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Idlib, Syria, is in crisis. An airstrike on Turkish troops may make it worse.

Idlib, Syria, is in crisis. An airstrike on Turkish troops may make it worse.

At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed by a Syrian government strike on Thursday, a dangerous escalation in a conflict that is already creating a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib, Syria. Idlib province in northwestern Syria is the last rebel-held portion of the country. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is attempting to wrest it back by force,…
Trump: We should keep Syria’s oil. The Pentagon: Nope.

Trump: We should keep Syria’s oil. The Pentagon: Nope.

What exactly the US military’s new mission is in Syria keeps changing depending on whom you ask. Following President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement early last month that nearly all US troops would be withdrawing from northeastern Syria — effectively abandoning America’s Kurdish allies in the region — he reversed course, announcing that US troops would…
Why Turkey is invading Syria

Why Turkey is invading Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has had his eyes on northern Syria for years. Turkish forces attacked the region in 2016 and 2018. Erdoğan justified the attacks by arguing that his country needed to create a so-called “safe zone” in northern Syria to serve as a buffer against the ongoing Syrian war. By 2019, political…
US troops leaving Syria will fight ISIS from Iraq

US troops leaving Syria will fight ISIS from Iraq

One week ago, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced nearly all US troops in Syria would be withdrawn; Sunday, Esper said those troops will be stationed in western Iraq where they will continue the fight against ISIS. The secretary’s comments come amid concerns the US withdrawal in Syria will facilitate the terrorist group’s resurgence, particularly…
Kurdish-led forces stomp out final ISIS stronghold in Syria

Kurdish-led forces stomp out final ISIS stronghold in Syria

US-backed forces in Syria declared victory over ISIS on Saturday, drawing a nearly five-year campaign to defeat the terrorist group known for its extremism and violence to a close — kind of. Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab soldiers backed by the United States, say the “caliphate,” or the ISIS territory that…
Vox Sentences: A tragic day in Syria and Kenya

Vox Sentences: A tragic day in Syria and Kenya

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. An Islamic State attack in Syria and a siege in Kenya both leave multiple people dead. Islamic State attacks…
Turkey’s president snubs John Bolton over Syria

Turkey’s president snubs John Bolton over Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan abruptly canceled his planned meeting with National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday, a major embarrassment for the US that further complicates the Trump administration’s shambolic Syria withdrawal rollout. What’s worse, this diplomatic skirmish happened solely because of something Bolton said. In Israel on Sunday, Bolton told reporters that President…

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