Turkish Military Copter Crashes in Syria, 2 Killed

Turkish military destroys 36 terror targets in Syria’s Afrin

Turkish military destroys 36 terror targets in Syria’s Afrin

Four days of intense Syrian government strikes on a besieged rebel-held area outside Damascus are reported to have killed more than 200 civilians. Damascus has consistently denied using chemical weapons.

The UN humanitarian coordinator, Panos Moumtzis, has made this appeal but with no avail. "That is not realistic", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters.

This lopsided logic is most regrettable, especially coming from a super power, and at a time when the areas affected are declared as de-escalation zones, an idea that Moscow itself sponsored and promoted.

The OCHA said education activities in Idlib witnessed repeated interruptions due to the ongoing hostilities in the past two months.

With its current policy, Ford says sanctions that hinder Russia's military might be the best US option.

But officials did say nine soldiers were killed and 11 wounded during brutal clashes with mainly Kurdish forces near Afrin.

The attack came just hours after Israel said one of its military jets was shot down in Syria. The Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue group said two people had been killed in the Eastern Ghouta region.

Eastern Ghouta is supposed to be one of four "de-escalation zones" declared a year ago in a bid to reduce the bloodshed.

Ford was the last USA ambassador to Syria and now teaches at Yale University and is a fellow at the Middle East Institute.

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US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday amid persistent tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over Syria and other issues. Seven Turkish civilians have also lost their lives.

The YPG - trained, armed and supported by the U.S. to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - controls a swath of land in northern Syria.

The Observatory said government forces opened a corridor for Islamic State fighters to leave parts of Hama and Aleppo provinces, where they were under siege, and head for rebel-held Idlib province.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

World powers failed to back an appeal by United Nations officials for a month-long ceasefire to allow for desperately needed aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

The officials provided the information on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.

It was not immediately clear when the Istanbul meeting would take place.

The U.S. -led coalition said its action in eastern Syria was in "self-defense", citing a major attack on its allied forces and U.S. advisers in Deir el-Zour province by 500 fighters. But the recent bombardment appears calculated to punish the opposition for the failure of the Sochi conference, and perhaps force them to surrender the region as the conflict heads into its eighth year. Russian Federation meanwhile sees such a change of emphasis as preparation for carving up Syria.

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