Syria

INTERNATIONAL: Turkey launches offensive in northern Syria with air strikes

Turkish warplanes have bombed parts of north-eastern Syria at the start of an offensive which could lead to conflict with Kurdish-led allies of the US.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the operation was to create a "safe zone" cleared of Kurdish militias which will also house Syrian refugees.

According to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), civilian areas came under attack from Turkish planes.

Turkish ground forces have also been massing on the border.

National Security team to probe detention of TT minors in Syria

A special team set up by the Ministry of National Security has been investigating the detention of two minors at a refugee camp in Syria.

According to a release issued by the Ministry of National Security today, the unit, dubbed ‘The Nightingale Team’, established contact with the children's mother. 

The release adds that the mother did not go on record reporting that the children had been abducted by their ISIS fighter father and taken to Syria. 

Oil prices jump after US missile strike on Syria

Oil prices spiked after the U.S. launched a missile strike on a Syrian government target.

U.S. crude futures jumped more than 2% in early Friday trading after President Trump ordered the first direct American military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They pared those gains later.

The strike, in which U.S. warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase, ramps up uncertainty in the oil-rich and politically unstable Middle East.

BREAKING: US launches missile attack in Syria in response to gas attack

The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was the Syrian government's use of banned chemical weapons blamed for having killed at least 100 people on Tuesday, U.S. military officials told NBC News.

The U.S. military fired at least 50 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target — Ash Sha'irat in Homs province in western Syria, the officials said.

International: Death toll in Syria gas attack now 72 and climbing

The death toll in the Syrian gas attack has climbed to 72.

The victims were killed in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, after a chemical gas had been dropped from “unknown” war planes. More than 550 people were injured.

Local health workers said the death toll could rise and eventually reach 100.

Witnesses also said that the clinics treating the injured were then targeted by airstrikes.

International: 25 children among dozens killed in Syria gas attack

A suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people in a rebel-held area of Syria on Tuesday, activists said, describing an incident that would mark one of the worst of its kind in Syria's six-year civil war.

At least 83 people - including 25 children - died and at least 350 others were injured in the incident in northern Idlib province, southwest of Aleppo, the relief agency UOSSM told NBC News.

UOSSM, formally known as the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, is a nonprofit coalition of groups treating to victims of the war in Syria.

Imam: Family members who went to Syria to join ISIS, not coming back

Five family members of Imam Nazim Mohammed who travelled last year to war-torn Syria, where the Isis terror group operates, will not be returning to Trinidad.

Confirmation came Monday from 74-year-old Mohammed whose daughter, son-in-law and three teenage grandchildren who journeyed to Syria in 2015 have now settled there.

Mohammed, the Imam of the Masjid Umar Ibn Khattab Jamaat, Rio Claro, was responding to Government’s move to “red flag” as potential threats to national security the families of local men and women who went to Syria to fight for Isis.

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