Kurdish forces end riots by Islamic State prisoners in Syria

World Mar 31, 2020

Kurdish forces end riots by Islamic State prisoners in Syria

Kurdish-led forces have successfully put down riots by Islamic State militants in a prison in northeast Syria with none of the prisoners escaping the facility, the top commander of the U.S.-backed forces said. Mazloum Abdi of the Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted shortly before midnight on ...

Syria's brutal civil war enters 10th year

World Mar 15, 2020

Syria's brutal civil war enters 10th year

by Tony Gamal-Gabriel

Syria's brutal conflict entered its 10th year Sunday with President Bashar Assad's regime having consolidated its hold over the war-wracked country with a decimated economy where foreign powers flex their muscle. When Syrians took to the streets on March 15, 2011, they could scarcely have ...

Russia and Turkey reach cease-fire deal in northwestern Syria

World Mar 6, 2020

Russia and Turkey reach cease-fire deal in northwestern Syria

The presidents of Russia and Turkey said they reached agreement on a cease-fire to begin at midnight Thursday in northwestern Syria, where escalating fighting had threatened to put forces from the two countries into direct conflict. The deal struck by Russian President Vladimir Putin and ...

For Putin, victory in Syria is personal as well as political

World | FOCUS Mar 5, 2020

For Putin, victory in Syria is personal as well as political

When Turkey's president visited Russia last summer, the sun shone as he shared ice cream and admired fighter jets with a friendly President Vladimir Putin. But ahead of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Moscow on Thursday, clouds have gathered, with the pair in a standoff ...

Syrian and Turkish armies engage in new deadly clashes in Idlib

World Mar 4, 2020

Syrian and Turkish armies engage in new deadly clashes in Idlib

Turkey said that two more of its soldiers were killed Wednesday in a Syrian government attack in northwestern Syria, as steady clashes between the two national armies continued to rack up casualties. Turkey has sent thousands of troops into the area to support Syrian insurgents ...

Turkey's Erdogan threatens Europe with 'millions' of migrants

World Mar 3, 2020

Turkey's Erdogan threatens Europe with 'millions' of migrants

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Monday that "millions" of migrants would soon head for Europe, drawing accusations from EU leaders that he is trying to pressure them into backing his incursions into Syria. Turkey gave the green light Friday to refugees and migrants to ...

World Feb 29, 2020

Turkey and Russia hold crisis talks after deadly strike in Syria

The leaders of Russia and Turkey held crisis talks Friday after 33 Turkish soldiers died in an airstrike in Syria, as Ankara ramped up pressure on Europe by threatening to flood in migrants. The United States and United Nations urged an end to the Russian-backed ...

Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib

World Feb 27, 2020

Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed Turkey would not take the "smallest step back" in an escalating stand-off with Damascus and Russia over the northern Syrian region of Idlib. Meanwhile, a meeting between Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, is expected to take ...