• spokesman Dec 31, 2018

    Graham Says Trump Slowing Down Planned Withdrawal From Syria

    President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday. “I think we’re in a pause situation,” the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House after lunch with the president. Trump announced earlier this month that he was ordering the withdrawal of all the roughly 2,000 troops from...

  • spokesman Dec 29, 2018

    Kurds Seek Help From Syrians as US Prepares to Withdraw

    Syria’s military said Friday it had entered the key Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies and protection against a threatened Turkish offensive as U.S. troops prepare to leave Syria. Turkey and American troops patrolling the town denied there was any change of forces in the contested area, contradicting the...

  • Russia Apr 13, 2018

    Trump Puts Off Syria Strike Decision, Will Talk to Allies

    President Donald Trump on Thursday put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen “very soon or not so soon at all.” The White House said he would consult further with allies. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead...

  • food Mar 6, 2018

    Violence Halts Rare Aid Delivery to Syria's Eastern Ghouta

    The first aid delivery in weeks to reach the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus was cut short after Syrian government forces began shelling the area while aid workers were still inside, a local council said Tuesday, amid a renewed escalation in the government’s deadly aerial and ground campaign. Aid trucks had to leave before they could finish unloading supplies on...

  • Russia Mar 19, 2018

    Russia Says Rebels Shell Exit Corridor in Syria's Ghouta

    The Russian military on Thursday accused Syria’s rebels of shelling a humanitarian corridor that Moscow set up with the Syrian government, offering residents of Damascus’ besieged eastern suburbs a way out of the embattled enclave. Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered a five-hour daily humanitarian pause to allow civilians to exit the region. The daily pauses began on Tuesday but...

  • Russia 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...

  • 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...

  • PRESIDENT Nov 21, 2017

    Putin Talks Post-War Syria With Assad, Trump

    On a surprise trip to Russia, Syria’s Bashar Assad discussed potential new peace initiatives for post-war Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who declared that Russia’s two-year military campaign in Syria is wrapping up, the Kremlin said Tuesday. Putin later spoke by phone with President Donald Trump, with Syria, Iran, North Korea and Ukraine on the agenda, according to the...

  • Syria Nov 3, 2017

    Territorial Losses Suffered by Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

    With new losses Friday, the Islamic State group has been driven from more than 96 percent of the large parts of Iraq and Syria it once held, crushing its goal of establishing a “caliphate” in the region. Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military announced the capture of the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour, while Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proclaimed...

  • The Associated Press Oct 26, 2017

    Experts Blame Syria for Chemical Weapons Attack in April

    Experts from the U.N. and the chemical weapons watchdog are blaming the Syrian government for an attack in April using the nerve gas sarin that killed over 90 people. Their report’s key findings and conclusions, obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, state that leaders of the expert body are “confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the...

  • Donald Trump Jul 10, 2017

    Syria Cease-Fire Begins; Trump Eyes Cooperation With Russia

    U.S. President Donald Trump called for expanded cooperation with Russia on Sunday, as a cease-fire brokered by the two powers and Jordan for southern Syria came into effect. The cease-fire covering three war-torn provinces in southern Syria is the first tangible outcome following months of strategy and diplomacy between the new Trump administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Moscow. Trump...

  • United States Jun 27, 2017

    White House Warns Syria Against Chemical Attack ‘Preparations'

    The United States is warning that Syria would “pay a heavy price” for undertaking another chemical weapons attack, the White House said Monday night, saying it’s spotted “potential preparations” for one, NBC News reported. Activity at an airfield struck in the American cruise missile attack in April is “strongly suggestive” of the Assad regime intending to use chemical weapons, with...

  • United States May 18, 2017

    US Airstrike Hits Pro-Assad Forces in Syria: Officials

    A U.S. airstrike struck pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan on Thursday, the first such close confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad. The coalition said “apparent” Russian attempts to stop pro-Assad forces from moving toward Tanf, as well as warning...

  • United States Apr 24, 2017

    US Sanctions 271 in Syrian Chemical Attack

    The United States has issued 271 sanctions in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons. It’s one of the largest sanction actions in U.S. history. The Trump administration said Monday that it issued sanctions against 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, the Syrian government agency responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons. The...

  • NBC Apr 4, 2017

    Trump Pins Blame for Syrian Attack on Obama Administration

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that former President Barack Obama’s administration is to blame for the suspected chemical attack in Syria that appears to have killed at least 83 people and injured 350 more, NBC News reports....
    “These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that...

  • New York Mar 14, 2017

    Syrian War Brought ‘Slow-Motion Slaughter': Human Rights Group

    The Syrian government committed “slow-motion slaughter” of unknown numbers of Syrians trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas by willfully denying them food and health care, according to a new report Tuesday from a civil rights group. Physicians for Human Rights says in the report that the Syrian government consistently exploited a new U.N. aid delivery system, depriving millions of Syrians...

  • The Associated Press Dec 31, 2016

    UN Backs Russian-Turkish Syria Efforts as Cease-Fire Wavers

    The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, as a fragile country-wide cease-fire wavered. The resolution also calls for the “rapid, safe and unhindered” delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Syria. And it anticipates a meeting of the Syrian government and opposition...

  • Russia Dec 26, 2015

    Top Syrian Rebel Killed in Airstrike Near Damascus

    One month before peace talks are scheduled to begin between the Syrian government and opposition rebel groups, a Syrian airstrike killed a top rebel commander in the outskirts Damascus, according to activist groups and the Syrian government. Zahran Allouch, the founder of the Saudi-backed Army of Islam rebel faction, was killed Friday by an airstrike on a meeting of rebel...

  • United States Dec 24, 2015

    Russia Won't Stop Bombing Mission in Syria After Cease-Fire

    A top Russian diplomat says Moscow won’t stop its air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria if and when a cease-fire there is announced....
    The United States, Russia and Middle East nations are pushing for a political settlement in Syria that would bring the opposition and the Syrian government together for talks. Russia’s deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in...

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