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The Turkish president has previously warned of new military operations against YPG forces, which control the Syrian region east of the Euphrates.

Analysis: Ankara's investments south of its border indicate it plans to maintain influence there so some time to come, writes Paul Iddon.

Turkey, Trump and the new geopolitics

Bashdar Ismaeel

Turkey, Trump and the new geopolitics

Comment: Fraught relations between Washington and Ankara speak of a wider story in the Middle East, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Assad can't put Syrian-Kurdish genie back in the bottle

Paul Iddon

Assad can't put Syrian-Kurdish genie back in the bottle

Comment: Following six years of de-facto self-rule, it's clear that Syria's Kurds have established themselves in ways impossible to undo, writes ...

Idlib: Will Syria's last major battle be its deadliest?

Paul Iddon

Idlib: Will Syria's last major battle be its deadliest?

The last major redoubt held by Assad's opponents in Idlib may become the site for the fiercest fighting and devastation in the Syrian conflict ...

The New Arab

Kurdish-led SDF visits Damascus for second round of talks

A delegation from the Syrian Democratic Council discussed local administration and decentralisation with the Syrian government in Damascus, local news reported.

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey pushes refugee return with new Syria 'safe zones'

President Erdogan wants to create more safe areas in Syria to encourage refugees to return home from Turkey.

Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero

Idlib further complicates Turkish-Russian relationship

Comment: If Assad attempts an assault on the western province, a major geopolitical showdown as well as devastation on the ground will follow, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey 'turns blind eye' to rebel abuses in Afrin

Amnesty International on Thursday accused Turkish forces of allowing Syrian armed groups to commit major rights abuses in the northern region of ...

Is this the end of Syrian-Kurdish aspirations?

Thomas Essel

Is this the end of Syrian-Kurdish aspirations?

Comment: Facing geopolitical chaos in Syria, the US will likely quietly withdraw its support for Kurdish militants in the country's north, ...

The New Arab

Syrian 'decentralised state' agreed between Kurdish-led SDF and regime

In a potential breakthrough to end the Syrian war, the political arm of the SDF said it had agreed a roadmap to create a 'decentralised state' ...

Who's who in Syria?

The New Arab

Who's who in Syria?

In-depth: The chaotic situation in Syria has seen the creation of many militias and the militarisation of many political parties. We have ...

Kurdish-led delegation lands in Damascus, holds talks with regime

The New Arab & agencies

Kurdish-led delegation lands in Damascus, holds talks with regime

The talks come after Assad threatened to retake Kurdish-held areas by force.

Turkey arrests German national for 'spreading PKK propaganda'

The New Arab

Turkey arrests German national for 'spreading PKK propaganda'

A German national of Turkish descent has been arrested in Turkey's southeast for allegedly spreading PKK propaganda on social media.

'The Syrian revolution is not dead'

Ömer Özkizilcik

'The Syrian revolution is not dead'

Analysis: Many consider the armed opposition defeated and the Syrian uprising dead. But Syria's rebels are keeping faith in their revolution, ...

Paul Iddon

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

Analysis: The US, Russia, Turkey and Iran all have different motives for staying - and for leaving, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab & agencies

Last Kurdish YPG fighters leave Syria's Manbij

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) led the 2016 offensive to rid Manbij of the Islamic State group and had kept military advisers in ...

Sylvain Mercadier

The Assyrians' challenge in a post-IS Syria

In-depth: Assyrians of the Khabbur plain were targeted in the jihadists' assaults, and relied on the support of Kurdish and Arab fighters to ...

Paul Iddon

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Analysis: Tens of thousands of rebels remain in Idlib, Kurds hold several territories and US troops are also active in the north, notes Paul ...

US Republican Senator warns against further Turkish Syria incursions

The New Arab

US Republican Senator warns against further Turkish Syria incursions

Turkey's incursions into Syria should be halted, veteran US Senator Lindsey Graham has said, and also warned Trump against a roll back of US ...

The New Arab

US Senator in Syria: 'Terrible' if American troops leave

Lindsey Graham told a group of local officials in a video broadcast by the Manbij-based Furat FM TV on Monday that it would "be terrible" if ...

Assad regime condemns Turkish, US patrols around Syria's Manbij

The New Arab & agencies

Assad regime condemns Turkish, US patrols around Syria's Manbij

The Turkish patrols are part of a deal to reduce tensions around Manbij, where US troops are also present, but Syria's regime sees them as an ...

Turkish airstrikes kill 26 Kurdish fighters in Turkey, Iraq

The New Arab & agencies

Turkish airstrikes kill 26 Kurdish fighters in Turkey, Iraq

Ankara has stepped up its airstrikes against Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, saying ground forces are advancing toward Qandil.

It's make or break for Erdogan vs Turkey's opposition

Bashdar Ismaeel

It's make or break for Erdogan vs Turkey's opposition

Comment: No matter who is the victor, they will have to contend with the half, who will be bitter at any electoral defeat, writes Bashdar Ismaeel

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