CENTCOM: No sign of coronavirus in Syria’s IS prisons as riots raise concern

Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the top commander of American forces in the Middle East, said today that his command is concerned about recurring uprisings in prisons holding thousands of Islamic State detainees in northeast Syria.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Jul 14, 2020
al-monitor Men suspected of being affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group gather in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah on Oct. 26, 2019. Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images.

Roadside bomb hits Russian-Turkish patrol on key Syrian highway

The Russian military said Tuesday that three Russian troops and an unspecified number of Turkish soldiers were injured in the attack.

Al-Monitor Staff | Syria Conflict | Jul 14, 2020

UN Security Council vote leaves one crossing open between Turkey, Syria

The decision has closed another border point after weeks of disagreement between Russia and other member states.

Al-Monitor Staff | Syria Conflict | Jul 13, 2020

First confirmed COVID-19 case detected in northwest Syria

The first case of the coronavirus in Idlib follows a veto at the UN Security Council today of a resolution that would have allowed aid to reach the embattled area via Turkey.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Jul 10, 2020

Intel: US CENTCOM commander meets with head of Syria’s Kurdish forces

The head of Syria’s Kurdish-led militias said he met today with the top commander of US forces in the Middle East, Gen. Frank McKenzie, in northeast Syria.

Jared Szuba | Syria Conflict | Jul 10, 2020