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  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after a joint news conference followed six-hour talks in the Kremlin in Moscow on March 5, 2020. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
    Russia, Turkey announce cease-fire in northwestern Syria

    The presidents of Russia and Turkey said they reached agreements on a cease-fire to take effect at midnight Thursday in northwestern Syria, where escalating fighting had threatened to put forces from the two countries into a direct military conflict.

  • Turkish-backed fighters prepare to go to the frontline in the Syrian province of Idlib, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (Ghaith Alsayed/AP)
    Turkey says it has retaliated after deadly Syrian shelling

    Turkey said it retaliated Monday after “intense” shelling by Syrian forces killed five of its soldiers and wounded five others in Syria’s northern Idlib province, a marked escalation a week after a similarly deadly clash between the two sides.

  • Protesters rally against the Washington visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Washington. (Steve Helber/AP)
    Turkey says it captured ‘important’ ISIS figure in Syria

    Turkey’s interior minister said Wednesday that his country’s forces have captured an “important” figure within the Islamic State group, in Syria.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
    Turkey captures al-Baghdadi’s wife, Erdogan says

    Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

  • Russian soldiers walk past a Russian military police armored vehicle at a position in the northeastern Syrian city Kobane on Oct. 23, 2019. (AFP via Getty Images)
    Russian forces deploy at Syrian border under new accord with Turkey

    Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told Kurdish fighters to pull back from the entire frontier or else face being “steamrolled” by Turkish forces.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a photo during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (Sergei Chirikov/Pool via AP)
    Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with accord after American troops withdraw

    The leaders of Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Turkey for their two countries’ forces to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters. The deal would seal the two countries’ power in Syria, filling the void left by departing American troops after President Donald Trump abruptly ordered their withdrawal.

  • A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF, stands guard inside a post where U.S. troops were based, in Tal Abyad town, at the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo)
    Syria’s Kurds stand to lose all gains from US pullout near Turkish border

    Syria's Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault.

  • U.S. troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol with Turkish troops in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border with Turkish troops, on Sept. 8, 2019. (Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images)
    Turkey accuses US of stalling on Syria ‘safe zone’ plans

    Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of taking only "cosmetic steps" toward the creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara's threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border.