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SYRIA: Russian & US Forces Close to Open Conflict – In Depth

The competition between Russia and the USA in the northeastern part of Syria is growing, the two strongest military powers are increasingly struggling for peaceful coexistence in the Arab Republic. Since the beginning of the year, the American side has moved to the tactics of blocking the movements of Russian troops on the strategically important M4 […]

Syria Rejects Cooperation with Turkey against Kurdish Militias

DAMASCUS – An informed Syrian source denied reports by Reuters that the Syrian-Russian-Turkish meeting in Moscow has discussed potential coordination against the presence of the Kurdish militants in northern Syria and the possibility of joint action against People’s Protection Units (YPG). The source rejected the Reuters report on a joint campaign against the Kurdish militias […]

Kurds begin abandoning bases in Raqqa province

RAQQA – Kurdish militias have left the base and checkpoint in northern Raqqa province, near the town of Ain Issa. The Kurdish forces evacuated a military base with a training center in addition to the checkpoint used by the Asayish, the police force in Kurdish-controlled zones. The base is close to the M-4 road, east […]

Clashes in northeastern Syria put Turkish-Russian Memorandum at risk

On Tuesday, exactly two weeks after Ankara launched its cross border military operation “Operation Peace Spring”, in northern Syria east of the Euphrates River, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi for what proved to be a lengthy diplomatic discussion that resulted in an agreement that sets […]

Turkey will consider Syrian protection of Kurds as ‘declaration of war’

ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s adviser Yasin Aktay said that the possible protection of the Kurdish units operating in northern Syria by Damascus will be regarded by Ankara as a declaration of war against Turkey. “If the Syrian regime [government troops] wants to enter Manbij, Kobane and Qamishli to provide protection to the […]

Turkey condemns Arab League statement on Syria operation

ANKARA – Turkey has condemned the Arab League statement about the Ankara operation in northern Syria, said Turkish presidential administration communications director Fahrettin Altun. On Saturday, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit urged Turkey to immediately halt the military operation against Kurdish units in northern Syria and to withdraw troops from the territory of the […]

BREAKING: ISIS suicide bombers attack Kurdish YPG positions in Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria – According to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), at least three Daesh suicide bombers attacked Wednesday its military positions in Syria’s Raqqa, Sputnik reported. The SDF stressed in a statement that the Daesh* terrorists took “advantage of imminent Turkish invasion”, adding that “clashes still ongoing”. The SDF has, however, not provided any […]