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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad says he does not want neighbouring Turkey as an 'enemy' despite stand-off between forces
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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad says he does not want neighbouring Turkey as an 'enemy' despite stand-off between forces

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he did not want to make an "enemy" of neighbouring Turkey despite the stand-off between their forces in the north of the country

US says it will increase military presence in Syria to protect oil after Kurdish forces pull back to comply with Russian deal
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US says it will increase military presence in Syria to protect oil after Kurdish forces pull back to comply with Russian deal

The US said Thursday it would beef up its military presence to protect northeastern Syria oil fields as Kurdish forces abandoned several positions to comply with a deal allowing Damascus, Ankara and Moscow to carve up their now-defunct autonomous region

Donald Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, halts American involvement in 'blood-stained' Syria; calls Turkish ceasefire a 'major breakthrough'
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Donald Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, halts American involvement in 'blood-stained' Syria; calls Turkish ceasefire a 'major breakthrough'

Donald Trump ended sanctions against Turkey, drawing a line under American involvement in 'blood-stained' Syria, as Turkish and Russian troops seized territory previously held by US troops.

Syria ready to abide by ceasefire covering area from Ras al-Ain to Tal Abyad, says Kurdish forces chief after US, Turkey reach agreement
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Syria ready to abide by ceasefire covering area from Ras al-Ain to Tal Abyad, says Kurdish forces chief after US, Turkey reach agreement

Since Turkey launched its invasion of northeastern Syria on 9 October, dozens of civilians have been killed and 300,000 have been displaced, according to the Observatory.

US, Turkey agree to 5-day ceasefire in Syria to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw from safe zone along border
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US, Turkey agree to 5-day ceasefire in Syria to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw from safe zone along border

Turkey has agreed to suspend its Syria offensive for five days and will end the assault if Kurdish-led forces withdraw from a safe zone along the border, Mike Pence and Turkish officials announced.

Donald Trump switches from threatening to 'obliterate' Turkey economy to inviting its president to visit White House
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Donald Trump switches from threatening to 'obliterate' Turkey economy to inviting its president to visit White House

In a span of 24 hours, President Donald Trump moved from threatening to obliterate Turkey's economy if it invades Syria to inviting its president to visit the White House

US' withdrawal from Syria is risky victory for Recep Tayyip Erdogan; operation against Kurdish militia may have huge economic cost
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US' withdrawal from Syria is risky victory for Recep Tayyip Erdogan; operation against Kurdish militia may have huge economic cost

Turkey has launched two military operations supporting Syrian opposition fighters — in northern Syria against IS in 2016 and against the YPG in 2018.

Donald Trump walks away from Syria and Republican allies: US president plunges into deeper isolation amid impeachment proceedings
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Donald Trump walks away from Syria and Republican allies: US president plunges into deeper isolation amid impeachment proceedings

The White House issued a statement on Sunday that it was effectively abandoning the Kurds who did most of the fighting alongside US forces to against Islamic State extremists.

Hundreds flee as US-backed Syrian forces battle for last Islamic State bastion Baghouz bordering Iraq
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Hundreds flee as US-backed Syrian forces battle for last Islamic State bastion Baghouz bordering Iraq

Nearly 600 civilians fled the Islamic State group's last bastion in eastern Syria on Tuesday, as Kurdish-led forces and the US-backed SDF boxed holdout jihadists into an ever-shrinking pocket.

Turkey, Syrian rebel allies take full control of war-torn country's Afrin region after eight-week campaign, says source
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Turkey, Syrian rebel allies take full control of war-torn country's Afrin region after eight-week campaign, says source

Turkey’s military and its Syrian rebel allies have taken full control of northwest Syria’s Afrin region, a Turkish army source said on Saturday.

Turkish-led forces capture Kurdish town of Afrin, seizure likely to have repercussions on Syrian civil war
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Turkish-led forces capture Kurdish town of Afrin, seizure likely to have repercussions on Syrian civil war

The capture of Afrin from the Kurds by Turkish-led fighters on Sunday could have major repercussions for Syria's protracted war

US-led strikes kill 25 civilians in east Syria's village of Al-Shaafah, the last Islamic State pocket in nation
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US-led strikes kill 25 civilians in east Syria's village of Al-Shaafah, the last Islamic State pocket in nation

Air strikes on the last pocket of Islamic State jihadists in eastern Syria have killed at least 25 civilians, including seven children, a monitor said

Pro-Assad air strikes in Eastern Ghouta kill over 200; Syria sends troops to fight Turkey in Kurd-held border
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Pro-Assad air strikes in Eastern Ghouta kill over 200; Syria sends troops to fight Turkey in Kurd-held border

Regime air strikes on Wednesday pushed the death toll from three days of bombing in Syria's rebel Eastern Ghouta to over 200 as Damascus pitched pro-government forces into the fray against Turkey in a Kurdish-held border region.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Syrian military operation against Kurds would stretch as far as Iraq
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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Syrian military operation against Kurds would stretch as far as Iraq

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish forces would sweep Kurdish fighters from the Syrian border and could push all the way east to the frontier with Iraq — a move which risks a possible confrontation with US forces allied to the Kurds

Turkey reacts sharply after US-led coalition in Syria announces creation of 30,000-strong border security force
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Turkey reacts sharply after US-led coalition in Syria announces creation of 30,000-strong border security force

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said on Sunday it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria.

At least 400 mass graves of civilians executed by Islamic State found in Iraq's Kirkuk province
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At least 400 mass graves of civilians executed by Islamic State found in Iraq's Kirkuk province

Mass graves containing the remains of civilians executed by the Islamic State terror group have been found in Iraq's province of Kirkuk

Islamic State is in retreat but celebrating its demise is premature as idea of Caliphate lives on
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Islamic State is in retreat but celebrating its demise is premature as idea of Caliphate lives on

After nearly a full year of predictions that the Islamic State was finished, it seems that the extremist group is indeed in full retreat.

Foreigners who joined Islamic State face almost certain death in last stand in Raqqa
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Foreigners who joined Islamic State face almost certain death in last stand in Raqqa

The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield

Iraqi forces reclaim control over town of Hawija, one of Islamic State's last bastions
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Iraqi forces reclaim control over town of Hawija, one of Islamic State's last bastions

Hawijah, 230 kilometres (140 miles) north of Baghdad, was at the centre of a pocket of mainly Sunni Arab towns that were among the final holdouts from territory seized by the jihadists in 2014.

Israel denies any involvement in Kurdistan referendum, says Jerusalem 'sympathises' with Kurds
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Israel denies any involvement in Kurdistan referendum, says Jerusalem 'sympathises' with Kurds

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denied Turkish claims of covert involvement in Iraqi Kurdistan's recent independence vote, reiterating however his "sympathy" for the Kurdish people.