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Syria: Country in Western Asia
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, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians, Mandeans and Turkemens. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Sunnis make up the largest religious group in Syria.

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Kazakhstan to host Syria talks on December 10-11

Kazakhstan will host a fresh round of Syria peace talks sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran on December 10-11, Kazakh foreign minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi told reporters on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Britain repatriates some orphans left in Syria

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday Britain had arranged for some orphans to be brought home from Syria because it was the right thing to do.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Syria


Inspector General Criticizes Donald Trump [Video]Inspector General Criticizes Donald Trump

The Department of Defense’s Inspector General criticized President Donald Trump. He said Trump’s decision to leave Syria opened the door for ISIS to regroup in Syria. According to Business Insider,..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Israeli military hits Iranian targets in Syria [Video]Israeli military hits Iranian targets in Syria

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:16Published

Deadly car bomb blasts rip through bus terminal in Syria's al-Bab [Video]Deadly car bomb blasts rip through bus terminal in Syria's al-Bab

At least 18 people killed and many more wounded after two vehicles exploded in northern Syrian border town.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:44Published

Turkey to deport U.S. Islamic State detainee [Video]Turkey to deport U.S. Islamic State detainee

Turkey said on Thursday that it would deport an American Islamic State detainee who was stranded at the border for several days after Greece refused entry. Lucy Fielder reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

World leaders discuss strategies against ISIL [Video]World leaders discuss strategies against ISIL

Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meets in US after recent developments in northeast Syria, including death of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Trump thinks Erdogan has 'great relationship' with the Kurds [Video]Trump thinks Erdogan has 'great relationship' with the Kurds

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the U.S. gets along with the Kurds and although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may have 'some factions within the Kurds', he said he thinks Erdogan has a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:58Published

Erdogan says returned Trump's 'Don't be a fool' letter [Video]Erdogan says returned Trump's 'Don't be a fool' letter

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he returned President Trump's Oct. 9th letter back to the president in which Trump wrote to Erdogan 'Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool" to urge..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:36Published

Trump: Europe should be paying more to cover costs of Syrian refugees [Video]Trump: Europe should be paying more to cover costs of Syrian refugees

U.S. President Donald Trump said after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that Europe should pay more to cover the costs related to Syrian refugees.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:22Published

Trump had 'wonderful' meeting with Erdogan [Video]Trump had 'wonderful' meeting with Erdogan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday thanked Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for releasing detainee Serkan Golge. Trump added that the ceasefire in Syria continues to hold and that he hopes Turkey..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:56Published

Trump: Syrian ceasefire is holding 'very well' [Video]Trump: Syrian ceasefire is holding 'very well'

President Donald Trump told reporters that the Syrian ceasefire is holding "very well," as he hosted a high-level White House meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:38Published

Turkish troops fired on Syria protesters: witness [Video]Turkish troops fired on Syria protesters: witness

Turkish forces are said to have fired live ammunition at protesters during a joint patrol with Russian troops on the Syrian border. A UK-based monitoring group says two protesters were killed, but the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

Is Trump-Erdogan's 'bromance' the only thing holding relations together? [Video]Is Trump-Erdogan's 'bromance' the only thing holding relations together?

Erdogan and Trump have had countless disagreements during their time in office but their 'bromance' keeps the two sides talking as Turkey's President heads to the White House. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:55Published

Turkish forces in Syria fired on protesters: witness [Video]Turkish forces in Syria fired on protesters: witness

Turkish forces are said to have fired live ammunition at protesters during a joint patrol with Russian troops on the Syrian border. A UK-based monitoring group says two protesters were killed, but the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

British founder of Syria's White Helmets found dead in Istanbul [Video]British founder of Syria's White Helmets found dead in Istanbul

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:59Published

Netanyahu says Israel-Gaza fighting 'could take time' [Video]Netanyahu says Israel-Gaza fighting 'could take time'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said fighting with Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants that erupted after Israel killed their top field commander in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday could prove..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published

Netherlands must repatriate children of ISIL women: Court [Video]Netherlands must repatriate children of ISIL women: Court

Dutch women who joined ISIL need not be taken back, court rules, but state must commit to return 56 children from Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:24Published

Briton who helped found White Helmets organisation found dead in Istanbul [Video]Briton who helped found White Helmets organisation found dead in Istanbul

A former British army officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer organisation in Syria has been found dead in Istanbul, Turkish officials said. James Le Mesurier’s body was found near his..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul [Video]Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul

James Le Mesurier, the former British army officer and founder of an NGO that trains the Syria Civil Defense group, has been found dead outside his home in Istanbul. Meanwhile, Turkey is moving forward..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:52Published

Did US action in Syria really trigger 'brain death' of NATO? [Video]Did US action in Syria really trigger 'brain death' of NATO?

Did US action in Syria really trigger 'brain death' of NATO?

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 02:15Published

Turkey says will begin repatriation of IS prisoners [Video]Turkey says will begin repatriation of IS prisoners

Turkey's interior minister says they will begin to repatriate captured Islamic State militants to their home countries as of Monday. Emily Spychal reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published

French industrial giant Lafarge awaits court ruling on Syria war crimes charges [Video]French industrial giant Lafarge awaits court ruling on Syria war crimes charges

French industrial giant Lafarge awaits court ruling on Syria war crimes charges

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 03:33Published

Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids [Video]Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids

Children among dozens killed in last few days of attacks in Syrian province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:54Published

 

Turkey says talking with Russia over Kurdish YPG in northeast Syria

Turkey is discussing with Russia how to address the continued presence of Kurdish YPG militants in areas covered by an agreement between the two countries, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on..
Reuters - Published

Attack on Syria's Idlib kills at least 15 at displaced persons camp: civil defense

An attack by Syrian government forces on the rebel-held area of Idlib in northwestern Syria killed at least 15 and wounded several at a displaced persons camp on Wednesday, rescue workers said.
Reuters - Published

Urging Iran against destabilizing Syria, France says backs Israeli security

The French government urged Iran on Wednesday to refrain from destabilizing actions in Syria and said it remained committed to Israel's security.
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories November 20 A

Here's the latest for Wednesday November 20th: Gordon Sondland to testify in impeachment inquiry; Diplomat testifies that he now thinks Trump withheld aid to push investigation; Israeli air strikes in..
USATODAY.com - Published

Israel carries out "wide-scale" strikes on Iranian targets in Syria

Defense chief says deadly strikes were a message to Iran: "Any place you dispatch your tentacles, we will chop them off."
CBS News - Published

Russia says Turkey told Moscow no new Syria operation planned: TASS

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Ankara had assured Moscow that it did not plan to launch a new military operation in Syria despite earlier comments, the TASS news agency..
Reuters - Published

Russia says Israeli air strikes on Syria a wrong move: Ifax

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday that Israeli air strikes on Syria were a wrong move, and Moscow had contacted its allies about the incident, Interfax reported.
Reuters - Published

Israel launches air strikes in Syria, Damascus says two killed

Israel said its aircraft struck dozens of Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel a day earlier.
Reuters - Published

Syria says two civilians killed, others wounded in Israeli attack on Damascus

Two civilians were killed and a number of people were injured in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian state media said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Two killed, some wounded in Israeli attack on Damascus: Syrian state media

Two civilians were killed and some wounded in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, state media said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Israel says attacks military targets in Syria in retaliation for Tuesday rockets

Israel attacked Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in what it said was retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel the day before, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Avichay..
Reuters - Published

Israel says strikes dozens of Iranian, Syrian targets in Syria

Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, in what it described as a retaliatory attack.
Reuters - Published

Syrian air defences thwart Israeli attack over Damascus - SANA

Syrian air defences thwarted an Israeli attack early on Wednesday over the capital Damascus and downed several missiles fired by Israel, Syrian state news agency SANA reported, quoting a military..
Reuters - Published

Defense Dept watchdog says Turkish incursion and U.S. drawdown helped ISIS

Even though the U.S. recently killed the leader of the terrorist group, the DoD IG warns that Trump's Syria policies will "strengthen its ability to plan attacks abroad"
CBS News - Published

Finding Refuge, The Brothers Rosenberg

Bill Whitaker reports on the road to America as a Syrian refugee; and, the sons of infamous Cold War spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg speak with Andeson Cooper about their parents' case, shedding new..
CBS News - Published

Bana al Abed: Children are still paying the price of a war they did not start

Bana al Abed, the 10-year-old Syrian girl who wrote "Dear World," speaks about war and education at the Women Political Leaders Global Forum taking place in Iceland.
CBS News - Published

IS exploited Turkey's Syria invasion, drawdown of U.S. troops: Pentagon report

Islamic State has exploited Turkey's incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of U.S. troops from the region, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagon's Inspector General,..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Kurdish YPG militia kill three despite ceasefire deal

Turkey's defense ministry said on Tuesday Kurdish YPG militia had killed three people and wounded eight in a missile attack on a school in the Tel Abyad region of northern Syria which they were meant..
Reuters - Published

Russia balks at Turkish idea of new Syrian military operation

Russia said on Tuesday it was bewildered by a Turkish pledge to conduct a new military operation in northern Syria if the area was not cleared of people Ankara calls terrorists, warning that any such..
Reuters - Published

Russia condemns Turkey for floating idea of new Syria operation

Russia said on Tuesday it was bewildered by a Turkish pledge to conduct a new military operation in northern Syria if the area was not cleared of people Ankara calls terrorists, warning such a move..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Turkey aware that U.S. support for Kurdish YPG will not end immediately

Turkey is aware that the U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will not end immediately, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, but added that Ankara's battle against the militia it..
Reuters - Published

German police arrest Syrian suspected of planning attack

German police on Tuesday arrested a 37-year old Syrian man suspected of exchanging bomb building material through an Islamist messenger group with the aim of planning an attack, police and prosecutors..
Reuters - Published

Israel says intercepts rockets fired from Syria

Israel's military said its missile defense system shot down four rockets fired from Syria toward Israel early on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Explosions heard near Damascus airport: state TV

Explosions were heard near the airport in the Syrian capital of Damascus, state television said early on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. blacklists companies, people for support of Islamic State

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on four companies and two people operating in Syria, Turkey, the Gulf and Europe for providing financial and logistical support to Islamic State.
Reuters - Published

Turkey will launch another Syria operation if area not cleared of Kurdish YPG: Anadolu

Turkey's foreign minister said Ankara would launch a new military operation in northeast Syria if the area was not cleared of what he called terrorists, state-owned Anadolu agency reported on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Red Flag, Into the Deep, The Youngest Refugees

A standoff over Red Flag gun laws; Then, why is the U.S. on the sidelines in the race for a trove of metals sitting on ocean floor; And, Sesame and the IRC Join Forces to Help Syrian Refugee Children
CBS News - Published

Sesame and the IRC join forces to help Syrian refugee children

The International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop are teaming up on a major new effort to help young Syrian refugee children, including a new Sesame show in Arabic
CBS News - Published

Russian troops take command of U.S. airbase in northern Syria

The Russians moved in just a day after U.S. forces left, leaving behind barracks, beds, abandoned medical supplies and an unusable gym
CBS News - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Turkish authorities capture Syria bomb attack suspect

Turkish authorities have captured a Syrian Kurdish YPG fighter suspected of a car bomb attack in the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab a day earlier, which killed 18 people and wounded 30 others, Turkey's..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Kurdish militia attack kills 10 people in Syrian town of Al-Bab

The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Saturday that a car bomb attack by Syrian Kurdish fighters killed 10 people and wounded more than 15 in the northern Syrian border town of Al-Bab, which Turkish..
Reuters - Published

Bomb attack in Syrian town of Al-Bab kills 10 people - Turkish state media

A bomb attack killed 10 people in the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab near the Turkish border on Saturday, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said.
Reuters - Published

Turkey removed more than 6,000 Syrians from Istanbul: governor's office

Turkey has sent more than 6,000 Syrian migrants in Istanbul to temporary housing centers in other provinces since early July, the local governor's office said on Friday, two weeks after a deadline for..
Reuters - Published

Russia establishes new foothold in Syria amid recent violence

Russia confirmed it's setting up a new base in the Syrian city of Qamishli. Yet, for all the security forces now jostling for control, they've been unable to ensure security for the local population...
CBS News - Published

American-Born Woman Who Joined ISIS Is Not a Citizen, Judge Rules

A surprise ruling from the bench is a blow to Hoda Muthana’s bid to move her and her 2-year-old son, the child of a slain ISIS fighter, out of a refugee camp in Syria.
NYTimes.com - Published

A new Sesame Street for Syrian refugee kids

The new show won't focus on numbers and letters as much as emotions like fear, anger, loneliness and caring. Lesley Stahl reports, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT
CBS News - Published

Putin: Russia still has lots of work to do in Syria's Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow felt it still had a lot of work to do in the rebel-held region of Idlib in Syria's northwest.
Reuters - Published

The new Muppets for Sesame Workshop’s show aimed at Syrian refugee children

Sesame Street is bringing a new gang of Muppets to the Middle East for a show created with Syrian refugee children in mind. 60 Minutes reports, Sunday
CBS News - Published

UK anti-terrorist police arrest man after Turkey deports suspects

British police arrested a 26-year-old man at Heathrow Airport who had arrived from Turkey on Thursday, on suspicion of terrorism offences related to Syria.
Reuters - Published

UK police arrest man on suspected Syria-related terrorism offences

British police said on Thursday they had arrested a 26-year-old man at Heathrow Airport who had arrived from Turkey, on suspicion of terrorism offences related to Syria.
Reuters - Published

Pompeo urges coalition to take back Islamic State detainees, boost funding

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged members of the coalition fighting Islamic State to take jihadi detainees back to their countries and step up their funding to help restore..
Reuters - Published

Return to sender: Turkish President Erdogan says he gave back Trump's 'don't be a tough guy' letter

"We gave back the letter that we have received," Erdogan said when asked why he ignored Trump's advice to not "be a tough guy" and a "fool" in Syria.
USATODAY.com - Published

Does Trump really want to get us out of Syria? Apparently, not so much.

Donald Trump wants to be the president that gets us out of the Middle East but has buckled under pressure. He can't have his cake and eat it, too.
USATODAY.com - Published

Russia sets up helicopter base in northern Syria after U.S. exit

Russia has begun setting up a helicopter base at a civilian airport in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the Russian Defense Ministry's Zvezda TV channel said on Thursday, showing footage of..
Reuters - Published

Trump says Europe should be paying more to cover costs of Syrian refugees

U.S. President Donald Trump said after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that Europe should pay more to cover the costs related to Syrian refugees.
Reuters - Published

Amid tensions with Turkey, Trump lauds relation with Erdogan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded his relationship with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders met to overcome mounting differences between the two NATO allies ranging from Syria..
Reuters - Published

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