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Erdogan says Turkish offensive will target Syrian towns of Manbij and Raqqa


ANKARA Turkey's military operation in northern Syria will target the town of Manbij, recently liberated from Islamic State by Kurdish-led forces, and the jihadists' stronghold of Raqqa, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Turkey vows to press Syria offensive despite warning from pro-Assad forces

ANKARA/BEIRUT Turkey said on Wednesday it will press its military offensive in Syria until Islamic State is driven from the town of al-Bab, despite a warning from forces allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a helicopter attack on the rebels it backs.

World, Turkey, Oct 26 2016

Air strikes in Syria's Idlib kill 26, mostly children: rescuers, monitor

BEIRUT Air strikes by Syrian or Russian warplanes on Wednesday killed at least 26 people, most of them schoolchildren, in a village in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, rescue workers and a monitoring group said. | Video

World, Russia, United Nations Oct 26 2016

U.N. aid chief to Security Council on Syria: 'Buck stops with you'

UNITED NATIONS United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council on Wednesday that the "buck stops with you" when it comes to ending the nearly six year war in Syria and he is "incandescent with rage" that no action is being taken to do so.

World, United Nations, Oct 26 2016

Kurdish YPG will be part of coalition effort to isolate Raqqa: U.S. commander

WASHINGTON Kurdish YPG militia fighters will be included as a part of the force to isolate the Islamic State-held Syrian city of Raqqa, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said on Wednesday.

World, Iraq Oct 26 2016

A third of Germans fear war erupting with Russia over Ukraine, Syria: poll

BERLIN One in three Germans worry that tensions between the West and Russia over Crimea, Ukraine and Syria could lead to a military confrontation, according to an opinion poll by the respected Forsa institute published on Wednesday.

World, Russia, Oct 26 2016

Protesters attack EU asylum offices on second Greek island this week

ATHENS A group of Syrian refugees protested on Wednesday at the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) premises in a migrant camp on the Greek island of Chios, forcing its staff to evacuate, officials said.

World, Greece, Oct 26 2016

Exclusive: Trump says Clinton policy on Syria would lead to World War Three

DORAL, Fla. U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton's plan for Syria would "lead to World War Three," because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear-armed Russia. | Video

Election 2016, Politics, Oct 26 2016

Amnesty says U.S. coalition underestimated impact on civilians in Syria

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants has not taken enough precautions to avoid civilian casualties in Syria and has underestimated the impact of its operations on civilians, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

World, Oct 25 2016

Clinton warns against complacency, Trump warns of World War Three

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned her supporters on Tuesday against complacency as opinion polls show her holding a clear lead over Republican rival Donald Trump with two weeks left until the Nov. 8 election.

Election 2016, Politics, Russia, Oct 25 2016

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Seven children killed in Idlib air strikes, says Syria monitor

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says seven children were among at least 22 dead following air strikes in a village in the rebel-held province of Idlib.