The Syrian Crisis

2018-04-14 13:46 GMT+8

The U.S. has started withdrawing its troops from Syria, according to a statement by the White House on Wednesday.

2018-12-20 08:57 GMT+8

Russia, Iran and Turkey, supporters of the main sides in Syria's complex civil war, on Tuesday failed to agree on the make-up of a United Nations (UN) sponsored Syrian Constitutional Committee but called for it to convene early next year to kick off a viable peace process.

2018-12-19 13:31 GMT+8

Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. 

2018-12-18 11:57 GMT+8

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Friday on more effective coordination between their countries' operations in Syria, after Ankara threatened to launch a new offensive in the war-torn nation.

2018-12-15 10:05 GMT+8

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkish security forces would enter the northern Syrian town of Manbij if the U.S. doesn't remove the Kurdish militia from the area.

2018-12-14 22:59 GMT+8

Editor's note: Hisham AbuBakr Metwally is the first economist researcher at the Central Department for Export & Import Policy under the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2018-12-26 15:38 GMT+8

Any unilateral military action in northern Syria would be unacceptable, the Pentagon warned Wednesday after Turkey said it would soon launch an operation against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia. 

2018-12-13 08:26 GMT+8

The presidents of Russia and Turkey agreed on further steps to implement the agreement over a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib province, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday.

2018-12-03 09:46 GMT+8

It's safe to say United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Syria Steffan de Mistura was hopeful to achieve more than what actually was – at the 11th round of Astana peace talks that took place in Kazakhstan from November 28 to 29. 

2018-12-01 13:56 GMT+8

Syrian air defenses shot down hostile targets on Thursday, state media said, while Israeli jets bombed several positions south of Damascus, the first such strikes since Syrian air defenses were upgraded following the accidental downing of a Russian plane in September.

2018-11-30 20:07 GMT+8

Russia, Turkey and Iran failed to make any tangible progress in setting up a Syrian constitutional committee at a meeting in the Kazakh capital Astana, the office of UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said in a statement on Thursday.

2018-11-29 22:38 GMT+8

To help pave the way for a political solution to the Syrian crisis, Turkey, Russia, and Iran will meet in the Kazakh capital Astana on Wednesday for the 11th round of peace talks. 

2018-11-28 13:06 GMT+8

More than 100 people were hospitalized in Syria's Aleppo on Saturday in a suspected toxic gas attack which the government and its ally Russia blamed on insurgents.

2018-11-26 10:28 GMT+8

Over 2,000 Syrian refugees have returned from Jordan to Syria since the Nasib crossing re-opened between the two countries last month, state news agency SANA reported on Wednesday.

2018-11-22 15:22 GMT+8

At least 40 people, mostly civilians, were killed on Saturday in US-led coalition strikes on an ISIL stronghold in eastern Syria, local residents and a foreign monitor said.

2018-11-18 11:46 GMT+8

The death toll of the recent US-led airstrikes on areas in eastern Syria has risen to 41 as the Syrian Foreign Ministry renewed calls for an international investigation into the coalition's crimes.

2018-11-11 08:07 GMT+8

A path forward for Syria. That's what the leaders of Turkey, Germany, France, and Russia spent Saturday discussing. The remaining rebel-held province of Idlib continues to be of concern, even as leaders look for a lasting political solution to end Syria's seven-plus years of war. 

2018-10-28 08:30 GMT+8

Editor's note: Wang Jin is a research fellow at the Charhar Institute and at the Northwest University of China. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2018-12-20 12:38 GMT+8

Editor’s Note: Wang Jin is a research fellow at the Charhar Institute and a research fellow at the Northwest University of China. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2018-12-19 23:13 GMT+8

The U.S. is planning for a full and rapid withdrawal of troops from Syria, according to U.S. media reports citing Trump administration officials.

2018-12-19 22:29 GMT+8

Editor's note: Wang Jin is a research fellow at both Charhar Institute and the Northwest University of China. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2018-12-15 10:17 GMT+8

Up to 15,000 Syrian rebels are ready to join a Turkish military offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, but no date has been set for the operation, a spokesman for the main Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group said on Thursday. 

2018-12-14 11:03 GMT+8

Seven mass graves containing hundreds of unidentified bodies have been unearthed near the former ISIL stronghold of Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, Syrian state media SANA reported.

2018-12-13 10:52 GMT+8

Iraqi forces carried out cross-border operations for the first time inside Syria and seized up to 30 border posts, local newspaper reported on Tuesday.

2018-11-06 20:06 GMT+8

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed Manbij and Idlib in northern Syria in a call on Thursday and stressed their determination to strengthen ties, Erdogan's office said.

2018-11-02 08:06 GMT+8

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened a summit in Istanbul on Saturday with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France aimed at finding a political solution to the seven-year Syrian war. 

2018-10-27 14:22 GMT+8

France is working to bring back children held by Syrian Kurdish forces who belong to suspected French Islamist militants, but will leave their mothers to be prosecuted by local authorities, French officials said.

2018-10-24 16:34 GMT+8

ISIL released six hostages taken in the southern province of Sweida, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Saturday.

2018-10-20 17:09 GMT+8

A four-party summit on Syria between the leaders of Turkey, Russia, Germany, and France will be held on October 27 in Istanbul, Turkey's presidential spokesperson said on Friday. 

2018-10-19 22:28 GMT+8

Editor's note: Abdallah Ahmed is a researcher and geopolitical expert, who previously served as the director of the electronic media department at the Syrian Ministry of Information. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. 

2018-10-17 18:50 GMT+8

A deadline passed Monday without jihadists leaving a planned buffer zone around Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib as set out under a Russian-Turkish deal.

2018-10-15 15:04 GMT+8

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to create a 15-to-20-kilometer-wide demilitarized zone between the rebels and Syrian government forces in Idlib province and avoid a military confrontation, which raised hopes of a lasting peace in this area.

2018-10-10 14:44 GMT+8

Syria's Turkey-backed rebel fighters have withdrawn heavy weaponry from a demilitarized zone agreed by Turkey and Russia in northwest Syria.

2018-10-09 14:14 GMT+8

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon to discuss security coordination over Syria, amid friction with Moscow over Israel's air operations.

2018-10-07 17:49 GMT+8

Rebel groups in Syria began to withdraw heavy weaponry from a buffer zone agreed by Turkey and Russia in northwest Syria on Saturday, rebels said, ahead of a deadline to set up the demilitarized area.

2018-10-07 12:03 GMT+8

Turkey will not leave Syria until the people hold an election, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

2018-10-05 07:53 GMT+8

A key rebel alliance in Syria's Idlib said it was opposed to the deployment of Russian forces in the planned demilitarised zone followed by the country's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem confirmed Moscow and Damascus had been in intensive consultations on the issue.

2018-10-01 18:13 GMT+8

Iran has fired missiles at militants in Syria that the country blamed for an attack at a military parade in southwestern Iran on September 22, the Revolutionary Guards said on Monday in a statement published on Sepah News, the Guards' official news site.

2018-10-01 13:27 GMT+8

Syria's foreign minister on Saturday denounced US, French and Turkish forces operating in his country as occupying forces and demanded that they leave immediately. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem also called on Syrian refugees to come home, even though the country's war is now in its eighth year.

2018-09-30 09:07 GMT+8

Israel is ready to reopen a crossing point into the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights now that Syrian government forces have regained control from rebels, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday.

2018-09-27 21:36 GMT+8

Russia will supply an S-300 anti-missile system to Syria within two weeks, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.

2018-09-24 18:00 GMT+8

Turkey and Russia said Friday they have agreed on the borders of a demilitarized zone to be set up in Syria's Idlib Province, with its geographical structure and residential areas being taken into account.

2018-09-22 08:57 GMT+8