Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war

Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war

A Russian soldier stands guard near a Syrian national flag drawn on the wall as rebel fighters and their families evacuate the besieged Waer district in the central Syrian city of Homs, after an agreement reached between rebels and Syria’s army, Syria May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki/Files   LONDON, January 16 (Reuters) – Iran said […]

UN to assess if either side trying to “sabotage” Syria talks

UN to assess if either side trying to “sabotage” Syria talks

Internally displaced Syrian children who fled Raqqa city stand near their tent in Ras al-Ain province, Syria, January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo   The Geneva talks have failed to build up any speed despite eight rounds of negotiations   GENEVA, December 7 (Reuters) – The mediator of U.N.-led Syrian peace talks in Geneva will […]

At least 800 civilians killed by coalition strikes in Iraq, Syria: report

At least 800 civilians killed by coalition strikes in Iraq, Syria: report

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises from an airstrike during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq, May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani/File photo   BAGHDAD, November 30 (Reuters) – At least 800 civilians have been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State since the […]

Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

  BEIRUT, August 18 (Reuters) – An advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any “illegitimate” forces, whether Turkish or American.   Bouthaina Shaaban said the fact that Syria was staging the Damascus International Fair […]

Cease-fire in southern Syria goes into effect

Cease-fire in southern Syria goes into effect

BEIRUT, July 9 (AP) — An open-ended cease-fire in southern Syria brokered by the United States, Russia, and Jordan came into effect on Sunday at noon.   The agreement, announced Thursday after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, is the first initiative by the Trump administration in collaboration with […]

Pentagon: ‘active preparations’ by Syria for chemical attack

Pentagon: ‘active preparations’ by Syria for chemical attack

WASHINGTON, June 28 (AP) — The Pentagon on Tuesday said it detected “active preparations” by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, giving weight to a White House statement hours earlier that the Syrian government would “pay a heavy price” if it carried out such an attack.   A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said […]

U.S. says it appears Syria planning another chemical weapons attack

U.S. says it appears Syria planning another chemical weapons attack

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducts such an attack.   The White House statement said preparations by Syria were […]

U.S.-backed militias oust IS from Syria’s Tabqa old city

U.S.-backed militias oust IS from Syria’s Tabqa old city

BEIRUT, May 1 (Reuters) – U.S.-backed militias said on Monday they had pushed Islamic State fighters out of the old quarters of Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria’s largest dam, hemming the militants into the remaining modern district along the shore.   The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance made up of Syrian Kurdish […]

G7 seeks broad support to isolate Syria’s Assad

G7 seeks broad support to isolate Syria’s Assad

LUCCA, Italy, April 11 (Reuters) – The Group of Seven major global powers were joined by Middle East allies on Tuesday in a push to isolate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, hours before the U.S. secretary of state flies to Moscow, Assad’s top backer.   G7 foreign ministers sat down early on Tuesday with their counterparts […]

Russia warns of serious consequences from U.S. strike in Syria

Russia warns of serious consequences from U.S. strike in Syria

UNITED NATIONS/MOSCOW/BEIRUT, April 8 (Reuters) – Russia warned on Friday that U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have “extremely serious” consequences, as President Donald Trump’s first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a rift between Moscow and Washington.   The warships USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean […]

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