• Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Blast in Syrian Town Held by Turkey-Backed Gunmen Kills 13

    A car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey on Saturday killing 13 people, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said about 20 others were wounded when the bomb exploded in central Tal Abyad, which was captured last month by Turkey-backed opposition gunmen from Kurdish-led fighters. The ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the attack,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Blast in Syrian Town Held by Turkey-Backed Gunmen Kills 13

    A car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey on Saturday killing 13 people, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said about 20 others were wounded when the bomb exploded in central Tal Abyad, which was captured last month by Turkey-backed opposition gunmen from Kurdish-led fighters. The ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the attack,...

  • Donald Trump Oct 24, 2019

    Syria Says Turkish-Led Forces Attacked Its Troops

    Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters, the state news agency in Damascus and a war monitoring group said. The fighting underscored the risks of violence as multiple and often opposing armed forces jostle for new positions in the tight quarters of...

  • America Oct 23, 2019

    Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey, Says Cease-Fire is ‘Permanent'

    President Donald Trump says Turkey informed him the cease-fire between Turkey and the Kurds in Northern Syria is now “permanent,” and the U.S. will lift sanctions against Turkey.

  • Donald Trump Oct 17, 2019

    Syrian Forces Enter Key Border Town, Blocking Turkish Plans

    Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a “safe zone” free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad also pointed to a dramatic shift in northeastern Syria:...

  • Donald Trump Oct 16, 2019

    Russia Moves to Fill Void Left by US in Northern Syria

    Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its Western allies. Now in its seventh day, Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish fighters has caused...

  • Associated Press Oct 14, 2019

    Turkish Military Convoy Crosses Into Syria

    A Turkish military convoy carrying tanks and additional soldiers crossed into Syria Monday. Syrian troops, meanwhile, entered several northern towns and villages near the border as Turkey’s army marched south, raising concerns of clashes.

  • Donald Trump Oct 13, 2019

    Turkish Forces Say They've Captured Key Syrian Border Town

    Turkey’s military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago, with no sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism. Turkish troops entered central Ras al-Ayn, according to Turkey’s Defense Ministry and a war monitor group. The ministry tweeted: “Ras al-Ayn’s residential...

  • Donald Trump Oct 10, 2019

    Turkey Launches Offensive Against Kurdish Fighters in Syria After Trump Calls for US Troop Withdrawal

    Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday announced the start of the campaign, which followed an abrupt...

  • Donald Trump Oct 9, 2019

    Turkey Says It Won't Bow to US Threat Over Its Syria Plans

    Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won’t bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump’s warning to limit the scope of its expected assault. Trump said earlier this week the United States would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on Syrian Kurdish fighters,...

  • Associated Press Oct 8, 2019

    Trump Defends Decision to Abandon Kurdish Allies in Syria

    President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility. Trump declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds,...

  • Associated Press Oct 8, 2019

    Trump Defends Decision to Pull U.S. Forces From Syria

    President Donald Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. forces from Northern Syria.

  • Iraq Oct 7, 2019

    For Kurds, US Pull-Back Feels Like Being Abandoned Once More

    For Syria’s Kurds, the United States’ abrupt pull-back from positions in northeast Syria carries a sharp sting, reviving the community’s memories over being abandoned in the past by the Americans and other international allies on whose support they had pinned their aspirations. The Kurdish-led forces have been the U.S.’ partner in fighting the Islamic State group for nearly four years....

  • Iraq Sep 1, 2019

    Israel, Hezbollah Engage in Brief, Intense Fighting

    Hezbollah militants on Sunday fired a barrage of anti-tank missiles into Israel, prompting a reprisal of heavy Israeli artillery fire in a rare burst of fighting between the bitter enemies. Although the shooting quickly subsided without casualties on either side, the situation remained volatile. The bitter enemies, which fought a monthlong war in 2006, have indicated they do not want...

  • army Aug 13, 2019

    Syria's Aleppo Symbol of Assad's Wins and of Enduring War

    Members of the al-Ali family were walking home from shopping when several shells slammed into the busy street on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The blast tore through them, killing 2-year-old Salam and one of her cousins, and incinerated a car nearby with a woman and her infant daughter inside. It was one of multiple attacks...

  • Mayor Jun 26, 2019

    Lebanese Town Bans Muslims From Buying, Renting Property

    Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut. The 27-year-old journalist called the number and asked the owner when they could drop by to take a look. He was stunned by her response: Muslims are not allowed to settle in the town, she said. The...

  • Donald Trump May 27, 2019

    Iraq Offers to Mediate in Crisis Between Its Allies Iran, US

    Iraq offered to mediate in the crisis between its two key allies, the United States and Iran, amid escalating Middle East tensions and as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers steadily unravels. Iraqi foreign minister, Mohammed al-Hakim, made the offer Sunday during a joint news conference in Baghdad with visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. “We are trying to help...

  • Donald Trump May 20, 2019

    Reports: Iran Quadruples Production of Enriched Uranium

    Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter. Iranian officials made a point to stress that the uranium would be enriched only to the 3.67% limit set under the 2015 nuclear deal with world...

  • Germany May 20, 2019

    Rocket Attack Hits Baghdad's Green Zone

    A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone Sunday night, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy, an Iraqi military spokesman said. The apparent attack, which Iraq’s state-run news agency said did not cause any casualties, came amid heightened tensions across the Persian Gulf, after the White House ordered warships and bombers to...

  • Donald Trump May 14, 2019

    US Assessment Blames Iran for Ship Attacks; No Major Damage

    Four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Gulf officials described as sabotage, though satellite images obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday showed no major visible damage to the vessels. Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker on Sunday remained unclear, and Gulf officials have declined to say...

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