Syria ‘ready to down Turkish jets attacking Kurds Afrin’

Syria ‘ready to down Turkish jets attacking Kurds Afrin’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish tanks have been massing along the border with the Kurdish enclave of Afrin Syria has threatened to shoot down Turkish warplanes in its airspace, as Turkey prepares to carry out a possible assault on a Kurdish enclave. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said any incursion into Afrin would be […]

US plans open-ended military presence in Syria

US plans open-ended military presence in Syria

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US special forces and military advisers are deployed in northern and eastern Syria The US will maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the jihadist group Islamic State, counter Iranian influence, and help end the civil war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said […]

UN alarmed as US cuts aid to Palestinian refugee agency

UN alarmed as US cuts aid to Palestinian refugee agency

Image copyright AFP Image caption Palestinians symbolically locked the gates of an Unrwa office in Hebron in protest The UN has expressed serious concern at the US decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for the agency supporting Palestinian refugees. Washington will hand over $60m (£43m) of a planned payment to […]

Palestinian slap video teen held until trial

Palestinian slap video teen held until trial

Media captionAhed Tamimi was arrested after this video went viral To some she’s a modern-day Joan of Arc. Others call her “Shirley Temper”, a play on Hollywood child actor Shirley Temple, claiming she is a star of staged Palestinian propaganda. At 16, Ahed Tamimi is now a famous Palestinian prisoner, arrested by Israel in December […]

US holds back $65m aid to Palestinians

US holds back $65m aid to Palestinians

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Palestinians like these in Gaza City receive UN food aid The US is withholding more than half of a $125m (£90m) instalment destined for the UN relief agency for the Palestinians, American officials say. It will provide $60m in aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) but will […]

Syria war: Turkish forces mass near Kurdish areas

Syria war: Turkish forces mass near Kurdish areas

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish military lorries were photographed transporting tanks to the border with Syria on Tuesday Turkey’s president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, as tanks and troops mass on the border. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels would support Turkish efforts to clear the […]

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site

Image copyright Peta Image caption Peta says the donkey on the left has a tongue sticking out due to a neurological disorder Animal rights group Peta has launched an international campaign to try to end the mistreatment of working animals in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Peta says donkeys, horses and camels are […]

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]