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As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in Syria fell Moscow’s way. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in (...)

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters drive armoured vehicles from northern Syria for a military operation in Kurdish areas, near the Syrian border. Photograph: EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, insisting that a planned “safe zone” wi(...)

 Turkish-backed Syrian fighters move on the way to northeast Syria  in Akcakale district in Sanliurfa, Turkey on Tuesday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Russia has said Turkey’s military assault on northeastern Syria is “unacceptable”, heaping pressure on Ankara as Moscow seeks to capitalise on a US wi(...)

 Syrians gather in the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh to celebrate adeal between the Damascus government and the Kurdish administration. Photograph: Sana/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels will press ahead with a plan to take a key town in northern Syria, Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Monday, in a sign that a(...)

 Kurdish people hold placards reading in Arabic ‘No to the Turkish occupation’ during a protest against the Turkish offensive, in Amuda town, Al-Hasakah governorate, northeastern Syria. Photograph: EPA

Arab states have uniformly condemned the Turkish invasion of northeast Syria and called for an immediate halt to the offensive. Given a green light b(...)

 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

 Turkey-backed members of the Syrian National Army preparing for a military operation into Kurdish areas of northern Syria on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria has caught Russia between its desire to see US troops out of Syria and its commitment to Damascus to regain al(...)

Fighters and veterans  march in front of the UN headquarters in the northern Kurdish Syrian city of Qamishli during a protest against Turkish threats. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s military struck the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepared to attack(...)

 US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference  in New York, US, on Monday. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the US had concluded the government of president Bashar al-Assad in Syria had used chlorine as(...)

Syrians visit the pavilions at the Damascus International Fair in Damascus. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

This year’s Damascus International Fair – a commercial exhibition that resumed in 2017 after a five-year hiatus due to the Syrian civil war – was a gr(...)

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