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Syria

Country in the Middle East

Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkemens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Mandeans and Greeks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis the largest religious group.

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Turkey's Defense Ministry said early on Thursday that two of its soldiers were killed and two others wounded in an air strike on Turkish forces in Syria's Idlib..
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When Hassan Mighlaj's family ran from the bombs battering their village in northwest Syria, they came up against a wall: an imposing gray concrete wall, crowned..
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Foreign ministers from 14 European countries, including France and Germany, demanded on Wednesday that Syrian government forces and their Russian backers end..
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Turkey plans to push Syrian government forces away from its military observation posts in northwest Syria's Idlib region this week, President Tayyip Erdogan said..
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President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States had not yet provided support to Turkey in Syria's Idlib region and that he would need to speak to U.S. President..
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Turkey plans to push Syrian government forces away from its military observation posts in northwest Syria's Idlib region by end-February, President Tayyip..
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Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have seized the town of Nairab in northwest Syria's Idlib province, Turkish and rebel officials said on Tuesday, the..
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on the warring sides in Idlib, Syria, on Tuesday to allow safe passage for civilians to escape attacks..
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Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have seized the town of Nairab in northwest Syria's Idlib, Turkish and rebel officials said on Tuesday, the first..
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The Kremlin said on Tuesday it was working to organize a summit with Turkey and Iran to discuss the conflict in Syria's Idlib region, but was not organizing a..
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that there was not yet full agreement on holding a proposed March 5 summit with Russia, France and Germany on..
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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that two Turkish soldiers have been killed in Libya, where Ankara has sent troops and Syrian fighters to support the..
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Russia's defense ministry has denied a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights about its air force strikes on two settlements in the Syrian province of..
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Syrian government forces are advancing closer to the displaced persons camp where Adnan Abdelkarim and his family have taken shelter along the Turkish border..
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The United Nations is in talks with Turkey to boost cross-border aid flows into northwest Syria and allow more evacuations of those in urgent need of medical..
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Russia and Turkey are preparing talks on how to de-escalate fighting in Syria's Idlib province, TASS news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Foreign..
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Israeli fighter jets launched air strikes on suspected Islamic Jihad positions in Syria, the Israeli military said on Monday, after the militant group and Israel..
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Israel carried out strikes against the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in Syria and the Gaza Strip on Sunday, a military spokesman said.
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Several Turkish troops were wounded on Sunday in Syria's Idlib province after pro-Damascus forces targeted a Turkish military convoy with heavy artillery,..
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A Turkish soldier was killed in Syria's Idlib region in a bomb attack by Russian-backed government forces, the defence ministry said on Saturday, Turkey's 16th..
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he will meet Russian, German and French counterparts on March 5 to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib..
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The United Nations has suggested that the Tal Abiyad border crossing between Syria and Turkey could be used to deliver aid to civilians in northeast Syria after..
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A Turkish soldier was killed in Syria's Idlib region in a bomb attack by Russian-backed government forces, the defense ministry said on Saturday, Turkey's 16th..
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Syria's transport ministry declared the main highway between Damascus and Aleppo open to the public on Saturday after troops recaptured the major artery in a..
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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has discussed the situation in Syria's Idlib with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar, Russian news agencies reported on..
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria's Idlib region "to end the humanitarian catastrophe and..
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The Kremlin said on Friday President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan had agreed in a phone call to intensify talks on Syria's Idlib..
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The United Nations warned on Friday that fighting in northwest Syria could "end in a bloodbath" and called again for a ceasefire, while Moscow denied reports of..
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The leaders of France and Germany told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that the humanitarian crisis in Syria's northwest Idlib province needed a political..
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan emphasized the necessity to control Syrian government forces and halt a humanitarian crisis in Syria's Idlib region during a..
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The United Nations warned on Friday fighting in northwest Syria could "end in a bloodbath" and it called again for a ceasefire, while Moscow denied reports of a..
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President Tayyip Erdogan said he will speak by phone with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Friday evening and, based on those talks, will determine Turkey's stance on..
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan asked the French and German leaders to provide "concrete" support in ending a humanitarian crisis in northwest Syria's Idlib..
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The United Nations reiterated its appeal on Friday for a halt to hostilities in northwest Syria, saying it feared that the violence "may end in a bloodbath".
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Russia is discussing the possibility of holding a summit on Syria with the presidents of Turkey, France and Germany, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on..
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Russia's Defense Ministry on Friday said reports that hundreds of thousands of Syrians were fleeing Idlib in the direction of Turkey were false and urged Ankara..
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Khalifa Haftar, Libya's eastern military commander, said he would be ready for a ceasefire if Turkish and Syrian mercenaries left the country and Ankara stopped..
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The leaders of Germany and France called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to express their concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria's Idlib..
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Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday that the United States may send Patriot missile systems to Turkey to use for security in the face of the..
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Turkish forces and Syrian rebels fought government troops in northwest Syria on Thursday and Russian warplanes struck back in a sharp escalation of an intense..
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Turkey said two of its soldiers were killed and five others wounded in Syrian government air strikes in northwest Syria on Thursday, bringing Turkish military..
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Turkey and Russia are discussing the use of Syrian air space in the northwestern region of Idlib and the problem can be overcome if Russia "steps aside", Turkish..
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Turkish forces and Syrian rebels fought government troops in northwest Syria on Thursday and Russian warplanes struck back in an sharp escalation of an already..
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Russia accused Turkey on Thursday of providing artillery support to militants fighting the Syrian army and said militants briefly broke through Syrian military..
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Turkey said on Thursday that two Turkish soldiers were killed and another five were wounded in Syrian government air strikes near the northwestern region of..
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Russia's defense ministry accused Turkey on Thursday of providing artillery support to militants fighting Syrian government forces and said militants briefly..
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Russian warplanes struck at rebel-held towns in northwest Syria again on Thursday and Turkish artillery supported insurgent attacks elsewhere as officials from..
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Turkey and Russia are discussing possible joint patrols as one way to reach a deal to halt fighting and stem an exodus of civilians in Syria's Idlib region, a..
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday there was some rapprochement with Russia in talks about Syria's Idlib region, where Ankara has..
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Turkey and Russia are discussing possible joint patrols around Syria's northwestern Idlib region as one option to ensure security there, a Turkish official said..
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a military operation by his forces to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebels in northwest..
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Abu Abdallah has been on the road for days. After his family fled the air strikes pounding Idlib, they moved from one village to another in northwest Syria but..
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Syrian video journalist Abdallah al-Muhammad has invented a game to cushion his young daughter from the trauma of hearing the deafening cacophony of air strikes..
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A Syrian father taught his daughter to laugh when they hear the sound of bombs to calm her during airstrikes.
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Finland's constitutional committee said on Wednesday it has asked the Prosecutor General to investigate the legality of Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto's push to..
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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a Turkish military operation to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebel strongholds in..
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Last month Hussam Shamo, a baker in northern Syria, stopped selling his bread in Syrian pounds after the latest slump in the currency forced him to push up..
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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday talks with Russia on the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib were far from meeting Turkey's demands and warned that a..
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Uzbek police have detained 21 people suspected of being linked to an Islamist militant group operating in Syria, police said on Wednesday.
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Here's the latest for Tuesday, February 18th: Trump commutes former Illinois governor's sentence; Boy Scouts of America wants to operate despite bankruptcy; No..
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Government air strikes have hit hospitals and refugee camps in northwest Syria and killed about 300 civilians as President Bashar al-Assad's forces press an..
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Turkey will deploy more troops to Syria's Idlib region and retaliate against attacks by government forces there, even as Ankara continues to discuss the..
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Russia and Turkey on Tuesday reiterated their commitment to existing agreements on Syria's Idlib which seek to reduce tensions in the region, the Russian Foreign..
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Turkey told Russia on Tuesday that its military was now ready to make sure that Russian-backed Syrian forces pull out from the last rebel bastion in northwest..
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Government air strikes have hit hospitals and displaced persons camps in northwest Syria and killed about 300 civilians as President Bashar al-Assad's forces..
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Turkey has restarted joint patrols with the Russian military in northeast Syria after a two-week hiatus, Russia said late on Monday, as a Syrian government..
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