Turkey to set up university in Syria’s al-Bab as 200,000 refugees returned

Turkey will establish an applied sciences university in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on June 20, adding that nearly 200,000 refugees have returned to the “liberated areas” in Syria.
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US-led coalition targets Islamic State’s oil and gas network

Combined Joint Force Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) announced today that four members of the Islamic State's illicit gas and oil network were killed during "operations" on May 26. They were targeted in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. Separately, CJTF-OIR's local partners seized and destroyed $1.4 million dollars worth of drugs from the so-called caliphate in southern Syria.
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UN: Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide

A record number of 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence, and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday.
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I will send 4 million Syrian refugees back to Syria: İYİ Party leader

İYİ (Good) Party leader and presidential candidate Meral Akşener has vowed to send 4 million Syrian refugees residing in Turkey to Syria in the event she becomes president in the upcoming elections, stating Turkey needs to channel the $36 billion dollars spent on refugees on domestic economic development instead.
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Nigeria:Nigeria Tightens Airport Security Amids Fears of Isis Attacks

[Premium Times] The Nigerian government intensified stricter passenger screening and other tougher security measures for all commercial flights earlier this month, following threats of renewed attacks linked to the deadly Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
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Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on June 19.
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Shepherds Kidnapped and Executed; 16 Killed in Iraq

Airstrikes on al-Hari, Syria, left at least 22 Shi’ite militiamen dead and 12 wounded. Although the militiamen were based within a mile of the border, they were not working as an Iraqi security force, so they are not being counted as casualties in this summary. The United States was accused of conducting the strike, but … Continue reading "Shepherds Kidnapped and Executed; 16 Killed in Iraq" The post Shepherds Kidnapped and Executed; 16 Killed in Iraq
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Will Russia play Iran card during Syria reconstruction talks?

After seven years of war in Syria, which has already thwarted the Chinese and the Iranian attempts to reach to the Mediterranean, Russia started planning the next phase of reconstruction process of
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ISIS festering amid tribalism, sectarianism in Pakistan

ISIS has largely been removed from its territorial claims in both Iraq and Syria, but that does not mean that it has been completely eradicated. There are many groups throughout the Muslim world who
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Syria says US-led strike hits troops in east, US denies

Syrian state TV is reporting that the U.S.-led coalition has struck a military position in the country’s east, leaving several troops dead and wounded, allegations denied by a U.S. official.
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Iran and the American-Russian pincer from Syria to Lebanon

While Russian-Israeli communications are still active for setting up a ground agreement in south of Syria, a new factor has emerged in relation to the Lebanese border with occupied Palestine. Lebanese
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Islamic State’s Turkish executioner killed in Deir Ezzor

US-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) reportedly killed the Islamic State executioner Talip Akkurt, known by his nom de guerre Abu Talha al Turki, who burned two Turkish soldiers alive in Syria in 2016. Al Turki was reported dead following a June 7 SDF attack in Deir Ezzor’s Hajin town. Since Feb. 2018, al Turki was […]
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Israel, Jordan fear escalation as Russia seeks provincial division in Syria

The recent trouble in Jordan would pave the way for the Syrian army and its allies to move South West of Syria to regain control over the provinces of Dera’a, Suwaida and Qunaitra. The three
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Euphrates Fills with Bodies Floating in from Syria; 18 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq

Bodies floating downstream into Iraq from Syria after scores of ISIS/Daesh militants were executed in Syria. The post Euphrates Fills with Bodies Floating in from Syria; 18 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original .
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UN Syria envoy to host senior Turkish, Russian, Iranian officials

The U.N. envoy for Syria says he will host senior officials from Turkey, Iran, and Russia in Geneva next week to discuss efforts to create a constitutional committee that could help one day bring peace to the war-devastated country.
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Italy sends troops to support YPG in Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor: Reports

Italy has reportedly sent troops to Deir Ez-Zor city in eastern Syria to support the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist group for its links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to local sources.
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2.5 million more people may flock to Turkey from Syria’s Idlib: UN

The U.N. humanitarian agency’s top official for Syria has expressed concerns about recent airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province, warning that “we may have not seen the worst of the crisis” in Syria even after seven years of war.
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Syrians want to return home: Turkish justice minister

Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said on June 11 that Syrian refugees in Turkey want to return home as the Turkish army has provided security with anti-terror operations in northern Syria.
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U.N. fears for 2.5 million in Idlib, Syria as fighting escalates

The United Nations voiced concern on June 11 about an escalation in fighting and air strikes in Syria's Idlib province, where 2.5 million civilians have "no place else to go" within their homeland.
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Turkey installs 764 km security wall on Syria border

Turkey has completed the construction of a 764-kilometer (475-mile) concrete wall along its border with Syria, according to a Turkish official on June 9. Click through the photos for the full story...
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The F-35 won’t fly to Turkey

Turkey and the United States seem to have finally agreed on how to solve the Manbij puzzle in Syria, which has been poisoning relations like an open wound for almost two years. A long-awaited summit between Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week in Washington sealed a road map, which represents the U.S.’s official commitment to the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to the east of the Euphrates River.
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Syria: In dust and despair, displaced Syrians wait

More than half of Idlib’s population of roughly two million people are displaced. MSF has been ramping up its efforts to bring healthcare to hard to reach and underserved patients. Language English
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Turkey's Harran University to open faculty, school in northern Syria

Harran University, located in Turkey’s southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, said on June 6 that it would open a campus in one of the northern Syrian regions under the control of the Turkish military and its Syrian allies, deepening Ankara’s role in an area it has held for nearly two years.
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Istanbul court orders release of Boğaziçi University students in ‘terror propaganda’ trial

An Istanbul court on June 6 ordered the release of all suspects in a highly controversial trial of 22 students from the prestigious Boğaziçi University who protested on campus against Turkey’s military campaign in northern Syria.
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Syrian Kurdish authority says group ready to talk to Damascus

Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish party in control of northeastern Syria, is prepared to hold talks with the Syrian government over the future of the area, senior Kurdish officials said on June 6.
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Syria problem replaces terror as Turkey’s main foreign policy issue

The Syria problem is Turkey’s number one foreign policy issue, a recent poll shows. The fight against terror had topped the list in the previous two years. Some 14.1 percent of the respondents this year, compared to 44.2 in 2017 and 31.1 in 2016, said terror was the top problem in Turkish foreign policy. A significant number of respondents believe Turkey’s operations in Syria have eliminated threats against the Turkish state.
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In war-torn Syria, 'cat man' starts rare animal clinic

Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel who grew up in Syria's second city Aleppo, has been mad about cats since he was a boy. As the war raged on and cat lovers fled the city, Jaleel was left with 170 cats to feed and a new nickname: the Cat Man of Aleppo.
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US boycotts world disarmament body over Syria presidency

The United States said it would boycott Tuesday’s session of the Conference on Disarmament amid fears that Syria is using its presidency of the body to “normalize” the regime.
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US-Led Coalition Killed Hundreds of Civilians in Raqqa Airstrike Campaign, Breaking International Law, Amnesty Finds

Julia Conley, staff writer Airstrikes against ISIS targets by the U.S. coalition in Raqqa, Syria, likely breached international humanitarian law and amounted to war crimes, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
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A 'Scale of Brutality...Out of Control': Amnesty Says US Annihilation of Raqqa Possible War Crime

Julia Conley, staff writer Airstrikes against ISIS targets by the U.S. coalition in Raqqa, Syria, likely breached international humanitarian law and amounted to war crimes, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
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Explosion at US-French base in northern Syria

A military base hosting American and French troops in the northern Syrian town of Ain Issa was hit by an explosion on Sunday night, according to local sources in Raqqah on Monday, Anadolu Agency reported
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The condition of Iran’s withdrawal for Assad to stay

The Khamenei regime and the Assad regime seek to fulfill two aims: keep the Damascus regime as it is and keep Iran’s military and intelligence presence and militias in Syria and negotiate over
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US boycotts world disarmament body over Syria presidency

The United States said it would boycott the June 5 session of the Conference on Disarmament amid fears that Syria is using its presidency of the body to "normalise" the regime.
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Turkey, US endorse Syria road map

Turkey and the United States have endorsed a road map over the withdrawal of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Manbij province of Syria after months-long negotiations, the Turkish foreign ministry announced after the meeting between two sides’ foreign ministers in Washington on June 4.
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More than 30,000 Syrians leave Turkey for Eid al-Fitr

More than 30,000 Syrians have left Turkey to spend the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in Syria, as long lines of Syrian families, laden with baggage, have started queuing at border crossings between the two countries.
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Turkish, American top diplomats to meet to finalize Syria plan

Two top diplomats from Turkey and the United States will come together in Washington D.C. on June 3 to finalize a months-long debated road map for a bilateral move in the Manbij province of Syria that will push the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish fighters from the city and help the two NATO allies relatively mend their troubled ties.
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Turkish, US military chiefs discuss Syria over phone

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with his Turkish counterpart Gen. Hulusi Akar over the phone on June 2, according to the Pentagon.
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US lists Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) as foreign terrorist organization

The U.S. Department of State has amended the designation of al-Nusrah Front, an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, to include Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other aliases.
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Malaysia detains 15 suspects, including one deported by Turkey over ISIL links

Malaysian police said June 1 they have detained 15 suspected militants, including one who was deported by Turkey for trying to slip into Syria to join ISIL.
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1,906 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq Violence During May

Almost 2,000 people were killed or found dead in Iraq during May. That includes 44 alleged militants killed in border operations in Syria. The post 1,906 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq Violence During May appeared first on Antiwar.com Original .
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Assad says he’ll use force if YPG refuses to withdraw

‘The only problem left in Syria is the SDF ,’ Syrian leader Assad tells a Russian outlet, refferring to the Kurdish group led by the YPG, which is seen as a terrorist group by Turkey
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UN agencies appeal for funds for Syrian refugees to avoid cuts

The war in Syria has created the world's largest refugee crisis and the international community has funded less than one-third of the $5.6bn required to support them.
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Russian envoy holds talks in Ankara twice in one week

Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President Putin’s special envoy for Syria, met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on May 31, in the second visit of the special envoy to Turkey within one week.
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Putin does not like the sight of Russian coffins

Russian President Vladimir Putin hates the sight of Russian coffins coming from Syria. He has sought since the beginning to avoid such images. He knows that coffins stir fears of deep involvement,
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Rights group warns Syria's new property law threatens refugee returns

A new property law, which empowers the Syrian government to create redevelopment zones across Syria and paves the way for confiscation of property, creates an obstacle for refugees who might want to return, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.
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Former Syria VP calls for new approach; supports Saudi Arabian peace initiative

​Berlin, (UNA-OIC) - The existing peace process to resolve the Syrian conflict is neither inclusive nor democratic, and only brings together the regime and the overwhelmingly Islamist opposition, said former Vice President Dr. Rifaat Assad.
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CHP vows to establish Middle East ‘peace organization’ with Iran, Iraq and Syria

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has pledged to establish a “Middle East Peace and Cooperation Organization” with Iran, Iraq and Syria.
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Turkish army chief inspects 'Olive Branch' troops in border province of Hatay

Turkey’s army chief on May 25 visited the southern border province of Hatay to inspect troops taking part in the ongoing Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria.
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Israeli security and the consolidation of Hezbollah's influence in Lebanon

Stability on the northern borders of Israel is the key objective of Israeli policy on Lebanon and Syria. Israel is enjoying economic prosperity and an exceptional level of development with a growth
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