Syria bans Turkish flights in retaliatory move

A Syrian army fighter jet flies over the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Syria banned Turkish passenger flights from its airspace from Sunday in a retaliatory move after Turkey confiscated a cargo of what Russia said was radar equipment en route from Moscow to Damascus last week.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Jihadist group took part in raid on missile defence base, activists say

Syria calls Recep Tayyip Erdogan hostile. Photo: Reuters

A shadowy jihadist group believed to be linked to al-Qaeda fought alongside rebels who seized a government missile defence base in Syria yesterday, activists said.

The claim heightens fears extremists are taking advantage of the chaos to acquire advanced weapons.

13 Oct 2012 - 4:45am

Syria, Turkey trade accusations over jet’s cargo

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AP

The war of words between Syria and Turkey escalated on Thursday when Ankara said it had found military supplies on a passenger plane it intercepted en route between Moscow and Damascus.

12 Oct 2012 - 11:39am

Police investigate 2 Britons in Syria journalist kidnapping

Leading member of the Syrian Democratic People's Party and official spokesman of the Syrian National Council, George Sabra on Wednesday. Photo: AP

British police are investigating whether a British man and woman arrested on suspicion of supporting terrorism offences in Syria were part of a group that held two veteran war journalists hostage in Syria in July.

11 Oct 2012 - 5:56pm

Turkey briefly detains Syrian plane as tension heightens

A Syrian passenger plane after it was forced to land at Ankara airport in Turkey. Photo: EPA

Turkey scrambled fighters and briefly detained a Syrian passenger plane on Wednesday, suspecting it of carrying military equipment from Moscow, while Turkey’s military chief warned of a more forceful response if shelling continued to spill over the border.

11 Oct 2012 - 1:32pm

British police arrest two in Syria ‘terrorism’ investigation

British police have arrested a man and a woman at London’s Heathrow airport as part of an investigation into travel to Syria in support of “alleged terrorist activity”, police said in a statement on Wednesday.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:51pm

Russia, Iraq forming common stance to outside pressure on Syria

Russia is eyeing a record arms deal and rare agreement over Syria as it hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for the first time in almost four years.

Maliki arrived in Moscow for three days of discussions on Monday that media reports speculated would conclude with the signing of a US$4.3 billion arms deal that makes Russia Iraq's biggest supplier after the United States.

10 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

Syria looms over Iraq PM’s Moscow visit

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki heads to Moscow to boost defence and trade ties. Photo: AP

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki heads to Moscow on Monday to boost defence and trade ties, but events in Syria loom large over talks between two states criticised over their support for Damascus.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:27pm

Turkey strikes back at Syria after PM warning

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Syria on Friday not to make a “fatal mistake” by testing its resolve. Photo: Xinhua

Turkey returned fire after Syrian mortar bombs landed in a field in southern Turkey on Saturday, the day after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Syria that Turkey would not shy away from war if provoked.

It was the fourth day of Turkish retaliation for firing by Syrian forces that killed five Turkish civilians on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Turkey returns fire after new Syrian shelling

Turkey returns fire after new Syrian shelling

The Turkish army early on Saturday returned fire after a new round of shelling from Syria hit the border province of Hatay, the Anatolia news agency reported.

No casualties were reported, the agency said.

6 Oct 2012 - 5:32pm

China urges restraint on Turkey-Syria border tensions

Turks hold banners reading "No to war" at a an anti-Syria rally in Istanbul. Photo: AP

China’s Foreign Ministry urged Turkey and Syria to exercise restraint amid mounting border tensions which saw Turkish artillery hit targets inside Syria after five Turkish civilians were killed by Syrian fire.

5 Oct 2012 - 12:00pm

UN condemns Syria over Turkey shelling

Turkish soldiers guard the Syrian border at Akcakale, Sanliurfa province. Photo: AFP

The UN Security Council condemned Syria “in the strongest terms” for its deadly shelling of Turkey, while UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged restraint along the neighbours’ tinder-box border.

5 Oct 2012 - 12:12pm

Turkey pounds Syria in reprisal for deadly fire

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AFP

Turkey hammered Syrian targets on Thursday in reprisal for deadly cross-border fire that sent tensions soaring in the tinder-box region, prompting international calls for restraint.

In Ankara, the Turkish parliament met behind closed doors in an emergency session and agreed to a government request to authorise military operations inside neighbouring Syria.

4 Oct 2012 - 9:12pm

Turkey's parliament approves military operations inside Syria after civilian deaths

Turkish tanks take up positions on the Syrian border as tensions in the region simmer. Photo: Reuters

Turkey's parliament authorised military operations against Syria and its military fired on targets there for a second day after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.

For its part, Syria admitted it was responsible for the shelling in Turkey and formally apologised for the deaths, a top Turkish official said.

5 Oct 2012 - 4:34am

18 Republican Guards killed in Damascus province

An explosion followed by an exchange of fire with rebels in Damascus province on Thursday left 18 members of Syria’s elite Republican Guard force dead, a watchdog said.

“Most of them died in the explosion,” said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman, who added that the clashes in Qudsaya, west of the capital, were continuing.

4 Oct 2012 - 5:04pm