Is the conditional cease-fire in northern Syria too good to be true?

Is the conditional cease-fire in northern Syria too good to be true?

ANKARA: Turkey replaced the mayors of a Kurdish-majority town in its southeast with a state official, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said, amid a crackdown at home on criticism of Ankara’s offensive in Syria.The HDP said five of its co-mayors in the southeastern Kurdish-majority towns of Hakkari, Yuksekova and Nusaybin, had been jailed on […]

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Lebanese PM may cancel cabinet meeting amid protests over proposed taxes

Lebanese PM may cancel cabinet meeting amid protests over proposed taxes

BEIRUT: Protesters across Lebanon blocked roads with burning tires on Friday and marched in Beirut for a second day of demonstrations targeting the government over a deep economic crisis.In Lebanon’s biggest protest in years, thousands of people gathered outside the government headquarters in central Beirut on Thursday evening, forcing the cabinet to backtrack on plans […]

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Kurd families flee to Iraq as armies advance

Kurd families flee to Iraq as armies advance

article author:  AFP Author:  Fri, 2019-10-18 05:37 BERDARCH/IRAQ: With an array of armies zeroing in on their homes since Turkey launched an offensive on northern Syria, Kurdish families have been joining fellow Kurds across the border in Iraq to escape rockets and bombardment. Rosine Omar, 28, reached the safety of Berdarch camp in autonomous Iraqi […]

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Protests in Lebanon after move to tax calls on messaging apps

Protests in Lebanon after move to tax calls on messaging apps

ANKARA: Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by Washington but which Turkish leaders cast as a complete victory.The truce was announced by US Vice President Mike Pence after talks in […]

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French FM holds Iraq talks on Daesh prisoners in Syria

French FM holds Iraq talks on Daesh prisoners in Syria

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1571302342055699300 Thu, 2019-10-17 08:38 BAGHDAD: France’s top diplomat held talks in Baghdad on Thursday about transferring foreign militants from northern Syria, where a Turkish offensive has triggered fears of mass jailbreaks, to be tried in Iraq. European governments are worried that the Turkish operation will allow the escape of […]

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Archaeologist Zahi Hawass: ‘There isn’t a country that doesn’t love Egyptian archaeology’

Archaeologist Zahi Hawass: ‘There isn’t a country that doesn’t love Egyptian archaeology’

BAGHDAD: Following a wave of deadly anti-government protests, Baghdad has announced a slew of measures to stem corruption — but stopped short of targeting the worst offenders. Analysts say Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, an independent with no real popular support, is hostage to the parties that appointed him a year ago to lead one […]

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Can Damascus-Ankara face off in Syria flare up?

Can Damascus-Ankara face off in Syria flare up?

BEIRUT: A week-old Turkish invasion of northeast Syria combined with a US withdrawal have redrawn the lines and left Russian-backed Syrian regime troops and Ankara’s forces standing face-to-face. Experts argue that an all-out conflict between Syrian regime forces and Turkey is unlikely but they do not rule out sporadic clashes. On Oct. 9, the Turkish […]

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Scores killed, 300,000 displaced in Turkish Syrian offensive

Scores killed, 300,000 displaced in Turkish Syrian offensive

article author:  Arab News Wed, 2019-10-16 11:43 DUBAI: At least 70 civilians were killed and five injured from a missile attack carried out by Turkey and its allied factions in areas of Syria’s Al-Haska province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Wednesday. The observatory estimated that 300,000 civilians left Al-Haska due to the […]

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US lawmakers set measure opposing Trump on Syria troop withdrawal

US lawmakers set measure opposing Trump on Syria troop withdrawal

ANKARA: Three more countries halted arms sales to Turkey on Tuesday as pressure mounted on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the Turkish invasion of northeast Syria. Britain, Spain and Sweden joined Germany and France in suspending military exports, and the US threatened Ankara with more sanctions unless Erdogan halts the offensive. “We will keep our […]

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Syrian and Russian troops sweep into Manbij as US withdraws

Syrian and Russian troops sweep into Manbij as US withdraws

article author:  Reuters Tue, 2019-10-15 15:58 MANBIJ, Syria: Turkey ignored US sanctions and pressed on with its assault on northern Syria on Tuesday, while the Russia-backed Syrian army roared into one of the most hotly contested cities abandoned by US forces in Donald Trump’s retreat. Reuters journalists accompanied Syrian government forces who entered the center […]

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