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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Officials: Germany foils alleged attack plan after US tip

German special police forces arrested a Syrian man in a raid on his apartment Tuesday after receiving intelligence from American officials that he was planning an extremist attack, authorities said.


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.


Judge: U.S.-born woman who joined Islamic State not citizen

A federal judge has ruled the U.S. government was correct when it determined a woman who joined the Islamic State group was not an American citizen despite her birth in …


Turkey starts returning IS fighters; deports US national

Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a …


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 …


Erdogan: Turkey captures slain IS leader al-Baghdadi’s wife

Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.


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: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Turkey’s Defense Ministry says car bomb explodes in northern Syrian town of Tal Abyad, killing 13 civilians

Blast in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed gunmen kills 13


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Syrian refugee turns to food to rebuild his life in U.S.

When he came to the United States as a refugee from Syria, Diaa Alhanoun was pretty sure his new life was going to include food


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


Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi

The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

US armored vehicles in Syria to guard oil fields

The U.S. military says its first batch of mechanized armored vehicles have arrived in southeast Syria, where they are to take part in securing oil fields and fighting remnants of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

U.S. official predicts Islamic State will replace slain leader

A U.S. counterterrorism official said Wednesday he expects a new Islamic State leader to emerge after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned that the extremist group’s planning of …


Brett McGurk: Baghdadi’s death underscores what we’ve lost in Syria

The details of the raid that took down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speak to larger truths about Syria – and to what we have forfeited with the sudden U.S. retreat across …


Not over yet: New U.S. Syria mission after al-Baghdadi death

Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State’s leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria’s oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria …


Security increased at IS prisons after leader’s death

Syrian Kurdish forces said Monday they are increasing security at prisons and detention facilities holding tens of thousands of Islamic State militants and supporters, including foreigners, following the death of …


Esper: U.S. troops, armored vehicles going to Syria oil fields

The United States will send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to keep oil fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants, U.S. Defense Secretary …


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

Iraq: American troops leaving Syria cannot stay in Iraq

U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq’s military said Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of …


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: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

McConnell resolution prods Trump to keep troops in Syria

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a resolution denouncing Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria and prodding President Donald Trump to halt his withdrawal of U.S. troops from that part …


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: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Turkey wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says

A war monitor says Turkish-backed Syrian fighters crossed the border from Turkey and attacked a Kurdish-held town amid continued fighting nearly two days after a cease-fire was declared in northeast …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic …


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 …