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Turkey Sends More Tanks to Syria, Warns Kurdish Militia

Turkey on Tuesday sent more tanks into Syria and sternly warned a Kurdish militia to withdraw from frontline positions, a day after pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighters captured a key border town from jihadists.

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Syria Regime Launched Chemical Attacks, IS Used Mustard Gas

A U.N. investigation has established that President Bashar Assad's forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon, according to a report seen by Agence France Presse on Wednesday.

The panel was able to identify the perpetrators of three chemical attacks carried out in 2014 and 2015, but was unable to draw conclusions in the other six cases that it has been investigating over the past year.

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Russia Says 'Deeply Concerned' at Turkish Operation in Syria

Russia's foreign ministry expressed deep concern on Wednesday at Turkey's military operation in Syria, warning of rising tension over Ankara's targeting of Kurdish militia fighters at the border.

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In Turkey, Biden Says U.S. Told Kurds in Syria Not to Cross Euphrates

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday said Washington had made clear that pro-Kurdish forces in Syria must not cross west of the Euphrates River, a prospect alarming for Turkey.

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Turkey Tanks Roll into Syria as Ankara-Backed Rebels Seize IS-Held Border Town

Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust deep inside Syrian territory Wednesday in a lightning operation that within hours ousted Islamic State jihadists from a key Syrian border town.

The air and ground offensive -- the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict -- made rapid progress towards Jarabulus with rebel fighters already proclaiming victory by the late afternoon just 14 hours after it started.

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Germany Backs Turkey's Drive against IS and Kurds

Germany on Wednesday said it supported both an unprecedented Turkish operation in Syria to drive out Islamic State jihadists and Ankara's targeting of Kurdish militia fighters at the border.

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Kerry in Saudi on Yemen Peace Push

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to push for peace in Yemen after U.N.-brokered talks collapsed despite global concern over mounting civilian casualties.

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U.S. Urges Americans to Leave Gaza 'as Soon as Possible'

The United States on Tuesday reiterated its recommendation that Americans in Gaza leave the territory controlled by Hamas, which Washington calls a terrorist group, "as soon as possible."

The warning came after the Israeli army said it bombed dozens of targets in Gaza from Sunday to Monday, in response to rocket fire from the strip. Palestinian medical officials said four people were wounded.

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Moscow Calls on U.S. to Do More to Counter Syria's al-Nusra

Russia called on the US to do more to combat the al-Nusra Front in Syria, considered a terrorist group by both Moscow and Washington even after it split from al-Qaida.

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Syria, Kurds Condemn Turkish Incursion

Syria condemned Wednesday's Turkish incursion into an Islamic State group-held border area as a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty as Kurdish authorities said the action amounted to a "declaration of war."

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