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UN commission releases report on human rights situation in Syria from Jan-June, 1M Syrians displaced internally By Merve Aydogan ANKARA (BT) – Unprecedented levels of internal displacement took place in Syria this year, a UN commission said Wednesday. In a 24-page report, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria highlighted the deteriorating human rights […]

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 Staffan de Mistura to meet senior officials from guarantor countries of Astana process on Sept. 10 GENEVA  – UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet senior officials from Turkey, Russia, and Iran to establish a Syrian constitutional committee on Monday. Efforts to establish a constitutional committee, which was agreed during the Syrian […]

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ADDS WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT IN GRAFS 4-6 By Michael Hernandez WASHINGTON  – President Donald Trump instructed his military brass to draw up plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, but agreed to keep them in the war-torn country for the short-term, according to multiple reports published Wednesday. No firm deadline has yet been set for […]

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Haji Khalil village also liberated during Operation Olive Branch By Adham Khako AFRIN/ANKARA (AA) – The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Sunday liberated a village from YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists and took control of a town center during Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region. The village of Haji Khalil in Rajo, […]

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 Deputy foreign minister says Turkey is using right to self-defense enshrined in UN charter By Fatih Erel GENEVA – Turkish deputy foreign minister on Wednesday described Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin as a legitimate use of the right to self-defense, which is enshrined in the UN charter. “Mounting threats, acts of terrorism […]

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