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Turkey's Erdogan issues 'final warning' on Syria

Turkey's Erdogan issues 'final warning' on Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday issued what he said was a "final warning" to those who would endanger Turkey's borders, saying Ankara was determined to focus its attention on Syrian Kurdish fighters east of the Euphrates. Erdogan, who was speaking to a group of provincial...

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Freed Japan hostage arrives home to joy, but also anger

Freed Japan hostage arrives home to joy, but also anger

A Japanese journalist freed from Syria this week arrived home to overjoyed relatives and supporters, but also to vitriol from some who accuse him and other hostages of reckless behavior. Jumpei Yasuda was kidnapped in Syria in 2015, and spent more than three years in conditions he...

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Overwhelming destruction in Syria's Ghouta: ICRC

Overwhelming destruction in Syria's Ghouta: ICRC

The destruction in Syria's Eastern Ghouta is overwhelming and the humanitarian needs huge, a top Red Cross official said Friday after visiting the former rebel stronghold outside Damascus. Dominik Stillhart, director of operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said...

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4-way Istanbul summit on Syria to be held on Saturday

4-way Istanbul summit on Syria to be held on Saturday

A four-way summit on Syria between Turkey, Russia, Germany and France will be held in Istanbul on Saturday. The meeting, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will see the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French...

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Israeli satellite images show deployment of S-300 missiles in Hama province

Israeli satellite images show deployment of S-300 missiles in Hama province

(Zaman Al Wasl)- One of the S-300 air defense batteries deployed in Syria has been documented in an image produced by an Israeli-made satellite, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.  The images show the battery’s four launchers and the satellite’s manufacture, ImageSat...

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Airstrike on IS in eastern Syria inflicts casualties

Airstrike on IS in eastern Syria inflicts casualties

Syrian regime media and a war monitor say an airstrike on a pocket held by Daesh (ISIS) in the country's east has killed several people. The State-run news agency SANA said Wednesday's airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition killed several people without giving a breakdown. The...

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Assad appoints two generals in Military Intelligence, one 'war criminal'

Assad appoints two generals in Military Intelligence, one 'war criminal'

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian regime president Bashar al-Assad has appointed two generals to head most important branches in the Military Intelligence, sources told Zaman al-Wasl. Brigadier General Asif al-Deker was appointed as the head of the Branch of Officers Affairs (293), and Major...

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Idlib: Tahrir al-Sham, National Liberation Front halt infighting

Idlib: Tahrir al-Sham, National Liberation Front halt infighting

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The National Liberation Front (NLF) and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist group have reached an agreement on Wednesday to end the infighting in northern Idlib province. According to the handwritten agreement, the key armed groups agreed to halt clashes which erupted on...

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UN envoy talks new constitution with regime FM

UN envoy talks new constitution with regime FM

 Outgoing UN envoy Staffan de Mistura met with Syria's top diplomat in Damascus on Wednesday, the UN and state media said, to try to make progress on a post-war constitution. De Mistura announced last week he would step down at the end of November, but said he would first travel to...

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Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda captured in Syria 'freed'

Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda captured in Syria 'freed'

Japan's government says it has received information that a man believed to be a Japanese freelance journalist captured three years ago in war-torn Syria has been freed and is now in Turkey.  Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a hastily arranged news conference late on...

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Body parts of Khashoggi found: Sky News

Body parts of Khashoggi found: Sky News

Body parts of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found in the garden of the Saudi Arabian consul general’s home, Sky News reported Tuesday. The Daily Star

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US-led coalition strikes mosque in eastern Syria

US-led coalition strikes mosque in eastern Syria

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria on Monday targeted and destroyed a mosque in the Deir Ezzor province, according to a top pentagon official. Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning told reporters the mosque was deliberately targeted by U.S. forces because it was being used as a command...

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Kurdish security arrest 30 people in Hasaka: activists

Kurdish security arrest 30 people in Hasaka: activists

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The YPG-affiliated security, Asayish, has arrested at least 30 people in northeastern Hasaka province, saying they have links with Daesh jihadist group, local activists reported Sunday. Asayish, the police force of the Kurdish autonomous cantons, waged major arrest...

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US, Turkey to soon begin joint patrols in north Syria

US, Turkey to soon begin joint patrols in north Syria

Turkish and American troops could begin conducting joint patrols in a matter of days around the northern Syrian city of Manbij within the coming days, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East said Sunday. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters traveling...

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Hama: schools may close amid lack of fund

Hama: schools may close amid lack of fund

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The lack of fund for the education sector in the western countryside of Hama province has caused severe shortage of textbooks along with the lack of teachers’ salaries. Teachers have been working voluntarily for the second year in four schools, while the other schools...

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Blast kills 7 civilians in Idlib city: activists

Blast kills 7 civilians in Idlib city: activists

A Syrian war monitor and an opposition paramedics group say an explosion in the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib has killed at least seven people and wounded others. The Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, said Sunday's blast occurred near a mosque killing three people,...

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Assad, Russian officials meet in Damascus, discuss situation in Syria

Assad, Russian officials meet in Damascus, discuss situation in Syria

Bashar Assad met representatives of Russia's foreign and defense ministries in Damascus Friday, Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday. During the meeting, they discussed development of situation in Syria and reaffirmed their commitment to the "destruction of terrorist...

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US-backed offensive kills 35 IS fighters: monitor

US-backed offensive kills 35 IS fighters: monitor

An offensive by US-backed forces against the Islamic State group's last redoubt in eastern Syria killed 35 jihadists on Saturday, a Britain-based war monitor said. Twenty-eight IS members were killed in air strikes by the US-led coalition around the town of Hajin, the Syrian Observatory...

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