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  • 'No consensus possible' with Turkey on terrorism definition, YPG is not a terror group: Macron'No consensus possible' with Turkey on terrorism definition, YPG is not a terror group: Macron

    No consensus is possible with Turkey on the definition of terrorism, French President Emmanuel Macron said during a press conference after a NATO summit in London.

    11:01 PM
  • Macron accuses Turkey of cooperating with IS proxiesMacron accuses Turkey of cooperating with IS proxies

    The first day of the NATO leaders summit in London was marked by a tense press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, as the pair traded barbs over Turkey and Islamic State (IS) fighters.

    01:04 PM
  • How Russia is changing course in Syria / Maxim A. SuchkovHow Russia is changing course in Syria / Maxim A. Suchkov

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Special Envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin traveled to Damascus Dec. 2 to meet with President Bashar al-Assad. A read-out of the visit from the Russian Foreign Ministry said the parties discussed “the necessity to restore Syria’s territorial integrity and unity with due account of the interests of all ethnic and religious groups,” while stressing the importance of further anti-terrorism efforts. The three men also discussed humanitarian aid and progress toward writing a new constitution ahead of elections as called for by the UN Security Council.

     

    12:47 PM
  • Two Turkish soldiers killed in northern Syria and IraqTwo Turkish soldiers killed in northern Syria and Iraq

    The Turkish Defense Ministry announced that two soldiers were killed, northern Syria and Iraq.

    12:27 AM
  • US against labelling YPG as terrorists to mend ties with TurkeyUS against labelling YPG as terrorists to mend ties with Turkey

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Turkey on Monday to stop holding up support for a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland, as Ankara presses the alliance to support its fight against YPG in Syria. He said that he would not support labeling the YPG as terrorists to break the impasse.

    01:00 PM
  • 9 killed in Turkey army shelling in Syrian northern Kurdish town9 killed in Turkey army shelling in Syrian northern Kurdish town

    Turkish army artillery shelled a town in northeastern Syria on Monday, December 2, killing nine civilians, according to Hawar News Agency (ANHA).

    12:43 PM
  • 3 Russian soldiers wounded in bomb blast in Kobani3 Russian soldiers wounded in bomb blast in Kobani

    Three members of the Russian military were wounded after a device exploded near a military police vehicle in the Syria northeastern Kurdish town of Kobani on Monday, December 2.

    11:25 PM
  • SDF, Russia agree to deploy Russian forces in areas in northern SyriaSDF, Russia agree to deploy Russian forces in areas in northern Syria

    The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Russia reached a deal on the deployment of Russian troops in several areas in northeastern Syria, a group’s commander said.

    10:22 AM
  • Ankara seeks to discipline proxies in northeast Syria / Metin GurcanAnkara seeks to discipline proxies in northeast Syria / Metin Gurcan

    The so-called Syrian National Army (SNA), an umbrella military command formed in early October consisting of some 80,000 fighters from Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) militias, has been accused of serious human rights violation and possible war crimes in northern Syria, including the displacement of civilians, extrajudicial killings, looting and mistreatment of Kurdish prisoners of war. The violations have been highlighted on social media as well as reporting by Western media and documentation by human rights groups. 

    08:50 AM
  • Car bomb hits Syrian Turkish- controlled townCar bomb hits Syrian Turkish- controlled town

    A car bomb exploded in Syria’s Gre Spi controlled by Turkish-backed rebel allies on Saturday, November 30, NRT reported.  

    08:23 AM
  • 2nd round of Syria talks end with failure to get agenda2nd round of Syria talks end with failure to get agenda

    A new round of talks on Syria peace failed to start due to failure to reach an agreement on the agenda, said a UN official on Friday. 

    02:38 PM
  • Putin hails Syrian Kurds' support to Russian military policePutin hails Syrian Kurds' support to Russian military police

    Russia’s military police in the area of the Turkish-Syrian border see the Kurds’ support, because it is clear for everyone that the Russian military’s mission there is to provide protection, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of Russia’s Nationalities Relations Council on Friday, Tass News Agency reported.

    11:08 AM
  • Syrian Kurdish leader says U.S. involvement crucial for regional solution to peace / Lauren MeierSyrian Kurdish leader says U.S. involvement crucial for regional solution to peace / Lauren Meier

    The United States remains the critical player in diplomacy to ease soaring tensions between Syria and Turkey after Ankara’s incursion in a critical border area that has historically been heavily populated by Syrian Kurds, the group’s leader said.

    03:49 PM
  • Operation Peace Spring bears bitter fruit / Sayed Abdel-MeguidOperation Peace Spring bears bitter fruit / Sayed Abdel-Meguid

    Erdogan’s so-called “safe zone” in northern Syria will likely consolidate the identity of Syrian Kurds, which is the opposite of what he planned.

    03:45 PM
  • Macron slams Ankara’s operation in Syria

    French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey on Thursday that it is alienating allies, and should not depend on support from the multinational alliance while also carrying out widely-condemned military operations against Kurds in northern Syria as a “fait accompli.”

    03:36 PM
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