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Syrian group: Israeli strike kills 3, most likely Iranians

Syrian group: Israeli strike kills 3, most likely IraniansA Syrian war monitoring group said Monday that an Israeli missile strike overnight near the capital of Damascus killed at least three foreigners, who were most likely Iranians. The top Syrian diplomat accused Israel of carrying out missile “aggression” on Damascus and its suburbs. There was no immediate comment from Israel.



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Syrian air defense intercepts missiles from Israel: state media

Syrian air defense intercepts missiles from Israel: state mediaThe Syrian army’s air defense system intercepted missiles coming from the direction of Israel that were aimed at targets on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, state media said on Sunday. Four cruise missiles were believed to have been launched across the coast through Lebanese airspace toward Syria, a source in the regional alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters. It gave no further details and there was no immediate comment from Israel.



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Syrian state media says Israel is firing missiles into Syria

Syrian state media says Israel is firing missiles into SyriaSyrian air defenses opened fire Sunday night on missiles fired from inside Israel, state media reported. Syrian state TV gave no further details but residents of Damascus said explosions could be heard near the capital. State TV said one of the Israeli missiles was shot down near the Damascus suburb of Aqraba.



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4 Syrian soldiers killed in clashes with Turkish-led forces

4 Syrian soldiers killed in clashes with Turkish-led forcesIntense clashes broke out Saturday between Syrian government troops and Turkish-led forces in northeast Syria, killing at least four Syrian soldiers, the country’s state media and an opposition war monitor reported. Turkey invaded northeast Syria last month to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters near the border. The Kurdish groups called in Syrian government forces to halt Turkey’s advance.



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PHOTOS: For Syrian Kurds, and aid workers – the ‘safe zone’ is not so safe

PHOTOS: For Syrian Kurds, and aid workers – the ‘safe zone’ is not so safeThe Kurds are calling this area ‘the genocide zone’. The safe zone is not safe by any definition. It is the zone of the Turkish invasion.



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U.S. military envisions broad defense of Syrian oilfields

U.S. military envisions broad defense of Syrian oilfieldsThe United States will repel any attempt to take Syria’s oil fields away from U.S.-backed Syrian militia with “overwhelming force,” whether the opponent is Islamic State or even forces backed by Russia or Syria, the Pentagon said on Monday. The U.S. military announced last week it was reinforcing its position in Syria with additional assets, including mechanized forces, to prevent oilfields from being taken over by remnants of the Islamic State militant group or others. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper offered some of his most detailed remarks to date about the mission at a news briefing on Monday.



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Russia calls US move to protect Syrian oil 'banditry'

Russia calls US move to protect Syrian oil 'banditry'U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said the move is aimed at keeping the fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants. The decision was the latest sign that extracting the U.S. military from Syria is more uncertain and complicated than President Donald Trump has made it out to be. On Saturday, there were several troop movements in Syria as the various players adjusted to the U.S. decision to withdraw troops from the northeast.



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Pentagon planning to send tanks, armored vehicles to Syrian oil fields

Pentagon planning to send tanks, armored vehicles to Syrian oil fieldsTwo weeks ago, President Trump ordered virtually all U.S. troops out of Syria. Now the Pentagon plans to send armored forces to protect oil fields.



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Russia warns Syrian Kurdish YPG to pull back as its forces move in

Russia warns Syrian Kurdish YPG to pull back as its forces move inMOSCOW/ANKARA (Reuters) – Russian military police arrived in the strategic Syrian city of Kobani on Wednesday as Moscow warned Kurdish YPG forces that they face further armed conflict with Turkey if they fail to withdraw from Syria’s entire northeastern border. Russia’s warning came a day after it struck an accord with Turkey calling for the complete pullout of the YPG fighters, which were once U.S. allies but which Ankara calls terrorists.



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UPDATE 1-Turkey, Russia strike deal to remove Syrian Kurdish YPG, launch joint patrols

UPDATE 1-Turkey, Russia strike deal to remove Syrian Kurdish YPG, launch joint patrolsSOCHI, Russia/ANKARA, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Turkey and Russia agreed on Tuesday to remove the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia to beyond 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, after which their troops will jointly patrol a narrower strip of land in a "safe zone" Ankara has long sought in northern Syria. Beginning at noon (0900 GMT) on Wednesday, Russian military police and Syrian border guards will move in to facilitate the removal of YPG members and weapons to beyond the zone in a mission that should take about six days, according to the deal. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hailed the deal as one that would end the bloodshed in the region, while Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had no designs on Syrian territory as it continued to push the YPG south.



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