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U.S., Turkey launch joint patrols in northeast Syria

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:59 PM

A joint center of operations has been established as part of the agreement for a 'safe zone' between the Turkish border and the Syrian areas controlled by the YPG

JOINT PATROL. This picture taken on September 8, 2019 shows an US army helicopter flying over Turkish (R) and US (L) armored vehicles which take part in their first joint patrol under a deal reached between Washington and Ankara, at the border with Syria near Akcakale, in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey, U.S. agree 'joint operation center' for north Syria

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The agreement contains no details on the size and nature of the safe zone, but aims to provide some breathing room after Turkey had threatened an imminent attack on the Kurdish YPG group

SAFE HAVEN. A Syrian refugee girl weeps as families board busses returning to neighboring Syria on August 6, 2019, in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Syria army cuts off main town in Ghouta rebel enclave

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Meanwhile, Ankara-backed rebels advance against the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria

Turkish air strikes kill 36 pro-regime fighters in Syria's Afrin

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:11 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes on Kafr Janna were the third such raid on loyalist fighters in the enclave in less than 48 hours

Pressing Syria offensive, Turkey urges U.S. pullback

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand the offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to Manbij, east of Afrin

Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The launch comes despite warnings that the operation could be militarily tough against an already battle-hardened foe and complicate relations with both Washington and Moscow

WITH TURKEY'S BLESSING. Turkish-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army stand in the Tal Malid area, north of Aleppo, as they fire towards Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) positions in the village of Um al-Hosh, in the area of Afrin, on January 20, 2018. Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP

Erdogan: Turkey has 'de-facto' launched ground operation on Syria's Afrin

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Turkey has sent dozens of military vehicles and hundreds of troops to the border area amid repeated threats from top officials that an operation could be launched soon

RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ground operations to oust Kurdish militia in Syria has begun. Photo by Adem Altan/ AFP

Trump, Erdogan vow friendship despite anger at US arming Kurds

May 17, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Both leaders try to put a brave face on their differences and to renew a key alliance between NATO s leading power and its biggest Muslim member partners in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq

FRIENDSHIP. US President Donald Trump (right) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deliver their joint statements after a bilateral meeting at the White House on May 16, 2017. Screengrab from White House video

Turkey angered by U.S. move to arm Syrian Kurds

May 10, 2017 - 6:04 PM

The issue risks further stoking tensions between Ankara and Washington less than a week before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to Washington to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump

Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad, an enormous reservoir created by the Tabqa dam, on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Thousands flee Syria regime advance into east Aleppo

Nov 28, 2016 - 1:30 AM

It is the first exodus of its kind from east Aleppo since 2012 according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syrian displaced families arrive at a makeshit camp on November 27, 2016 in the government-held district of Jibreen in Aleppo, as civilians have fled the eastern part of the city in the past 24 hours as regime forces advance against rebel-held districts. / AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN

Battle for ISIS-held Mosul nears ancient site

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Troops and allied militia are moving forward on two villages close to ancient Nimrud

Iraqi forces flash the V-sign from their vehicle as they hold a position near the village of Arbid on the southern outskirts of Mosul on November 9, 2016, during the ongoing military operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Coalition strike 'kills 20 civilians' near ISIS-held Raqa

Nov 10, 2016 - 1:35 PM

The Syrian Democratic Forces the militia alliance that Washington is supporting in the assault denies the civilian deaths

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, are seen near the Syrian town of Ain Issa, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Raqa, the Islamic State group (IS)'s de facto Syrian capital, after the SDF alliance launched an offencive to retake the IS stronghold, on November 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

US-backed forces launch assault on Syrian ISIS 'capital'

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:55 AM

The operation to liberate Raqa dubbed Wrath of the Euphrates involves some 30 000 fighters

Jihan Sheikh Ahmed (C), a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), holds a press conference in the town of Ain Issa, some 50 kilometres north of Raqa, on November 6, 2016, to announce that the US-backed alliance has began a long-awaited operation to capture the Islamic State group's de facto Syrian capital Raqa. "The major battle to liberate Raqa and its surroundings has begun," Jihan Sheikh Ahmed said at the press conference in Ain Issa. The operation, dubbed "The Wrath of the Euphrates," comes as Iraqi forces backed by the US-led coalition press an assault to take the jihadist group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

More Turkish tanks enter Syria in new front – state media

Sep 03, 2016 - 10:38 PM

This is Ankara s most ambitious operation during the five and a half year Syria conflict

NEW FRONT. Turkish military tanks are seen during clashes between Turkish soldiers and Islamic State group fighters, 20 km west of the Turkish-Syrian border town of Karkamis, in the southern region of Gaziantep, on September 3, 2016. Bulent Kilic/AFP

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

Russia pledges more Syria raids, opposition sets truce terms

Feb 21, 2016 - 1:09 AM

Russia pledges to continue to back Syrian government forces again ‘terrorism’ while UN led ceasefire talks scheduled for Saturday have been moved to an unspecified date

AFTERMATH. Syrian boys run past a destroyed field hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 29 October 2015 by forces loyal to the Syrian government. File photo by Mohammed Badra / EPA

Turkey: Russian bombings in Syria 'barbaric'

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says the bombings have killed innocent civilians

A picture shows the rubble of a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) near Maaret al-Numan, in Syria's northern province of Idlib, on February 15, 2016, after the building was hit by suspected Russian air strikes.  MSF confirmed in a statement that a hospital supported by the aid group in Idlib province was "destroyed in air strikes". / AFP / STRINGER

NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over ISIS

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:26 AM

The rare meeting held at Turkey s request comes as an uncompromising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could not continue negotiations with the Kurds amid attacks on Turkish targets

SOLIDARITY. Flags of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries fly in front of the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. Julien Warnand/EPA

US, Turkey join forces to drive ISIS from Syria

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:27 AM

The potentially game changing accord with the US is revealed as Turkey fuels the growing anger of its Kurdish minority

ON GUARD. Turkish soldiers guard near Turkish-Syria border line after renewed attack by Islamic State in Kobane, Syria, 25 June 2015. Stringer/EPA

Turkey shells Kurdish-held Syria village – Kurdish fighters

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:01 PM

The shelling comes after Turkey carried out air strikes against the Islamic State ISIS group in Syria but also hit Kurdish forces it considers terrorists in northern Iraq

ON THE LOOKOUT. Turkish tanks patrol near Syria border line near Elbeyli, near Kilis, southeastern Turkey, July 24, 2015. Deniz Toprak/EPA

ISIS suffers 'biggest setback' as Kurds take Syria border town

Jun 16, 2015 - 8:56 PM

Kurdish fighters seize control of a key border town from ISIS cutting a major supply line in the biggest setback yet for the jihadists in Syria

FREE. A Syrian child fleeing the war is lifted over border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 14, 2015. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP

Kurds advance towards ISIS-held Syria border town

Jun 11, 2015 - 11:04 PM

The town is a key target for the Kurds who want to free up the route between Kobane to the west and Qamishli further east along the Turkish border

ISIS launches assault on key northeast Syria city

May 30, 2015 - 10:56 PM

Syria s official news agency SANA reports loyalist forces had foiled a terrorist attack by ISIS on military points near Hasakeh

ISIS jihadists 'seize parts of key Syrian town'

Oct 06, 2014 - 8:46 PM

UPDATED Islamic State ISIS jihadists penetrated the key Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border Monday October 6 and seized three districts in the city s east after fierce fighting with its Kurdish defenders

DISPLACED. A Syrian Kurdish woman waits in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey after mortars hit both sides on October 2, 2014. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP