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Ancient military network discovered in northern Syria

Ancient military network discovered in northern Syria

Science
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Researchers have discovered a network of military structures and remains in northern Syria dating to 4,000 years ago.The ancient surveillance and communication network was discovered a team of French and Syrian researchers who meticulously examined satellite and aerial imagery of the region's rocky terrain. The team detailed their discovery in a paper published this week in the French journal Paléorient.The network extends across 2,700 square miles of a region known as "Marges arides de Syrie du Nord," which translates to "margins arid northern Syria." The region's name refers to its position between the Fertile Crescent, a region rich in human history, which lies to the west, and the steppes to the east, a less hospitable place, inhabited historically by nomads.Both aeria
Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

World
Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday.Russian support has been crucial in turning the tide of Syria's civil war in favour of government forces, led by president Bashar al-Assad.Mr Putin made a similar withdrawal announcement last year, but Russian military operations continued.When asked how long it would take for Russia to withdraw its military contingent, Mr Shoigu said that this would "depend on the situation" in Syria. The Russian president was met by Mr al-Assad at the Russian Hmeimim airbase near Latakia.Mr Putin said: "I order the defence minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian...
U.N. experts: Assad regime responsible for Syria chemical attack

U.N. experts: Assad regime responsible for Syria chemical attack

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Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Syria's government was responsible for the chemical attack that killed more than 80 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, U.N. experts reported Thursday.The report compiled by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations' Joint Investigative Mechanism found that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime were responsible for the deadly sarin attack."The panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhun on 4 April 2017," the report stated.Syria repeatedly denied it was involved in the attack that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the report "confirms what we h...
Turkish troops prepare to enter Idlib province, Syria

Turkish troops prepare to enter Idlib province, Syria

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Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Turkey deployed commando units along its border with Syria and aided Free Syrian Army rebels as they crossed into Syria's Idlib province, the Turkish government announced.The troop movement is part of a joint mission between Turkey, Russia and Iran to monitor a de-escalation zone in Syria and remove a stronghold of former al-Qaida militants from the area. The three countries agreed in May to be guarantors of a cease-fire to help end the six-year civil war in Syria.Although there is no U.S. involvement in the mission, and the U.S. government is watching the combined involvement of the three countries armies. A Pentagon spokesman said the United States supports the action.Rebels of the FSA rode on trucks through Turkey and crossed the Syrian border on Saturday, while Turkish ...