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Talks between US, Turkish militaries on Kurds to continue next week -Bolton

Talks between US, Turkish militaries on Kurds to continue next week -Bolton

US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Friday talks between the US military and its Turkish counterparts on the Kurds and Syria will continue next week, in the hopes of producing results both countries accept.

Syrian Kurds seek Damascus deal regardless of US moves

Syrian Kurds seek Damascus deal regardless of US moves

Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russian-mediated political deal with President Bashar al-Assad's government regardless of US plans to withdraw from their region, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters.

Syrian army enters Manbij in new alliance with Kurds

Syrian army enters Manbij in new alliance with Kurds

Syrian troops deployed in support of Kurdish forces around a strategic northern city on Friday, in a shift of alliances hastened by last week's announcement of a US military withdrawal.

In areas backed by Turkey, Syrians welcome US withdrawal

In areas backed by Turkey, Syrians welcome US withdrawal

Residents and fighters in territory held by pro-Turkish rebels in northern Syria cautiously welcomed Washington's decision to pull out troops, viewing it as a chance to push further into Kurdish territory.

Car bomb kills 8 people in Syria's Afrin: monitor

Car bomb kills 8 people in Syria's Afrin: monitor

A car bomb killed at least eight people including four civilians near a pro-Turkey rebel post in the northern Syrian city of Afrin on Sunday, a British-based war monitor said.

Syrian Kurds boost fight against IS in east after setback

Syrian Kurds boost fight against IS in east after setback

Syrian Kurdish special forces have joined an offensive against Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, a commander said, after the jihadists recovered ground from US-backed forces in a fierce counter attack.

Kurds say they will 'chart roadmap to decentralised Syria' with Damascus

Kurds say they will 'chart roadmap to decentralised Syria' with Damascus

A Syrian Kurdish group said on Saturday it had decided with the government to "chart a roadmap to a democratic and decentralised Syria", but there was no immediate confirmation from Damascus.

Turkey says Kurdish militants leaving Syria's Manbij will be disarmed

Turkey says Kurdish militants leaving Syria's Manbij will be disarmed

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will be stripped of their weapons when withdrawing from the northern Syrian city of Manbij as part of a roadmap agreed with the United States, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

France to continue support for Kurdish-led Syrian rebels against IS

France to continue support for Kurdish-led Syrian rebels against IS

France stands behind its support for Kurdish-led Syrian rebels in their fight against Islamic State, a French presidential source said on Friday, a stance that drew a furious response from Turkey.

Syria forces battle to secure Damascus

Syria forces battle to secure Damascus

Syrian regime and allied forces battled to suppress the last pockets of resistance in and around Damascus Tuesday, while the beleaguered Kurds in the north braced for further Turkish advances.

Syria's Kurds vow to fight until Afrin is 'liberated'

Syria's Kurds vow to fight until Afrin is 'liberated'

Syria's Kurds vowed to fight to retake the Kurdish enclave of Afrin after Turkey-led fighters on Sunday seized control of its main city two months into a offensive.

Turkish forces 'surround' Syrian Kurdish city

Turkish forces 'surround' Syrian Kurdish city

Turkey said Tuesday its army and allied rebels have surrounded the Kurdish city of Afrin in northern Syria, raising the prospect of another devastating siege in the country's long conflict.