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BEIRUT | Syrian Kurds and government discuss post-US withdrawal

BEIRUT — Jan 05, 2019—A Syrian Kurdish official says negotiations are ongoing between the government in Damascus and Kurdish officials on how to fill the gap following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. The official, who spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because of the talks’ secrecy, said Syrian Kurdish officials have visited … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian Kurds and government discuss post-US withdrawal

MOSCOW | Russian and Turkish ministers meet for Syria talks

MOSCOW — Russian and Turkish foreign and defense ministers have met in Moscow to discuss northern Syria as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw and Turkey threatens to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces controlling nearly a third of the country. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said before the talks began Saturday they would … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian and Turkish ministers meet for Syria talks

BEIRUT | Syria military takes control of flash-point Kurdish-led town

BEIRUT — Syria’s military says it has entered the flash-point Kurdish-held town of Manbij, where Turkey has threatened offensive. The announcement Friday came shortly after the main Syrian Kurdish militia invited the government to seize control of Manbij to prevent an attack. The development signals the two sides have agreed to the new arrangement. It’s … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syria military takes control of flash-point Kurdish-led town

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey vows to take on US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria

ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria “within a few days,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. In recent months, Turkey has shelled Kurdish positions across the border in Syria, east of … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey vows to take on US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey says it will launch new Syria offensive within days

ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey’s president says it will begin a new military operation against U.S-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria “within a few days.” Addressing a defense industry meeting in Ankara on Wednesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the target of the operation would be the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG — … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey says it will launch new Syria offensive within days

UNITED NATIONS | UN says 7 peacekeepers killed in fight against Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS  — Seven U.N. peacekeepers were killed and 10 wounded in a military operation with Congolese forces against rebels in the northeast, which is facing a deadly Ebola outbreak, the United Nations said Thursday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said one U.N. peacekeeper was still missing and several Congolese soldiers were also killed or wounded … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | UN says 7 peacekeepers killed in fight against Congo rebels

DAMASCUS, Syria | 2 killed children among liberated Syrian hostages held by IS

DAMASCUS, Syria — A Syrian father and activists say Islamic State militants shot and killed two children during an operation by the Syrian military to liberate a group of hostages from southern Syria held by the group. Nashaat Abu Ammar, a resident of Sweida, says his 8-year-old son Raafat was among those shot during the … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | 2 killed children among liberated Syrian hostages held by IS