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Dozens held as teachers protest suspensions in Turkey's southeast, union says
DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - Turkish police detained dozens of people and used water cannon on Friday to disperse several hundred teachers demonstrating against their suspension from classrooms in the largely Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, union sources said and TV footage showed.
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The Marines wouldn't take him. So Levi Shirley went to war on his own
Levi Shirley wanted nothing more than to be a Marine. In high school, he taught an informal class on Marine Corps history at the recruiting office a few miles from his house and worked out with the men posted there. His mother, Susan, was less excited. Her ex-husband did three combat tours in Vietnam...
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World Briefs: Suspicious car brings arrests
PARIS — Two brothers and their girlfriends were in custody Thursday in connection with a car full of gas cylinders that was illegally parked for four days in Paris, authorities said.
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Iranian faction among Kurds trained by US against militants
KHARABRUD, Iraq — An Iranian Kurdish rebel group received military training in weapons and explosives from U.S. and European advisers as part of the international program backing Kurds in the war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the group's commander told The Associated Press.
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Iraq gears up for late-year push to retake Mosul from Islamic State
QAYYARA AIRBASE, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S.-led war on Islamic State has depleted the group's funds, leadership and foreign fighters, but the biggest battle yet is expected later this year in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his "caliphate" two years ago.
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Fight for key cities imminent
Expelling the Islamic State group from the last territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border has effectively cut the militants’ supply lines from the outside world. That could affect their ability to protect their last bastions — the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.The area und...
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Syrian Kurds, allies to approve federal plan despite Turkey
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies will approve a constitution for a new system of government in northern Syria next month, a top Kurdish politician said, defying a Turkish incursion aimed at curbing Kurdish influence in the area.
2282 points by Reuters | Iraq Turkey Syria Kurdish people Kurdish language Fertile Crescent Euphrates Kurdistan
Islamic State’s loss border area with Turkey sharply harms group
Expelling the Islamic State group from the last territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border has effectively cut the militants' supply lines from the outside world.
2 points by The Denver Post | Turkey Iraq Syria Arabic language Kurdish people Israel Kurdish language Iraq War
Turkey ready to join U.S. in capturing Syrian city from Islamic State: Erdogan
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama floated the idea of joint action with Turkey to capture the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks published on Wednesday.
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The rise and rise of the border wall
There is a gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to this geopolitical tool of choice.
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At least 24 killed in northern Syria airstrikes, monitor says
BEIRUT — At least 24 civilians were killed Wednesday in air raids on a rebel-held area of Aleppo and an Islamic State-held village nearby, a Syrian monitoring group said.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Syria Bashar al-Assad Hafez al-Assad Iraq Kurdish people Aleppo Damascus Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Syrian rebel wants 'safe zone', says it needs deal with Russia
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey-backed Syrian rebels would like to see a "safe zone" set up in areas of the border they are capturing from Islamic State, but this would need an agreement between the United States, Turkey and Russia, a rebel commander said on Tuesday.
471 points by Reuters | Syria Iraq Turkey Bashar al-Assad Ottoman Empire Kurdish people Fertile Crescent Euphrates
Syria deadlock: Why can't US, Russia agree?
The kaleidoscope of Syria's multi-sided war is changing daily and the latest casualty is hope of a US-Russia agreement that would bring about a truce and humanitarian relief.
341 points by CNN | Syria Iraq Bashar al-Assad Turkey Kurdish people Hafez al-Assad Damascus History of Syria
Turkey refuses to join US-led offensive on ISIS-held Raqqa if Kurds involved
A rift has opened up between NATO allies US and Turkey over the part Syrian Kurdish forces should play in the liberation of Raqqa from Islamic State terrorists as Ankara has openly rejected taking part in any operation that would involve the Kurds. Read Full Article at
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Battle for Mosul: Sharp uptick in civilian deaths
Monitors and officials say there's been a marked increase in civilian deaths as Iraqi forces push into Mosul's Old City.
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US helicopters in daring assault against ISIS
Fighters in Syria have begun a major ground offensive, backed up by US forces, to retake a vital dam near Raqqa, Syria, from ISIS, a US official told CNN Wednesday.
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Turkish President Erdogan eyes Kurdish town in Syria
Eric DuVallFeb. 18 (UPI) -- Turkey said it will attack a Kurdish held town in Syria, setting up a potential confrontation between a NATO ally and a stable partner for U.S.-led forces.
190 points by UPI | Turkey Iraq Syria Bashar al-Assad Kurdish people Iraq War Kurdish language Abdullah Gül
Kurds pledge to fight Turkey to retain Syria's Manbij
Turkish president's plan to clear Kurdish forces from Syrian city and set up a safe zone elicits Kurdish defiance.
1903 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Iraq Syria Abdullah Gül Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Kurdish people Kurdish language Fertile Crescent
Turkish military says almost taken control of Syria's al-Bab
ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish military said on Friday it was nearing the end of its operation to take control of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab from Islamic State and that the jihadists' resistance had largely been broken.
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Proposal to deploy US ground troops in Syria is ‘possible’ – Pentagon official to CNN
Conventional US ground troops may for the first time be stationed in Syria “for some period of time” to combat Islamic State, according to a CNN report citing anonymous defense officials. Read Full Article at
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After Years of War, Syrians Are Big Fans of the Board Game Risk
The 1957 Hasbro war simulation, in which multiple factions vie for territory, strikes a chord with Syrians inside and outside the country, who gather late into the night to play; ‘everyone wants to be green.’
437 points by The Wall Street Journal | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad Iraq Kurdish people Board game Kurdish language Game
Al-Bab: 'When the tide is turning, ISIL go apocalyptic'
Ankara's plans to push further east and south of al-Bab might face serious diplomatic challenges, say analysts.
560 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Syria Iraq Kurdish people Kurdish language Turkish Armed Forces Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Fertile Crescent
Syria's al-Bab largely under control of Turkey-backed rebels, Turkish PM says
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey-backed rebels have largely taken control of Syria's al-Bab from Islamic State militants, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday, but a war monitoring group said the jihadists still controlled most of the town.
125 points by Reuters | Turkey Syria Iraq Reuters Thomson Reuters Kurdish people Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Euphrates
Travel ban risks alienating key partners in fight against IS
WASHINGTON — American forces were perched high on the top of the Bashiq Mountain, calling in airstrikes that pounded Islamic State militants. Down below, Kurdish forces rolled past to recapture the ancient city of Sinjar.
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Islamic State's Syrian stronghold should be isolated by spring: UK minister
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Western-backed Syrian forces should isolate Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria "by the spring" before an offensive on the city itself, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Saturday.
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Slow going for Turkish-backed forces in north Syria
BEIRUT — Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces have managed to capture just one-tenth of a north Syrian town from Islamic State militants, a conflict monitoring group said Saturday, despite reaching its outskirts seven weeks ago.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group told the AP that nine-tenths of al-Bab remains under IS control. The Observatory receives its information from a network of contacts inside the war-torn country.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Turkey Syria Iraq Iran Arabic language Kurdish people Kurdish language Golan Heights
Syrian rebels and Turkish troops enter ISIL-held Al Bab
Reports say heavy clashes under way in group's last stronghold in northern Syria with Assad forces also approaching it.
4202 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Turkey Iraq Bashar al-Assad Turkish Armed Forces Jordan Ottoman Empire Kurdish people
Geneva peace talks may be derailed – UN Syria envoy
The current situation in some parts of Syria could possibly torpedo the peace process and the upcoming talks in Geneva, the United Nations’ special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said. Read Full Article at
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Race for Raqqa: ISIS' enemies line up to take stronghold - but how?
The "caliphate" declared by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) will lose its last two cities of any consequence -- Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria -- within months, according to the senior U.S. general in the region.
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‘I would die for this’: Liverpool woman joins fight against ISIS in Syria
The first British woman to join the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria says she is ready to die fighting the jihadists. Read Full Article at
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Syria war seethes despite cease-fire
BEIRUT — Syria’s fronts are on fire despite a cease-fire reached in December between the rebels and the government.
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Errant Russian Strike Kills Turkish Soldiers in Syria
An errant Russian airstrike killed three Turkish soldiers fighting to capture the town of al-Bab from Islamic State, amid a complicated battle for control in northern Syria.
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Moscow mediates talks between Assad & Syrian Kurds – Russian FM
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has confirmed that Moscow has been mediating talks between Damascus and the Syrian Kurds to help maintain Syria’s sovereignty and statehood, in an interview with Russia’s Izvestia daily. Read Full Article at
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Turkish-led rebels attack IS posts inside al-Bab city: rebels
AMMAN (Reuters) - Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters resumed a major offensive inside the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab on Thursday, a day after they broke through IS defenses in its remaining stronghold in Aleppo province.
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Dozens of ISIL fighters killed by Turkish-led forces
Battle for Syrian city of al-Bab intensifies with 58 ISIL fighters killed as rebels and government troops converge.
107 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Syria Bashar al-Assad Iraq Hafez al-Assad Kurdish people Ottoman Empire Kurdish language
CIA chief Pompeo to visit Turkey in sign of improving ties with U.S.
Turkish officials said Wednesday that President Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and responded “positively” on two key Turkis...       
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Trump has first phone call with Turkey's Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump had their first telephone call late Tuesday, a highly anticipated conversation in which Erdogan was expected to press the new U.S. leader to reject Pentagon proposals to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria and to quickly extradite a Turkish...
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Syria's Civil War Explained
The Syrian civil war is the deadliest conflict the 21st century has witnessed thus far.
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Canada to arm Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Iraq – reports
The Canadian Defense Ministry says it has received official approval from Iraqi authorities to supply Kurdish Peshmerga forces with light weapons, communication tools, defense equipment and medicine to help them fight Islamic State terrorists in Iraq. Read Full Article at
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ISIL fighters 'besieged' in Syria's al-Bab in Aleppo
ISIL is now surrounded by Syrian army from the south and by Turkish-backed rebels from the north, monitor group says.
2163 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Turkey Bashar al-Assad Iraq Hafez al-Assad Damascus Kurdish people Ottoman Empire
Kurdish family arrives in Nashville after travel ban delay
Family had been sent back to Iraq after the travel ban was instituted Jan. 27.       
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Syrian army, allies cut off Islamic State supply route near al-Bab: monitor
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army and its allies advanced towards the northern Islamic-State held city of al-Bab on Monday, cutting off the last main supply route that connects to militant strongholds further east towards Iraq, a monitor said.
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Turkish police detain over 440 people in Islamic State operation
Turkey's anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the Islamic State group, the state-run news agency reported Sunday.
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Iraqi family now can fly to U.S., 'land where our dreams will come true'
Refugees and others caught amid the fast-moving legal developments since travel ban order.       
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Turkey detains over 440 people in anti-Islamic State operation
Those detained include 60 Islamic State suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners.       
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Jordan hits ISIL targets in southern Syria
Military strikes armed group two years after a Jordanian pilot was captured and burned alive in a cage.
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US-backed Syrian forces launch new offensive on Raqqa
The SDF says it aims to completely encircle the ISIL stronghold with increasing support from the US-led coalition.
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Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa; Trump’s team deemed it hopelessly inadequate
Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State group’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of then-President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, late-night debates.
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Shiite militias are crashing the Mosul offensive
One of the mysteries about the ongoing offensive in Mosul, where Iraqi security forces are now pressing into the northern, eastern, and southern edges of the city, has been the apparent decision to leave unattended the desert between the battlefield and Syria. Unless this was a baffling oversight,...
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Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Mosul 'cross into Syria'
Sources say more than 14,000 Iraqis have crossed Syrian border since October, including 8,000 who have reached Hasakah.
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