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U.S. officials intensify pressure on Turkey to stop Syria assault

The United States ramped up efforts on Friday to persuade Turkey to halt an escalating offensive in northern Syria against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, saying Ankara was causing “great harm” to ties and could face potentially devastating sanctions.
A warplane carries out a bombing run above Syria near the Israeli-Syrian border as it is seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights [Ammar Awad-Reuters]

Syrian military: Israeli air strikes targeted Aleppo

The Syrian military said Israel on Wednesday launched raids on an industrial zone in the northern city of Aleppo, causing damage only to materials, while opposition sources said the strikes hit Iranian ammunitions stores and a military airport used by Tehran's forces.
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Kuwait: US decision to remove missile systems ‘routine’

A U.S. decision to remove anti-missile systems from several Arab allies was an “internal and routine procedure,’’ Kuwait said on Wednesday, adding that its defences would not be affected.

Israel: Syrian civil war effectively over

Israel on Thursday described the Syrian civil war as effectively over and predicted that the Golan Heights frontier between the countries would be quieter with central rule by Damascus restored there.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) controls between 25-30 percent of Syria, and backs a federal country [Rodi Said-Reuters]

US-backed Syrian Kurds agree to ‘roadmap’ with Bashar al-Assad government

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it has agreed to work with the Syrian government towards a "democratic, decentralised Syria," as it moves towards cementing its autonomy in the war-ravaged country.

Minister: Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian government

Israel will not dismiss the possibility of future relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday.
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UAE freezes accounts of nine Iranian individuals and entities

The United Arab Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority has ordered companies to identify and freeze the accounts and assets of nine Iranian individuals and entities the UAE has placed on its "terrorism list", according to national news agency WAM.

Oil heads towards $100 on mounting supply concerns

Brent crude oil rose above $80 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by concern that falling Venezuelan crude output and a potential drop in Iranian exports could further tighten global supply.

Iran planning to launch barrage of missiles against Israel

Israel is bracing for a barrage of missiles to be launched toward military positions along its northern front from Syria by Shi’ite militias trained and funded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Syrian anti-aircraft downs Israeli fighter jet

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has been shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire on a raid to destroy Iranian facilities allegedly responsible for launching a drone into Israel.

France calls for opening of humanitarian corridors in Syria

France wants air strikes in Syria to end and calls for the opening of humanitarian corridors as soon as possible, the French defense minister has said on Friday.

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