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  • Turkey, Russia talk tensions in Syria as migrants push west

    Turkey, Russia talk tensions in Syria as migrants push west

    World | Feb 29, 2020, 07:01 AM IST

    The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke by phone Friday to try to defuse tensions that rose significantly in Syria after at least 33 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike blamed on the Syrian government, and a new wave of refugees and migrants headed for the Greek land and sea border after Turkey said it would no longer hold them back.  

  • 29 Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria air strike

    29 Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria air strike

    World | Feb 28, 2020, 06:28 AM IST

    An airstrike by Syrian government forces killed 29 Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria, a Turkish official said Friday, marking the largest death toll for Turkey in a single day since it first intervened in Syria in 2016.

  • Situation in NW Syria dire with 21 civilians killed: UN

    Situation in NW Syria dire with 21 civilians killed: UN

    India | Feb 27, 2020, 01:06 PM IST

    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that the the situation in Idlib was dire, referring to the beleaguered governorate in northwest Syria where at least 21 civilians reported killed in the last 48 hours.

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    Syria's Aleppo Airport opens after 8 years

    World | Feb 19, 2020, 03:55 PM IST

    Flight services have resumed at Aleppo International Airport, eight years after military confrontations in war-torn Syria force stopped it.

  • Turkey, Russia to discuss grave situation in Syria’s Idlib

    Turkey, Russia to discuss grave situation in Syria’s Idlib

    World | Feb 16, 2020, 06:26 AM IST

    A Turkish delegation will travel to Russia on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria’s Idlib province amid mounting fears of a humanitarian disaster there, Turkey’s foreign minister said.  

  • Syrian troops gain territory in push to control key highway

    Syrian troops gain territory in push to control key highway

    World | Feb 08, 2020, 11:12 PM IST

    Syrian government forces captured new areas from insurgents in their efforts to control a key highway in the northwest Saturday, as Turkey sent more reinforcements into the war-torn country, state media and opposition activists said.

  • IS remains at centre of transnational terrorism threat: UN

    IS remains at centre of transnational terrorism threat: UN

    World | Feb 08, 2020, 09:48 AM IST

    A top UN official has said the Islamic State (IS) remains at the centre of the transnational terrorism threat, despite its defeat in Syria and the death of its longtime leader last year. 

  • Russian air strikes in Syria kill 12 civilians

    Russian air strikes in Syria kill 12 civilians

    World | Jan 21, 2020, 05:37 PM IST

    Russian air strikes on several locations in northern Syria on Tuesday killed at least 12 civilians, including seven children, a war monitoring group said.

  • Syria airstrike

    Israel launches airstrikes on Syrian airbase in Homs

    World | Jan 15, 2020, 06:53 AM IST

    The attack is the latest in a series of Israeli airstrikes targeting military sites in Syria, which Israel usually claims as the positions of Iranian-backed fighters.

  • UNSC re-authorizes cross-border aid mechanism for Syria

    UNSC re-authorizes cross-border aid mechanism for Syria

    World | Jan 11, 2020, 10:15 AM IST

    The UN Security Council has re-authorized the cross-border aid mechanism for Syria after a heated discussion. 

  • Residents of villages and towns in southern parts of Idlib

    While you prepare for holiday festivities, these people lookout for shelter in biting cold | Photos

    World | Dec 24, 2019, 04:47 PM IST

    Under the cover of airstrikes and heavy shelling, Syrian troops have been pushing into the northwestern province of Idlib toward a major rebel-held town, Maaret al-Numan. The town sits on a key highway linking the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest.

  • 13 civilians among 19 killed in air strikes in Syria

    13 civilians among 19 killed in air strikes in Syria

    World | Dec 03, 2019, 10:51 AM IST

    At least 19 people were killed in air strikes by the Syrian army and its Russian allies on the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, the last stronghold of the armed opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, a war monitor reported. At least 13 civilians were killed in airstrikes by the Syrian army on a popular market in Maarat al-Nauman, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

  • Israeli military says 4 rockets fired from Syria intercepted

    Israeli military says 4 rockets fired from Syria intercepted

    World | Nov 19, 2019, 01:03 PM IST

    Israeli air defense systems captured the projectiles, the military said, and no harm was caused to Israeli communities in the Golan Heights after warning sirens awoke residents there early in the morning. There was no immediate official comment from Syria but the SANA state news agency reported explosions were heard near Damascus International Airport, indicating a potential Israeli retaliatory strike.

  • Syria car bomb blast

    Car bomb in northeast Syria kills at least 12

    World | Nov 16, 2019, 06:26 PM IST

    Syrian opposition activists say a car bomb has killed at least 12 people in a northern town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 14 people, including nine civilians, were killed Saturday in the town of al-Bab.

  • 30 killed in Syria clashes between Kurds, pro-Turkey forces

    30 killed in Syria clashes between Kurds, pro-Turkey forces

    World | Nov 07, 2019, 08:39 AM IST

    A total of 305 SDF fighters, 353 Turkey-backed rebels and 24 Syrian government troops have been killed since Turkey started a wide-scale offensive against Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria on Oct. 9., according to the London-based watchdog.

  • Baghdadi's sister captured

    Turkey captures slain ISIS chief al-Baghdadi's sister in Syria

    World | Nov 05, 2019, 08:41 AM IST

    Sister of slain ISIS chief al-Baghdadi has been captured by Turkish forces in Syria. At the time of detention, al-Baghdadi's sister Rasmiya Awad was accompanied by five children. Interrogations with her husband and daughter-in-law are underway. Baghdadi was killed in US raid in Syria's northwestern province, on October 27.

  • America's mission in Syria remains same, to defeat ISIS: US Defense Secretary

    US mission in Syria remains same, to defeat ISIS: US Defense Secretary

    World | Oct 29, 2019, 07:58 AM IST

    Esper said, "Those who remain will continue to execute counter-terrorism operations while staying in close contact with the Syrians Democratic forces who have fought alongside us. Additionally, the United States will retain control of oil fields in northeast Syria."

  • Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi death

    Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi death

    World | Oct 29, 2019, 07:15 AM IST

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the military’s oil field mission also will ensure income for Syrian Kurds who are counted on by Washington to continue guarding Islamic State prisoners and helping American forces combat remnants of the group — even as President Donald Trump continues to insist all U.S. troops will come home.

  • Video shows site where al-Baghdadi was killed

    WATCH: Video shows site where al-Baghdadi was killed

    World | Oct 28, 2019, 11:52 PM IST

    A video has shown the site where the elusive Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a nighttime raid on Sunday. The 18-second video was posted by Bloomberg a day after Islamic State founded al-Baghdadi was killed in the US commando raid.   

  • clashes in northern syria

    New clashes break out in northern Syria

    World | Oct 26, 2019, 03:20 PM IST

    Following a pact struck between Ankara and Moscow this week, Turkish forces suspended a military campaign against the Kurds, whom Ankara regards as a terrorist threat, on Wednesday, giving Kurdish fighters 150 hours to leave a 20-mile-deep belt that Turkey calls a safe zone, reports Efe news.