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Assad comes in for praise from UAE

The United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat in Syria has praised President Bashar al-Assad for his “wise leadership”, in one of the strongest expressions of support yet from a country that once backed Damascus’ enemies in the civil war. The two restored diplomatic ties last year and the UAE’s vocal support …

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Syria launches airstrike against Idlib market

Syrian government air strikes on the rebel-held area of Idlib killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens on Monday after hitting two outdoor markets, Syrian civil defense forces said. Syria’s northwestern corner, including the Idlib region, is the last major chunk of territory still in rebel hands after more …

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Rifaat al-Assad in Spanish money laundering case

Spain is heading towards a money laundering trial against an uncle of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the High Court said on Friday, after an investigating judge finished his probe. The prosecuting office has ten days to comment on the judge’s recommendation that the case goes ahead, which is considered a …

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Israel attacks Damascus, several killed

Two civilians were killed and a number of people were injured in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian state media said on Wednesday. Israel attacked Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in what it said was retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel the …

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Israel shoots down Syria missiles

Israel’s military said its missile defense system shot down four rockets fired from Syria toward Israel early on Tuesday. Minutes earlier, sirens warning of incoming rocket fire sounded in the area of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. “Four launches were identified from Syria towards Israeli territory which were intercepted by the …

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Clashes between Syrian and Turkish forces in North Syria

By Khawla Hassan – The official Syrian news agency SANA reported today that Clashes erupted between the Syrian Army and the Turkish forces near the villages of al-Manakh and al-Mahmudiya in Tal Tamr northern countryside. SANA claimed that Turkish forces and their allies of Syrian factions looted power transformers from …

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India ready to participate in reconstruction of Syria

Damascus – reported by Khawla Hassan – Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar affirmed his country’s readiness to contribute to the reconstruction, underlining the necessity of solving the crisis in it politically by the Syrians only without any foreign interference. Sana Agency news reported that Jaishankar, meeting Member of al-Baath Arab …

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Erdogan and Putin hold talks on Syria’s fate

President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed Turkey’s military offensive in Syria in a phone call on Saturday, Turkey’s presidency said. Turkey launched its cross-border offensive one month ago, saying it aimed to drive Kurdish-led forces from the border region and create a “safe zone” to settle Syrian refugees. …

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Turkey won’t pull out of Syria till others pull out

Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, and Ankara will continue its cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until every one of them has left the region. Turkey launched its third military incursion into northeast Syria last month to …

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Turkey blames Kurds for Syria bombing

A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkish-backed forces seized last month, prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had targeted in its incursion. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-Turkey fighters and …

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Iranian-Syrian memorandum to rebuilt Syrian national grid

By Khawla Hassan – Iran signed a preliminary agreement with Syria on Saturday to help rebuild its ally’s electricity grid, Iranian state media reported. A memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries’ electricity ministers in Tehran covered the construction of power plants, transmission lines, cutting losses in Syria’s electricity …

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ISIS hungry for revenge over slain leader

Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria, and vowed revenge against the United States. The Iraqi rose from obscurity to lead the ultra-hardline group and declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims, holding sway …

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President Assad vows to liberate the occupied north

By Khawla Hassan – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government’s ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria but he expected it to happen gradually. In a state television interview Assad also said that a deal between Turkish President Tayyip …

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Syrians told Iran Baghdadi was killed

Iran was informed by sources in Syria that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed, two Iranian officials told Reuters on Sunday. “Iran was informed about Baghdadi’s death by Syrian officials who got it from the field,” one of the officials said. The second Iranian official confirmed it. Source: …

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Russia says US betrayed Kurds

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had betrayed and abandoned the Syrian Kurds and advised the Kurds to withdraw from the Syrian border as per a deal between Moscow and Ankara or be mauled by the Turkish army. The comments by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov to Russian …

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Assad condemns Erdogan, tours Idllib

Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Tuesday denounced Turkey’s leader as a thief for attacking the northeast of his country and reiterated a pledge to retake all areas lost to Damascus in years of civil war, state media reported. Assad made the remarks as he made a rare visit to …

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US troops in Syria headed to Iraq

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and “to help defend Iraq.” On Thursday, Turkey agreed in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike …

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Turkey to establish 12 posts in security zone

Turkey aims to establish 12 observation posts in a planned so-called safe zone in northern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, adding Ankara would respond if the Syrian government “makes a mistake” in the region. Ankara agreed with Washington on Thursday to pause its operation in northern Syria against …

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Could Turkish aggression boost peace in Syria?

By Firas Samuri   On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey to attack the Kurdish units, posing …

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Assad issues tough words in face of Turkish incursion

Syria will respond to a Turkish aggression on any part of its territory with “all legitimate means” available, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday according to state media. The comments come after an agreement between Damascus and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to fend off an assault launched by Turkey …

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Islamic State attacks Kurds during Turkish offensive

Turkey intensified its air and artillery strikes in northeast Syria on Friday in an offensive against Kurdish militia that has raised the prospect of a humanitarian disaster and questions about U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy in the region. The Kurds, who recaptured swathes of northeastern Syria from Islamic State with …

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Car bomb rocks Kurdish held city in Syria

A car bomb in the Syrian city of Qamishli on Friday killed at least three civilians and wounded nine more, the internal security forces of the Kurdish-led administration said. Rescue workers were still searching for dead and wounded in the wreckage, the security forces said in a statement. The statement …

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Turkish towns hit on border as army advances into Syria

Turkey stepped up its air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Friday, escalating an offensive that has drawn warnings of humanitarian catastrophe and turned Republican lawmakers against U.S. President Donald Trump. The incursion, launched after Trump withdrew U.S. troops who had been fighting alongside Kurdish forces …

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US sanctions bill pending against Turkey

A leading U.S. Republican senator said he plans to introduce a package of “devastating” sanctions to hit Turkey over its military operation in northeast Syria, expressing concerns over the fate of Kurds in the area. Senator Lindsey Graham, usually a vocal ally to President Donald Trump, has repeatedly criticized Trump’s …

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