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Syria conflict: Turkey says capture of IS stronghold of al-Bab nearly complete
BBC - 2017-02-24 02:35
Turkish-backed forces besieging the town of al-Bab have reached the centre, Turkey says. ...

Pentagon plan to defeat Islamic State to look beyond Iraq, Syria
Reuters - 2017-02-24 02:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pentagon-led plan to defeat Islamic State, due in draft form by Monday, will look beyond Iraq and Syria to include the threat from jihadists around the world fueling the conflict, America's top general said on Thursday. ...

BBC biased in reporting the events in Syria - NGO
Orient News - 2017-02-24 02:01

Round IV of UN-sponsored Syria talks kicks off in Geneva
Orient News - 2017-02-24 02:01

Putin: Thousands of Russians fighting with extremists in Syria
Rûdaw - 2017-02-24 01:21
Putin said “this poses a serious threat to Russia’s security. ...

Op-Ed: Why the Kurds should have an independent state
Rojikurd - 2017-02-24 00:06
Rachel Avraham argues why the world should recognize an independent Kurdistan that would consist of territories in present day Iraq, Syria and Iran. Kurdish dissident proclaimed: “The easiest way to remove the Iranian dictatorial regime is to support nati ...

Turkey-backed Forces Seize “Almost All” of al-Bab: Minister
BAS News - 2017-02-23 22:25
Local media reports said IS has started withdrawing from the city ERBIL — Turkish Defense Minister announced on Thursday the Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed by Ankara, have taken control of “almost all” of the strategic town of al-Bab in northern Syria. “ ...

Safe Zones in Syria Should Be Coordinated with Damascus: Lavrov
BAS News - 2017-02-23 18:46
Creating safe zones in Syria will need approval from the government, Sergey Lavrov says ISTANBUL — Russia and the US may cooperate in creating safe zones in Syria. However, any such plans will need approval from the Syrian government, said Russian Minist ...

US Congressman John McCain illegally enters Syria to meet with Kurds
Almasdarnews - 2017-02-23 18:28

Turkey-backed forces seize control of centre of Syria's al-Bab, defence minister says
NRT - 2017-02-23 16:17

US-backed alliance enters Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province – Kurdish military source – Middle East Monitor
Middleeastmonitor - 2017-02-23 14:39

McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet US military, Kurds - ABC News
GO - 2017-02-23 14:39

McCain Makes Unannounced Trip to Syria to Assess Anti-IS Efforts
BAS News - 2017-02-23 14:03
ISTANBUL — The US Senator John McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, made a secret trip to Syria last weekend before his meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In Syria, McCain visited the Kurdish-held city of Kobani, ...

US Senator John McCain makes secret trip to Rojava (northern Syria)
Waar Media - 2017-02-23 13:58
WAAR-DUHOK: United States Rep. Senator, John McCain, who met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on Monday, has announced that he secretly traveled to Rojava-northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish forc ...

Syria's warring sides trade fire with peace talks set to begin, monitor says
Reuters - 2017-02-23 09:53
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes on rebel-held areas in Deraa and Hama provinces and insurgents fired rockets at government targets on Thursday, the day peace talks are set to begin in Geneva, a war monitoring group said. ...

U.S. troops in Syria? It’s more than likely Paul R. Huard
NRT - 2017-02-23 08:55

US Senator McCain visited Kobani, Kurdish forces fighting ISIS
Rûdaw - 2017-02-23 08:54
He secretly visited northern Syria last week, meeting with US forces ...

John McCain made secret trip to Syria Kurdistan
KurdPress - 2017-02-23 08:36
U.S. Sen. John McCain secretly visited the Kurdish-held region of Syria during a trip to the Middle East last weekend to meet with United States military officials, The Wall Street Journal reported. ...

Turkey asks US to act over Syria’s Manbij against Kurdish PYD
KurdPress - 2017-02-23 08:36
The United States should act in order to fulfill its promise to make Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces leave Syria’s Manbij in line with Ankara’s request or Turkey would have to reconsider an operation there, Turkish Defense Minister Fikr ...

So-called Syria Democratic Forces enter Deir ez-Zor
Orient News - 2017-02-23 02:00

14 ISIS terrorists killed in northern Syria, says Turkish army
Orient News - 2017-02-23 02:00

FMR Lebanese President: Hezbollah’s weapons in Syria ’illegitimate’
Orient News - 2017-02-23 02:00

Israeli jets hit Assad, Hezbollah locations in Syria’s Qalamoun
Orient News - 2017-02-23 02:00

John McCain made secret Syria trip to meet with US officials, Kurdish fighters
KTAR - 2017-02-23 01:32

McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria
WSJ - 2017-02-23 01:01
Sen. McCain secretly traveled to northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish fighters at the forefront of the push to drive Islamic State out of Raqqa, according to U.S. officials. ...

Staffan de Mistura : I’m not expecting a breakthrough at a new round of Syria talks
Waar Media - 2017-02-22 20:37
WAAR-DUHOK: UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday that he did not expect any breakthrough at a new round of intra Syrian talks that starts on Thursday. “Am I expecting a breakthrough? No, I’m not expecting a breakthrough,” de Mi ...

32 Coalition Airstrikes Conducted in Syria, Iraq This Week
BAS News - 2017-02-22 19:30
LEEDS — Thirty-two airstrikes were conducted by the US-led coalition air forces on the territory of Iraq and Syria against the so-called Islamic State (IS), the Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement released on Wednesday The US-led coalition aga ...

UN mediator expects "no breakthrough" in Syria talks
Reuters - 2017-02-22 17:29
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday that he expects no breakthrough at Syria peace talks starting on Thursday, but the beginning of a series of rounds of negotiations that aim to reach a political agreement. ...

SDF Close in on IS in Deir Al-Zour, Northern Syria
BAS News - 2017-02-22 14:00
ISTANBUL — The US-backed Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are leading the military operation against the Islamic State (IS) in Raqqa, Syria have reached into the Deir al-Zour province. Deir al-Zor is around 140 kilometers away from ...

Syrian asylum seeker in Austrian court charged with 20 murders
BBC - 2017-02-22 13:31
An asylum seeker appears in an Austrian court after speaking of killings that took place in Syria. ...

Russia's Lavrov says Moscow waits for U.S. suggestions on cooperation in Syria
Reuters - 2017-02-22 13:25
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia waits for the United States to come up with proposals on a possible cooperation in Syria, Interfax news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday. ...

Groundhog day in Geneva: old questions haunt Syria talks
Reuters - 2017-02-22 13:25
GENEVA (Reuters) - When Syria peace talks restart in Geneva on Thursday after 10 months in the deep-freeze, familiar disagreements are likely to resurface, despite massive changes in the military and political context. ...

Maria Zakharova : Russia to continue assisting Syrian army in fighting terrorists
Waar Media - 2017-02-22 12:50
WAAR-DUHOK: The Russian military will push ahead with assistance to Syria’s government troops in the struggle against terrorists, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Wednesday. “The Russian armed forces will go ah ...

Saudi Arabia ‘ready to send ground troops’ to Syria
Waar Media - 2017-02-22 12:50
WAAR-DUHOK: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has said the kingdom (Saudi Arabia) is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State (ISIS), as US Senator John McCain met with the Saudi King. Adel al-Jubeir told the German Press Agency o ...

Syria war: Arab-Kurdish fighters enter IS-held Deir al-Zour province
BBC - 2017-02-22 12:33
They are marching on territory controlled by so-called Islamic State. ...

Kurdish-Arab SDF enters Syria's Deir al-Zor: source
KurdPress - 2017-02-22 10:43
The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday. ...

Turkey sees change in U.S. stance toward operation in Syria's Raqqa: defense minister
Reuters - 2017-02-22 09:52
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's defense minister said on Wednesday there had been a slight change in the stance of the United States toward an operation on Syria's Raqqa and the role of a Syrian Kurdish militia as a result of Turkey's persistence on the matte ...

Arab and Kurdish fighters close in on ′IS′ Syria stronghold Raqqa | News | DW.COM | 21.02.2017
DW - 2017-02-22 04:05

Make human rights priority of Geneva Syria talks
Orient News - 2017-02-22 02:03

Forced back to Syria? Jordan's unregistered refugees fear deportation
Reuters - 2017-02-22 01:10
AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was in the dead of night when Nagham and her three young sons crept out of the Jordanian refugee camp and set off on a long walk that brought them to the capital Amman just as the sun came up. ...

Germany’s Supreme Court Issues Arrest warrant for IS Commander
BAS News - 2017-02-21 22:45
He is responsible for crimes against against the Yezidi minority in Syria and Iraq LEEDS — The Supreme Court of Germany authorized in December last year, the issuance of an arrest warrant for an IS commander who is allegedly responsible for a series of w ...

Exclusive: CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack - sources
Reuters - 2017-02-21 13:33
BEIRUT/AMMAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against Presid ...

Kurds urge Russia’s support to federalization for Syria
KurdPress - 2017-02-21 12:27
Kurds from Syria, Iraq and Turkey made a joint declaration during the Kurdish National Conference held in Moscow, Russia on Friday and urged Russia to support federalization of Syria and to protect the status of northern Kurdish-majority Syrian region, wh ...

Geneva talks to encompass Syrian transition process: U.N.
Reuters - 2017-02-21 12:27
GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria peace talks due to start this week in Geneva are based on the broad mandate of a U.N. resolution that asks the U.N. mediator to hold talks on a "political transition process", an official involved in the talks said on Tuesday. ...

Turkish military says 44 Islamic State militants killed in Syria
Reuters - 2017-02-21 09:44
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Forty-four Islamic State militants were killed by Turkey-backed operations around the Syrian town of al-Bab and in U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Monday, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. ...

Four Russian soldiers killed, two wounded in Syria
KurdPress - 2017-02-21 08:51
Four Russian servicemen were killed and two others were wounded in a car bomb explosion on February 16 in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. ...

Iraq supports Russia in preserving ceasefire in Syria: foreign ministry
KurdPress - 2017-02-21 08:51
Iraqi leaders support Russia’s intent to secure the ceasefire in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. ...

Press Release: Arrest Warrant against ISIS militant in Germany recognizes crimes committed against Yazidis as genocide
Nadia Murad - 2017-02-21 06:18
In December 2016, the Supreme Court of Germany authorised the issuance of an arrest warrant against an ISIS commander who is allegedly responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Yazidi minority in Syria and I ...

Daesh Areas of Influence – January 2017 Update
The Global Coalition - 2017-02-21 03:29
In January, Daesh lost a further 1000sq kilometres of territory in Iraq, and an additional 1000sq kilometres of territory in Syria. This means the group have now lost 62% of the territory they controlled in Iraq in August 2014, and 30% in Syria, as they ...

The implications of the solutions in Syria
Kurdish Question - 2017-02-21 02:52
The implications of the solutions in Syria ...

28 ISIS terrorists killed in northern Syria
Orient News - 2017-02-21 02:01

Islamic State linked group expands foothold in southern Syria near Israel
Reuters - 2017-02-21 01:14
AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State-linked Syrian militant groups on Monday launched a surprise attack on moderate rebels in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights near where the Jordanian and Israeli borders converge, seizing several villages and a large ...

Russia Signs Deal for Syria Bases; Turkey Appears to Accept Assad
Kurdish Globe - 2017-02-20 23:31

Syria's Kurdish National Council opens diplomatic mission in Germany
Kurdistan24 - 2017-02-20 21:27

Syria crisis: Footage shows girl 'Aya' rescue
BBC - 2017-02-20 20:48
Footage released by Syria Civil Defence shows a girl being pulled alive from rubble, apparently in Damascus' Tishreen neighbourhood amid reported air strikes. ...

Four Russian Soldiers Killed in an Airstrike in Syria
BAS News - 2017-02-20 19:47
The strike aircraft remains unidentified HOMS — Four Russian soldiers were killed in an attack in the western Syrian province of Homs on Monday, the Defence Ministry of Russia reported. A group of Russian soldiers, who were travelling in a Syrian army co ...

Al-Bab: The city of massacres, atrocities and pain
ANHA - 2017-02-20 18:01
DANÎ ABDULSELAM MANBIJ – The situation of al-Bab city is not different from other cities of Syria. Many powers are in a race to capture the city. But in their war civilians are the ones who are always massacred the most. In the wars of interest of these p ...

Russia Says Four Soldiers Killed in Syria
Waar Media - 2017-02-20 16:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Four Russian soldiers have died and two were wounded last week when their car was hit by a radio-controlled bomb in Syria, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Monday. The ministry said the explosion ripped th ...

Russia says four soldiers killed in Syria: agencies
Reuters - 2017-02-20 14:07
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Four Russian soldiers have died and two were wounded last week when their car was hit by a radio-controlled bomb in Syria, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Monday. ...

Sending boots, arming Kurds main Trump’s alternatives to fight IS: agency
KurdPress - 2017-02-20 14:05
According to AP news agency the U.S. President Donald Trump is studying the ways to fight against the Islamic State (S) in Iraq and Syria and sending U.S. troops and arming Kurds in both countries are his main alternatives to fight against the terrorist g ...

Kurds Urge Russia to Support Federalization for Syria
BAS News - 2017-02-20 12:26
They call for strengthening Russian-Kurdish relations ISTANBUL — Kurds from Syria, Iraq and Turkey made a joint declaration during the Kurdish National Conference held in Moscow, Russia on Friday. They urged Russia to support federalization of Syria and ...

Turkish air strikes target Islamic State in northern Syria
NRT - 2017-02-20 11:44

Moscow, Tehran have common goal in Syria: Larijani
KurdPress - 2017-02-20 10:15
Iran Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia have common goal in Syria. ...

Syria conflict: Rebels warns truce may collapse after attacks
BBC - 2017-02-20 04:51
Rebel groups that supported recent peace moves warn they will respond to shelling. ...

Trump says he will get Gulf states to pay for ’safe zones’ in Syria
Orient News - 2017-02-20 02:00

UN Syria envoy: ’Where’s the US?’
Orient News - 2017-02-20 02:00

Turkey Calls on US to Send Special Forces to Syria
BAS News - 2017-02-19 22:05
Ankara demands US to stop supporting Syrian Kurdish forces LEEDS — Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu proposed on Sunday that the US should send its own Special Forces to Northern Syria to support the moderate opposition forces fighting against t ...

Coalition jets launch 40 air raids against ISIS in Syria, Iraq
NRT - 2017-02-19 19:14

Barzani and Syrian Opposition Discuss Future of Rojava
BAS News - 2017-02-19 17:36
MUNICH — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with the president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Anas al-Abdah, on Sunday to discuss the future of Syria and the rights of Kurds in the country. The two of ...

The US is listening to Turkey over Syria, says defence minister
Rûdaw - 2017-02-19 13:36
Turkey wants Kurdish forces left out of the Raqqa operation ...

Dozens pay tribute to British chef who died fighting Isil in Syria as his body is returned to the UK
Telegraph - 2017-02-19 12:17

Iran's Zarif says use of chemical weapons in Syria cannot be condoned
Reuters - 2017-02-19 10:20
MUNICH (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, pointing to Sunni Islamist militants in Syria fighting against its allies in Damascus, told the Munich Security Conference that the use of chemical weapons can never be condoned. ...

Syria and the avalanche of evidence
Orient News - 2017-02-19 02:00

US Secretary of State: Washington not tilting towards Russia on Syria
Orient News - 2017-02-19 02:00

ISIS claims 30+ Kurdish fighters killed in northeast Syria
Almasdarnews - 2017-02-18 23:31

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan eyes Kurdish-held town in Syria - UPI.com
UPI - 2017-02-18 23:31

Turkey Envisions Joint Operation With U.S. to Rid Syria of ISIS
Newsweek - 2017-02-18 23:14
Ankara requests a U.S. ground presence for Raqqa operation, warns Washington not to employ Kurdish militia, Turkish newspaper reports. ...

YPJ spokeswoman visits Manbij Military Council
ANHA - 2017-02-18 18:37
Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) spokeswoman Nasrin Abdullah visited the fighters of the Manbij Military Council in order to strengthen relations between the Rojava and Northern Syria military forces and to evaluate the developments in the region. ...

Interests of Kurds unaffected by Russian-Iranian-Turkish cooperation in Syria
Almasdarnews - 2017-02-18 18:29

Kurds pledge to fight Turkey to retain Syria's Manbij | Syria News | Al Jazeera
Aljazeera - 2017-02-18 18:10

NATO Providing Military Training to Roj Peshmerga: ENKS Official
BAS News - 2017-02-18 16:40
Roj Peshmerga are prepared to leave for Rojava, Sa'id Omar, ENKS member, says ERBIL — North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is providing the Syrian Kurdish Peshmerga force known as "Roj Peshmerga" with military training, Sa'id Omar, a member of Syria ...

PYD holds its first conference in Holland
ANHA - 2017-02-18 16:35
On Saturday morning, the activities of the first conference of Women Organization in the Democratic Union Party started in Holland, under the slogan "The Free Woman Is the Guarantee of North Syria Federation". ...

Turkish projects to change demography of north Syria
ANHA - 2017-02-18 14:04
Turkey is striving for changing the demography of the occupied regions in northern of Syria, and it is intending to build 40 thousand of apartments in the occupying regions in northern of Syria. ...

Asya Abdullah: Interests of Kurds unaffected by Russian-Iranian-Turkish cooperation
Waar Media - 2017-02-18 13:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Collaboration that Russia, Iran and Turkey are maintaining the sphere of peace settlement in Syria does not affect the interests of the Kurdish people in any way, Asya Abdullah, the co-chairperson of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) told a new ...

Russia, Turkey, Iran create group to monitor Syria truce
KurdPress - 2017-02-18 09:33
Russia, Iran and Turkey have decided to create a joint group as part of Syria ceasefire monitoring mechanism and tasked themselves with separating terrorist groups from the armed opposition, Sputnik news agency reported. ...

TASS: World - Interests of Kurds unaffected by Russian-Iranian-Turkish cooperation in Syria
TASS - 2017-02-18 05:50

Civilians in Syria’s ‘Four Towns’ need support as humanitarian catastrophe looms – UN relief official
United Nations - 2017-02-18 04:31
A senior United Nations relief official has today called on all parties to come to an agreement and allow immediate and unfettered humanitarian access to more than 60,000 civilians trapped in four Syrian towns of Al-Zabadani, Al-Fu’ah, Kafraya and Madaya. ...

US backs UN role in resolving Syria crisis - Gabriel
Jerusalem Post - 2017-02-18 04:07
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Russia says it bombed Islamic State targets near Syria's Raqqa
Jerusalem Post - 2017-02-18 04:07
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Islamic State 'bureaucrats' fleeing stronghold in Syria
Jerusalem Post - 2017-02-18 04:07
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Erdogan on Syria: We finally see the light at the end of the tunnel
Orient News - 2017-02-18 02:01

Syria talks in Astana conclude, eyes on Geneva meeting Orient Net The second round of Astana talks on Syria were concluded on yesterday on Thursday without ..
Orient News - 2017-02-18 02:01

New UN body created to bring Syria war crimes to court
Orient News - 2017-02-18 02:01

Islamic State 'bureaucrats' fleeing stronghold in Syria: Pentagon
Reuters - 2017-02-17 20:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State administrators and bureaucrats have started to flee the militant group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa as a U.S.-backed alliance works to isolate the city, a Pentagon official said on Friday. ...

One person killed, 10 others wounded in blast in Turkey's southeast: sources
Reuters - 2017-02-17 20:15
DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - At least one person was killed and ten others were wounded in an explosion in the southeastern Turkish town of Viransehir near the border with Syria, hospital sources said on Friday. ...

Coalition conducts 41 strikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria
NRT - 2017-02-17 18:39

Kurds Call on Russia to Defend Syria's Federalization on International Level
Sputnik - 2017-02-17 16:38

Daesh Areas of Influence – January 2016 Update
The Global Coalition - 2017-02-17 15:44
In January, Daesh lost a further 1000sq kilometres of territory in Iraq, and an additional 1000sq kilometres of territory in Syria. This means the group have now lost 62% of the territory they controlled in Iraq in August 2014, and 30% in Syria, as they ...

Pentagon Mulling Combat Troops to Syria as Option in New Anti-ISIS Plan
Waar Media - 2017-02-17 14:06
WAAR-DUHOK: The Pentagon is considering a recommendation that conventional ground forces be sent to Syria as part of a package of options to be presented this month to President Donald Trump to accelerate operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, ...

G20 foreign ministers discuss Syria situation
NRT - 2017-02-17 11:48

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