of the battered jihadist encampment in the remote village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border to board pickup trucks

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk in the village of Baghouz in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border on March 24, 2019, a day after the Islamic State (IS) group's "caliphate" was declared defeated by the US-backed Kurdish-led SDF.  Delil souleiman / AFP

LOOK: The day the ISIS 'caliphate' fell

Mar 23, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces raise their yellow flag in Baghouz and pronounce the death of the Islamic State group's nearly five-year-old 'caliphate'

An image grab released by the Kurdish Ronahi TV on March 23, 2019 shows the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raising their flag atop a building in the Islamic State group's last bastion in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz after defeating the jihadist group. - Kurdish-led forces pronounced the death of the Islamic State group's nearly five-year-old "caliphate" on March 23, 2019 after flushing out diehard jihadists from their very last bastion in eastern Syria. (Photo by Handout / RONAHI TV / AFP) / XGTY / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / RONAHI TV" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Syria's Kurds criticize Damascus 'threats'

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub says his government will recapture all areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces 'in one of two ways: a reconciliation agreement or...by force'

ON KURDS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on March 18, 2019 shows Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayyoub speaking during a press conference with Iraq and Iran's Chiefs of Staff in the Syrian capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

Turkey, Iran to stage joint raid against Kurd rebels – minister

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu does not specify which PKK bases the planned operation will target but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously said it will be against militant hideouts in Iraq

JOINT RAID. A handout photo taken and released on February 9, 2019 by the Turkish presidential press service shows Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) listening to Interior Minsiter Suleyman Soylu (C) visiting the area of a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul, on February 9, 2019. AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Syria's Kurds set free nearly 300 ISIS-linked Syrians

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not the first release of ISIS-linked prisoners by Kurdish authorities, but the number was particularly large this time

LAST REDOUBT. A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter uses a binocular to inspect the embattled village of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 19, 2019. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Iraq received 14 French ISIS fighters from Syria Kurds – gov’t source

Feb 25, 2019 - 8:32 PM

(UPDATED) Iraq's President Barham Saleh says Iraqi courts will prosecute the French citizens

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

Kurd-led forces overrun last ISIS-held village in Syria – monitor

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Search operations are continuing in Baghouz to find any IS fighters who are still hiding,' says Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Suicide attack on Kurdish-U.S. convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The assault, claimed by ISIS jihadists, comes less than a week after another deadly attack on US forces in Syria, and a month after Washington announced a US troop pullout from the war-torn country

ANOTHER ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency (ANHA) on January 21, 2019, shows the scene of a suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy on a road in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, which killed 5 members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US-led coalition troops. AFP PHOTO / HO / ANHA

Syria Kurds reject 'security zone' under Turkish control

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Instead, the Kurds say they will accept the deployment of UN forces along the separation line between Kurdish fighters and Turkish troops

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participating in a training manuever, gather near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo's province, a few kilometres from areas controlled by a Kurdish-led coalition, on January 16, 2019. Turkey has threatened to launch a vast cross-border offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls most of northeastern Syria. Syria's Kurds today rejected a US proposal for a "security zone" under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries' border.  Bakr ALKASEM / AFP

Trump warns Turkey of economic devastation if it hits Kurds

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:05 AM

Turkey reacts angrily to suggestions that Trump's plan to withdraw troops is conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish fighters, seen by the Turkish government as terrorists

TRUMP WARNS TURKEY. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House for Paris in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. seeking to ensure 'Turks don't slaughter the Kurds' in Syria

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:36 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo references the growing fears for US-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as he defends President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw from the war-battered country

ON SYRIA. In this file photo, Mike Pompeo delivers his remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Kurds eye decentralized Syria in talks with government

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance says it it has agreed with the government to form joint committees and forge a 'roadmap leading to a democratic and decentralized Syria'

RUBBLE. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadists, a day after they retook it from the Islamic State group. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Iraq readies for first election since end of ISIS war

May 10, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against ISIS

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Syria army cuts off main town in Ghouta rebel enclave

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Meanwhile, Ankara-backed rebels advance against the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria

Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague on Turkey warrant

Feb 25, 2018 - 7:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Saleh Muslim, the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), is arrested late on Saturday in the Czech capital

ARRESTED. Former democratic Union Party (PYD) co-president Saleh Muslim in a press conference, on February 9, 2015 in Paris. Photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

Pressing Syria offensive, Turkey urges U.S. pullback

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand the offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to Manbij, east of Afrin

Turkey expects Trump to 'keep promise' not to arm Syria Kurds

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:16 PM

Washington views the Kurdish YPG militia as the most effective fighting force on the ground against ISIS, but Ankara sees them as 'terrorists' linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party

VERSUS ISIS. Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Iraq forces advance into 'last den' of ISIS

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:21 PM

(UPDATED) The start of the keenly awaited offensive that the US-led coalition fighting ISIS has dubbed 'the last big fight' of the campaign comes even as Iraqi troops launch a new operation against the Kurds

DEFENSE. Iraqi forces stand guard at the Mosul Dam in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on October 24, 2017. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:04 AM

The 15-member council says the planned referendum could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group

Iraqi Kurds gather in the street flying Kurdish flags as they urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Syria Kurds preparing first vote in 'federal region' – official

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Three rounds of elections will be held starting in September officials say

Trump, Erdogan vow friendship despite anger at US arming Kurds

May 17, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Both leaders try to put a brave face on their differences and to renew a key alliance between NATO s leading power and its biggest Muslim member partners in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq

FRIENDSHIP. US President Donald Trump (right) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deliver their joint statements after a bilateral meeting at the White House on May 16, 2017. Screengrab from White House video

Turkey angered by U.S. move to arm Syrian Kurds

May 10, 2017 - 6:04 PM

The issue risks further stoking tensions between Ankara and Washington less than a week before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to Washington to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump

Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad, an enormous reservoir created by the Tabqa dam, on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Who's who in the Syria conflict

Jan 21, 2017 - 2:30 PM

A breakdown of the forces involved in the complex civil war

SYRIA. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 9, 2016 shows Syrian Commander-in-Chief of the army and armed forces Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Fahd Jasem al-Freij, gesturing next to other officers during a visit to the city of Aleppo. Photo by Louai Beshara/SANA/AFP

ISIS frees hundreds of 'human shields' in Syria

Aug 13, 2016 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED The retreat of ISIS from the city of Manbij marks the jihadists worst defeat yet at the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadists, a day after they retook it from the Islamic State group. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Kurds must be able to give views on Syria's future – UN envoy

Mar 13, 2016 - 12:40 AM

Staffan de Mistura says that he has a mandate to find to find formulas that are as inclusive as possible

NEXT SYRIA ENVOY. In this file photo, Staffan de Mistura, then a Special Representative of the United Nation Secretary General for Afghanistan, talks with journalists during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, 23 November 2011. S. Sabawoon/EPA

Turkey: Russian bombings in Syria 'barbaric'

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says the bombings have killed innocent civilians

A picture shows the rubble of a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) near Maaret al-Numan, in Syria's northern province of Idlib, on February 15, 2016, after the building was hit by suspected Russian air strikes.  MSF confirmed in a statement that a hospital supported by the aid group in Idlib province was "destroyed in air strikes". / AFP / STRINGER

Turkey shells Kurdish-held areas of Syria's Aleppo – monitor

Feb 14, 2016 - 12:27 AM

Turkish shelling strikes areas of Aleppo including Minnigh recently taken by the Kurdish People s Protection Units YPG militia from Islamist rebels

Dutch journalist detained in Turkey while reporting on Kurds

Sep 06, 2015 - 10:16 PM

A Turkish official tells Agence France Presse the reporter was detained for a breach of security for entering a zone where permission was needed

INTERVIEW. Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink speaks to media after the her trial in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on April 8, 2015. Photo by EPA/STR

Suicide bomber kills 10 Kurdish forces in northeast Syria – monitor

Aug 19, 2015 - 4:28 PM

A suicide bomber in a vehicle targeted the Asayish s local headquarters in Qamishli There are at least 10 dead

Erdogan vows Turkey will fight PKK 'to last terrorist'

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:58 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows that Turkey will press on with its relentless campaign against Kurdish militants until not one terrorist is left

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Riga, Latvia on October 23, 2014. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

Attacks on police station, US consulate shake Istanbul

Aug 10, 2015 - 3:57 PM

The attacks come amid rising tensions on Turkey s streets as the government presses on with a campaign against militants of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party PKK in Turkey and northern Iraq

Turkish firefighters on the scene after an explosion in Istanbul, Turkey, August 10, 2015. Stringer/EPA

ISIS launches assault on key northeast Syria city

May 30, 2015 - 10:56 PM

Syria s official news agency SANA reports loyalist forces had foiled a terrorist attack by ISIS on military points near Hasakeh