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Turkey has criticised an oil deal between a US firm and Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria.

Eastern Syria has been viewed as under Iran's sphere of interest, but the resource-rich region remains a lucrative area for Russia too.

Syria regime says Kurdish-US firm deal is 'theft'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria regime says Kurdish-US firm deal is 'theft'

The Syrian regime condemned an agreement between Kurdish-led forces in the country's northeast and a US oil company, describing it as "theft" and an "affront to national sovereignty".

Two children killed, three injured in Syria mine explosions

The New Arab Staff

Two children killed, three injured in Syria mine explosions

Two children have been killed and three others injured when two mines exploded in Syria’s Raqqa and Idlib provinces as violence continued across ...

Russian, Iranian fighters killed and injured in Syria airstrikes

The New Arab Staff

Russian, Iranian fighters killed and injured in Syria airstrikes

Three Russian soldiers have reportedly been injured in a Turkish strike near a Kurdish-controlled town in northeast Syria, while suspected ...

The New Arab Staff

Russia's commander in Syria meets Kurdish SDF leader

The SDF has been at loggerheads with Turkey over control of northern Syria.

The New Arab Staff

'Huge' mass grave found in former IS capital Raqqa

The total number of civilians killed by the Islamic State group is not known, but regional authorities have found a number of mass graves since ...

The New Arab Staff

Turkey bolsters reinforcements in northern Syria

Adding to rising tensions, sources told The New Arab that Syrian regime forces had sent reinforcements to areas under Kurdish control.

The New Arab Staff

Kurdish authorities pursue 'starvation policies' in eastern Syria

The official statement is a sign of increasing ethnic tensions between Arab tribesmen and Kurdish-dominated ruling authorities in eastern Syria.

Turkey's Erdogan claims BLM protesters 'working with PKK'

The New Arab Staff

Turkey's Erdogan claims BLM protesters 'working with PKK'

Ankara has attempted to link the Kurdish militant group to the Black Lives Matter protests.

Paul Iddon

Russia's expanding military footprint in the Middle East

Over the last decade Russia has visibly expanded its military, economic and political influence in the Middle East.

Six militia members ‘killed by IS’ in eastern Syria

The New Arab

Six militia members ‘killed by IS’ in eastern Syria

Suspected IS militants have killed three members of the Syrian Democratic Forces ‘in a horrible way’ and three members of an Iran-backed militia ...

US may carry out wide-ranging operation against Iranian militias

The New Arab

US may carry out wide-ranging operation against Iranian militias

Syrian opposition sources say the US and Syrian groups may carry out an air and ground operation against Iranian militias in eastern Syria.

Iraq confirms killing of deputy IS leader Moataz al-Jubouri

The New Arab

Iraq confirms killing of deputy IS leader Moataz al-Jubouri

The Islamic State group's so called 'Governor of Iraq' Moataz al-Jubouri, is confirmed to have been killed in an international coalition air ...

France and Turkey's growing rivalry in the Middle East

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

France and Turkey's growing rivalry in the Middle East

France views Turkey's foreign policy stance as a threat to its own economic and geopolitical interests.

The New Arab & agencies

Two regional IS leaders killed in Syria: CentCom

Two regional Islamic State group leaders were killed in a strike on Deir az-Zour province earlier this week.

The New Arab

IS launches new deadly attack in eastern Syria

Islamic State militants have killed three people in an ambush in central Syria.

The New Arab & agencies

Three IS militants escape jail in Syria

The escape from a jail near the Al-Hol camp follows a prison riot earlier this month.

Paul McLoughlin

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for Assad

Foreign intervention has marked Syria's war. Now it could lead to Assad's downfall.

Turkey, US sanctions and the looming S-400 showdown

Owais Zaheer

Turkey, US sanctions and the looming S-400 showdown

Tensions over Turkey's S-400 missile system have subsided amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the US Congress remains poised to act.

The New Arab

Syrian Kurdish authorities ban journalist who 'offended martyrs'

Rudaw reporter Vivian Fatah has been banned from reporting for two months after she said Syrian Kurdish fighters were 'killed' rather than ...

Syrian fighters upping attacks on civilians during pandemic: UN

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian fighters upping attacks on civilians during pandemic: UN

United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet lamented a surge in violence in Syria.

IS attack kills 11 Syrian regime and allied fighters

The New Arab & agencies

IS attack kills 11 Syrian regime and allied fighters

An Islamic State attack killed 11 in the Syrian desert as fighting intensifies.

Iraq's religious minorities fear plans to resettle IS families

Adam Lucente

Iraq's religious minorities fear plans to resettle IS families

Yazidi and Iraqi Christian communities who suffered atrocities at the hands of the extremist group fear the return of IS-affiliated families ...

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