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Turkish soldiers killed in Syria amid threats of escalation

Turkish soldiers killed in Syria amid threats of escalation

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ANKARA, Turkey -- Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in an airstrike in northwestern Syria, Turkey said, after an attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government troops. The deaths came after the Turkish president threatened to expand his nation's involvement in Syria if another one of his troops were hurt. At least 15 Turkish soldiers have been killed in Syria this month amid a crushing offensive by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces aimed at recapturing remaining opposition-held areas in the region. Intent on halting the advance, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had vowed Feb. 12 to take military action “everywhere in Syria” if another Turkish soldier was killed or wounded. The multiple front offensive has triggered the biggest single

Syrian state media says Israel is firing missiles into Syria

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Syrian state media says the country's air defenses are responding to a missiles attack from inside IsraelByThe Associated PressDecember 22, 2019, 10:12 PM2 min readBEIRUT -- Syrian air defenses opened fire Sunday night on missiles fired from inside Israel, state media reported. Syrian state TV gave no further details but residents of Damascus said explosions could be heard near the capital. State TV said one of the Israeli missiles was shot down near the Damascus suburb of Aqraba. There was also no immediate comment from Israel. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitoring group that has activists around the country, said the missile attack targeted Iranian and Syrian military positions near Damascus. There were no immediate reports on casualties. I...
Israel attacks Iranian military targets in Syria

Israel attacks Iranian military targets in Syria

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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Israeli military said Wednesday it carried out "wide-scale" strikes against Iranian targets in Syria overnight in retaliation for rockets fired at the country a day earlier. Israel Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee said in a statement that warplanes had struck dozens of Iran's elite Al Quds Forces and Syrian military targets in Syria, including surface-to-air missiles, munition depots and military bases in areas concentred near Damascus. #BREAKING: We just carried out wide-scale strikes of Iranian Quds Force & Syrian Armed Forces targets in Syria in response to the rockets fired at Israel by an Iranian force in Syria last night.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 20, 2019 Israel said the 1 a.m. attack was in retaliation for four rockets lau
Turkey and Russia agree to Syria ‘safe zone’ with no Kurdish fighters

Turkey and Russia agree to Syria ‘safe zone’ with no Kurdish fighters

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Russia and Turkey have agreed to joint military patrols along the Turkish-Syrian border as they demanded Syrian Kurdish fighters withdraw from the area.Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made the agreement during a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi moments before a five-day ceasefire ended. US President Donald Trump announced two weeks previously that US troops would withdraw from northeastern Syria, leaving its Kurdish allies to fend for themselves as Turkey launched an offensive. Russia, the Syrian government's strongest ally and previous enemy of the Kurds, stepped in to negotiate with Turkey as more than 166,000 Kurds fled the region, many into Iraq.Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan agreed Russian military police and Syrian border guard...
US demands Syria ceasefire as it announces sanctions against Turkey

US demands Syria ceasefire as it announces sanctions against Turkey

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Donald Trump has told the Turkish leader to end his incursion into northern Syria, as the US announced sanctions against Turkey.Vice President Mike Pence said Mr Trump spoke directly to Recep Tayyip Erdogan to demand an immediate ceasefire and talks with Kurdish forces. "President Trump communicated to him very clearly that the United States of America wants Turkey to stop the invasion, implement an immediate ceasefire and to begin to negotiate with Kurdish forces in Syria to bring an end to the violence," Mr Pence said. Image: Mike Pence is being sent to Turkey to try to negotiate a ceasefire He, along with national security adviser Robert O'Brien, is being sent to Ankara as soon as possible to try to negotiate an end to the fighting...