Syrian air force responsible for chemical attacks, says watchdog

Syrian air force responsible for chemical attacks, says watchdog

The report marks the first time the Investigation and Identification Team, set up in 2018 by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), has apportioned blame for an attack in Syria.

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UN chief says initial coronavirus cases in Syria just ‘tip of the iceberg’

UN chief says initial coronavirus cases in Syria just ‘tip of the iceberg’

The war-ravaged country’s fragile health system is a barrier to containing the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Assad predicts total victory after gains in northern Syria

Assad predicts total victory after gains in northern Syria

The advance secured the provincial capital that had for years remained within range of opposition fire.

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Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley calls for action to help Syrian refugees after Iraq visit

Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley calls for action to help Syrian refugees after Iraq visit

Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley has urged the Irish public to help struggling Syrian refugees following his recent visit to Iraq.

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Israel claims strikes against Iranian sites in Syria

Israel claims strikes against Iranian sites in Syria

The attacks followed rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before.

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At least 18 killed in Syria car bomb attack

At least 18 killed in Syria car bomb attack

A car bomb has killed at least 18 people in a Syrian town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters, activists have said.

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Syrian troops begin deploying along border with Turkey

Syrian troops begin deploying along border with Turkey

Syrian government forces have started deploying in areas close to the Turkish border in the north-east of the country, state media has reported.

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Turkish patrol kills protester amid shaky truce in north-east Syria

Turkish patrol kills protester amid shaky truce in north-east Syria

A Syrian protester has died after he was run over by a Turkish military vehicle conducting a joint patrol with Russian troops in north-eastern Syria, a Kurdish spokesman and a Syrian war monitor said.

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13 killed in car bomb blast in Syrian town recently captured by Turkish backed opposition

13 killed in car bomb blast in Syrian town recently captured by Turkish backed opposition

Thirteen civilians have been killed in a car bomb blast in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey.

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US to move to protect Syrian oil fields

US to move to protect Syrian oil fields

American troops may have to protect the oilfields from Islamic State, from Russian interests, and from Syria itself.

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Russia calls US move to protect Syrian oil fields ‘banditry’

Russia calls US move to protect Syrian oil fields ‘banditry’

More than a dozen armoured vehicles have been seen near the north-eastern city of Qamishli.

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Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey over Syria amid ceasefire pledge

Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey over Syria amid ceasefire pledge

The US president warned that if Turkey does not honour its pledge for a permanent ceasefire, he will not hesitate to reimpose sanctions.

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Russian forces deploy at Syrian border under new accord

Russian forces deploy at Syrian border under new accord

The Russian defence ministry said a convoy of military police had crossed the Euphrates River and deployed in a Syrian border town.

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Russia and Turkey strike deal to take control of part of Syrian border

Russia and Turkey strike deal to take control of part of Syrian border

Kurdish fighters will withdraw from the region after their allies, the US, had earlier pulled out.

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Syrian leader condemns ‘thief’ Erdogan during visit to retaken area

Syrian leader condemns ‘thief’ Erdogan during visit to retaken area

Syrian state media showed images of Bashar Assad standing among Syrian soldiers.

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US troops leaving Syria ‘cannot stay in Iraq’

US troops leaving Syria ‘cannot stay in Iraq’

The statement from the Iraqi military appears to contradict the US defence secretary.

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Turkey warns Kurdish forces to withdraw before ceasefire ends

Turkey warns Kurdish forces to withdraw before ceasefire ends

Turkey has demanded that Kurdish forces withdraw from a border strip in northern Syria where it intends to resettle refugees.

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Kurds move puts Trump in dangerous territory

Kurds move puts Trump in dangerous territory

Assuming the US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump, the fact remains that there are far fewer votes in the US Senate than will be needed to convict him and remove him from office. But Elizabeth Drew argues the willingness of the US Congress – including the Senate – to continue tolerating his dangerous conduct is now truly in question.

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Kurdish fighters pull out of key Syrian border town

Kurdish fighters pull out of key Syrian border town

The Syrian Democratic Forces said the evacuation of Ras al-Ayn was part of the agreement to pause military operations.

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Turkey bids to resettle two million Syrian refugees in border ‘safe zone’

Turkey bids to resettle two million Syrian refugees in border ‘safe zone’

Clashes have continued in some areas despite a five-day ceasefire being agreed.

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Trump hits back at critics over Syria

Trump hits back at critics over Syria

The President says “tremendous success” has been made over the past couple of days.

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Syrian family lauds community’s response to tragedy

Syrian family lauds community’s response to tragedy

A Co Galway-based Syrian family which lost four close relatives, including three young children, in Turkish-led military attacks on north-east Syria this week, has expressed gratitude for the overwhelming community response.

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Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of violating US-brokered ceasefire

Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of violating US-brokered ceasefire

The town of Ras al-Ayn has emerged as an immediate test for the five-day ceasefire agreed by Washington and Ankara.

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Fighting continues in Syria despite US-brokered ceasefire

Fighting continues in Syria despite US-brokered ceasefire

Shelling and smoke could be seen around Ras al-Ayn.

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Pence: US and Turkey agree five-day Syria ceasefire

Pence: US and Turkey agree five-day Syria ceasefire

US vice president Mike Pence has said the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria.

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US delegation presses Erdogan for Syria ceasefire during talks in Turkey

US delegation presses Erdogan for Syria ceasefire during talks in Turkey

Vice President Mike Pence is heading a delegation that includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

The town was where the US military and Kurdish fighters first united to defeat the Islamic State group four years ago.

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Trump: Turkey-Syria-Kurds face-off is not America’s fight

Trump: Turkey-Syria-Kurds face-off is not America’s fight

The US president sought to downplay the crisis that followed his decision to pull out of Syria.

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Turkey defies Nato allies in Syria as Russia steps in

Turkey defies Nato allies in Syria as Russia steps in

Russia has said it is working to prevent a conflict between advancing Turkish and Syrian government forces, as Turkey’s president defied growing pressure from Western allies for a ceasefire in northern Syria.

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Turkey shrugs off criticism from Nato allies over Syria offensive

Turkey shrugs off criticism from Nato allies over Syria offensive

US vice president Mike Pence is travelling to Ankara to try and broker a ceasefire.

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MSF aid agency evacuate all international staff from northeast Syria; Warn of growing crisis

MSF aid agency evacuate all international staff from northeast Syria; Warn of growing crisis

International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has suspended the majority of its activities and evacuate all its international staff from northeast Syria.

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Russia steps in to fill void left by US withdrawal from northern Syria

Russia steps in to fill void left by US withdrawal from northern Syria

Moscow said it would not allow clashes between the Turkish and Syrian forces.

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Nato chief voices ‘deep concerns’ over Turkish military action in northern Syria

Nato chief voices ‘deep concerns’ over Turkish military action in northern Syria

Jens Stoltenberg spoke after a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Downing Street.

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Turkish and Kurdish forces battle for border town in Syria

Turkish and Kurdish forces battle for border town in Syria

Turkey began its military incursion a week ago.

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Syrian army moves north amid fears of clash with Turkey

Syrian army moves north amid fears of clash with Turkey

Long-standing alliances in the region have started to shift or crumble following the pullback of US forces.

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Syrian troops ‘enter town close to Turkey’s border’

Syrian troops ‘enter town close to Turkey’s border’

Reports say residents of Tal Tamr, about 12 miles from the Turkish border, welcomed the troops.

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Hundreds of IS supporters escape from Syrian camp which holds IS bride Lisa Smith

Hundreds of IS supporters escape from Syrian camp which holds IS bride Lisa Smith

The camp is home to some 12,000 people, including nearly 1,000 foreign women with links to IS and their children.

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Key highway reached in Syria offensive, Turkish media reports

Key highway reached in Syria offensive, Turkish media reports

The YPG forms the backbone of the US-backed ground force against the so-called Islamic State.

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100,000 flee as Turkey pushes further into Syria

100,000 flee as Turkey pushes further into Syria

Turkey said it captured more Kurdish-held villages in the border region.

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First Turkish soldier killed as troops push deeper into Syria

First Turkish soldier killed as troops push deeper into Syria

There were casualties on both sides as Ankara’s offensive across the border continued for a third day.

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Turkish military operation results in displacement and hospital closure in Syria

Turkish military operation results in displacement and hospital closure in Syria

International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) say it is concerned for the fate of the civilian population in northeast Syria.

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Turkey presses on into Syria as terrified residents flee

Turkey presses on into Syria as terrified residents flee

Aid agencies have warned nearly half a million people near the Turkey-Syria border are at risk.

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Turkish air strike ‘hits civilian convoy in Syria’

Turkish air strike ‘hits civilian convoy in Syria’

A number of people were injured in the attack, according to reports.

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Turkey reports 100 ‘terrorists’ killed in Syria offensive

Turkey reports 100 ‘terrorists’ killed in Syria offensive

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was speaking a day after a ground operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria began.

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‘Worst of the worst’ British IS terror suspects moved to US custody

‘Worst of the worst’ British IS terror suspects moved to US custody

Donald Trump confirmed the US had transferred some IS prisoners amid fears they could escape custody as Turkish troops invade north-eastern Syria.

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What Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria means for the Kurds, Assad, and Russia

What Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria means for the Kurds, Assad, and Russia

Why the US decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria is so dangerous.

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Turkish offensive into Syria under way, says Erdogan

Turkish offensive into Syria under way, says Erdogan

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that a Turkish military operation into Syria has started.

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Turkey says incursion into Syria will begin ‘shortly’

Turkey says incursion into Syria will begin ‘shortly’

Turkey’s military will “shortly” cross into Syria together with allied Syrian rebel forces after President Donald Trump announced US troops would withdraw from the area.

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Turkey says it will not bow to US threat over Syria plans

Turkey says it will not bow to US threat over Syria plans

The White House earlier this week announced plans to move US forces out of north-eastern Syria.

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Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria

Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria

The US president threatens to destroy Turkey’s economy if it does anything he considers ‘off limits’.

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US troops start pullout from along Turkey’s border in Syria

US troops start pullout from along Turkey’s border in Syria

Syrian Kurdish fighters warned Washington’s abrupt decision to stand aside will overturn years of achievements in the battle against IS militants.

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US troops begin withdrawal from Turkey’s border in Syria

US troops begin withdrawal from Turkey’s border in Syria

The move effectively abandons Kurdish fighters who helped American forces in the fight against Islamic State.

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Turkey to invade northern Syria, says White House

Turkey to invade northern Syria, says White House

American troops will not be involved in the operation, a spokeswoman said.

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Children should be brought back from Syria as matter of urgency – Tory MP

Children should be brought back from Syria as matter of urgency – Tory MP

Crispin Blunt was part of a cross-party delegation that travelled to Syria.

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Syria safe zones: what is driving the unexpected rapprochement between the US and Turkey?

Syria safe zones: what is driving the unexpected rapprochement between the US and Turkey?

After years of rising tensions between Turkey and the US over the situation in northern Syria, an unexpected rapprochement has pulled the two countries back from possible conflict.

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Militants pull out of key rebel town as Syrian troops push in

Militants pull out of key rebel town as Syrian troops push in

The withdrawal is a significant loss for the opposition in its last major stronghold of Idlib.

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Holly Willoughby ‘honoured’ by interview with Syrian child refugee

Holly Willoughby ‘honoured’ by interview with Syrian child refugee

The TV star spoke to 17-year-old Bodoor about life in a refugee camp in Jordan.

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The world 'shrugs' as more than 100 people killed in airstrikes in Syria in 10 days

The world 'shrugs' as more than 100 people killed in airstrikes in Syria in 10 days

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is 'ringing the alarm at the apparent international indifference' towards the rising death toll of Syrians in a series of airstrikes.

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Two Syrians killed in ‘terror’ blast in Turkish border city

Two Syrians killed in ‘terror’ blast in Turkish border city

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the explosion was terror-related.

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Royal Marines involved in ‘bold’ operation to seize supertanker bound for Syria

Royal Marines involved in ‘bold’ operation to seize supertanker bound for Syria

The Grace 1 was detained by the authorities in Gibraltar, suspected of carrying a cargo of crude oil destined for a Syrian refinery.

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