• America Oct 23, 2019

    Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey, Says Cease-Fire is ‘Permanent'

    President Donald Trump says Turkey informed him the cease-fire between Turkey and the Kurds in Northern Syria is now “permanent,” and the U.S. will lift sanctions against Turkey.

  • Donald Trump Oct 23, 2019

    Trump Lifts Sanctions After Turkey Pledges to Make Cease-Fire Permanent

    President Donald Trump said he’s directed the lifting of economic sanctions on Turkey after the country informed the U.S. it will make “permanent” a five-day cease-fire in Syria. Claiming success at the U.S.-brokered effort, Trump said Wednesday, “this was an outcome created by us.” The cease-fire required Kurdish forces formerly allied with the U.S. against the Islamic State group to...

  • Donald Trump Oct 23, 2019

    Iraq Defense Minister: US Troops From Syria to Leave Iraq in 4 Weeks

    U.S troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria to Iraq are “transiting” and will leave the country within four weeks, Iraq’s defense minister said Wednesday. Najah al-Shammari made the remarks to The Associated Press following a meeting in Baghdad with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who arrived as Iraqi leaders chafed over reports the U.S. may want to increase the number...

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2019

    Syrian Kurds Pelt Withdrawing US Troops With Potatoes

    Residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city have pelted U.S. troops with potatoes as they drove through, apparently on their way out from Syria. Angry Qamishli residents hurled potatoes, shouting “No America” and “America liar,” in English.

  • Donald Trump Oct 17, 2019

    Syrian Forces Enter Key Border Town, Blocking Turkish Plans

    Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a “safe zone” free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad also pointed to a dramatic shift in northeastern Syria:...

  • Donald Trump Oct 15, 2019

    Turkey Widens Invasion as Syrian Army Returns to Northeast

    Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northeastern Syria on Monday, including the flashpoint region of Manbij, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region began to shift or crumble following the pullback of U.S. forces. The Syrian military’s deployment near the Turkish border came after Syrian Kurdish...

  • Israel Jan 21, 2019

    Israel Says it Hit Iranian Military Sites in Syria; 11 Dead

    Israel on Monday claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, drifting further away from its longstanding policy of playing down or covering up its military activities in the war-torn country. For years, Israel has remained largely silent about its attacks against Iran and its Shiite proxies operating in neighboring Syria. But in recent weeks,...

  • Asher Klein May 16, 2018

    Chlorine Used in Syrian Town of Saraqeb, International Watchdog Finds

    The international chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday that chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the Syrian town of Saraqeb in early February, the latest report of poison gas being unleashed in Syria’s civil war. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons released details of a report into the chlorine use, but did not say which side in...

  • Pentagon Apr 19, 2018

    Pentagon: Sarin Likely at Syria Sites, But Questions Remain

    The Pentagon said Thursday a “preponderance of the evidence” indicates there were chemical weapons, including “elements” of sarin nerve gas, at the three Syrian sites bombed by the U.S. and its allies last week. Any definitive conclusion probably will remain an open question for some time. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said at a Pentagon briefing that the United States...

  • Prime Minister Apr 17, 2018

    Chemical Weapons Team in Syria Kept From Alleged Attack Site

    Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame. The U.S. and France say they have evidence that poison gas was used in the April 7 attack in the opposition-held town...

  • Donald Trump Apr 27, 2018

    Defiant Syrians Say West Hasn't Shaken Their Resolve

    Hundreds of Syrians poured into the streets of Damascus on Saturday, dancing and chanting in defiance of what they called the West’s “failure” to shake their nation’s resolve with airstrikes that jolted the capital only hours earlier. The demonstrations in support of President Bashar Assad were carried live on state TV, which also reported that Syrian air defenses had intercepted...

  • Russia Apr 13, 2018

    Trump Puts Off Syria Strike Decision, Will Talk to Allies

    President Donald Trump on Thursday put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen “very soon or not so soon at all.” The White House said he would consult further with allies. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead...

  • United States Apr 12, 2018

    Happening Today: House Speaker, Syria, E. Coli, Zika, Kevin Spacey, Tristan Thompson

    Here’s what to know for Thursday, April 12.

  • Donald Trump Apr 8, 2018

    Suspected Poison Gas Kills at Least 40 in Damascus Suburb

    Suspected poison gas was used to attack the last remaining foothold for the Syrian opposition in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, killing at least 40 people, including families found in their homes and shelters, opposition activists and local rescuers said Sunday. The attack on the besieged town of Douma came almost exactly a year after a chemical attack in the...

  • food Mar 6, 2018

    Violence Halts Rare Aid Delivery to Syria's Eastern Ghouta

    The first aid delivery in weeks to reach the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus was cut short after Syrian government forces began shelling the area while aid workers were still inside, a local council said Tuesday, amid a renewed escalation in the government’s deadly aerial and ground campaign. Aid trucks had to leave before they could finish unloading supplies on...

  • Russia Mar 19, 2018

    Russia Says Rebels Shell Exit Corridor in Syria's Ghouta

    The Russian military on Thursday accused Syria’s rebels of shelling a humanitarian corridor that Moscow set up with the Syrian government, offering residents of Damascus’ besieged eastern suburbs a way out of the embattled enclave. Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered a five-hour daily humanitarian pause to allow civilians to exit the region. The daily pauses began on Tuesday but...

  • president Mar 19, 2018

    Russia and Syria Clash With US and West on Syria Cease-Fire

    Russia and Syria clashed with the U.S. and its Western allies Wednesday over responsibility for the failure of a cease-fire to take hold in Syria as the U.N. said humanitarian convoys are ready to head to 10 locations including besieged eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus. The contentious Security Council meeting four days after members adopted a resolution demanding a...

  • Russia Mar 19, 2018

    Russia-Ordered ‘Pause' Goes Into Effect East of Damascus

    A Russia-ordered “humanitarian pause” has gone into effect to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, giving a brief respite to the residents of the besieged area that has been under intense attack by the Syrian government for weeks. Syria’s state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV broadcast footage from a crossing point manned by the Syrian military between the enclave, known...

  • Associated Press Mar 19, 2018

    Violence Rages in Syria as UN Calls to Stop ‘Hell on Earth'

    Syrian forces launched a ground offensive Monday on a rebel-held eastern Damascus suburb despite a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria. The U.N. chief denounced the violence in the embattled region, describing it as “hell on Earth.” The offensive was accompanied by airstrikes that killed at least 14 people, according to opposition activists, and the new...

  • Syria Mar 19, 2018

    Syrian Capital, Its Suburbs Calm After UN Cease-Fire Vote

    Syrian opposition activists and residents of Damascus say the city and its embattled eastern suburbs are relatively calm following the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria. The activists reported few violations, including some clashes, on the southern edge of the rebel-held suburbs, known as eastern Ghouta, and two airstrikes late on Saturday,...

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