Russia says militants trying to wreck deal over Syria's Idlib: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused rebels in Syria’s Idlib Province on Thursday of trying to wreck a Russian-Turkish initiative to create a demilitarized zone in the insurgent-held region, the Interfax news agency reported. Idlib is held by an array of rebel groups, the most powerful of which is Tahrir al-Sham. An amalgamation of Islamist groups, it is dominated by the […]

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Turkey says Idlib deal going as planned, no issue in implementation

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – An agreement between Turkey and Russia to stave off a major government offensive in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province is continuing according to plan and there are no issues in its implementation, Turkeys foreign minister said on Tuesday. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Azeri and Iranian counterparts in Istanbul, Mevlut Cavusoglu also said if terrorists […]

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Russia, Germany, France and Turkey meet for four-way Syria summit

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for a summit on Syria, where violence this week in the last remaining major rebel stronghold highlighted the fragility of a deal to avert a massive government offensive. Ankara, which has long backed rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, and Moscow, Assad’s principal […]

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Russia's Putin, France's Macron spoke by phone ahead of Istanbul talks: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and France’s President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone ahead of a four-way summit in Istanbul on Saturday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. Putin and Macron are due to meet Germany’s Angela Merkel and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan to discuss developments in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province and the […]

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Russia's Lavrov meets Syrian opposition negotiator in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Syria’s chief opposition negotiator Nasr al-Hariri in Moscow on Friday to discuss the conflict in Syria and ways to reach a political settlement, the ministry said in a statement. It added that Russia had confirmed its support for Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Source: Read Full Article

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Turkey-U.S. joint patrols in Syria's Manbij to start soon: minister

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey and the United States will begin joint patrols in the northern Syrian Manbij area soon after training is completed within the next couple of days, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told state-owned Anadolu news agency on Wednesday. As agreed by the NATO allies in June, Turkish and U.S. forces have been carrying out patrols in Manbij independent […]

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Syria minister discussed with Iraqi counterpart reopening border crossings

CAIRO (Reuters) – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem discussed “speeding up” the reopening of border crossings with Iraq in a meeting with Iraqi counterpart in Damascus, the Syrian state news agency SANA said on Sunday. Near Syria’s border with Iraq, the U.S. military has closed the main Damascus-Baghdad highway, though there is a smaller crossing at Albu Kamal further east […]

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Israel, Syria to reopen Golan crossing on Monday: U.S. envoy to U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel, Syria and the United Nations have agreed to open the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights on Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday. Haley said in a statement that the opening “will allow U.N. peacekeepers to step up their efforts to prevent hostilities in the Golan Heights region.” The […]

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