Tag: Syria

Israel taking credit for attacking Iran in Syria provoked retaliation

Israel’s decision to take credit for strikes against Iranian targets in Syria over the last year provoked the Islamic Republic to retaliate against Israel, a top former IDF general told The Jerusalem Post. “The prime minister and [Foreign Minister] Israel Katz started talking about the strikes,” Brig.-Gen. (res.) Zvika Haimovich, former commander of the IDF’s […]

Iran planning attacks on Israel: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Iran of planning attacks against the Jewish state and said everything possible would be done to prevent them. The premier, who was indicted on corruption charges on Thursday and is seen to be battling for his political life, made his remarks on a visit to an army […]

Lindsey Graham tears into Erdogan in tense White House meeting

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham ripped into Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a tense Oval Office meeting Wednesday over the country’s invasion of Syria and attacks on America’s Kurdish allies, according to aides and the senator himself. While in Washington, Erdogan met with President Trump and several Republican senators at the White House. […]

Erdogan vows to protect Christians in Syria, says their churches will be rebuilt

Turkey President Tayyip Recep Erdogan told media at the White House Wednesday that Turkey will restore damaged Syrian churches as Christian communities along the border in Northeastern Syria are feeling vulnerable due to the Turkish incursion. Erdogan met with United States President Donald Trump and a group of GOP senators on Thursday in a widely […]

Trump to Meet Turkey’s Erdogan at White House

President Donald Trump announced this week he will be meeting his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Washington on Nov. 13. Trump said on Twitter the pair had a “very good” phone call during which they discussed bilateral issues such as Turkey’s “border with Syria, the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with […]

Proxy War Deepens in Syria After US Troop Withdrawal, Peace Remains Elusive

The Syrian war is an amalgam of many proxy wars involving various global players and their regional allies and proxies. And according to people familiar with the situation, recent developments in the region will have global ramifications, as the changes are likely revising the existing political order and its alliances. “The outcome of the war […]

Fierce clashes erupt between Syrian army, Turkish-led forces

Syrian troops battle Turkish-backed fighters near the border town of Ras al-Ain, threatening Russia-backed ceasefire. Heavy fighting between Syrian army troops and Turkish forces erupted near Ras al-Ain as Turkish-backed forces seized villages surrounding the border town. Turkish-backed rebels said there were intermittent clashes between the two militaries in recent days south of the town, […]

Syrian and Turkish armies in deadly border clash

The armies of Syria and Turkey traded deadly fire Tuesday for the first time since Ankara launched an anti-Kurdish offensive in early October, as Russia announced Kurdish forces had withdrawn from the border area. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Kurdish forces had pulled back from the entire border as per a deal struck between […]

Russia says its troops have filled void left in Syria by US troops

Russia on Tuesday said it has filled the void left by the withdrawal of US troops in northern Syria and its units are acting as a buffer to prevent clashes between Syrian government fighters and the Turkish military. The Russian Defense Ministry said military police were patrolling “the northwestern borders of Manbij district along the line […]

Trump pulls back troops from northern Syria ahead of Turkish assault, Pentagon officials ‘blindsided’

The White House announced late Sunday that Turkey will soon move forward with a planned military operation in northeast Syria, as U.S. troops who have been deployed and operating with Kurdish-led forces in the area began pulling back from their positions. The decision sent shockwaves through the region and Washington, with U.S. officials telling Fox News that top Pentagon officials were “completely […]