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Turkey says pursuing military operation against Syrian regime

Mar 01, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Though Turkey has reported striking targets in Syria since dozens of its troops were killed there, it is the first confirmation of a full and continuing operation

SIEGE. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters ride a tank in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Bakr Alakasem/AFP

Turkey-Russia tensions soar after deadly Syria strike

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear keen to scale down the tensions, expressing 'serious concern' about the situation in their telephone talks

The week in photos: February 23-March 1, 2019

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:55 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE. A woman in the United States takes a picture to Mexico through the border fence as residents of Anapra, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, and other people attend a prayer with priests and bishops from both countries to ask for the migrants and people of the area, on February 26, 2019.  Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

U.S. takes aim at Russia over alleged Syria chemical attack

Apr 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The US State Department says Russia, 'with its unwavering support' for the Syrian regime, would be ultimately responsible

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 7, 2018, shows a wounded woman arriving at a hospital in the Syrian capital Damascus, after rockets fired from Douma killed at least four civilians in various neighbourhoods across the capital. / AFP PHOTO / SANA AND AFP PHOTO / STRINGER / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Fresh raids pound Syria's rebel Douma after talks falter

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are accused of using 'poisonous chlorine gas,' but state media says these allegations are rebel 'fabrications'

Tearful Syrians in rebel enclave begin new evacuation

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:56 PM

More civilians and rebels are forced to leave their ravaged neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta

Syrian people walk down a street past a destroyed building as civilians and rebels prepare to evacuate the town of Ain Tarma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on March 25, 2018. Nearly 2,000 Syrian rebels and civilians began leaving a ravaged pocket of Eastern Ghouta on Matrch 25, in fresh evacuations that further emptied the former rebel bastion. Five weeks since the Syrian regime launched an all-out assault on Ghouta, it holds more than 90 percent of the onetime opposition stronghold on the edge of Damascus.  / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

UN's De Mistura wants new round of Syria talks in coming weeks

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The UN special envoy says he intends to convene an eighth round of talks on the bloody more than 6-year conflict no later than the end of October or early November

DESTROYED. In this file photo, Syrians walk down a destroyed street in Aleppo's al-Akroub neighborhood on December 17, 2016. Youssef Karwashan/AFP/File

Civilians in ISIS-held Raqa under fire 'from all sides' – Amnesty

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Residents trapped in the Syrian city of Raqa face the threat of air strikes and intense artillery fire

Members of an Armenian Christian family who fled from Raqa stand near fighters from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a Christian unit battling alongside the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to oust the Islamic State from their Syrian stronghold, on August 8, 2017 in Jazra, a western suburb of Raqa. Sawsan Karapetyan and her family lived years of fear as some of the only Christians in the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa, and on August 8, she fled clutching her rosary. They were rescued by Christian fighters participating in the battle to oust IS from Raqa, who brought them to the safety of the western Jazra suburb in the back of a truck.  / AFP PHOTO / Delil souleiman / “The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Delil souleiman has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: Inserting correct caption instead of the one sent. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.

Deadly rocket fire hits near Damascus trade fair

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:56 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 6 people were killed and around a dozen wounded

U.S.-backed Syria force advances in Raqa, battles for base

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:15 AM

The Syrian Democratic Forces says its fighters had liberated the neighborhood of Al Romaniya on the western front of Raqa

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, unloaded boxes of ammunition, supplied by the US-led coalition, in a village north of Raqa on June 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

Syria army seizes airbase from ISIS – military source, monitor

May 13, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The army takes control of more than 170 villages and towns in the area according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor

Pope urges end to Syria 'horror' in Easter address

Apr 16, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The pontiff also speaks out against the hostilities and famine in South Sudan Sudan Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this file photo, a Syrian man carries his two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 17, 2015. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

Apr 16, 2017 - 7:40 PM

UPDATED At least 68 children are among the 126 people killed in the attack says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

U.S. steps up pressure on Syria ahead of Russia talks

Apr 10, 2017 - 12:55 AM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump s top advisers set the stage for a diplomatic confrontation in Moscow

TILLERSON. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on visa travel at the US Customs and Border Protection Press Room in the Reagan Building on March 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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Apr 07, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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U.S. launches missile strike on Syria airbase

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED President Donald Trump orders the massive military response in retaliation for the deadly April 4 chemical attack being blamed on the Assad regime

MISSILE STRIKE. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross fires a tomahawk land attack missile while conducting naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert S. Price

U.S.-backed fighters battle ISIS around north Syria town

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:45 AM

UPDATED Operations are currently focused on the strategically important town of Tabqa on the Euphrates River and the adjacent dam and military airport

Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:45 AM

Steady shelling and sniper fire are heard across Damascus as rebel factions allied with Fateh al Sham Front launch an attack on regime positions

Smoke billows following a reported air strike in the rebel-held parts of the Jobar district, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 19, 2017. Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of Damscus as rebels and jihadists tried to fight their way into the city centre in a surprise assault on government forces. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed EYAD

Putin warms to Trump, flexes muscles on Syria

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:30 PM

UPDATED He US President elect Donald Trump went to the end though nobody believed that he would win except us says Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on December 23, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Natalia KOLESNIKOVA

Dozens dead as rebels fight to break Aleppo siege

Oct 30, 2016 - 8:00 PM

3rd UPDATE UN peace envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura is appalled and shocked by the high number of rockets fired by rebels

Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades get in a vehicle on October 29, 2016 in the neighbourhood of Dahiyet al-Assad, southwest of Aleppo, after they retook control of the area.  Syrian rebels launched a major assault on October 28, 2016 aimed at breaking a months-long siege of opposition-held districts of Aleppo, as regime ally Russia held off on renewed air strikes. Control of the city, divided between the rebel-held east and the west in the hands of President Bashar al-Assad's forces, is key to securing northern Syria.   / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

Truce extended in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations

Oct 22, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Syria and Russia accuse opposition fighters of preventing civilians from leaving the conflict torn city while the United Nations calls for a probe into incidents in Aleppo

A general view shows a damaged road and abandoned buildings in Aleppo's rebel-held Kalasa neighbourhood on October 20, 2016.  A "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian army's Russian-backed assault on Aleppo took effect but despite a drop in violence there was little sign residents were heeding calls to leave.   / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY KARAM AL-MASRI

Russia offers to secure rebel evacuation from Syria's Aleppo

Oct 14, 2016 - 9:25 AM

Analysts say however that the offer is simply a gambit to relieve the pressure by appearing to present diplomatic alternatives

Syrians walk over rubble following air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 12, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / AMEER ALHALBI

Syria announces surprise easing of Aleppo assault

Oct 06, 2016 - 9:04 AM

The military says the bombardment will be reduced after the success of our armed forces in Aleppo and cutting off all terrorist supply routes into the eastern districts

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, search for victims amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Bustan al-Basha in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 4, 2016. Thaer Mohammed/AFP

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Oct 03, 2016 - 2:48 PM

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Tragic story behind rescued baby in Syria's Idlib

Oct 02, 2016 - 11:15 PM

4 month old Wahida Maatouq is rescued after an air strike but her older sister and grandmother are both killed

Syrian Yehya Maatouq holds his four-month-old daughter Wahida, whose rescue video posted online by the White Helmets went viral, in the northwest city of Idlib, on October 1, 2016. Footage of the rescue of Wahida posted by the White Helmets online showed a volunteer burst into tears holding up the tiny baby, her bright yellow outfit caked in dust, as he marches out of her destroyed home following a reported Syrian government air strikes. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

Syria army advances as UN decries Aleppo's 'living hell'

Oct 02, 2016 - 5:48 PM

UPDATED The health care system in eastern Aleppo is all but obliterated Medical facilities are being hit one by one says Stephen O Brien

DEVASTATION. A family walks amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in Aleppo, Syria, on April 28, 2016. Photo by Ameer Alhalbi/AFP

Russia under fire at UN as air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo

Sep 26, 2016 - 12:05 AM

UPDATED UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon warns that the chilling escalation making use of advanced weaponry against civilians could amount to war crimes

A tractor clears the rubble following Syrian govermnet forces airstrikes in the rebel held neighborhood of Tariq a-Bab in Aleppo on September 24, 2016.  Residents in Syria's battleground city of Aleppo cowered indoors as fierce air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 52 civilians, after diplomatic efforts to revive a ceasefire failed.   / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

Dozens killed as Turkey ramps up Syria offensive

Aug 28, 2016 - 10:15 PM

UPDATED At least 40 civilians are reported dead but Ankara says its raids had killed 25 Kurdish terrorists

epa05511590 A Turkish soldier on his tank as they prepare for a military operation at the Syrian border as part of their offensive against the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria, Karkamis district of Gaziantep, Turkey, 27 August 2016. The Turkish army launched an offensive operation against IS in Syria's Jarablus with its war jets and army troops in coordination with the US led coalition war planes. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Dozens dead as warplanes pound rebel-held north Syria

Aug 15, 2016 - 2:15 AM

The air strikes are reportedly targeting areas held by the Army of Conquest an alliance of rebel Islamist and jihadist forces

epa05483412 A handout picture made available by the Syria Civil Defense Idlib branch on 13 August 2016 shows firemen hosing a burning car at an airstrike site in Idlib City, northern Syria, 13 August 2016. According to the Syria Civil Defense volunteer group, at least six people died and tens were wounded after an airstrike on Idlib city. (Attention Editors: Image should be used in its entirety, including the organization's logo) EPA/SYRIA CIVIL DEFENSE IDLIB / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Syria army redeploys after rebels 'break' Aleppo siege

Aug 07, 2016 - 9:15 PM

3rd UPDATE Our forces have redeployed after absorbing the attack of thousands of mercenaries says Syrian state TV

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, gather in a street in the northern city of Aleppo on August 6, 2016, in celebrations after rebels said they have broken a three-week government siege on Syria's second city  Rebel groups successfully broke the siege by opening a new route into the city from the southwest, opposition officials said.  Opposition fighters, Islamists and jihadists have waged fierce assaults since July 31 to end the siege by government forces of some 250,000 people in Aleppo's eastern districts. Rebel and regime forces have fought for control of the provincial capital since mid-2012, transforming the former economic powerhouse into a divided, bombed-out city. / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

Air raids hit 4 hospitals in Syria's Aleppo

Jul 24, 2016 - 9:10 PM

UPDATED Doctors are not able to get any wounded people out or any medicine in to this devastated city

A Syrian civil defence volunteer carries a wounded child following a reported airstrike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Qatirji in the northern city of Aleppo on July 23, 2016. Dozens of civilians died in bombardment across the country on July 23, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, and two civilians died in barrel bomb attacks in besieged parts of northern Aleppo city. / AFP PHOTO / Thaer Mohammed

Syrian regime besiege rebel parts of Aleppo

Jul 17, 2016 - 9:40 PM

UPDATED There are fears that hundreds of thousands of civilians living in the besieged neighborhoods may face starvation

Syrians and rescuers evacuate a wounded person following reported air strikes on July 16, 2016 in the rebel-controlled neighbourhood of Saleheen in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Air raids on rebel-held districts of Syria's battleground second city of Aleppo killed 19 civilians including children on Saturday, a monitor said.    / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

Raids on Syria market kill 21, hundreds flee ISIS bastion

Jun 13, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Several children are among the fatalities as air strikes hit the Syrian city of Idlib

A picture taken on June 12, 2016 shows Syrian Civil Defence members, known as the White Helmets, gather at a site following air strikes on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, on June 12, 2016.  Air strikes on a market in Syria's Al-Qaeda-held city of Idlib killed at least 21 civilians including five children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that it was not clear who carried out the raids on the northwestern city, which is controlled by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

Rebel fighters roll back ISIS in northern Syria

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:25 AM

The rebels reopen a key supply route linking Marea and Azaz their two main bastions in Aleppo

A man walks on the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held Shaar neighbourhood of the northern city Aleppo on June 8, 2016. Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods of the divided second city Aleppo killed at least 15 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.  The monitoring group said at least 10 of the dead came in strikes just outside the Al-Bayan clinic in the Shaar neighbourhood. / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

Thousands flee ISIS Syria stronghold as coalition closes in

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:00 AM

UPDATED The Arab Kurdish offensive on the town of Manbij is one of two major assaults on the route ISIS uses to send in more fighters weapons and money from the Turkish border to its main Syrian bastion of Raqa

Syrians walk through the rubble following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Qasr on June 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Baraa Al-Halabi

Humanitarian air drops: A complex, risky task

Jun 05, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Military experts cite the challenges involved in carrying out humanitarian air drops for those in besieged areas

epa05290068 Syrian residents sit on a ground during a humanitarian aid delivery by the Russian army in a village of Kaukab, Hama province, Syria, 04 May 2016. The United States and Russia have agreed to extend the cease-fire in Syria to the city of Aleppo, the US State Department reported on 04 May. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

UN says Syria aid drops not 'imminent' despite pleas

Jun 03, 2016 - 1:15 AM

Britain and France are calling for urgent aid for besieged Syrian towns particularly Daraya Moadamiyeh and Madaya

epa05097659 Syrians from the besieged town of Madaya leave towards the capital for treatment, in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, 11 January 2016. Three trucks carrying long-awaited food and medical supplies entered the Syrian town of Madaya on 11 January with Doctors without Borders (MSF) saying almost 30 people there have died of starvation after a months-long siege by government forces. At the same time, three aid trucks entered the isolated north-western Shiite villages of Foua and Kefraya, which have been besieged by hardline Islamist rebels, Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah said. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

Thousands flee ISIS offensive in northern Syria – monitor

May 29, 2016 - 8:00 PM

More than two dozen civilians have been killed in the Islamic State assault says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria's famous damask rose withered by war

May 17, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Exported to Europe for centuries the damask rose is one of the casualties in the Syrian conflict

A Syrian man picks Damask Roses (Rosa Damascena), which are used to make rose water, in the village of Marah, north of the capital Damascus, on May 11, 2016. Exported to Europe, especially during the Crusades, this ancient rose has been cultivated in other countries including France, Morocco, Iran and Turkey.  With its odor both rich and suave, the Damask rose, which grows naturally in May but can be grown throughout the year, is the most used for the production of essential oils and flower scented cosmetic products. / AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA

Aid convoy to Syria's besieged Daraya refused entry

May 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED The aid convoy was supposed to deliver baby milk as well as medical and school supplies says the Red Cross

Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016.  The Syrian army said late on May 4 that it had agreed to calls from Russia and the United States for a two-day truce in Aleppo that would begin from 1:00 am on May 5.  Renewed fighting in recent days, especially in and around Aleppo, had threatened the full collapse of the February 27 ceasefire agreement, a landmark in attempts to finally resolve a conflict that has left more than 270,000 dead. / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI

Global powers to discuss Syria in Vienna on May 17 – Moscow

May 11, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Russia co chair of the International Syria Support Group ISSG vows to redouble efforts to end the crisis

epa05292216 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to press following the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sochi, Russia, 06 May 2016. EPA/PAVEL GOLOVKIN/POOL

Revenge, despair pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks – study

May 04, 2016 - 8:50 PM

Young Syrian men say joining groups like the Islamic State gives them a strong sense of purpose honor and self worth

epa05276651 A handout picture made available by Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian policemen inspecting the site of bombing, at the entrance of al-Diabiyeh town in Damascus countryside , Syria, 25 April 2016. According to SANA, five civilians were killed and 20 others were injured in the car bombing.

Syria army readies Aleppo offensive as civilian toll rises

Apr 28, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Fresh clashes between rebels and regime forces in the Syrian city of Aleppo leave at least 38 civilians dead

A family walks amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 28, 2016. The death toll from an upsurge of fighting in Syria's second city Aleppo rose despite a plea by the UN envoy for the warring sides to respect a February ceasefire. / AFP PHOTO / AMEER ALHALBI

Army seizes key ISIS bastion in central Syria – state TV

Apr 03, 2016 - 9:10 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says however that clashes are still ongoing in about half of Al Qaryatain town

An image published by the media branch of the Islamic State group in the Damascus province (Welayat Dimashq) on August 21, 2015, allegedly shows IS jihadists using a bulldozer to destroy the ancient Syriac Catholic monastry of Mar Elian in the central Syrian town of Al-Qaryatain, which lies at the crossroads between IS territory in the eastern countryside of Homs and areas further west in the Qalamun area. Al-Qaryatain, which IS jihadists seized earlier this month, had a pre-war population of 18,000, including Sunni Muslims and around 2,000 Syriac Catholics and Orthodox Christians. AFP PHOTO / HO / WELAYAT DIMASHQ === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / WELAYAT DIMASHQ" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES, AFP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED === / AFP / WELAYAT DIMASHQ / -

1 in 3 Syrian children know nothing but war – UNICEF

Mar 14, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Millions of children have grown up too fast and way ahead of their time says UNICEF s Peter Salama

epa05135466 Syrian children pose for a photo at Azraq Syrian refugee camp, Jordan, 30 January 2016. Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour visited the camp days before the Fourth international donors' conference in London to discuss the refugee crisis and ways to support them and the host countries. EPA/JAMAL NASRALLAH

Syria talks: Global powers pull in many directions

Jan 31, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Interests of regional and global powers come into play as the crisis in Syria deepens

epa05133074 Protesters of Planet Syria wearing masks depicting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US President Barack Obama, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, from left, serve a siege soup on the start of Syrian Peace talks, during the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, 29 January 2016. Syria's long-awaited peace talks, set to start 29 January in Geneva, have been thrown in doubt as a Saudi-based opposition group appears hesistant to attend. The United Nations (UN) has said that the internationally backed negotiations will go ahead as scheduled. But the opposition's Saudi-based Higher Negotiations Committee said it would not go to Geneva and would hold further internal discussions in the capital Riyadh to make a final decision on participating in the UN-sponsored talks. EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI

New aid convoy enters besieged Syrian town

Jan 14, 2016 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross says 44 aid trucks carrying food and other supplies entered Madaya on Thursday January 14

A handout image dated January 11, 2016, made available by the International Committee of the Red Cross, showing a convoy of vehicles seen en route to Madaya, Syria. Pawel Krzysiek/ICRC/Handout/EPA

Aid trucks enter starvation-hit Syria town

Jan 12, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Residents of Madaya Syria say they have no food no water and no electricity

Turkish coastguard pick up 150 refugees in nighttime swoop

Dec 11, 2015 - 1:05 AM

Meanwhile Turkish prosecutors on Thursday December 11 demanded 35 year jail terms for two alleged people smugglers blamed for the death of a three year old boy which came to symbolize Syria s refugee crisis

Turkey warns Russia over air space violations from Syria

Oct 05, 2015 - 8:32 PM

NATO member Ankara protests to Moscow after its F 16 jets intercepted a Russian fighter plane that violated its air space near the Syrian border over the weekend forcing it to turn back