Syria

Tensions continue to rise as Turkey has warned the Syrian government not to help Kurds fighting against Turkish forces in northern Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey’s operations were going ahead as planned and it would be a “disaster” if Syrian troops were to intervene. Syrian media had earlier said the army would […]

Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel the ongoing Turkish Olive Branch offensive. The Syrian government in Damascus has offered no confirmation. There is currently no Syrian military presence in the area. In next door Iran, relatives of […]

 The US and Turkey, whose forces are at risk of fighting each other in northern Syria, have agreed to try to defuse the crisis. The Nato allies said joint teams would meet shortly to work through their diplomatic differences, including a dispute over the city of Manbij.Turkey has threatened to attack US-allied Kurdish YPG forces […]

French President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to “strike” Syria if proof emerges that its government is using chemical weapons against civilians. “We will strike the place where these launches are made or where they are organised,” he told reporters. But Mr Macron said French intelligence had so far found no evidence that banned chemical weapons […]

 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 […]

The delegation of Kurdish MPs who are tasked with investigating the situation in Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan have arrived in the capital city of the Kurdish canton on Sunday evening. The MPs who come from five different Kurdish parties are on an official visit to Afrin which has come under intensive Turkish strikes and military […]

Israel bombed a number of Syrian air defences after one of its fighter jets was brought down during a raid over Syria. The response was the “most significant attack” of its kind against Syria since the 1982 Lebanon war. The F-16 jet went down during a mission that followed an Iranian drone launched into Israeli […]

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 […]

The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month, as heavy air strikes were reported to have killed scores of people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. U.N. officials in Syria called for fighting to stop to enable aid deliveries and the evacuation of […]

Nine people were treated for breathing difficulties after a bomb believed to be filled with chlorine was dropped on a rebel-held town in Syria. The Syria Civil Defence said three of its rescue workers were among the casualties from the attack on Saraqeb, in the north-western province of Idlib. The Syrian opposition said the bomb […]


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