Erdogan calls Assad 'murderer of a million citizens'

French Army Communications Audiovisual office shows French army Rafale fighter jets flying towards Syria

French Army Communications Audiovisual office shows French army Rafale fighter jets flying towards Syria

"The U.S. -led coalition and its local allies in Syria struck pro-government forces with deadly air and artillery fire to repel "an unprovoked attack" near the Euphrates", the coalition said on Thursday. Two soldiers were killed in the incident.

AFP on February 9 said the diplomats were seeking the cease-fire to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid.

The United States demanded Thursday that the Syrian regime and Russian forces put an end to their latest round of air strikes and alleged chemical attacks against besieged civilians.

Washington must come to terms with Russian Federation and Turkey to avoid repeated clashes in northern Syria, where it continues to support and pit local Kurdish-dominated militants against Damascus, retired US General Paul Vallely told RT.

Warplanes killed another 14 people in Idlib, the monitoring group said.

It came on the heels of the bloodiest day in months for Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, when 80 civilians were killed in strikes.

The YPG said that the Turkish army also targeted a cattle slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Afrin, causing heavy damage to the building and killing hundreds of sheep.

Rescue teams rushed to Jisreen and pulled three children and a woman out of the rubble.

A little over three weeks ago the Turkish government launched "Operation Olive Branch", a military offensive against the mostly Kurdish militia YPG in the Afrin region.

The Council is expected to begin debate on the resolution Monday.

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But the agency later tweeted that the helicopter was downed in Syria itself, citing the Turkish prime minister, Binali Yildirim.

Turkey has justified its military operation calling the YPG a terrorist organization.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

SANA labeled it an "aggression" and a "new massacre". "These sieges involve the global crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population", said Paulo Pinheiro, the chair of the commission.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said in a Thursday phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that using national currencies in economic transactions could accelerate Tehran-Ankara relations, Press TV reported.

The Turkish officials said two leaders also agreed that efforts to create "observation posts" in Syria's Idlib province as part of a "de-escalation" agreement between Turkey, Russia and Iran should gain momentum.

The Turkish president also invited Rouhani to the Istanbul meeting on the Syria conflict.

They discussed the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta, just outside Damascus, where dozens have been killed in aerial strikes in the past few days.

The officials provided the information on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.

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