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20 photographs of the week

The aftermath of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Rudy Giuliani at that press conference, the continuing conflict in Idlib and the enduring impact of Covid-19: the most striking images from around the world Continue reading...
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Russia blamed for airstrike on training camp in north-west Syria

Rebel groups vow to retaliate after attack in Idlib that reportedly killed 50 Turkish-backed fightersAn airstrike on a rebel training camp in north-west Syria killed more than 50 Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition’s strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said.The opposition vowed to retaliate for the attack on Monday on Faylaq al-Sham, blaming Russia for the daytime attack. There was no immediate comment from Russia or Turk...
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Syria war: 'Russian air strikes kill dozens' in Idlib

More than 50 people reportedly die in the attack, which puts at risk a ceasefire in the area.
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Turkey's Erdogan has been humiliating Putin all year — here's how he did it

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, in March 2020. Reuters Turkey is currently backing Azerbaijan's fight against Russia-backed Armenia over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. Over the past year Turkey has also involved itself in proxy conflicts against Russia in Syria and Libya. A NATO military analyst told Insider that Turkey's boldness in joining proxy fights actually comes from President Erdogan simply acting like Russian...
Tags: Politics, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, Trends, Georgia, Turkey, Syria, Ukraine, Ap, Analysis, West, Egypt, Nato, Middle East


The White House is trying to negotiate hostage releases from Syria, but regional officials don't think Assad will take the talks seriously

Freelance journalist Austin Tice, who went missing in Syria in 2012. Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service/Getty Images The White House held secret talks with the Syrian government earlier this year in an attempt to discuss the fate of two American hostages, the therapist Majd Kamalmaz and journalist Austin Tice. But regional security officials and diplomats are skeptical the Syrians will even enter serious negotiations with the US in the first place. I would know: in the years aft...
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The White House's plan to negotiate hostage releases from Syria won't work because Assad won't take it seriously, regional officials say

Freelance journalist Austin Tice, who went missing in Syria in 2012. Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service/Getty Images The White House held secret talks with the Syrian government earlier this year in an attempt to discuss the fate of two American hostages, the therapist Majd Kamalmaz and journalist Austin Tice. But regional security officials and diplomats are skeptical the Syrians will even enter serious negotiations with the US in the first place. I would know: in the years aft...
Tags: Politics, Isis, Washington Post, White House, Israel, US, Trends, Eu, Iran, Syria, Analysis, Washington Dc, Middle East, News UK, Assad, Donald Trump


Rights group suspects Russia, Syria war crimes in Idlib

A leading human rights group said Thursday that a yearlong military campaign by Syrian and Russian forces that repeatedly attacked civilian targets in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria constituted apparent war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity. Human Rights Watch released a 167-page report titled “Targeting Life in Idlib,” in which the group names 10 senior Syrian and Russian civilian and military officials — including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian Presid...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Syria, Human Rights Watch, Bashar Assad, Idlib, Russia Syria


Trump says he wanted to kill Syrian President Bashar Assad but Mattis stopped him before he could 'take him out'

President Donald Trump at a press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 15. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump said on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday that he wanted to kill Syrian President Bashar Assad after a deadly April 2017 chemical-weapons attack in the country. "I would've rather taken him out. I had him all set," Trump said, adding that the plan didn't move forward because then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis objected. Reports that Trump had ordered the ki...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, Defense, US, International, Trends, Syria, Marine Corps, Bashar al-Assad, Assad, Donald Trump, Assassination, Trump, Bashar Assad, Idlib


British female IS suspects are escaping Syrian detention camps

British female Islamic State (IS) suspects have been smuggled out of detention camps in northeast Syria, with some raising funds online to pay for further escapes, according to jihadist social media activity. At least one British woman is among numerous European IS supporters who have broken out of Al Hol camp to reach rebel-held Idlib, where they can freely proselytise for the group. In a recent video published to Telegram channels and Facebook pages devoted to crowdfunding for Islamic State su...
Tags: Facebook, UK, News, Islamic State, Syria, Idlib, Bellingcat, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Al Hol, Harim, Maryam Al Britaniya


Republicans and Democrats join forces to condemn Russian 'aggression' after a military vehicle crash that injured 4 US troops in Syria

US soldiers stage their vehicles for a patrol in northeast Syria, December 27, 2019. US Army/Spc. John Stauffer A US-Russian military vehicle crash that injured four American troops in Syria alarmed both Republicans and Democrats, leading many to issue a joint statement.Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts told Insider President Donald Trump is to blame for rapidly exiting the region and leaving only a small force to confront the numerically larger Russian force. James Phillips, a ...
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UN restarts Syria cross-border but with only one access point

Millions in Idlib region can receive humanitarian aid but only after Russia insists on closing one of two crossingsThe UN security council passed a resolution to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria on Saturday after caving to Russian pressure to close one of two access points into the war-torn country.After a week of division and seven ballots, the council passed a German and Belgian proposal allowing the Bab al-Hawa crossing point on Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey to be used...
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UN restarts Syria cross-border aid but with only one access point

Millions in Idlib region can receive humanitarian assistance but only after Russia insists on closing one of two crossingsThe UN security council passed a resolution to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria on Saturday after caving to Russian pressure to close one of two access points into the war-torn country.After a week of division and seven ballots, the council passed a German and Belgian proposal allowing the Bab al-Hawa crossing point on Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey to ...
Tags: Russia, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Un, UN Security Council, Idlib, Bab al Hawa


Hospitals in Syria's rebel area reduce services amid virus

Hospitals in Syria's overcrowded opposition-held enclave are suspending non-emergency procedures and outpatient services following the detection of the first case of coronavirus, a leading doctor in the area said Friday. The first case of COVID-19, a doctor in the area, was reported on Thursday in Idlib province, the last opposition-held part of Syria in a sliver of land bordering Turkey. There have been major concerns of an outbreak in northwestern Syria, an area packed with more than 3 milli...
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Idlib reports first Covid-19 case and braces for fresh disaster

Syria’s rebel-held province has been dreading an outbreak of the coronavirus pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealthcare workers in Syria’s last rebel-held province are bracing for fresh disaster after the overcrowded and poverty-stricken area confirmed its first case of Covid-19.A doctor in his 30s working at Bab al-Hawa hospital in Idlib near the Turkish border asked to be tested after displaying symptoms, the local health authority said in a statement on Thu...
Tags: World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Idlib, Bab al Hawa, Coronavirus outbreak


Syria conflict: 'Flagrant' war crimes committed in Idlib battle, UN says

Syrian civilians endured "unfathomable suffering" at the hands of troops and jihadists, the UN says.
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Russia's Putin urges Turkey, Iran to help promote dialogue in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his counterparts from Turkey and Iran on Wednesday that there was a need for peaceful dialogue between the opposing forces in Syria's civil war. Putin also told Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's Hassan Rouhani in a televised video conference that hot spots of terrorism still remain in Syria's Idlib and other regions.
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Hassan Rouhani, Tayyip Erdogan, Idlib, Turkey Iran


Syria: jihadist group abducts British man from his home in Idlib

Tauqir Sharif’s UK citizenship was revoked in 2017, after working on aid projects in the regionA British man living in rebel-held Syria has been abducted by the area’s dominant jihadist group, his family has said.Tauqir Sharif and his wife, Racquell Hayden Best, from Walthamstow, east London, have been working on humanitarian projects in Syria since 2013 and are currently living with their five children in Idlib province, the last opposition bastion of the country. Idlib, in north-west Syria, ha...
Tags: UK, London, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Walthamstow, Idlib, north west Syria, Tauqir Sharif, Hayat Tahrir, Racquell Hayden Best


George Floyd killing triggers wave of activism around the world

Protests have spread to UK, France, Israel, Australia, south-east Asia and parts of AfricalHis face is on murals in Belfast, on a shard of the Berlin Wall and on a blown-out building in Idlib. “I can’t breathe,” some of the last words George Floyd uttered as he was killed, are painted across a wall in Montreal. A slaver’s statue in Bristol has been uprooted. Statues of a colonial king have been burned and defaced across Belgium. In the Netherlands, the prime minister says a blackface Christmas r...
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Syria's warring parties agree to Geneva talks: U.N. envoy

Opposing sides in the Syrian civil war have agreed to reconvene in Geneva for negotiations on the constitution, United Nations Special Envoy Geir Pedersen said on Tuesday, saying that it could provide the arena for bridging "deep, deep mistrust". After nine years of conflict in Syria, Pedersen referred to "relative calm" in the last rebel-held enclave of Idlib as an opportunity for building confidence. "As soon as the pandemic situation allows, they have agreed to come to Geneva and they have ...
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NW Syria clashes kill 48 in highest toll since truce: monitor

Clashes in northwest Syria killed 48 regime fighters and jihadists Sunday in the highest such death toll since the start of a two-month-old ceasefire there, a monitor said. A truce since March 6 had largely stemmed fighting in Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib after a months-long regime assault that killed hundreds of civilians and forced almost a million to flee. "It's the highest death toll for fighters since the truce came into force," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman, who r...
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NW Syria clashes kill 22 in highest toll since truce: monitor

Clashes in northwest Syria killed 22 regime fighters and jihadists Sunday in the highest such death toll since the start of a two-month-old ceasefire there, a monitor said. A truce since March 6 had largely stemmed fighting in Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib after a months-long regime assault that killed hundreds of civilians and forced almost a million to flee. "It's the highest death toll for fighters since the truce came into force," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman, who r...
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'There is no future': the refugees who became pawns in Erdoğan’s game

First the asylum seekers were used to further Turkey’s regional ambitions, now they are made to suffer in quarantine campsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt the beginning of March, thousands of refugees gathered in the shadow of the Pazarkule border gate in Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would “open the gate” to Europe.The move was a reaction to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in Idlib province on 28 February and designed to exert pressure on t...
Tags: Europe, Eu, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Nato, Refugees, Global development, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Idlib


Syrians in Idlib protest opening of trade link with regime

Maarat al-Naasan (Syria) (AFP) - Protests broke out across opposition-held parts of northwest Syria Friday against an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group after it opened a trade crossing into regime territory, an AFP correspondent and a war monitor said. "Mass protests broke out in several towns and villages in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo to denounce the practises of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance" said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor. Led by Syria's former...
Tags: News, Syria, Britain, Al Qaeda, Aleppo, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Idlib, HTS, Hayat Tahrir al Sham alliance, Naasan Syria


Turkey's Erdogan accuses Syrian government of violating Idlib ceasefire

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the Syrian government was violating a ceasefire in the northwestern Idlib region, warning that Damascus would suffer "heavy losses" if it persisted. Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides in Syria's war, agreed on March 5 to halt hostilities in northwestern Syria after an escalation of clashes there displaced nearly a million people and brought the two sides close to confrontation. Speaking in Istanbul after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan ...
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Coronavirus: Fears of virus in Idlib refugee camps

The UN warns that camps for the displaced in north-western Syria could be devastated by coronavirus.
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Virus now in Gaza, Syria, raising fears in vulnerable areas

GAZA, Palestinian Territory — The arrival of the coronavirus in the Gaza Strip, an impoverished enclave where the health care system has been gutted by years of conflict, and Syria, which has been devastated by nine years of civil war and sanctions, raised fears Sunday that the pandemic may soon prey on some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.Authorities in Gaza, which has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power from rival Pale...
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Coronavirus live updates: Australia to close Bondi Beach, deaths jump in Spain and Italy

Spain death pass 1,000, Italy deaths pass 4,000; More US states, including New York, tell people to stay home; Dow Jones falls 900 points. Follow the latest.Italy and Spain record highest single-day death tollsNew York announces all non-essential workers must stay homeThe week explained | Sign up for our weekly newsletterSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.16am GMT Syria will not allow visitors arriving from countries that are dealing with outbreaks to enter the country, as part of measures t...
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Pompeo says Russia responsible for Turkish soldiers' deaths

The United States for the first time Tuesday held Russia responsible for the deaths of dozens of Turkish troops in Syria as it vowed accountability. An airstrike last month in the Idlib region killed 34 Turkish soldiers, although Ankara blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and reached a new ceasefire deal with Moscow. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announcing new sanctions on Syrian officials, placed blame on Russia, which along with Iran has backed Assad in his bloody quest to crush rebel...
Tags: News, Russia, Iran, Syria, United States, Moscow, Assad, Bashar Al Assad, Ankara, State, Idlib, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


'There is nothing now': Syrians in Idlib fear end nearing

It was a far cry from the house, the farm, and the job that he, his wife and three children left behind two months ago, fleeing their hometown just 15 kilometers (9 miles) down the road as it was overwhelmed by Syrian government troops in furious fighting. Now they were moving into an apartment in a district full of buildings shattered by government bombardment. The city of Idlib is the last urban area still under opposition control in Syria, located in a shrinking rebel enclave in the northwe...
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Turkey-Russia patrols start amid protests on Syrian highway

Turkish and Russian troops began joint patrols Sunday on a key highway in northwestern Syria, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said, while both the Russian government and Syrian opposition activists said the patrols were shortened because of protests. Patrols on the highway known as the M4, which runs east-west through Idlib province, are part of a cease-fire agreement between Turkey and Russia signed earlier this month.
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