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Report Accuses Syrian Government of Sectarian War Strategy

A new report by a Syria conflict monitoring group accuses the government of depopulating Sunni-majority areas in Syria’s third largest city as it fights to consolidate its power. The report released Tuesday by the Washington-based Syria Institute raises ethical questions about what role, if any, the U.N. and other international institutions should play in rebuilding […]

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Turkey Says U.S. Not Insisting on Kurdish Role in Raqqa Operation

Turkey’s defense minister said on Thursday the new U.S. administration has a more flexible approach to Syria and is not insisting on the Kurdish YPG militia being involved in the operation to drive Islamic State from its Raqqa stronghold. U.S. support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance dominated by the YPG, has caused tensions […]

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Erdogan Says End Goal of Turkish Operation in Syria is Raqqa

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday the final goal of a Turkish incursion into Syria was not just to retake the city of al-Bab from Islamic State, but to cleanse a border region including Raqqa of the jihadists. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are pressing a major offensive on al-Bab, 30 km (20 miles) south of the […]

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Russia Halted Syrian Army, Rebel Clash in Northern Syria: Sources

Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in northern Syria, sources on both sides said on Friday, the first confrontation between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area. Islamic State is under attack from separate campaigns in northern Syria by Russian-backed government forces and Turkey-backed […]

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Syria War Seethes Despite Ceasefire

Syria’s fronts are on fire despite a ceasefire reached in December between the rebels and the government. Though the two sides sat face-to-face in the Kazakh capital of Astana a month later, the government has pressed offensives against rebels around the capital, Damascus, and recently escalated its air campaigns in Homs and Idlib. The war’s […]

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U.S. Weighs Terror Label on Iran Revolutionary Guard, Muslim Brotherhood

The Trump administration is considering executive actions that would designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential movement across the Middle East, as terrorist organizations, people familiar with the discussions said. A decision to target either of the two groups would mark a significant expansion of U.S. sanctions against Islamist organizations in the […]

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Yemen Seeks Tighter Coordination After U.S. Raid

Yemeni officials pushed for stronger counterterror cooperation with the U.S. after an American commando raid last month on an al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen resulted in casualties, but denied a report that they had revoked permission to conduct such raids. Ahmed Bin Mubarak, Yemen’s ambassador to Washington, said Wednesday his government hadn’t withdrawn permission for […]