James Jeffrey says he has played “shell games” to hide true numbers of American troops in northern Syria, misleading President Donald Trump.
On Saturday, air strikes blamed on Israel hit positions belonging to regime forces and Iran-backed militias near the border with Iraq, a war monitor said.
Media reports by pro and anti-regime sites suggested a campaign was being pursued against Rami Makhlouf, possibly at the behest of Russia, a powerful patron of Syrian regime leader Assad that sought to undermine an influential businessman.
Pinning the blame on Ankara for the refugee problem doesn’t absolve the European Union from its moral duty.
Turkey has eliminated more than 100 Syrian regime troops in swift retaliation for a deadly shelling that killed five of its soldiers in powderkeg Idlib province, Turkey's Defence Ministry says.
Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed on crucial issues including the PKK terror group's Syrian wing, YPG's, presence in the northeastern part of the country, where Ankara plans to launch a military operation soon.
The two NATO allies have flatly rejected Washington's proposal to establish an observer force to monitor after US withdrawal from northern Syria.
With the Syrian regime renewing its attacks on rebel-held Idlib province, the fear of another refugee influx looms large. To overcome the impending crisis, Ankara aims to create a secure zone where the internally displaced can be housed.
Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed to form a joint front against any “separatist agendas”, signaling a growing hostility towards YPG rule in northeastern Syria following the US pull-out.
The high-profile meeting between Turkey, Russia and Iran will be dominated by issues ranging from the recent HTS gains to the emergence of conflicting safe zones in northern Syria.
US foreign policy decisions on the Syrian conflict have faltered since the beginning of the civil war. Deep divisions in the US policymaking circles show the US does not have an endgame in Syria.
Turkey, Russia, France and Germany will meet in Istanbul to find a political solution to the Syrian war. Yet this has been preceded by many failures.
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