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  • Iraq Nov 5, 2019

    Turkey Says It Captured Slain IS Leader's Sister in Syria

    Turkey captured the elder sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence “gold mine.” Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Turkish official said the 65-year-old known as Rasmiya Awad is suspected of being affiliated with the...

  • PRESIDENT Oct 19, 2019

    Turkish-Backed Forces, Kurds Clash Despite Syria Cease-Fire

    Turkish-backed Syrian fighters clashed with Kurdish-led forces in several parts of northeastern Syria on Saturday, with some crossing the border from Turkey to attack a village, a war monitor said. Both sides blamed each other for fighting that has rattled the U.S.-brokered cease-fire. Nearly two days into the five-day halt in fighting, the two sides were still trading fire around...

  • Donald Trump Oct 12, 2019

    Turkish Forces Say They've Captured Key Syrian Border Town

    Turkey’s military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago, with no sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism. Turkish troops entered central Ras al-Ayn, according to Turkey’s Defense Ministry and a war monitor group. The ministry tweeted: “Ras al-Ayn’s residential...

  • army Aug 13, 2019

    Syria's Aleppo Symbol of Assad's Wins and of Enduring War

    Members of the al-Ali family were walking home from shopping when several shells slammed into the busy street on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The blast tore through them, killing 2-year-old Salam and one of her cousins, and incinerated a car nearby with a woman and her infant daughter inside. It was one of multiple attacks...

  • Donald Trump Jan 13, 2019

    Arab Nations Inch Closer to Rehabilitating Syria and Assad

    He has survived eight years of war and billions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him. Now Syrian President Bashar Assad is poised to be readmitted to the fold of Arab nations, a feat once deemed unthinkable as he forcefully crushed the uprising against his family’s rule. Gulf Arab nations, once the main backers of rebels trying...

  • Associated Press Nov 25, 2018

    Russian Warplanes Strike Rebel Areas in Syria After Alleged Gas Attack

    Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for what they allege was a poison gas attack by rebels in the northern city of Aleppo. Russian military spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters in Moscow that Russian warplanes destroyed...

  • Officer Apr 14, 2018

    Western Airstrikes Unlikely to Impact Assad's War Machine: Analysis

    The Western airstrikes targeting suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities might have rained down punishment from the sky, but they will not fundamentally degrade a war machine whose main bases, weaponry and personnel remain in place. As a symbol, they might reflect the inability to prevent President Bashar Assad from marching toward a professed victory in the civil war — still...

  • PRESIDENT Mar 19, 2018

    World Leaders Urge Syria Cease-Fire as Fighting Escalates

    World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days. The U.N. Security Council heard a briefing from U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock on what he called “the humanitarian disaster unfolding before our eyes” in...

  • spokeswoman 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...

  • social media Feb 3, 2018

    Syrian Militants Down Russian Fighter Jet, Kill Pilot

    Al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria downed a Russian fighter jet on Saturday and killed its pilot after he ejected from the plane and landed on the ground in the embattled northwestern province of Idlib. The pilot resisted being captured and fired at the militants who then shot and killed him, according to one of the militants and Syrian monitors. The Russian...

  • spokesman Jan 9, 2018

    Russia Takes Aim at US Over Series of Syria Drone Attacks

    Russia said Tuesday that a recent series of drone attacks on its military bases in Syria would have required assistance from a country possessing satellite navigation technology — a statement that appeared to be aimed at the United States. Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces repelled a series of drone attacks Saturday on the Hemeimeem air base and a naval...

  • Attorney General Nov 7, 2017

    Miami-Dade Commission Wants to Give Venezuelans Temporary Protected Status

    The Miami-Dade Commission is calling on President Trump to grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans in the United States.

  • Associated Press Oct 20, 2017

    Raqqa's Devastation Shows Entire Neighborhoods Destroyed

    Shells of buildings, concrete slabs littering dust-choked streets and destroyed cars are all that is left of whole neighborhoods in Raqqa, Syria, after weeks of fighting and bombings between Islamic State militants and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the U.S.

  • Iraq Aug 13, 2017

    Lion Rescued From Syria Zoo Gives Birth in Jordan Reserve

    The odds had been stacked against Hajar, a lion cub born just hours after her mother Dana, rescued from a defunct zoo in war-torn Syria, was released into a wildlife reserve in Jordan. Dana and 12 other animals, including four other lions, two bears and two tigers, had barely survived under harsh conditions in the Syrian city of Aleppo, until...

  • Donald Trump Aug 3, 2017

    Trump Blasts Russia Sanctions Bill, But Still Signs It

    Dealt a striking congressional rebuke, Donald Trump grudgingly signed what he called a “seriously flawed” package of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, bowing for the moment to resistance from both parties to his push for warmer ties with Moscow....
    Trump signed the most significant piece of legislation of his presidency with no public event. And he coupled it with a written...

  • Donald Trump Jul 29, 2017

    Trump Ready to Sign Sanctions Bill; Moscow Retaliates

    President Donald Trump will sign a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia that passed Congress with overwhelming support, the White House said Friday. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. Embassy’s recreation retreat....
    Trump’s willingness to support the measure is a remarkable acknowledgement that he has yet to...

  • Donald Trump Jul 28, 2017

    Russia Sanctions Bill Heads to Trump After Senate's Approval

    The Senate has approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.
    The legislation heads to President Donald Trump. He’s expected to sign the measure into law even though the bill includes provisions that bar him from easing the penalties on Russia without first getting permission from Congress.

  • Russia Jul 27, 2017

    US-Backed Syrian Fighters Control Almost Half of Raqqa

    U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have captured almost half of the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, but the push into the city in northern Syria has slowed due to stiff resistance and large amounts of explosives planted by the extremists, a spokeswoman for the fighters and monitors said Thursday. The assault on Raqqa by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a...

  • food Jul 19, 2017

    Chechnya Becoming Major Player in Rebuilding War-Torn Syria

    Russia’s mostly Muslim republic of Chechnya is becoming a major player in rebuilding war-ravaged Syria. And ordinary Chechens are likely to foot the bill, with many of them being forced to make contributions or face the possibility of exile or death, human rights activists say. A murky charitable foundation run by the family of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is restoring...

  • Russia Jul 18, 2017

    US-Backed Forces Battle ISIS in Heart of Syria's Raqqa

    U.S.-backed Syrian fighters fought Islamic State militants in the heart of Raqqa, the extremists’ self-styled capital, on Monday, as scores of civilians fled areas controlled by the group. The Kurdish-led group has been one of the most effective forces fighting ISIS in Syria, but has also clashed with Turkish-backed Syrian forces elsewhere in the country. As it battled ISIS in...

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