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

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

Idlib further complicates Turkish-Russian relationship

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, write Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik.

Turkey 'turns blind eye' to rebel abuses in Afrin

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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

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 compiled a list of the most important actors.

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 ...

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 ...

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

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 ...

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 ...

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

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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 ...

US urges Turkey to strengthen its democracy

The New Arab & agencies

US urges Turkey to strengthen its democracy

The US has greeted Edogan's re-election with lukewarm enthusiasm, calling on the country to "strengthen its democracy".

Syria's Assad threatens north offensive as south assault looms

The New Arab

Syria's Assad threatens north offensive as south assault looms

Syria's president has threatened that regime forces could storm the north of the country to recapture areas out of its control, as a major ...

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 ...

The New Arab

Turkish troops patrol Syria's Manbij as Kurds withdraw

Turkey's military has begun patrolling the Manbij area as Kurdish militias withdraw, in line with the "roadmap" agreement reached with the US aimed at scaling down tensions in the region

Paul Iddon

Turkey is in Syria and Iraq to stay

Analysis: Turkey's latest campaign in Iraq is an indication of how far it is willing to go, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab & agencies

US and Turkey reach agreement over Syria's Manbij

Turkey and the US have agreed to a plan for the contested Syrian city of Manbij, which is controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

James Snell

Raqqa's rapid 'liberation' was flawed from the outset

Comment: A quick liberation of Raqqa was the coalition's sole aim, and it was pursued insensibly and destructively, writes James Snell.

US and Turkish troops to patrol Syria's Manbij

The New Arab & agencies

US and Turkish troops to patrol Syria's Manbij

The Kurdish People's Protection Units announced this week that it would withdraw from Manbij as key brokers Ankara and Washington agreed on a ...

The New Arab

US-led coalition 'will remain in Manbij' despite YPG withdrawal

The strategic town of Manbij in northern Syria won't be abandoned by the US-led coalition, a local military official said on Wednesday after the ...

Turkey anti-war students on trial reject 'terror propaganda' charge

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey anti-war students on trial reject 'terror propaganda' charge

Twenty-two students are accused of supporting the PKK after protesting Turkey's military operation in Syria's Afrin.

Turkish airstrike in Iraq 'neutralises' six PKK militants

The New Arab & agencies

Turkish airstrike in Iraq 'neutralises' six PKK militants

The airstrikes covered six regions in northern Iraq where the Kurdish militant group has a presence.

<em>YPG</em> to disarm, withdraw from Manbij after Turkey-US deal

The New Arab & agencies

YPG to disarm, withdraw from Manbij after Turkey-US deal

The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia has said it will withdraw from Manbij, as Turkey and the United States agreed a roadmap on the fate of ...

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