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Fear grips Syria city seized from Kurds by Turkish-backed rebels

- From kidnappings for ransom to armed robberies and torture: residents of Syria's Afrin region say they are suffering a litany of abuses at the hands of Turkish-backed rebels.

Displaced from Ghouta, Syrians seek refuge in emptied Afrin

- Displaced from her home in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, Umaima al-Sheikh and her family sought refuge in an abandoned house across the country in Afrin.

Hundreds of Syria Kurds rally to demand Turkey withdrawal

Kamishli - Hundreds demonstrated in Syria's northeastern city of Qamishli on Saturday, in response to a call by Kurdish authorities for global protests against Turkey's military presence in the flashpoint Afrin region.

Evacuated Syria rebels, civilians head to Afrin

Afrine - Syrian rebels and civilians bussed out of an area near Damascus were heading Sunday to a northwestern pocket of the country held by pro-Turkish forces, a monitor and rebel sources said.

Syria Kurds mark grim Nowruz after fleeing Afrin

Alibey - With tears in her eyes, Rasheeda Ali said she would not celebrate the Kurdish New Year this week after she and her family were forced to flee under fire from Syria's Afrin.

Father urges govt to help bring dead daughter back from Syria

London - The father of a British woman killed fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria during a Turkish-led offensive has accused the government of lacking "proactivity" in helping repatriate her body.

Red Cross chief urges access to Syria's Afrin

Geneva - The head of the international Red Cross called Monday for access to civilians in the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin, warning Turkish aid workers lacked credibility after Ankara-led forces took the city.

British woman killed fighting alongside Kurds in Syria's Afrin

Beirut - A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in the Syrian region of Afrin was killed in the Turkish-led offensive on the area, a spokeswoman for the forces said Monday.

Syrian opposition, Kurds condemn Afrin looting

- Syria opposition leaders and Kurdish officials on Monday condemned reported looting by Turkish-led forces who seized the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin the previous day.

What does Turkey's seizure of Afrin mean for Syria war?

Beirut - The capture of Afrin from the Kurds by Turkish-led fighters on Sunday could have major repercussions for Syria's protracted war.

Pro-Turkish forces pillage Afrin after taking Syrian city

- Syrian Turkish-backed forces went on the rampage in Afrin on Sunday, pillaging shops and homes after taking control of the northern city, AFP correspondents and a monitor said.

Turkish-led forces in control of Syria's Afrin city: AFP

- Turkish forces and their rebel allies were in control of the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin in northwestern Syria on Sunday, AFP journalists on the ground reported.

Turkey's Erdogan says Afrin city centre under 'total' control

Istanbul - Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have taken "total" control of the centre of Afrin, a Kurdish-majority city in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

More than 200,000 civilians flee Syria's Afrin in three days: monitor

Beirut - More than 200,000 civilians have fled the city of Afrin in northern Syria in less than three days to escape a Turkish-led military offensive against a Kurdish militia, a war monitor said Saturday.

Turkish fire on Syria's Afrin kills 18 civilians: monitor

Beirut - Turkish artillery fire on the Kurdish-majority enclave of Afrin in northern Syria killed at least 18 civilians on Friday, a monitor said.

As Turkey draws near, Syria's Afrin braces for siege, tough fight

- With Turkish-led forces nearly surrounding Syria's Afrin city, some panicked residents are attempting to flee, others are stocking food fearing a siege, and Kurdish fighters are digging in for a tough fight.

Turkish raids kill 10 Syria regime loyalists near Afrin: monitor

Beirut - Turkish bombing raids killed 10 fighters loyal to the Syrian government on Wednesday at a checkpoint they were manning near the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, a monitor said.

Hundreds flee Turkish advance on Afrin city: monitor

Beirut - Hundreds of civilians fled a Turkish-led advance on Syria's Kurdish-majority city of Afrin on Monday, a monitor said.

Kurdish protesters clash with police at German airport, disrupt UK stations

Berlin - Pro-Kurdish demonstrators staged protests against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria on Sunday scuffling with Turks and German police at Duesseldorf airport, while in Britain they temporarily closed two train stations, authorities said.

Turkish-backed rebels advance on Kurdish-held Syrian town

Beirut - Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels battling Kurdish militia in northern Syria advanced on Saturday to less than two kilometres from the flashpoint town of Afrin, a war monitor said.

Pro-Turkey forces seize key Syria town from Kurds: monitor

B - Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels on Thursday took control of the key northern town of Jandairis from Kurdish militia, a monitor said.

US-backed Syria force to redeploy 1,700 from IS fight to Afrin

Ak - A US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters announced on Tuesday it would redeploy around 1,700 members from front lines against the Islamic State group to a Kurdish enclave under Turkish attack.

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

Beirut - Turkish air strikes killed at least 36 pro-regime fighters backing Kurdish militia in Syria's northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin on Saturday, a monitoring group said.

Turkish strikes kill 14 Damascus loyalists in Kurd enclave: monitor

Beirut - Turkish air strikes have killed at least 14 fighters deployed by the Syrian government in support of Kurds battling Turkish-led rebels in the northwestern enclave of Afrin, a monitor said Friday.

Seeking safety, Syrians pile up in shared flats in Afrin

- Day and night, the members of seven displaced families file in and out of the single bathroom and kitchen they share in a cramped apartment in the Syrian town of Afrin.

Syria's Kurds: from the margins to de facto autonomy

Beirut - Syria's Kurds, whose Afrin enclave in the north of the country has been bombarded for the past week by Turkey, spent years carefully building a system of self-rule amid the chaos of war.

In Afrin, Kurds seek Assad's help but not at any cost

Beirut - Kurdish forces trying to fend off a deadly Turkish offensive in northern Syria are in the awkward position of demanding help from the very regime they want more autonomy from.
 

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