Tag: Syria

A Turkish policemen holds his AK-47 in front of a huge Turkish flag as he walks in front of Diyarbakir castle on February 3, 2016. Vowing to flush out the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) from Turkey's urban centres, the authorities have in recent weeks enforced curfews in three locations in …

Turkey Suggests Deploying More Troops to Syria’s Idlib Under Russia Deal

Turkey needs to deploy more troops to Syria’s Idlib province as part of its deal with dictator Bashar al-Assad’s ally Russia to establish a demilitarized zone in the region to separate rebel-held and regime-controlled areas, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared on Tuesday.

Syria accidentally downed a Russian Ilyushin military aircraft (like this one pictured) when its air defences went into action against an alleged Israeli missile strike, the Russian army says

IDF Probe Finds ‘Inaccurate Syrian Fire’ Downed Russian Military Plane

The Israel Defense Forces announced that an initial investigation into the downing of a Russian military plane following Israeli strikes in the area found that the Russian craft was shot from the sky by “extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti anti-aircraft (Surface to Air missile) fire.”

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 15, 2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview to the Eterarna Novina Czech newspaper in Damascus. Coalition strikes against the Islamic State group are having no impact, Assad said in an interview, as members of …

Assad Media Accuse Israel of Strikes Targeting ‘Syrian Army Infrastructure’

Airstrikes “likely” launched by Israel on Monday targeted ammunition depots of a state company for technical industries in the Syrian coastal province of Latakia that serves the army loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Iran, several news outlets report, citing Syrian media.

TOPSHOT - Um Majid (L) tries an improvised gas mask on familiy members in her home in Binnish in Syria's rebel-held northern Idlib province as part of preparations for any upcoming raids on September 12, 2018. - The Syrian regime and its Russian ally are threatening an offensive to retake …

U.N. Investigators Find More Evidence Assad Used Chlorine Gas on Civilians

United Nations war crimes investigators reported on Wednesday they have uncovered more evidence that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad used chlorine gas weapons against civilians on three occasions — one of them in the northwestern province of Idlib, where the U.N. fears Assad and his Russian allies will soon massacre civilians in a massive assault.

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Turkey’s Erdogan in the Wall Street Journal: ‘The World Must Stop Assad’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Monday calling on the international community to halt Syrian President Bashar Assad’s assault on Idlib province, the last major redoubt of insurgent forces in Syria. “The world must stop Assad,” Erdogan declared.

An image released by a Damascus-affiliated news outlet on May 10, 2018 shows what it says are air defences intercepting Israeli missiles in Syrian airspace

U.S. Warns Airlines Against Using Iranian Airspace

The United States issued a fresh warning on Sunday about the risks of using Iranian airspace, claiming military activity there may put civilian and commercial aircraft in danger. 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, pictured in June 2018, has told Russian media that the military will make a serious push to retake northwestern and eastern territories

U.S. Officials: Assad Approved Gas Attacks for Upcoming Idlib Offensive

U.S. officials said over the weekend that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has approved the use of banned chemical weapons against rebel positions in Idlib province, adding to worldwide fears of a humanitarian disaster in the final major battle of the Syrian civil war.

Smoke rises after an air strike near the Idlib province village of Kafr Ain on September 7, 2018 as the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey prepared for a summit in Tehran on Syria's last major rebel bastion

Russia Pounds Rebel Positions in Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT — Russian airstrikes on Syria’s last major rebel bastion Saturday were the “most violent” in a month since Damascus and its ally Moscow started threatening it with an imminent attack around a month ago, a monitor said.

Jim Jeffrey has the record to get the Syria job done. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)

Trump’s Envoy to Syria: ‘We Are Not in a Hurry to Pull Out’

Ambassador Jim Jeffrey, formerly the American ambassador to Turkey and now special envoy to Syria, said on Thursday the Trump administration is determined to retain a military presence in Syria until the “enduring defeat” of the Islamic State has been secured.

FILE - In this March 24, 2018 file photo, Turkish soldiers atop an armored personnel carrier secure the streets of the northwestern city of Afrin, Syria, during a Turkish government-organized media tour into northern Syria. Turkey is growing long-term roots in its northern Syrian enclave, nearly two years after its …

Reports: Turkey Losing to Kurds in Northern Syria as Eyes Turn to Idlib

The Turkish military is struggling to keep up operations against the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) in northern Afrin, a group primarily made up of the U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ). The prolonged operation in Kurdish territory has limited Turkey as it prepares to protect Sunni Arab civilians in Idlib awaiting an imminent operation by dictator Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday.

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Israel Confirms 200 Strikes in Syria in 18 months

Jerusalem – An Israeli military official said Tuesday the army had carried out some 200 strikes in Syria over the past 18 months against mainly Iranian targets, a rare confirmation of such action.

New recruits to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist group train in Syria's only remaining rebel-held province in readiness for an expected Russian-backed government offensive that the UN has warned could spark a "humanitarian catastrophe"

Trump Warns Assad, Russia, Iran Not to ‘Recklessly Attack’ Syria’s Idlib Province

President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies Russia and Iran not to “recklessly attack” Idlib province, one of the last strongholds of resistance against Assad’s regime. The Kremlin dismissed Trump’s warning on Tuesday, describing Idlib as a “nest of terrorism” that must be cleaned out by Syria’s armed forces.