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(...)

Dutch minister of justice and security Ferdinand Grapperhaus:  Turkish repatriation decision is “very disappointing”. Photograph:  Sem van der Wal

The Dutch government has admitted it did everything possible to dissuade Turkey from repatriating two women who joined Islamic State in Syria, but has(...)

Irish citizen Lisa Smith: The Government is understood to be making preparations for her repatriation and that of her daughter from Turkey.

In many ways, the prevarication by EU countries – with the notable exception of Ireland – over how to deal with home-grown jihadists who joined Islami(...)

US president Donald Trump  and Gen Mark Milley: Gen Milley seeks to counter damage caused by Mr Trump’s “we’re keeping the oil” tweet.  Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Syria continues to suffer from contradictory external interventions which create confusion and prolong the eight-year war. While US president Donald (...)

Turkey-backed  fighters inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the northern Syrian  town of Tel Abyad, on the border with Turkey. Photograph: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images

A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market in a Syrian border town that Turkish-backed forces seized last month, promptin(...)

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 turkish-backed Syrian fighter sits on the side of the street in the town of Ayn al-Arus, south of the border town of Tal Abyad. Photograph: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images

Syrian Kurdish-led forces and Turkey have blamed each other over continued fighting despite a US-brokered ceasefire in north-eastern Syria. The Kurds(...)

 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(...)

Turkish troops and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels gather outside the border town of Ras al-Ain on Saturday, during their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. Photograph: Nazeer Al-Khatib/AFP via Getty Images

Donald Trump says he will support imposing tough sanctions on Turkey for doing something he facilitated Ankara to do last week. The US president’s hop(...)

Lisa Smith. Photograph: BBC

Irish Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith may have blended in with other refugees in north east Syria after fleeing from a detainment camp with her chi(...)

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