Secretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke on the phone with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, today according to US defense officials. The call was planned before the recent Syria news but the two leaders did discuss Syria developments

Map. History of Syria conflict

19 October 2019
Agence France-Presse: Iranian Foreign Minister informs his Turkish counterpart Iran's opposition to any military action in northern Syria
"I've told President Ergogan I hope he's going to treat everybody with respect," @POTUS, in the room with military leaders, says in reply to a reporter's question
Turkish military movement in Kilis1 week ago
Turkish military movement in Kilis
1 week ago
The Turkish defence ministry has posted a tweet saying all preparations for a possible military operation into northeastern Syria are completed
White House: Turkey will be responsible for the security of civilians and any humanitarian assistance
1 week ago
Deir ez-Zor Eastern countryside: Helicopter flights of the International Coalition over the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor
A Turkish Armed Forces convoy is making entrance at Jarabulus.1 week ago
A Turkish Armed Forces convoy is making entrance at Jarabulus.
Trump: If Turkey takes any step beyond its borders, we can harm it and harm its economy
"We're going to be watching Turkey," adds @POTUS
Trump: We have only 50 soldiers in northern Syria
Trump on European countries not taking ISIS fighters from Syria: "Unfortunately, like NATO, they take advantage."
US secretary of state Pompeo talked with his UK counterpart on phone about the Turkish military operation in Syria
Sputnik Agency: Turkish vehicles and armored vehicles entered the gate of Jarablus towards Manbij countryside
"Syrian National Army" commander: We will not allow pro-Assad forces to enter Manbij. We'il be in town soon.
Turkish aircraft flying near the border with Dêrika Hemko
1 week ago
Reports of airstrike near the syrian-turkish border in Dêrik (al-Malikiya) and Tewil hill are false and misleading, no airstrike was reported in the areas mentioned.
1 week ago
@JZarif and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Çavusoglu discuss latest developments in northeastern Syria (i.e. reports of Turkish strikes on Kurdish positions) in phone conversation
Reportedly airstrike hit near this location. Journalist @KoyluogluAziz says "Turkish warplanes have bombarded the Mount Çiyayê Spî opposite of Semalka in Kurdistan region
Syrian Observatory: Turkish forces fire two shells on a group that tried to cross to the Turkish side
Coalition military trucks carrying aid and equipments enters northeastern Syria from Kurdistan region - SOHR
Syrian Observatory: Turkish planes fly over the border triangle between Turkey, Syria and Iraq
1 week ago
[email protected]: Turkey targeting Kurdish positions in Tal Tawil in Al-Malkiyah
Local source confirm that no YPG or SDF were targeted, report of SDF casualties are false.
The Turkish bombing took place near Khanke which is an Ezidi village and near a refugee camp that holds many orphanages of the ISIS genocide
Turkey army started bombing near border of Northern Syria and Turkey
1 week ago
Pro-Assad forces renew their shelling with heavy artillery of Jazraia town of Aleppo southern countryside.
Turkish Military TCS01 UAV active close to northwest Syria border. 1916z
Tanks were delivered by the Turkish Armed Forces to the Syrian border.
Reports of Turkish artillery shelling of sites of Kurdish units in the countryside of the border town of Malikiyah between Turkey and Syria north of Hasakah
Operations Waharid Al Muminin targeting locations of pro-Assad forces in the village of Naour Shatah in Al-Ghab plain Hama western countryside with Grad rockets
This airstrike come one hour after International Coalition has sent reinforcements to U.S-backed Syrian democratic forces. According to local source, mortars were fired near the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Syria: video showing Turkish Air Force targeting area of Semalka border crossing with Iraq (used to transfer supplies)
Senior US defence official tells: We disconnected the Turkish millitary from our ISR system (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) and the air tasking order (ATO) (Joint Forces Air Component Commander controls air forces within a joint operations environment)
Turkish Air forces carried out airstrikes near Semalka border crossing.
"A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad government. And it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup."@senatemajldr McConnell on Syria Withdrawal
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke on the phone with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, today according to US defense officials. The call was planned before the recent Syria news but the two leaders did discuss Syria developments
Small settlements between Ras al Ayn and Tel Abyad are evacuating
"We have shut down Turkish participation in the air. Right we are controlling the airspace over northeast Syria," a senior @StateDept official says. "We have no intention in the immediate near future to change that"
Video documenting the withdrawal of the SDF from the Al-Omar oilfield, east of Deir ez-Zur, to the border with Turkey. Dozens of fighters and 13 military vehicles leave Hasakah.
Increased rhetoric for an intervention in NE Syria by opposition factions supported by Turkey. 8000 SNA fighters from Hamza Division, Ahrar al-Sham & Suleiman Shah Brigade will be deployed to the Tal Abyad front according to @osamh0890
Furqat al-Hamza cmd. Sayf Abu Bakr with SIG MoD Salim Idris, satellite imagery of Serê Kaniyê on the table and tv
Senior State Dept official calls planned Turkish incursion into Syria 'a very bad idea' & that U.S. does not support it in any shape, or form. Adds Erdogan sought U.S. military support in the phone call with Trump, but Potus declined
OFAC/SDN @USTreasury listed & Russian Ministry of Defense  @mod_russia owned Oboronlogistika's Russia flag cargo ship Pizhma returned from Tartus Syria & transited Bosphorus towards Black Sea en route to Novorossiysk carrying ISO boxes1 week ago
OFAC/SDN @USTreasury listed & Russian Ministry of Defense @mod_russia owned Oboronlogistika's Russia flag cargo ship Pizhma returned from Tartus Syria & transited Bosphorus towards Black Sea en route to Novorossiysk carrying ISO boxes
Pro-Assad forces target the town of Ma'rat Harmah in the southern countryside of Idlib with artillery shells
Statement on Trump's withdrawal from Syria from a @GOP member of the Senate's intelligence committee, @SenSasse
UN Secretary-General calls on all parties to exercise restraint in northern Syria
A bipartisan group of House members got back from an official visit to the Syria-Jordan border THIS MORNING. They have thoughts: "The Administration's announcement regarding Syria is a misguided and catastrophic blow to our national security interests."
The senior State Dept official also said the US priority is unchanged from what @secpompeo said in January: "the importance of ensuring that the Turks don't slaughter the Kurds." But didn't say how the US would enforce that
Senior State Dept official also said withdrawal doesn't reflect change in US position - Trump opposes Turkish incursion. Said it was done for 2 reasons: get troops out of harm's way if Turkey attacks, and to make sure US didn't tacitly support Turkish move with troop presence
In a briefing with reporters just now, a senior State Dept official said the number of troops being withdrawn in NE Syria was less than the number of people in the briefing room (26), and from only two outposts
Pentagon statement on Syria
Lindsey Graham: Just spoke to Sen @ChrisVanHollen about situation in Syria. We will introduce bipartisan sanctions against Turkey if they invade Syria and will call for their suspension from NATO if they attack Kurdish forces who assisted the U.S. in the destruction of the ISIS Caliphate
1 week ago
Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Democrat @RepEliotEngel calls @POTUS decision "a gift to Russia, Iran, and ISIS, and a staggering betrayal of the Kurdish forces who have been America's good and faithful partners"
1 week ago
More from Congress on @POTUS NE Syria decision: Trump ally @LindseyGrahamSC says he & Democratic Sen @ChrisVanHollen will intro "veto-proof" sanctions vs Turkey if @RTErdogan invades, warns decision to abandon the Kurds "will put every radical Islamist on steroids
1 week ago
"We continue to take all necessary steps at diplomatic level and activate channels of dialogue with various international parties," per SDC on what comes next in NE Syria
1 week ago
Here's the Syrian Democratic Council statement - reacting to the US decision to pull back from NE Syria and allow for Turkey military ops: ".the White House decision in this regard undermines all war efforts against ISIS."
US forces evacuated its base in Mabrouka, west of Rasulayn. -reports
Dozens of residents of Tal Abyad and its surroundings in Al-Raqqa countryside are evacuating following the withdrawal of US forces
Trump: Kurds fought with us but they got huge sums of money and equipment to do that, they have been fighting Turkey for decades
1 week ago
Turkish Air Forces conducted an air patrol & reconnaissance mission along the border. It's expected to be continue
In Turkish-controlled parts of northern Syria (al-Rai) a VBIED exploded - the latest in a series of such attacks
Trump: Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will have to settle the situation
Eight people were injured and two cars were burned by a car bomb explosion at al-Shat checkpoint west of Azaz city of Aleppo northern countryside
Trump: It's time for the United States to get out of this endless war
A car bomb explodes at al-Shat checkpoint west of Azaz city of Aleppo northern countryside
A US official told Reuters: US military withdrawal from Syria will be limited to "safe zone" near the Turkish border
Kurdistan Regional Government's head of Foreign Affairs statement on US withdrawal: "The withdrawal of US troops shows the PYD/YPG were used for a time-specific period"
1 week ago
[email protected]: ..almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will have to
1 week ago
[email protected]: The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,
1 week ago
Germany expresses concern over possible Turkish incursion into northern Syria
Pro-Assad forces target the town of Kafr Sajna in the southern countryside of Idlib with artillery shells
Civilians injured by car bomb explosion in Al-Ra'i town of Northern Aleppo countryside
Pentagon 'completely blindsided' by White House order to pull U.S. forces back from northern Syria green-lighting Turkish invasion: U.S. officials
Manbij civil council statement "We assure everyone that we are ready to defend our land, our people and ourselves towards any Turkish aggression targeting us, and we call on our people, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Circassians, to join forces with our forces to defend our home"
Al Rai: Violent explosion reported in Al-Rai city, near the Turkish border.
FSA troops are preparing to leave for the eastern Euphrates operation.
1 week ago
Large number of Reinforcements of SDF are sent from Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor to the 370 km border of Turkey.
European Commission in response to Turkish possible attack: The Syrian crisis can not be resolved by military means
SDF spox: @mustefabali: US decision on Syria was "a stab in the back" and a surprise for Syrian Democratic Forces
1 week ago
Kremlin on US troop withdrawal: All illegal foreign forces should be withdrawn from Syria
1 week ago
Kremlin says Syria's territorial integrity must be preserved
1 week ago
Turkish senior official says it is highly likely that Turkey will wait until U.S. soldiers are out Syria operation area before launching offensive; says their withdrawal could take one week
1 week ago
The Turkish Armed Forces: operation in Syria is expected to begin in a few days
1 week ago
Turkish official: Ankara is waiting for the United States to withdraw its troops to start a military operation in northern Syria
Footage from the inside of the US outpost left this morning1 week ago
Footage from the inside of the US outpost left this morning
Turkish media: 14 000 FSA fighters to participate in Turkish operation in North-Eastern Syria
Dozens of families of SDF militia members arrive in the city of Raqqa and Tabqa in conjunction with the interruption of Internet service in the areas of the city of Raqqa
1 week ago
Hasan Hamadah, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Syrian Interim Government to which the National Army answers, calls upon the fighters in the ranks of the SDF to defect to the National Army
Hundreds of North-Eastern Syria local people marching into the village of "Mashtala al-Azza", east of Tal Abyad on the Syrian-Turkish border, in a demonstration to condemn the recent Turkish threats to invade the region
A tent is burned in Talbeen camp north of Aleppo, which resulted in the death of a child resulting from burns
Pro-Assad forces target Baarbo village in southern Idlib countryside with heavy artillery
Mustafa Bali, spokesperson for the SDF: We are not expecting the US to protect NE Syria. But people here are owed an explanation regarding security mechanism deal, destruction of fortifications and failure of US to fulfill their commitments
UN official calls on all parties to protect civilians in northern Syria if Turkey launches military operation
UN says 'preparing for the worst' from Turkey's Syria operation
Pro-Assad forces stationed in Khan Sheikhoun target Kafr Sanjeh and Rakaya in the southern countryside of Idlib with rockets
US official: US forces will not defend Kurdish forces in Syria
1 week ago
Turkey's Erdogan says US troops have started withdrawing from northern Syria after phone call with Trump
1 week ago
Erdogan: Washington will withdraw its forces and we are determined to clear the area east of the Euphrates at any moment
@obretix: Pictures from the US military outpost on Tell Arqam  which was abandoned today1 week ago
@obretix: Pictures from the US military outpost on Tell Arqam which was abandoned today
The first consequences of the US withdrawal & failure of the Security Mechanism Agreement: Syrian government forces backed by Russia prepare to move militarily towards the city of Manbij1 week ago
The first consequences of the US withdrawal & failure of the Security Mechanism Agreement: Syrian government forces backed by Russia prepare to move militarily towards the city of Manbij
Mustafa Bali, spokesperson for the SDF: Despite the securitymechanism deal and following destruction of fortifications, US forces did not fulfill their responsibilities and began withdrawing from border, leaving the area to turn into a war zone. But SDF is determined to defend NE Syria at all costs
US official: US forces evacuated two observation posts in northeast Syria in Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain
The @coalition base after withdrawal.
Footage of US troops withdrawal from Gire Spi/Tal Abyad, Syrian - Turkish border
1 week ago
Turkey FM: we are determined to cleanse the area along Turkey's border from militants and secure our country's security
Foreign Minister Israel Katz after Cabinet meeting yesterday: Chief of Staff made it clear that he initiated Israeli army operation to thwart Iranian aviation attack from Syria, for entirely professional reasons
US forces begin to withdraw from Turkish - Syria border early this morning, specifically the area between Tal Abyad (Girê Spî )and Rasulayn (Serekaniye) — YPG affiliated news agency ANHA
SDF: "We will not hesitate for a moment" to defend ourselves against the Turkish operation
SDF: US forces have withdrawn from border areas with Turkey after not fulfilling their commitments
Commander of the Tal Abyad Military Council: We hope the international @coalition will reconsider the decision of withdrawal
Brett McGurk: Turkey has neither the intent, desire, nor capacity to manage 60k detainees in al Hol camp, which State and DoD IGs warn is the nucleus for a resurgent ISIS. Believing otherwise is a reckless gamble with our national security.
Kurdish Sources are reporting the withdrawal of two US soldiers groups,one from Sere Kaniye and the other from Tal Abyad
SDF: We made sacrifices of 11,000 of our troops over five years
Any Turkish attack will diminish international efforts to fight ISIS - SDF
Erdogan aims to displace the people of northern Syria and change the stable region into a zone of conflict and permanent war - SDF
In an extraordinary Sunday night statement, the White House announces that the US "will no longer be in the immediate area" of Northern Syria, allow Turkey to launch an invasion in the region and give Turkey responsibility for captured ISIS fighters in the area
1 week ago
Erdogan to meet Trump in US to discuss Syria 'safe zone': Turkish presidency
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