Tag: Syria

US Says Turkey Conducted ‘Unsafe’ Air Strikes in Syria, Killing US Partners

With less than an hour’s notice to the U.S.-led coalition, Turkey, a U.S. NATO ally, conducted airstrikes in northern Syria on Monday night, killing “a significant number” of Kurdish YPG fighters, who have been “very important to the fight against ISIS,” Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters at […]

Russia Ready To Send Ground Troops To Syria

Iran news agency FARS reports that according to Syrian military sources, Moscow has informed Damascus of its preparedness to dispatch ground troops to Syria. FARS – which like most US media should always be taken with a gran of salt – quotes the Al-Hadath news, according to whose sources Russia has announced that in case […]

US Defense Chief: ‘No doubt’ Syria still has chemical weapons

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said during a visit to Israel Friday that there can be “no doubt” that Syria has retained some chemical weapons and warned President Bashar al-Assad’s regime not to use them. Mattis, speaking during a press conference with Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liberman, declined to comment on the number of weapons Washington believes […]

PM Benjamin Netanyahu to warn US Defense Secretary Mattis against Iran base in Syria

Israel’s concern about Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria the day after the civil war there ends will feature prominently when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday, senior diplomatic officials said on Thursday. Netanyahu is expected to meet with Mattis, who arrived in Israel on Thursday for his […]

Syria moves all its fighter jets to Russian base

Syria has moved all its fighter aircraft to the Russian Hmeimim air base in Latakia three weeks after 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles knocked out one-fifth of its air force at the Shayrat base, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in Idlib. This was reported Wednesday night, April 19, by the Pentagon. The […]

End of ISIS Nears As Forces Supported by U.S. and Russia Close in On Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

The final days of the Islamic State group may be nearer than ever. Nearly three years after the founding of its caliphate, ISIS faces almost total expulsion from Iraq and a formidable showdown with forces backed by the U.S. and Russia in its two remaining hubs of control in Syria. In Iraq, ISIS is poised for defeat in […]

US-led coalition strikes IS store with chemical weapon in Deir-ez-Zor, hundreds dead

The US-led coalition has struck an ISIS store with chemical weapons, as the Syrian General Staff has reported. The Air Forces have struck headquarters and stores of the Islamic State in the area of Jalta near the city of Deir-ez-Zor (420km away from Damascus). As a result, hundreds of people were poisoned. According to the […]

Tillerson meets with Putin amid deepening tensions over U.S. missile strikes in Syria

The rift between the United States and Russia was laid bare Wednesday when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his first direct talks with Russia’s president. Their discussions failed to ease deepening tensions over Syria and Washington’s demands that Moscow abandon its main Middle East ally. “There is a low level of trust between our […]

Russian foreign minister scolds Tillerson over Syria during Moscow visit

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was met with a stern scolding by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Wednesday, as the two leaders convened for a full day of meetings in Moscow. Lavrov criticized the U.S. for airstrikes on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warned that similar action was unacceptable to Russia, and […]

President Trump Eases Tensions: ‘We’re Not Going into Syria’

Amid rising concern over tensions with Russia and Iran following a series of U.S. airstrikes against the Assad regime, Donald Trump has confirmed that the United States will not be conducting a full-scale invasion of Syria. In an interview with The New York Post, Trump said, “Our policy is the same, it hasn’t changed. We’re […]