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A US plan to form a new border security force in Syria will cause more instability and “add flames of fire” in the war-torn country, Iran has said.

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group announced on Sunday that it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria led by the Kurdish-Arab SDF.

Damascus says US-backed Syria 'border force' would be 'traitors'

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Damascus says US-backed Syria 'border force' would be 'traitors'

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group announced on Sunday that it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria led by the Kurdish-Arab SDF.

US-led coalition to build 30,000-strong border force in Syria

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US-led coalition to build 30,000-strong border force in Syria

The US-led coalition will create a force of tens of thousands on Turkey's border, saying the focus of the coalition has shifted towards border ...

Syrian Kurds remain vital to Russian and US interests

Bashdar Ismaeel

Syrian Kurds remain vital to Russian and US interests

Analysis: As Syria's civil war stutters towards an eventual end, the jockeying for political influence and strategic footholds is as crucial as ...

The New Arab & agencies

Mattis warns Syrian anti-Kurds offensive would be a 'mistake'

Syria's offensive against US-backed Kurdish forces would be a "mistake", US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis warned on Friday.

Paul Iddon

The dangers of Russia's erratic flying in Syria

Analysis: A small mistake could have drastic consequences, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab & agencies

Bitter war-of-words between Bashar al-Assad and Syrian Kurds

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian-Kurdish forces exchanged heated insults on Monday, as the regime and SDF engage in a tense ...

Paul Iddon

Erdogan 'open to working with Assad' against Syrian-Kurds

Analysis: Continued US support for Kurds on the other side of the Turkish border will likely push Ankara to deal with Damascus, writes Paul ...

Putin says IS suffers ‘complete defeat’ in eastern Syria

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Putin says IS suffers ‘complete defeat’ in eastern Syria

Russia's Putin said Wednesday that the Islamic State group has suffered a “complete defeat” in eastern Syria at the hands of Syrian troops and ...

The New Arab

Russian airstrikes kill 21 civilians in east Syria: monitor

Russian airstrikes killed 21 civilians early Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, a ...

Kurdish forces capture eastern Syria with 'US, Russia support'

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Kurdish forces capture eastern Syria with 'US, Russia support'

Kurdish militia the YPG announced they have captured some of the last territories held by IS in eastern Syria's Deir az-Zour countryside.

Trump must keep pledge to not arm YPG: Ankara

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Trump must keep pledge to not arm YPG: Ankara

Washington must abide by its pledge to not arm the YPG, said Turkey, a group the US has seen as the most effective fighting force on the ground ...

Kurds in Syria to hold second phase of elections

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Kurds in Syria to hold second phase of elections

Kurdish authorities in northern Syria announced on Saturday that the second phase of elections in the region will take place on 1 December.

US vastly 'under-reported' troop numbers in Syria

The New Arab

US vastly 'under-reported' troop numbers in Syria

Pentagon officials have told Reuters there are around 2,000 US troops in Syria, a figure way above official figures and a fact that will soon be ...

James Snell

As Islamic State knows, to change is to survive

Comment: As Islamic State begins its insurgent stage, the way the United States selected and rewarded its partner forces will matter, writes James Snell.

The New Arab & agencies

Erdogan says Kurd-held Afrin must be cleared of 'terrorists'

Turkey's President Erdogan on Friday said the Syrian town of Afrin, held by a US-backed Kurdish militia, had to be cleared of "terrorists".

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey condemns 'escape' of Raqqa IS fighters

Turkey on Wednesday condemned as "an extremely grave revelation" the escape of IS fighters from Raqqa as part of an evacuation deal which ...

The New Arab

Syrian Kurdish officials back long-term US role in Syria

Syrian Kurdish officials on Wednesday voiced support for a long-term US role in Syria once IS has been defeated.

Anti-IS coalition denies collusion in 'secret' Raqqa IS evacuation

The New Arab

Anti-IS coalition denies collusion in 'secret' Raqqa IS evacuation

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group has denied accusations it worked on a deal with the extremists to allow hundreds of its ...

Paul Iddon

Encouraged by Iraq's gains, Assad may attack Syrian Kurds

Analysis: Damascus may now control a rump of Syria, but it still considers Kurdish-held areas 'occupied', writes Paul Iddon.

Syria: IS launch fierce counter-attack to recapture Albu Kamal

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Syria: IS launch fierce counter-attack to recapture Albu Kamal

Islamic State fighters have launched a blistering counter-attack on Albu Kamal in eastern Syria in a desperate attempt to claw back territory in ...

First Syrian civilians return to Raqqa after mines cleared

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First Syrian civilians return to Raqqa after mines cleared

Hundreds of Syrian civilians have returned to a district of Raqqa in the first wave of returns since the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces ...

Scores killed in IS bomb attack on Syria refugees

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Scores killed in IS bomb attack on Syria refugees

At least 75 Syrians died following a bombing of a refuge convoy in Deir az-Zour province, in the latest brutal attack carried out by the Islamic ...

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