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Syria: Country in Western Asia
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians, Mandeans and Turkemens. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Sunnis make up the largest religious group in Syria.

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Turkish authorities capture Syria bomb attack suspect

Turkish authorities have captured a Syrian Kurdish YPG fighter suspected of a car bomb attack in the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab a day earlier, which killed 18 people and wounded 30 others, Turkey's..
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Turkey says Kurdish militia attack kills 10 people in Syrian town of Al-Bab

The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Saturday that a car bomb attack by Syrian Kurdish fighters killed 10 people and wounded more than 15 in the northern Syrian border town of Al-Bab, which Turkish..
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Videos for Syria


Deadly car bomb blasts rip through bus terminal in Syria's al-Bab [Video]Deadly car bomb blasts rip through bus terminal in Syria's al-Bab

At least 18 people killed and many more wounded after two vehicles exploded in northern Syrian border town.

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Turkey to deport U.S. Islamic State detainee [Video]Turkey to deport U.S. Islamic State detainee

Turkey said on Thursday that it would deport an American Islamic State detainee who was stranded at the border for several days after Greece refused entry. Lucy Fielder reports.

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World leaders discuss strategies against ISIL [Video]World leaders discuss strategies against ISIL

Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meets in US after recent developments in northeast Syria, including death of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Trump thinks Erdogan has 'great relationship' with the Kurds [Video]Trump thinks Erdogan has 'great relationship' with the Kurds

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the U.S. gets along with the Kurds and although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may have 'some factions within the Kurds', he said he thinks Erdogan has a..

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Erdogan says returned Trump's 'Don't be a fool' letter [Video]Erdogan says returned Trump's 'Don't be a fool' letter

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he returned President Trump's Oct. 9th letter back to the president in which Trump wrote to Erdogan 'Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool" to urge..

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Trump: Europe should be paying more to cover costs of Syrian refugees [Video]Trump: Europe should be paying more to cover costs of Syrian refugees

U.S. President Donald Trump said after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that Europe should pay more to cover the costs related to Syrian refugees.

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Trump had 'wonderful' meeting with Erdogan [Video]Trump had 'wonderful' meeting with Erdogan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday thanked Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for releasing detainee Serkan Golge. Trump added that the ceasefire in Syria continues to hold and that he hopes Turkey..

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Trump: Syrian ceasefire is holding 'very well' [Video]Trump: Syrian ceasefire is holding 'very well'

President Donald Trump told reporters that the Syrian ceasefire is holding "very well," as he hosted a high-level White House meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

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Turkish troops fired on Syria protesters: witness [Video]Turkish troops fired on Syria protesters: witness

Turkish forces are said to have fired live ammunition at protesters during a joint patrol with Russian troops on the Syrian border. A UK-based monitoring group says two protesters were killed, but the..

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Is Trump-Erdogan's 'bromance' the only thing holding relations together? [Video]Is Trump-Erdogan's 'bromance' the only thing holding relations together?

Erdogan and Trump have had countless disagreements during their time in office but their 'bromance' keeps the two sides talking as Turkey's President heads to the White House. Emily Wither reports.

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Turkish forces in Syria fired on protesters: witness [Video]Turkish forces in Syria fired on protesters: witness

Turkish forces are said to have fired live ammunition at protesters during a joint patrol with Russian troops on the Syrian border. A UK-based monitoring group says two protesters were killed, but the..

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British founder of Syria's White Helmets found dead in Istanbul [Video]British founder of Syria's White Helmets found dead in Istanbul

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Netanyahu says Israel-Gaza fighting 'could take time' [Video]Netanyahu says Israel-Gaza fighting 'could take time'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said fighting with Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants that erupted after Israel killed their top field commander in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday could prove..

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Netherlands must repatriate children of ISIL women: Court [Video]Netherlands must repatriate children of ISIL women: Court

Dutch women who joined ISIL need not be taken back, court rules, but state must commit to return 56 children from Syria.

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Briton who helped found White Helmets organisation found dead in Istanbul [Video]Briton who helped found White Helmets organisation found dead in Istanbul

A former British army officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer organisation in Syria has been found dead in Istanbul, Turkish officials said. James Le Mesurier’s body was found near his..

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Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul [Video]Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul

James Le Mesurier, the former British army officer and founder of an NGO that trains the Syria Civil Defense group, has been found dead outside his home in Istanbul. Meanwhile, Turkey is moving forward..

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Did US action in Syria really trigger 'brain death' of NATO? [Video]Did US action in Syria really trigger 'brain death' of NATO?

Did US action in Syria really trigger 'brain death' of NATO?

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Turkey says will begin repatriation of IS prisoners [Video]Turkey says will begin repatriation of IS prisoners

Turkey's interior minister says they will begin to repatriate captured Islamic State militants to their home countries as of Monday. Emily Spychal reports.

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French industrial giant Lafarge awaits court ruling on Syria war crimes charges [Video]French industrial giant Lafarge awaits court ruling on Syria war crimes charges

French industrial giant Lafarge awaits court ruling on Syria war crimes charges

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Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids [Video]Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids

Children among dozens killed in last few days of attacks in Syrian province.

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Turkey claims capture of Baghdadi's sister [Video]Turkey claims capture of Baghdadi's sister

Turkey says it has detained the sister of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid near the Syrian border town of Azaz. David Doyle reports.

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Bomb attack in Syrian town of Al-Bab kills 10 people - Turkish state media

A bomb attack killed 10 people in the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab near the Turkish border on Saturday, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said.
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Turkey removed more than 6,000 Syrians from Istanbul: governor's office

Turkey has sent more than 6,000 Syrian migrants in Istanbul to temporary housing centers in other provinces since early July, the local governor's office said on Friday, two weeks after a deadline for..
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Russia lands forces at former U.S. air base in northern Syria

Russia landed attack helicopters and troops at a sprawling air base in northern Syria vacated by U.S. forces, the Russian Defence Ministry's Zvezda TV channel said on Friday.
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Putin: Russia still has lots of work to do in Syria's Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow felt it still had a lot of work to do in the rebel-held region of Idlib in Syria's northwest.
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UK anti-terrorist police arrest man after Turkey deports suspects

British police arrested a 26-year-old man at Heathrow Airport who had arrived from Turkey on Thursday, on suspicion of terrorism offences related to Syria.
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UK police arrest man on suspected Syria-related terrorism offences

British police said on Thursday they had arrested a 26-year-old man at Heathrow Airport who had arrived from Turkey, on suspicion of terrorism offences related to Syria.
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Pompeo urges coalition to take back Islamic State detainees, boost funding

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged members of the coalition fighting Islamic State to take jihadi detainees back to their countries and step up their funding to help restore..
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Russia sets up helicopter base in northern Syria after U.S. exit

Russia has begun setting up a helicopter base at a civilian airport in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the Russian Defense Ministry's Zvezda TV channel said on Thursday, showing footage of..
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Trump says Europe should be paying more to cover costs of Syrian refugees

U.S. President Donald Trump said after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that Europe should pay more to cover the costs related to Syrian refugees.
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Amid tensions with Turkey, Trump lauds relation with Erdogan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded his relationship with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders met to overcome mounting differences between the two NATO allies ranging from Syria..
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Pentagon's Esper sees Syria pullback taking another 'week or so'

The U.S. military pullback from the Kobani area in northeastern Syria near Turkey's border should take "another week or so" to complete, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday, as the U.S...
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Pentagon's Esper wants Turkey 'back in the fold'

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday it was important to bring Turkey "back in the fold" as he renewed warnings that Ankara appeared to be drifting away from NATO with this year's arms..
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As U.S.-Turkey meeting begins, Trump praises relation with Erdogan

President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded the U.S. relationship with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders started a meeting to overcome mounting differences between the two NATO allies..
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U.S. adds companies to economic blacklist for providing WMD activity support in Syria

The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday added more than a dozen companies and individuals to its trade blacklist for allegedly providing material support to chemical and biological weapons activity..
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Hungary begins trial of Syrian man accused of leading IS murder brigade

A Hungarian court on Wednesday began the trial of a Syrian man accused of terrorism and crimes against humanity as a military leader of Islamic State near the city of Homs in 2015, saying he..
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Turkey's Syria operation reveals cracks among Erdogan's political foes

Turkey's military incursion in Syria has given President Tayyip Erdogan a bump in opinion polls and exposed potential cracks in an informal political alliance that claimed surprise victories over his..
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U.S. has no intention of ending alliance with Syrian Kurdish fighters: official

The United States has no intention to end its alliance with Syrian Kurdish SDF militia, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, effectively pushing back on Ankara's demand that Washington..
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Islamic State detainees in Syria a 'ticking time-bomb': State Dept official

Some 10,000 Islamic State detainees held in prisons in northeastern Syria present a major security risk, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, urging countries to take back their citizens..
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Trump and Macron discussed Syria coordination, Iran, trade: White House spokesman

U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron on a phone call on Monday discussed Syria, Iran and trade according to a series of tweets posted by White House spokesman Judd Deere on..
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Turkish forces in patrol shoot at protesters in Syria's Kobani: witness, Observatory

Turkish forces conducting a joint patrol in northern Syria under a Russian-Turkish deal fired live rounds on Tuesday at protesters near the mainly Kurdish town of Kobani, a witness and a monitor said.
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Dutch state to challenge order to take back Islamic State children

The Dutch state said on Tuesday it will appeal against a court ruling ordering it to take back dozens of young children of mothers who joined Islamic State in Syria.
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Turkey's Erdogan says will tell Trump U.S. failed to keep Syria promise

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would tell President Donald Trump that the United States has not fulfilled its agreement last month to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from a..
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Israel targets Damascus home of Islamic Jihad official, group says

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said Israel targeted the house of one of its officials in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, killing one of his sons.
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Attack in Damascus kills two, wounds six: state media

At least two people were killed and six wounded in an attack in the early hours of Tuesday that targeted a building in Damascus, the Syrian capital, state television said.
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Casualties reported from attack near Lebanese embassy in Syrian capital: state TV

Casualties were reported from a building near the Lebanese embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus in an attack late on Tuesday, state television said.
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Syrian army fires on 'hostile' target in skies west of Damascus: state TV

The Syrian army fired on a "hostile target" in the town of Daraya, west of the capital, Damascus, Syrian state media said late on Tuesday.
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Bomb attacks kill five, injure dozens in Syria's Qamishli: forces

Three bombs exploded in Qamishli in northeast Syria on Monday, killing five people and wounding 26 in the city, which is largely-controlled by Kurdish fighters, security forces said.
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Turkey starts repatriating Islamic State detainees

Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State -- a German and an American -- beginning a programme to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it..
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Dutch state must repatriate children of Islamic State mothers, court rules

The Netherlands must actively help repatriate the children of women who joined Islamic State in Syria, a court in The Hague ruled on Monday.
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Dutch court: Netherlands must accept return of children of Islamic State mothers

The Netherlands must actively help repatriate the children of women who joined Islamic State in Syria, a court in The Hague ruled on Monday.
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Key backer of Syrian 'White Helmets' found dead in Istanbul

The British founder of an organisation that trained the Syrian "White Helmets" emergency response group has died in Istanbul, three people with knowledge of his death said on Monday.
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Syria's Assad: anybody will be able to run at 2021 election

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the Syrian presidential election in 2021 would be open to anybody who wants to run and that there would be numerous challengers for the presidency.
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Eight killed in bombing in Turkish-controlled northeast Syria

Eight people were killed when a bomb exploded on Sunday in an area of northeast Syria controlled by Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies, Turkey's defense ministry and local emergency workers..
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French IS suspects want to go home, and 'go on with my life'

Three French women who escaped from a camp for suspected jihadists in northern Syria say they want to go home and face whatever legal action France requires over their alleged links to the Islamic..
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Turkish and Russian presidents discuss northeast Syria

President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed Turkey's military offensive in Syria in a phone call on Saturday, Turkey's presidency said.
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U.S. condemns Syrian government air strikes on civilians in northwest Syria: State Department

The United States strongly condemns air strikes by the Syrian government forces backed by Russia targeting hospitals and civilian infrastructure in northwestern Syria, State Department spokeswoman..
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First Syria talks in more than a year 'better than expected' but no handshake

The opening round of the first Syrian peace talks in more than a year went "better than most people would have expected", a U.N. envoy said, although delegates described a chilly atmosphere with those..
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Erdogan says Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out

Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, and Ankara will continue its cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until..
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Kurds tell EU: Get tough with Turkey or face Islamic State fighters

The European Union could face a wave of returning battle-hardened Islamic State fighters from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey, including breaking off any accession or trade talks, a..
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Strikes on Syrian medical facilities appear deliberate: U.N.

More than 60 medical facilities have been hit in Syria's Idlib province in the past six months, including four this week, and appear to have been deliberately targeted by government-affiliated forces,..
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Syrian talks to reconvene in Geneva on November 25: U.N. envoy

A U.N. backed panel on Syria will meet again in Geneva later in November, the U.N. Special Envoy said on Friday, after it met for the first time seeking political reconciliation following 8-1/2 years..
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Russia deploys military helicopters to patrol Syria-Turkey border: Ifax

Russia has deployed military helicopters to patrol an area near Syria's border with Turkey in order to help protect Russia military police working on the ground, the Interfax news agency said on..
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Syria's oil minister says production unit in Banias refinery damaged in explosion

An explosion took place in one of the production units of Syria's Banias refinery near the Mediterranean coast during maintenance operations, Syria's oil minister said on Thursday.
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One killed in tank explosion in Syria's Banias oil refinery: state media

One person was killed and several injured in an explosion in one of the tanks in Syria's Banias oil refinery near the Mediterranean coast after repairs, state media said on Thursday.
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Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and Russia on Thursday of failing to fulfill their part of a deal for Kurdish militia to leave a Syrian region bordering Turkey, and said he..
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Revenue from Syria oil fields to go to SDF, not United States: Pentagon

The Pentagon said on Thursday that revenue from oil fields in northeastern Syria will go to U.S.-backed forces rather than the United States itself.
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Erdogan says Turkey will let refugees into Europe if EU does not support it

Turkey will have to open the doors to Europe for Syrian refugees unless the European Union provides Ankara with enough support, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, adding that Turkey could not..
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France's Lafarge has charge of crimes against humanity lifted

A French appeal court on Wednesday rejected a preliminary charge of "complicity in crimes against humanity" brought against cement maker Lafarge, part of Lafarge Holcim, over its operations in Syria,..
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