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Russian president Vladimir Putin and  Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan will meet in Moscow to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria’s north-western war-torn Idlib province.  Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to agree a ceasefire in Syria’s north-western Idlib province on Thursday when he meets his Russian counte(...)

Gulistan Hawas Saado  with her son Ahmad. “In history nobody has ever been a friend to the Kurdish people.” Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Gulistan Hawas Saado is sitting on the concrete bricks outside her tent, cradling her sleeping son. She arrived in Iraq’s Kurdistan region last Thursd(...)

A members of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force of Asayesh stands guard as Syrian Kurds demonstrate against Turkish threats to launch a military operation on their region, in the town of Al-Qahtaniyah on Monday, Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to give a green light to Turkey to invade and occupy a wide band of Kurdish held-territory in northern Syr(...)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.  Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appealed to the UN General Assembly and Europe to establish a “safe zone” in northern Syria where Syrian re(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US president Donald Trump. Turkey’s presidential spokesman said on Monday  that Mr Trump should respect Washington’s alliance with Ankara. Photograph:  Adem Altan, Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a US-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, drawing a sharp rebuke from(...)

 Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Turkey has asked Washington to hand over its bases in Syria as the Trump administration appeared to reverse plans to withdraw from the country’s north(...)

Syrian civilians cross from rebel-held areas in Idlib province into regime-held territories on December 27th, 2018. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/ AFP/Getty

Battles between rival insurgent factions in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province have killed dozens of fighters over the past week and left al-Qaeda af(...)

A convoy of US army troops and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia patrol near al-Ghanamya village  at the Syrian-Turkish border, in April 2017. Photograph: Youssef Rabie Youssef/EPA

US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw 2,200 troops from Syria is a destabilising game-changer. He declared victory over Islamic State in Sy(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following their talks in Sochi on Monday.  Turkish-US relations have soured, encouraging Moscow to establish a bilateral regional strategic alliance.  Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via Reuters

The decision by Russia and Turkey to establish a demilitarised zone around Syrian’s Idlib province to avert a Syrian army offensive to recapture the j(...)

Syrians gather at a site of car bomb in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian military has deployed along the borders of al-Qaeda-dominated Idlib province and has begun shelling insurgents’ positions, prompting fears (...)

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