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Four people were killed and wounded in a suicide attack carried out by ISIS fighters in the al-Eshaqi sub-district in southern Samara, in Salahuddin Province. The suicide bomber detonated near an Iraqi police station, killing two officers and wounding others. Elsewhere, clashes erupted between an armed group and Iraqi Federal Police on the Kirkuk-Baghdad road. […]

A German national was detained by Turkish security forces in Sirnak, southeast Turkey while trying to enter Syria. Patrick Kraicker, 28, was detained in Silopi on March 14 while attempting to cross the Turkish border into Syrian territory controlled by the YPG. Police reportedly seized various documents, digital materials, and photos related to the PKK […]

 Air strikes by the Syrian government on a rebel-held enclave have continued despite a ceasefire resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Saturday. Hundreds of people have died in a week of bombardment of the Eastern Ghouta enclave near the capital, Damascus. The latest attacks include a ground offensive that began hours after the […]

 The Turkish army on Monday revealed that 31 of its soldiers had been killed since the start of an offensive against Syrian Kurds in the northwestern enclave of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). According to an official statement by the Turkish armed forces, another 143 soldiers were wounded in the ongoing campaign dubbed “Operation Olive […]

France’s Foreign Minister on Wednesday called on Iranian militias and the Lebanese Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria and accused Turkey, Iran, and the Syrian regime of violating international law in the war-torn country. Jean-Yves Le Drian said France was demanding the withdrawal of “all those who have no business in Syria,” and also accused “the […]

Macron held a phone call with his Turkish counterpart on Saturday night in light of French concerns about the Turkish military operation against Kurdish fighters in Afrin, northwestern Syria. The two presidents agreed to work on a diplomatic road map for Syria in the coming weeks.” Several rounds of talks under the watch of the […]

The United States has designated the political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as a terrorist and imposed sanctions on him. The state department said Ismail Haniya had “close links with Hamas’ military wing” and been a “proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians”. Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, is already designated a […]

Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday said the United States needed to pull its troops immediately out of the Syrian town of Manbij, another target of an ongoing military campaign against the Washington-backed Kurdish forces in Afrin. The Foreign Minister said the US must cut all ties with the terrorist group and […]

US President Donald Trump conveyed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan increasing concern about Turkey’s assault on Syrian Kurdistan as the two leaders spoke by telephone on Wednesday. The White House summary of the call explained that Trump had “urged Turkey to exercise caution [and] avoid any action that might risk conflict between Turkish and […]

 An estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria. The civilians have fled communities near the border since Turkey launched an offensive to drive a Kurdish militia out of the Afrin region on Saturday. Some are reported to have been prevented from crossing into territory controlled […]


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