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U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria govt for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight looms


UNITED NATIONS Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State militants used sulphur mustard gas, a joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found on Wednesday, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters.


Turkish tanks roll into Syria, pushing Islamic State out of key border town 12:51am BST

KARKAMIS, Turkey/ANKARA Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, in Turkey's first major U.S.-backed incursion into its southern neighbour. | Video

Islamic State attacks Western-backed camp on Jordan-Syria border 12:51am BST

AMMAN Islamic State launched a bomb and gun attack on a Western-backed Syrian rebel camp near the Jordanian border on Wednesday, according to the rebels, who said they had killed at least 30 of the attackers and suffered at least three casualties themselves.


Middle East, North Africa conflicts threaten two decades of health gains - research 12:08am BST

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Arab Spring uprising and subsequent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have lowered life expectancy in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, jeopardizing two decades of health gains, experts said on Wednesday.


Slow EU aid puts Syrian children's lives on hold in Turkey 24 Aug 2016

ANKARA Their faces so burned by a rocket blast they cannot fully close their eyes, 13-year-old Gheis Mekansi and his sister Limar, both Syrian refugees, wait in limbo in Turkey for surgery they need to return to life and school.


Syria Kurds win battle with government, Turkey mobilises against them 24 Aug 2016

HASAKA, Syria/BEIRUT Syrian Kurdish forces took near complete control of Hasaka city on Tuesday as a ceasefire ended a week of fighting with the government, consolidating the Kurds' grip on Syria's northeast as Turkey increased its efforts to check their influence. | Video


Russia says future use of Iran air base depends on Syria circumstances 22 Aug 2016

DUBAI The Russian military said on Monday its aircraft operating from an Iranian air base to conduct strikes in Syria had completed their tasks, but left open the possibility of using the Hamadan base again if circumstances warranted.


All Syria parties must commit to Aleppo aid truce, not just Russia - U.N. 22 Aug 2016

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations is ready to deliver aid into Syria's Aleppo, but needs commitments from all parties in the war - not just Russia - to abide by a 48-hour humanitarian truce, the U.N. aid chief, angered by lack of assistance to civilians, said on Monday.


Kerry says hopes talks with Russia on Syria "nearing the end" 22 Aug 2016

NAIROBI U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday talks between the United States and Russia on military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria were nearing an end, with technical teams meeting this week to discuss details.


Kurdish militia launches assault to evict Syrian army from key city of Hasaka 22 Aug 2016

HASAKA, Syria The Kurdish YPG militia launched a major assault on Monday to seize the last government-controlled parts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender, Kurdish forces and residents said.

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Turkey launches offensive in Syria

Turkey's military, backed by U.S.-led coalition warplanes, launches an operation to wipe out Islamic State militants along its border. Natasha Howitt reports.