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Lilwa al-Abdallah, spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), i in Deir al-Zor, Syria, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Rodi Said/Reuters

US-backed Syrian militias on Tuesday relaunched their offensive to seize the last territory controlled by the Islamic State terror group in the east (...)

In calling a snap election for June 24th, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan can claim credit for an economic boom while neutralising political opponents and taking a final step towards his long-cherished executive presidency. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

In calling a snap election for June 24th, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seized the moment to tighten his authoritarian grip on a divided (...)

Kurdish people living in Greece  protesting at    EU offices in Athens on April 11th,  They were calling for international intervention for Kurds in the Syrian city of Afrin.  Photograph: Getty Images

Turkey has castigated the Arab League for demanding the withdrawal of the Turkish army and allied Syrian militias from the Kurdish Afrin district in S(...)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin   in Ankara for talks about the future of Syria. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/via AP

Turkey has emerged as a major player in the Syrian crisis, but trust in the Ankara government is in short supply. Damascus, Moscow and Tehran do not(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (centre) attends Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development  Party’s provincial chairmen meeting in Ankara on March 30th. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

As Donald Trump has his tweets, the leader of Turkey has his speeches. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes up to three every weekday – two a day on w(...)

A convoy transporting Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the  town of Douma  to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The flow of Jaish al-Islam fighters from the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta became a trickle on Tuesday while rival factions squabbled and c(...)

 Workers unload an aid truck that was part of a humanitarian convoy that arrived in  Douma, Syria, earlier this month. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

UN relief agencies have launched an emergency appeal for $150 million (€122 million) to provide food, medical care and shelter for more than 260,000 S(...)

Smoke rises on the Syrian side of the border in Hassa, near Hatay, southern Turkey, as Turkish jet fighters hit People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions. Photograph:  Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week a young British woman, Anna Campbell, died while fighting Turkish forces with the YPJ, an all-female Kurdish militia protecting the city of (...)

An ambulance carrying Syrians wounded in a rebel rocket attack on a busy shopping area in the Jaramana suburb arrive at a hospital in Damascus on Wednesday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army and its allies advanced into insurgent-held eastern Ghouta on Wednesday as civilians living in the nearby Jaramana suburb of the capit(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad  talking with government troops in eastern Ghouta in the leader’s first trip to the former rebel enclave outside Damascus in years. Photograph: AFP /  Syrian presidency Facebook page

Confident of victory in eastern Ghouta, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited army positions around the besieged and trisected enclave. T(...)

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