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Nearly 70 dead in Syria regime clashes with Idlib militants

Two days of clashes between regime forces and armed groups in Syria’s last major opposition bastion have killed nearly 70 on both sides, a war monitoring group said Sunday.
U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen speaks to the media about the Syrian Constitutional Committee a the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland November 29, 2019. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

Syrian government, opposition fail to talk during week-long meeting

No direct dialogue took place between Syria’s warring sides during a five-day meeting that ended on Friday in Geneva, UN mediator Geir Pedersen said.
This picture taken on November 10, 2019 shows protesters waving Lebanese national flags by a giant sign of a fist with the slogan “revolution” written on it in Arabic in the capital Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square during continuing anti-government protests. (Photo by Amir MAKAR / AFP)

Protesters say ‘real independence’ close as Lebanon turns 76

Lebanon was marking 76 years of self-rule on Friday, but protesters say that only this year are its people experiencing “real independence”.
Donald Trump greets Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House in 2017. Andrew Harrer-Bloomberg

Recep Erdogan: US hasn’t met Syria ceasefire obligations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he would tell US counterpart Donald Trump that Washington must do more to implement a ceasefire deal they agreed in order to halt Turkey’s offensive in Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - AFP)

Turkey captures slain Daesh leader al-Baghdadi’s wife

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country has captured one of the four wives of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, just days after it captured the elder sister, Rasmiya Awad.
They say every dog has its day — and so it will be for this consummate paw-fessional who has been invited to the White House in recognition of his heroic role in taking out jihadist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Canine hero Conan to get White House welcome after Baghdadi raid

They say every dog has its day — and so it will be for this consummate paw-fessional who has been invited to the White House in recognition of his heroic role in taking out jihadist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
US President Donald Trump has demanded that Europe take in hundreds of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, threatening that the United States would otherwise be forced to release them.

Russian ISIS women begs Vladimir Putin to help them return home

Russian women who were held in Kurdish-controlled camps in Syria as Islamic State group supporters have recorded emotional appeals to President Vladimir Putin to help them return home.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State was believed to have been killed in a raid on Saturday by US Special Operation Forces in Syria.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘killed’ in US raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State was believed to have been killed in a raid on Saturday by US Special Operation Forces in Syria.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives at the news conference room at Huber Mansion in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by BULENT KILIC - AFP)

Turkish president says will clear ‘terrorists’ from Syria border if Sochi deal fails

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey would “clear terrorists” on its border in northern Syria if Syrian Kurdish militia did not withdraw by the end of a deadline agreed with Russia.

Syrian Kurd sets self ablaze in front of UN refugee agency

The police on Wednesday said a Kurdish Syrian set himself on fire in front of the UN refugee agency (UNCHR) headquarters in Geneva.

UNHCR: More than 7,000 Syrians flee to Iraq amid Turkish offensive

More than 7,000 Syrians fled from their country to Iraq since last Monday amid the Turkish military operation in the northeast of the Arab republic, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticised his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi after the recent execution of nine people in Egypt, saying he refused to talk to someone like him.

Turkish president vows to continue North Syria offensive if truce deal with Washington collapses

Turkey says it is ready to resume its military operation in northern Syria with greater determination if the U.S. does not fulfill the terms of the ceasefire deal with Ankara on the withdrawal of the Kurdish forces from the prospective safe zone.
Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria Sunday as part of a planned so-called safe zone that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile region.

US forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria

US forces withdrew from a key base in northern Syria Sunday, a monitor said, two days before the end of a US-brokered truce to stem a Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in the region.
A Turkish soldier was killed and another wounded in an attack by Syrian Kurdish forces on Sunday despite a ceasefire deal brokered by the United States, the defense ministry said.

Turkish soldier killed in Syrian Kurd attack – defence ministry

A Turkish soldier was killed and another wounded in an attack by Syrian Kurdish forces on Sunday despite a ceasefire deal brokered by the United States, the defense ministry said.
Vice President Mike Pence meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Palace for talks on the Kurds and Syria, Oct. 17, 2019, in Ankara, Turkey.

Turkey: Kurdish militia kills soldier in Syria despite ceasefire

One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded Sunday after an attack by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria’s Tel Abyad, the defense ministry said, despite a deal to pause military operations as militants withdraw from the area.

Police in Greece arrest 12 migrants over violence in Samos camp

The police in Greece said on Wednesday they had arrested 12 migrants suspected of starting a mass brawl in a camp on the island of Samos three days earlier.
Turkish-backed Syrian fighters evacuate a wounded comrade near the border town of Ras al-Ain on October 13, 2019, as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. – Turkish forces and their proxies pushed deep into Syria Sunday, moving closer to completing their assault’s initial phase, while Washington announced it was pulling out 1,000 troops from the country’s north. (Photo by Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP)

Turkey defiant on Syria operation as US demands ceasefire

Turkey remained defiant against mounting international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria, raising tensions with Washington as Vice President Mike Pence headed for Ankara on Wednesday to demand a ceasefire.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - AFP)

Recep Erdogan: Turkey to return three million refugees to Syria in stages

Turkey will return to Syria one million refugees in the first step, while two million more will follow, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

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