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Bombings kill six civilians in Syria's main Kurdish city

Kamishli - Three simultaneous bombings killed at least six civilians Monday in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the latest attack to target the de-facto capital of the country's embattled Kurdish minority.

Car bomb kills 8 in Syria, Turkey says

Istanbul - A car bomb in Syria killed eight people and wounded more than 20 on Sunday in the sector in the north of the country currently under Turkey's control, Ankara said.

US military ops in Syria getting complicated for Washington

Washington - The Pentagon is facing tough questions about the US military's role in Syria. Troops are now limited to a smaller, tougher to defend zone, and focused on protecting oil fields that legally belong to Damascus.

Kurds hurl rocks at Russian-Turkish Syria patrol

Kurdish protesters hurled rocks Friday at Turkish military vehicles in northeastern Syria during a patrol in which one civilian died when he was run over by a personnel carrier.

At least 13 dead in car bomb in Syrian border town

Kamishli - A car bomb killed at least 13 people in a Turkish-held border town in northeast Syria Saturday, as thousands of Kurds in the wider region protested against "Turkish occupation".

Turkey begins joint patrols with Russia in northern Syria

Tanriverdi - Turkey started joint patrols with Russia in northern Syria Friday to verify whether Kurdish forces have withdrawn from a key border zone in compliance with a deal reached between Ankara and Moscow.

Iraqi Kurds boycott Turkish goods after Syria assault

Sulaimania - Shopkeepers in Iraq's Kurdish region have been responding to activists' calls to boycott Turkish goods in protest at Ankara's assault on Kurdish forces in neighbouring Syria.

Syria's Assad says he does not want Turkey as an 'enemy'

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Thursday said he did not want to make an "enemy" of neighbouring Turkey despite the stand-off between their forces in the north of the country.

'Best bad option': Syria Kurds brace for regime return

Kamishli - In Qamishli, the de-facto capital of Syria's embattled Kurdish minority, the future looks uncertain and shoppers at the market say they have no good options left."What scares me most is that nothing is clear.

Turkey-Russia joint patrols in Syria to start Friday: Erdogan

Ankara - Joint Turkish-Russian patrols will start in Syria on Friday, Turkey's president has said, after the Kremlin said Syrian Kurdish fighters had withdrawn under a deal between Ankara and Moscow.

Syrian and Turkish armies in deadly border clash

Beirut - The armies of Syria and Turkey traded deadly fire Tuesday for the first time since Ankara launched an anti-Kurdish offensive in early October, as Russia announced Kurdish forces had withdrawn from the border area.

Damascus, Ankara in first border zone clash: monitor

Beirut - Syrian government forces and the Turkish military clashed on Tuesday for the first time since Ankara launched an offensive in northeastern Syria three weeks ago, a war monitor said.

Erdogan says will clear 'terrorists' from Syria border if Sochi deal fails

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey would "clear terrorists" on its border in northern Syria if Syrian Kurdish militia did not withdraw by the end of a deadline agreed with Russia.

Moscow, Damascus deploy forces to Syria-Turkey border

Kamishli - Damascus and Moscow deployed extra forces Friday to Syria's border with Turkey, even as Washington partially reversed a drawback to boost its own military presence near key Syrian oil fields.

NGOs claim Turkey forcibly deported refugees to Syria

Istanbul - Human rights organisations on Friday accused Turkey of "forcibly" deporting refugees to war-torn Syria in the months leading up to its military incursion in the neighbouring country.

Kurdish forces start Syria-Turkey border pullback

Kamishli - Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria left several positions along the extensive border with Turkey on Thursday, complying with a deal that sees Damascus, Ankara and Moscow carve up their now-defunct autonomous region.

Trump lifts Turkey sanctions, quits 'blood-stained' Syria

Washington - President Donald Trump ended sanctions against Turkey on Wednesday, drawing a line under American involvement in "blood-stained" Syria, as Turkish and Russian troops seized territory previously held by US troops and their beleaguered Kurdish allies.

The winners and losers after Syria deals

Istanbul - After deals negotiated with both the United States and Russia which put an end to its offensive in Syria, Turkey has won a key demand: the removal of Kurdish fighters from along its border.

More than 100 Islamic State prisoners have escaped in Syria: US envoy

Washington - More than 100 prisoners of the Islamic State extremist movement have escaped in Syria in the chaos since Turkey's incursion, a senior US official said Wednesday."We would say the number is now over 100.

Russian forces head for Syrian-Turkish border in blow to Kurds

Kamishli - Russian forces in Syria headed for the border with Turkey Wednesday to ensure Kurdish fighters pull back after a deal between Moscow and Ankara wrested control of the Kurds' entire heartland.

In Iraq refuge, Syrian Kurds curse Trump and Erdogan

"May God avenge us against Trump and Erdogan" is a common refrain among the thousands of Syrian Kurds who have taken refuge in Iraq since Turkey's assault on their homes.

Russia-Turkey deal shatters Syria Kurd dreams of self-rule

Beirut - A Turkish-Russian deal signed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi that carves up northeastern Syria sounds the death knell for Kurdish autonomy, analysts say.

Erdogan hails 'historic agreement' with Putin over Syria

Sochi - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hailed "a historic agreement" with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to push back Syrian Kurdish fighters from a safe zone along the border, after hours of talks between the two leaders over the co...

In Syria hospital, Kurdish fighters determined despite burns

Tanriverdi - In a hospital in northeastern Syria, a nurse tends to a Kurdish fighter recovering from burns to his face sustained in battle against advancing Turkish troops.

Turkey outlines 'safe zone' plan ahead of key deadline

Ankara - Turkey outlined Monday its plans for a 120-kilometre "safe zone" in Syria on the eve of a key withdrawal deadline, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the West of "standing by terrorists".

Turkish offensive violates international law: German FM

Berlin - Turkey's offensive in northeastern Syria falls foul of international law, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday.

Kurdish fighters leave besieged Syria town

Ceylanpinar - Dozens of Kurdish fighters left a Turkish-besieged town in northern Syria Sunday, in what appeared to be the start of a wider withdrawal under a ceasefire deal.

US forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria

US forces withdrew from a key base in northern Syria Sunday, a monitor said, two days before the end of a US-brokered truce to stem a Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in the region.

Turkey urges US to use 'leverage' to get Kurdish force pullout: AFP interview

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday urged the United States to use its "leverage" over Syrian Kurdish forces to ensure an orderly pullout under an agreement reached with Washington, a presidential spokesman told AFP.

Turkey urges US to use 'leverage' to ensure Kurdish force pullout: AFP interview 

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday urged the United States to use its "leverage" over Syrian Kurdish forces to ensure an orderly pullout under an agreement reached with Washington, the presidency spokesman said.
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