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French FM holds Iraq talks on IS prisoners in Syria

Baghdad - France's top diplomat held talks in Baghdad on Thursday about transferring foreign jihadists from northern Syria, where a Turkish offensive has triggered fears of mass jailbreaks, to be tried in Iraq.

Trump Twitter photo attack backfires as Pelosi owns it

Washington - President Donald Trump's Twitter attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following an acrimonious White House meeting appears to have backfired spectacularly.

Turkey assault in NE Syria displaced 300,000: monitor

Beirut - Turkey's week-old offensive against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria has displaced more than 300,000 people, a war monitor said Thursday.

Syria's heroic underground female medics hailed in 'The Cave'

Los Angeles - Oscar-nominated Syrian director Feras Fayyad has risked his life to chronicle the atrocities of the Assad regime, and suffered torture in prison because of his films.

US's Pence and Pompeo head to Turkey seeking ceasefire

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departed for Turkey on Wednesday, seeking to secure a ceasefire in the Turkish invasion of northern Syria.

Trump defends Syria pullout, condemned by House in bipartisan vote

Washington - President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended as "strategically brilliant" his decision to pull US troops out of Syria as the House of Representatives overwhelmingly condemned the move in a rare bipartisan rebuke.

US demands Syria ceasefire but Turkey defiant

Ceylanpinar - US President Donald Trump has dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Turkey to demand a ceasefire in Syria, as Ankara rebuffed international pressure to curb its deadly offensive against Kurdish forces.

Trump official vows Syria pullout won't impact Iran

Washington - A senior US administration official insisted Wednesday that President Donald Trump's pullout from Syria will not change his hard line on Iran, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey operation creates headaches for NATO

Apo - Turkey's Syria offensive has created fresh divisions within NATO and, while there is no chance of Ankara being thrown out, the crisis adds to pressures on the alliance as it heads towards a crucial summit in December.

IS prisoners in NE Syria: What we know

Beirut - The prospect that thousands of the world's most fanatic jihadists could break out in the chaos caused by Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria is causing widespread alarm.

Syria troops fight Turkish forces alongside Kurds: monitor

Beirut - The Syrian army deployed alongside Kurdish forces on the front line in northern Syria Wednesday but their newfound cooperation saw no let-up in the week-old Turkish invasion, a monitor said.

Macron, Merkel meet to harmonise positions before EU summit

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron will hold talks Wednesday with Germany's Angela Merkel for the second time in a week to chart a united front on issues ranging from Brexit to Syria ahead of this week's EU summit.

Germany urges 'restraint' after Turks and Kurds clash on streets

Berlin - German authorities on Tuesday appealed to Turkish and Kurdish communities to avoid echoing the Middle Eastern conflict, after clashes between the two groups over Ankara's offensive in northeastern Syria.

Turkey slams 'dirty deal' between Syria's Assad and Kurdish forces

Istanbul - Turkey dismissed global opposition to its military operation in Syria on Tuesday and slammed a "dirty deal" between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and Kurdish forces as US troops began their withdrawal from the battle zone.

Syria's Kurds, US allies of convenience, left in the lurch

Washington - Syria's Kurds, abandoned by President Donald Trump, were always allies of convenience for the United States, expendable when it comes to the strategic relationship with NATO ally Turkey, according to regional experts and US officials.

Snapshot of the day's main events in northern Syria

Beirut - Kurdish fighters were mounting a desperate defence of the northeastern Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain on Tuesday, battling Turkish forces seeking to set up a buffer zone in the region.

Berlin urges 'restraint' after Turkish-Kurdish clashes in Germany

Berlin - German authorities on Tuesday appealed to its Turkish and Kurdish communities to avoid echoing the Middle Eastern conflict, after clashes between the two groups over Ankara's offensive in northeastern Syria.

Burying their dead, Syria's Kurds blast US 'betrayal'

Kamishli - Burying fighters killed in a nearly week-long battle against Turkish forces in northern Syria, the country's Kurdish minority denounced a "betrayal" by US allies that paved the way for Ankara's offensive.

Foreign aid in northeast Syria fully halted: Kurds

Kamishli - The week-old Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria has forced all international non-governmental organisations to leave the area, a statement from the Kurdish authorities said Tuesday.

Turkish families flee Kurdish mortars

Viransehir - The day before Turkey began its Syria offensive had been like any other day for Ayse, making bread at home while the children played outside in the sweltering heat.

Syria Kurds defend key town as Turkey ignores US

- Kurdish fighters put up fierce resistance Tuesday to Turkish forces battling to seize a key town in northeastern Syria, as the violence forced international aid organisations to halt their activities.

Syria Kurds keep Turkey at bay in border town: monitor

Beirut - Syria's Kurds put up stiff resistance Tuesday around an ethnically divided border town that is a key goal of Ankara's nearly week-old invasion, a war monitor reported.

Warning Turkey, Trump authorizes sanctions and slaps steel tariffs

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday authorized sanctions on Turkey's leaders, reimposed steel tariffs and ended talks on a trade deal, seeking to punish the historic ally for its deadly offensive into Syria.

Trump authorizes sanctions, slaps steel tariffs on Turkey

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday authorized sanctions on Turkey's leaders, reimposed steel tariffs and ended trade negotiations to protest Ankara's offensive into Syria.

Trump authorizes sanctions, slaps steel tariffs on Turkey

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday authorized sanctions on Turkey's leaders, reimposed steel tariffs and ended trade negotiations to protest Ankara's offensive into Syria.

In one fell swoop, Trump throws US goals in Syria into disarray

Washington - Since the outbreak of Syria's brutal civil war, the United States has stated several objectives -- destroying Islamic State extremists, easing from power President Bashar al-Assad and limiting Iran's influence.

EU condemns Turkey over Syria, but no formal arms ban

Luxembourg - The EU on Monday condemned Turkey's assault on Kurdish forces in northern Syria but stopped short of imposing a formal arms embargo, as urged by some countries.

US troops in northern Syria ordered to leave country: US official

Washington - The Pentagon has begun removing all its troops in northern Syria, a US official said Monday, after President Donald Trump ordered them to leave in the face of Turkey's attacks on Kurds in the area.

Trump: Turkey faces 'big sanctions' over Syria actions

Washington - US President Donald Trump warned Monday that Turkey faces imminent sanctions over its incursion into northeastern Syria against Kurdish militia, but also signalled that Washington would avoid armed conflict with Ankara."Big sanctions on Turkey coming!

For Syria Kurds, the end of autonomy?

Beirut - After years of working towards autonomy, Syria's Kurds have been dropped by their US ally and forced to call in the Damascus regime to stem a six-day Turkish offensive.
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