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Turkey treating death of UK backer of Syria's White Helmets as suicide

Turkey treating death of UK backer of Syria's White Helmets as suicide

Turkish police are treating as suicide the death of an ex-British Army officer who helped start Syria's White Helmets, but his wife has been banned from leaving the country, local media said Thursday. Police are analysing James Le Mesurier's hospital records where he sought help for mental...

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Russia sets up helicopter base in northern Syria after U.S. exit

Russia sets up helicopter base in northern Syria after U.S. exit

Russia has begun setting up a helicopter base at a civilian airport in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel said on Thursday, showing footage of helicopter gunships arriving there. The new base is protected by Pantsir surface-to-air...

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US to keep around 600 troops in Syria: Pentagon chief

US to keep around 600 troops in Syria: Pentagon chief

The United States will maintain around 600 troops in Syria, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said Wednesday, despite Donald Trump's desire to end US involvement in what the president calls "endless wars". "We're still moving troops out of northeastern Syria," the US defense secretary said onboard...

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Trump contradicts aides and says troops in Syria 'only for oil'

Trump contradicts aides and says troops in Syria 'only for oil'

Donald Trump has insisted that the US military presence in Syria is “only for the oil”, contradicting his own officials who have insisted that the remaining forces were there to fight Isis. Trump made his remarks while hosting Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, just over a month after the...

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