May 19, 2018

On may 19, 1916, France and the UK conclude the Sykes-Picot agreement, which in effect partitioned the former provinces of the Ottoman empire in the middle east.

No one is suggesting that the middle east was an idyllic area free from conflict and war before the UK and Franc...

February 19, 2018

Pro Syrian forces and militias allied to the Syrian government will enter the Afrin region within hours, state media reported on Monday, after a reported deal to allegedly help Kurdish forces repel a Turkish assault.

"SDF and Syria have reached an agreement," Sheikho Bilo,...

February 9, 2017

Russian air strikes killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others during an operation against Islamic State in northern Syria on Thursday, the Turkish military said.

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had called Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan and ex...

January 28, 2017

President Donald Trump has banned the entry of Syrian refugees into the US until further notice. He has also halted the issuing of visas to the nationals of six other mainly Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, for three months.

Mr Trump said the measure...

December 29, 2016

In a stunning announcement today made by Russian president Vladimir Putin, both the Syrian government and rebel groups have agreed a nationwide ceasefire from midnight local time (22:00 GMT) on Thursday, to be followed by peace talks.

In Damascus, the Syrian army said the c...

November 27, 2016

So while Trump hasn't even started on his biggest campaign pledge, building a wall along the US - Mexico border, Turkey, without almost anybody outside Turkey noticing it, is well on its way to completing a 900-km wall along its border with Syria.

Turkey plans to complete...

November 16, 2016

Vladimir Putin has signed an order to have Russia withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC) amid calls for his military to be probed for war crimes  over air strikes backing President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and the annexation of Crimea was classified as "Russia...

August 28, 2016

Turkey's military operation in Syria, which is backed by US air strikes, is targeting ISIS but its main goal is to prevent the creation of a Kurdish-controlled territory on the other side of Turkey's border.

The YPG Syrian Kurdish force is one of the most powerful militias...

August 24, 2016

At least a dozen Turkish tanks have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy Turkish shelling of an area held by ISIS.

Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.


August 17, 2016

For the first time since the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979, Iran has allowed a foreign power to use one of its military bases, that foreign power being Russia.

Iran and Russia have been becoming closer and closer allies since 2015 when Russia and Iran signed a deal to...

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