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Syrian advance sends hundreds of thousands fleeing in Idlib

Turkey on Friday sent more troops and tanks to bolster its military presence in northwestern Syria, where President Bashar Assad’s forces have been advancing in a devastating, Russian-backed offensive that …


Pence visits Iraq to reassure Kurdish allies

Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday, where he met the president of the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to reassure the longtime allies who fought …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

U.S. commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

A senior U.S. coalition commander says the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

For east Syria, US troops are about much more than oil

As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region –and keep the …


Trump OKs wider Syria oil mission, raising legal questions

President Donald Trump has approved an expanded military mission to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Turkey says its forces capture 18 Syrian soldiers in Syria

Turkey says its forces capture 18 Syrian soldiers during operations in northeastern Syria


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Russia says it sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria

Russia has sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria to help patrol the country’s Turkey-Syria border after a deal between Moscow and Ankara, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.


Syria says Turkish-led forces attacked its troops

Syria’s state news agency says Turkish forces and their allies have attacked Syrian government troops in the northeast of the country


Russian forces deploy at Syrian border under new accord

Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says cease-fire permanent

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will lift sanctions on Turkey after the NATO ally agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria and he defended his decision to …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with new accord

The leaders of Russia and Turkey announce a deal for their two countries’ forces to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

U.S. may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oilfields

The U.S. may leave some forces in Syria to secure oilfields and make sure they don’t fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said …


Mitch McConnell: Withdrawing from Syria is a grave mistake

Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies and weaken important alliances.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Fighting continues in Syrian border town despite Turkish agreement to halt offensive

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday that Turkey’s military offensive would resume within days if Kurdish fighters do not fully withdraw from a “safe zone,” even as ongoing violence in …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Administration hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area

Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to a five-day cease-fire in northern Syria to allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone …


Former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker has ‘no confidence’ in Syria withdrawal strategy

Spokane native and longtime U.S. diplomat Ryan Crocker says the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria, abandoning commitments to the Kurds, is an example of our failure …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Turkish patriotism on display amid Syria operation

National soccer team players give military salutes during international matches, Turkish flags flutter from balconies and storefronts, songs extolling the glory days of the Ottoman Empire blare from a border …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Dems walk out of WH meeting

Washing his hands of Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America’s partners against IS …


ABC apologizes for video wrongly said to be from Syria

ABC News is apologizing for airing a video that it said depicted a Turkish attack on Kurds in Syria, but instead was taken at a military gun demonstration in Kentucky.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria

Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Trump orders Turkey sanctions; U.S. scrambles for Syria exit

Targeting Turkey’s economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks’ assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria – an assault Turkey began after Trump announced …


Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, administration scrambles

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria left the region in upheaval Sunday and the administration scrambling to respond to fast-moving events.


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump’s cry that America is fighting ‘endless wars’ is a canard

After watching President Trump abandon our allies in Syria to be slaughtered, why would anyone step forward to help America in the fight against Islamist radicalism?


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Turkish forces advance in Syria as U.S. troops come under fire

Turkish forces push deeper into northeastern Syria on the third day of Ankara’s offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian forces


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Esper criticizes “impulsive” Turk decision to invade Syria

An “impulsive” decision by Turkey to invade northern Syria will further destabilize a region already caught up in civil war, but a pullback of U.S. troops from the border does …


Trudy Rubin: Another Trump phone call opens door to slaughter of Syrian Kurds

President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Syrian Kurds, America’s key ally in the fight against ISIS, is his most ignorant and morally bankrupt foreign policy move – so far.


Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting

Turkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of …


As Trump abandons Kurds, Israel worries how dependable he is

For the past three years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has bet heavily on President Donald Trump and been rewarded with major diplomatic gains in exchange for his warm embrace of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

Trump: U.S. doesn’t ‘endorse’ Turkey’s assault on Syria

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. does not endorse Turkey’s military assault on Syria, calling the operation a “bad idea.”


Trump’s plan for Syria withdrawal weakens GOP unity

After years of limiting public fights with President Donald Trump, congressional Republicans broke ranks over the president’s plans to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria