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US sends more troops and military vehicles into Syria

After US confrontations with Syrian and Russian forces the US is increasing its presence in Syria sending more troops as well as military vehicles into the country.

US and Russian MRAP vehicles collide in Syria

On Tuesday, some in the media were speculating on what would happen should US and Russian forces have a confrontation in Syria. On Wednesday a US and a Russian vehicle collided near Dayrick Syria causing mild injuries to four US soldiers.

Israeli drones attack a vehicle near Syria Lebanon border

Israeli drones fired two missiles at a vehicle in southern Syria on Wednesday near the border between Syria and Lebanon. Israel said the attack target Hezbollah member. Early reports claim there were no Hezbollah casualties.

Egypt to provide military assistance to the Kurds in Syria

Since the US has pulled its support from the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Force(SDF) in Syria, Turkish forces have advance into Syria and driven them out of some areas of Syria's northeast. The Turks also support jihadist rebels in Idlib province.

Ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province appears to be holding

Last week's ceasefire between Assad forces backed by Russia and jihadist forces backed by Turkey in Idlib held for the most part through the weekend according to the Turkish Defense Minister. However, he threatened retaliation if the deal was violated.

Russia and Turkey agree to a ceasefire in Idlib province Syria

Russia and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib that will begin at midnight local time. The ceasefire may be just in time to avoid escalation of conflict in the province into a major conflict.

Rebels hope to close down M5 highway in Syria again

Only days are a Syrian Army offensive cleared rebels from parts of the key M5 highway opening it to traffic, the Syrian jihadist rebels supported by Turkey hope to be able to take the town of Sarageb blocking the highway once again.

Turkey claims 50 Syrian soldiers killed in retaliatory attacks

Clashes in Syria's Idlib Province have increased Thursday as Turkish forces attacked Syrian Army forces. The Turks claim to have killed over 50 Syrian soldiers. Turkish officials said their attacks were in retaliation for Syria's killing of two soldiers.

Syrian rebels try to regain some ground lost to Syrian Army

Turkish-supported rebels in Syria have begun a new counter-offensive in Aleppo Province during the weekend to try to regain territory that had been won by the Assad government forces in recent weeks.

Turkey threatens to resume offensive in Syria if YPG not removed

On Monday Mevlut Cavusoglu accused both the US and Russia of failing to abide by their respective ceasefires and of failing to expel the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) from the safe zone along the Turkey Syria border.

Drone footage shows Turkey-backed rebels in possible war crimes

US military officials claim that during the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, US drone feeds show that Turkish-backed rebels were attacking civilians in Kurdish-controlled area.

Turkish forces clash with Syrian troops near town of Ras al-Ayn

Heavy fighting has erupted last weekend near the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn in northern Syria. Turkish forces and those of the Syrian government have been fighting with at least four Syrian troops being killed and several others wounded.

Op-Ed: US ground troops will not be involved in policing Syria ceasefire

The United States is proceeding with its withdrawal from northeast Syria. The Pentagon said on Friday that no US ground troops will help enforce the ceasefire agreement that was recently negotiated with Turkey.

Op-Ed: Turkey and US agree to a problematic ceasefire in Syria

Just one day after Turkish President Erdogan claimed there was no possibility of a ceasefire in northern Syria where his forces have invaded to create a 30 km "safe zone", US Vice-President Pence announced the US and Turkey reached a 120 hour ceasefire.

Op-Ed: Syrian Kurds may open talks with Assad and the Russians

Kurdish authorities in northern Syria may open talks with the Assad government and Russia in order to fill a security vacuum should there be a full withdrawal of US forces from the Syrian border with Turkey.

Op-Ed: US Syria withdrawal — What happens next?

Washington - The United States military withdrawal from Syria has drawn universal condemnation from everyone but Vladimir Putin. The odd, mistimed strategy may have some very strange, and hideous, consequences.

Syrian Kurds will not be required to return US weapons for now

Jim Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, said that the US will continue to provide weapons to Kurdish fighters in Syria even after the Islamic State has been ousted from its last main stronghold in Syria Raqqa.

Op-Ed: US warns that Assad may be planning a chemical attack in Syria

Washington - The US White House said on Monday that US intelligence had observed potential preparations for a similar attack similar to those observed prior to an attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhhoun last April blamed on Assad.

U.N. blasts 'staggering' loss of life from U.S. bombing of Raqqa

United Nations human rights investigators on Wednesday condemned the "staggering loss of civilian life" caused by U.S.-led air strikes in and around Raqqa, Syria.

Monitor: U.S.-led coalition killing the most Syrian civilians

For the second straight month, the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) killed more Syrian civilians than IS, dictator Bashar al-Assad's forces or Russian air strikes, according to a leading monitor group.

106 Syrian civilians — 47 children — die in U.S. air strikes

In what is likely the deadliest incident in the nearly three-year U.S.-led bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria, 106 civilians — including 47 children — died in multiple strikes on a town in Deir Ezzor province.

Op-Ed: Turkish airstrikes on Kurds in Iraq and Syria anger U.S.

After Turkey carried out a series of airstrikes against Kurdish allies in Syria and Iraq, US officials expressed deep concern. Turkish warplanes attacked targets both in northern Syria and also near Singar Iraq.

Rebels drive Islamic State militants from large desert area

Large areas of southern Syria near the Jordanian border have been seized by Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups from the Islamic State (IS)

Op-Ed: Turks demand U.S. air support for operation in Syria

The Turks allow the U.S. to launch operations against the Islamic State from an airbase in Incirlik but in return they have of late expected that the U.S. would provide air support for the Turkish military operations inside of Syria.

Trump may end covert CIA support for Syrian rebels

Washington D.c. - In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, President-elect Donald Trump suggested that he was likely to end the U.S. policy of supporting "moderate" rebel groups.

"Cat man" of Aleppo operates sanctuary in besieged city

Aleppo - As thousands of people are fleeing from eastern Aleppo to avoid the fighting many leave their pet cats. Aleppo resident, Mohammed Aljaleel noticed that the number of cats without owners was increasing.

Op-Ed: Were there deliberate attempts to wreck the Syrian peace deal?

The recent ceasefire negotiated by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, created tension between the U.S. Pentagon and the Department of State.

U.S. and Russia increasing cooperation on Syria

Moscow - John Kerry U.S. Secretary of State said on July 15 that Russia and the U.S. had agreed to cooperate in Syria against the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

Islamic State counter-attacks regain some ground in Syria

Damascus - The recent US-backed offensive against the IS-held strategic city of Manbij was reported as having reached the edge of the city. However on the morning of June 20, the offensive suffered a serious setback.

Iran allegedly sending child soldiers to Syria Special

The National Council of Resistance of Iran claims the Iranian government is encouraging Iranian children to join the war effort and to fight to save Bashir Assad's regime in Syria.
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October 3  2012 - Aleppo  Syria:  A series of car bombs detonated in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri...
October 3, 2012 - Aleppo, Syria: A series of car bombs detonated in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in Aleppo, destroy an Officer's Club, hotel and a cafe. At least 44 are killed and 122 are wounded. The al-Qaida-linked al-Nursa Front claimed responsibility for the attack.
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
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A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
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Russia's Defence Ministry released images showing an airstrike carried out by its warplanes on ...
Russia's Defence Ministry released images showing an airstrike carried out by its warplanes on an Islamic State facility in the Syrian province of Idlib
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Free Syrian Army soldier walking among rubble in Aleppo.jpg
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A portrait of Bashir al-Assad among the trash in al-Qsair.
A portrait of Bashir al-Assad among the trash in al-Qsair.
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Anti-riot police in central Damascus  Jan. 16  2012.
Anti-riot police in central Damascus, Jan. 16, 2012.
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Syrian rebels
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists  who were killed during what ac...
People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
With permission by Reuters / Bassam Khabieh
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Doctors and medical staff treating injured rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo
Doctors and medical staff treating injured rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo
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In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network  U.N. investigators gather poten...
In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, U.N. investigators gather potential evidence in a Damascus suburb, August 28, 2013
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Syrian child refugees in Lebanon
Syrian child refugees in Lebanon
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File photo: An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube  allegedly shows a tank from forces...
File photo: An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube, allegedly shows a tank from forces loyal to the Syrian government being hit by a projectile in the town of Izaz, on the Turkish-Syrian border
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Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
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Kamal Hamami  aka Abu Basir  was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission ...
Kamal Hamami, aka Abu Basir, was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission in Turkmen mountains
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In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network  ENN  Syrians search under rubble to...
In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, Syrians search under rubble to rescue people from houses that were destroyed by a Syrian government warplane in Idlib province, August 30, 2013
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Residents pick up after aerial bombings by government forces in the rebel-held Azaz section of Alepp...
Residents pick up after aerial bombings by government forces in the rebel-held Azaz section of Aleppo, August 16, 2012.
Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria.
A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas i...
A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013
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