Syrians Begin Returning Home, Two Weeks into Turkish Offensive

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, Sep8 – A group of 292 Syrians went back to the Syrian town of Jarablus from Turkey on Wednesday, marking the first formal return of civilians since Ankara launched a military incursion two weeks ago to try to secure the border region, a Turkish official said. Jarablus, which

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Syrian Kurdish Spokesman says Manbij Reinforced, but Not by YPG

BEIRUT, Aug 29 – A spokesman for the autonomous Kurdish region in Syria said on Monday that local military forces in the Syrian cities of Manbij and Jarablus are being reinforced, but not by Kurdish YPG militia. The spokesman was responding to comments from regional security sources that YPG fighters appear to be reinforcing Manbij,

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Turkey Ratchets Up Syria Offensive, says Warplanes Hit Kurdish Militia

KARKAMIS, Turkey, Aug 28 – Rebels supported by Turkey fought Kurdish-backed forces in northern Syria on Saturday, as Ankara ratcheted up its cross-border offensive by saying it had launched air strikes against both Kurdish forces and Daesh. Turkey’s government, which is fighting a Kurdish insurgency at home, has said the Syrian campaign it opened this

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