Tag: Syria

Trump, after meeting Russian FM, says ‘horrible killing in Syria must stop’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met first with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before making his way to meet Trump. US President Donald Trump met on Wednesday with Russia’s top diplomat in the new administration’s highest profile meeting since it assumed the White House in January. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on his first […]

Jordanian air force brings down drone near border with Syria

Jordan’s air force brought down a drone that approached the country’s air space near its northern border with Syria on Wednesday night, the Jordanian military said in a statement. F-16 fighter jets brought down the drone after it repeatedly came close to the border, and the air force “gathered the drone’s ruins” for inspection, the […]

Syria safe zones on hold amid concern over how deal will be enforced

Russian-backed plans for de-escalation zones in Syria are on hold as the US, France and the UK seek further detail on how exactly the agreement will be enforced. The deal, jointly signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey in Kazakhstan last week, agreed the establishment of four zones intended to halt conflict between government forces and […]

Turkey warns U.S. of blowback from decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkey warned the United States on Wednesday that a decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington, and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists. The rebuke came a week before President Tayyip Erdogan is due in Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, […]

What are 5,000 Chinese fighters doing in Syria?

Up to 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang are fighting in various militant groups in Syria, the Syrian ambassador to China Imad Moustapha said on Monday, adding that Beijing should be extremely concerned about it. China is worried that Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people who speak a Turkic language, have […]

Israel-Syria Border Heating Up Leads to Tensions With Iran And Russia

An Israeli Patriot Missile shot down a Syrian drone on Thursday, only a few hours after Israel was reported to have struck an arms depot near Damascus Airport containing Iranian weapons bound for Hezbollah. Russia condemned Israel’s involvement in the multi-national fray taking place on her northern border. In the early hours of Thursday morning, missiles […]

Russia slams alleged Israeli strike on Syria

The Kremlin condemned an alleged Israeli strike against Damascus International Airport on Thursday, urging Israel and other countries to avoid carrying out any action that could heighten tensions in the region. “We continue to consider that all countries need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an increase in tension in this […]

Syria says Israeli missile strike near Damascus airport confirmed

Several Israeli missiles hit a Syrian military position southwest of Damascus airport at dawn on Thursday, Syrian state media said. The “Israeli aggression” resulted in explosions at the site and some material losses, it said, citing a military source.   Meanwhile, a senior Syrian official threatened that his country would respond to the alleged Israeli […]

Syria says Israeli missile strike near Damascus airport confirmed

Several Israeli missiles hit a Syrian military position southwest of Damascus airport at dawn on Thursday, Syrian state media said. The “Israeli aggression” resulted in explosions at the site and some material losses, it said, citing a military source. Meanwhile, a senior Syrian official threatened that his country would respond to the alleged Israeli strike […]

Intelligence minister says Syria strike ‘consistent’ with Israeli policy

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said on Thursday that the reports of an airstrike targeting Damascus Airport matches Israel’s policy of preventing the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah. Katz, while not confirming outright Israel struck Damascus airport stated that the “attack is consistent with our policy to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria […]