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December 13, 2018 6:43 PM World War 3 fears as Turkey begins MILITARY OPERATIONS against US-backed Kurdish fighters

TURKEY will launch a new military operation in Syria against the US-backed Kurdish militia, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sparking fresh fears of World War 3. “Our partners in the US led coalition are well aware of these Turkish moves because a Turkish attack against us can also impact the US efforts to defeat terrorists.” Turkey and the United 7

November 29, 2018 8:42 AM Russia THREAT: Putin to resume Syria airstrikes

RUSSIA has threatened to resume its bombing campaign against “Islamist insurgents” who have failed to withdraw from their Syrian enclave as a ceasefire deal struck with Turkey teeters on the brink of collapse. Kremlin envoy Alexander Lavrentyev said 15,000 fighters aligned with the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate that has since been renamed itself 12

October 27, 2018 12:20 PM Putin, Erdogan, Merkel and Macron arrive at Syria summit as Middle East tensions peak

VLADIMIR Putin, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have arrived to Istanbul for a four-way summit with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a bid to find a political resolution to the conflict in Syria. The four leaders pledged to sit at a negotiating table to find a lasting political solution to the Syrian civil war that has been ravaving the country 22

October 25, 2018 9:24 PM Syrian first lady Asma al Assad seen in headscarf amid cancer treatment

The former investment banker is shown speaking to women at a cancer centre as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer. Asma al Assad, the 43-year-old British wife of President Bashar al Assad. was seen speaking to women at the facility in the capital Damascus on Thursday in footage released by the Syrian presidency. A post from its Twitter account 16

September 26, 2018 3:23 PM Donald Trump UN speech: Deal with Iran and 'face SEVERE CONSEQUENCES' warns president

DONALD Trump has accused Iran of “enabling Syria’s butchery” as he warned he will never allow Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons. In a furious speech to the UN Security Council, Mr Trump said the US would pursue “tougher than ever before” sanctions against the Islamic Republic. He branded Iran the “world’s leading sponsor of terrorism” and accused the country’s 16

September 18, 2018 3:29 PM Israel blames Syria for Russian aircrew deaths but 'expresses sorrow'

Israel says Syria is to blame for the deaths of 15 Russian aircrew shot down by Syrian forces after Israel launched an air raid on the city of Latakia. Israel "expressed sorrow" for the deaths but blamed "extensive and inaccurate" Syrian anti-aircraft fire. The Il-20 plane was downed over the Mediterranean Sea on Monday evening. Russia initially blamed 22

September 18, 2018 8:25 AM Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Russia has said Syria shot down one its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel. The defence ministry said Israeli jets forced the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets. The Il-20 disappeared off the radar 27

September 18, 2018 5:27 AM Russia blames Israel after plane shot down in Syria 'friendly-fire' incident

The aircraft was coming into land at a base in Syria when it is said to have been downed by air defence missiles. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences". Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria 21

September 18, 2018 1:02 AM BREAKING: Russian military aircraft 'SHOT DOWN' over Mediterranean during assault in Syria

A RUSSIAN il-20 aircraft carrying 14 Russian soldiers has gone off radar in Syria during an attack by Israel in the Latakia province, the Russian Defence Ministry has claimed. The Russian MOD confirmed in a report that air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane on Monday evening. It stated: "On September 17, at about 11 pm Moscow time (9pm BST), the communication 13

September 15, 2018 1:01 PM Former UK soldier Joe Robinson, who fought Islamic State, jailed in Turkey

Joe Robinson, 25, fought alongside the People's Protection Units of Syrian Kurdistan (YPG). Turkey is hostile to the YPG because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey. Mr Robinson, who used to live in Accrington, Lancashire, was detained with his girlfriend and her mother while the trio were on holiday 24