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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said that Turkish troops will deploy inside Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called "de-escalation" zone brokered by Russia.

Comment: The rift between Qatar and the Saudi-UAE axis brings into sharper focus the intractable issue of food insecurity in the region, writes Amar Diwakar.

Airstrikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48-hours: monitor Airstrikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48-hours: monitor

The New Arab & agencies

Airstrikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48-hours: monitor

Two days of heavy airstrikes by Syria's regime and its ally Russia in northwestern Syria killed at least 22 civilians, a monitor said on Thursday.

Erdogan, Putin to discuss Syria plan next week

The New Arab

Erdogan, Putin to discuss Syria plan next week

Russia and Turkey's presidents are set to meet in Ankara next week to discuss a plan to reduce violence in Syria's northwestern Idlib ...

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

Despite reaching the World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia's manager, Bert van Marwikj, has been unceremoniously sacked for refusing to relocate to the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq to deport 500 Islamic State wives to US,Europe

Iraq is preparing to deport hundreds of women married to foreign Islamic State fighters, and their children, back to their countries of origin including Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

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Regime, Russia airstrikes hit four hospitals in Syria’s Idlib

Syrian regime and Russian airstrikes hit four hospitals inside a “safe zone” in the northwestern province of Idlib, killing at least one ...

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Trump slams Iran ahead of presidency's first US-Iran talks

The US and Iran will have their highest-level interaction of Trump's presidency, a day after he delivered a blistering attack on Tehran.

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Footage surfaces showing Libya's Haftar 'ordering war crimes'

A recently-issued ICC arrest warrant for a Libyan militia leader has raised questions about the possible involvement of the eastern commander ...

Syrian regime troops cross the Euphrates near US-backed SDF

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Syrian regime troops cross the Euphrates near US-backed SDF

Syrian regime forces crossed to the eastern side of the Euphrates in Deir az-Zour on Monday, increasing their presence in an area where ...

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US 'evacuates base' in Syria's southern desert

US military forces and allied Arab fighters have evacuated the Zakf base bordering Iraq in the Syrian desert and have relocated to the larger ...

France leads efforts urging Trump to save Iran deal

The New Arab & agencies

France leads efforts urging Trump to save Iran deal

France is stepping up efforts to convince US President Donald Trump not to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, suggesting ways to prolong the landmark ...

Militants, including Chinese, launch offensive on Syrian regime troops

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Militants, including Chinese, launch offensive on Syrian regime troops

A Syrian monitoring group says insurgents led by an al-Qaeda-linked group have launched a wide offensive against pro-government troops south of ...

IS recedes in Syria as al-Qaeda offshoot expands

Paul Iddon

IS recedes in Syria as al-Qaeda offshoot expands

Analysis: While the Islamic State group is facing collapse, Al-Qaeda's offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has successfully overrun Syria's ...

<em>Russia</em> digs into Iraqi-Kurdistan with huge gas pipeline

The New Arab

Russia digs into Iraqi-Kurdistan with huge gas pipeline

Russia's Rosneft have won a $1 billion pipeline deal with the Iraqi-Kurdistan government, which will see Moscow's influence extend in Erbil just ...

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Turkish troops mass on Syria border to 'enter Idlib'

A convoy of Turkish army vehicles are positioned on the Syrian border, ready to enter rebel-held Idlib province as part of a Russian-Turkish agreement.

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Russia denies bombing US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters have been targeted in an suspected air strike with question remain about who carried out the attack.

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US-backed Kurdish-Syria force vows to block regime advance

The US-led anti-IS Syria force says it will not allow regime forces to cross the Euphrates River and advance near the country's Kurdish ...

The New Arab & agencies

In debut at UN, Trump to offer assurances, warnings

President Donald Trump will use his debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly next week to offer warmth to the United States’ allies and ...

Pink Floyd and the cultural boycott of Israel

Hadani Ditmars

Pink Floyd and the cultural boycott of Israel

Blog: Roger Waters, Pink Floyd star and Israel boycott activist, is facing a coordinated smear campaign as he starts a tour of Canada, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

Russia, Turkey, Iran agree de-escalation zone for Syria's Idlib

The three stakeholders in Syria's civil war have agreed on the borders of de-escalation zones in the war-torn nation and that observers will ...

Flynn 'broke US law' in 'secret' Middle East trip

The New Arab

Flynn 'broke US law' in 'secret' Middle East trip

Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn allegedly failed to disclose information surrounding a 'secret' business trip to the Middle ...

<em>Russia</em> fires cruise missiles at IS stronghold in Syria

The New Arab & agencies

Russia fires cruise missiles at IS stronghold in Syria

Russia's military fired seven cruise missiles on Thursday at Islamic State targets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zour as ...

Jordan king links Syria border opening to better security

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Jordan king links Syria border opening to better security

Jordan’s King Abdullah II says his country’s border with Syria would only reopen “when the right security conditions materialize on the ground.”

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