The Syrian people have become invisible

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Over the past week, the conflict in Syria has flared up again with the usual ferocity: hundreds of needless civilian deaths, new starvation sieges in so-called “de-escalation zones” as well as the systematic targeting of hospital and other humanitarian targets, reports of renewed chemical attacks, all on the back of another farcical round of diplomatic “negotiations”. As if that was not enough, Israel is now becoming active in the conflict, with direct clashes between ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

US, Turkey agrees to normalize relations, Turkish Foreign Minister

Friday, 16 February 2018

During a joint news conference on Friday in Ankara the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that Turkey has agreed to normalize relations with the United States again. Speaking at the conference with the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, the Turkish minister said that both parties have decided to establish mechanism to tackle issues on terrorism.   On his part, the secretary of state also expressed the US’ reaffirmation of the deep and important relations ...

De Mistura says current Syria situation most dangerous he’s seen in 4 years

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The UN’s envoy to Syria, Staffan De Mistura, said on Wednesday that the current situation in Syria is the most “violent and worrying and dangerous” that he has seen in four years, urging all parties to de-escalate “immediately and unconditionally”. During a Security Council meeting, De Mistura said that the aid that was allowed into eastern Ghouta on Wednesday represents only a fraction of the aid that need to be delivered to hundreds of thousands of Syrians in ...

Monitor: 15 Russian private security workers dead in Syria

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Fifteen Russians employed in Syria by a private security company were killed when an unexplained explosion rocked an arms depot at their base in the war-torn country, a monitor said Wednesday. The incident happened at the company’s weapons storage facility at Tabiya Jazira a few days ago in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Observatory directory Rami Abdel Rahman said the company in question was in charge of ...

Syria 'repels' Israeli surveillance aircraft

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Syria on Wednesday repelled Israeli surveillance planes that breached its southern border, state media reported, days after an Israeli fighter jet was downed during raids on the war-torn country."Syrian air defenses have repelled Israeli surveillance planes over Quneitra, forcing them to leave Syrian airspace," the official SANA news agency said.On Saturday, the Syrian government said it fended off an Israeli raid on a military base in the center of the country, hitting more than one ...

VIDEO: Under bombs, Syria rescuers forced to save their own

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

For years, Samir Salim and his three brothers rescued neighbors and relatives pinned underground after bombardment on Syria’s rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. But last week, they could not save their own mother.Crouched atop the rubble of their home in the town of Medeira, 45-year-old Salim pinches hot tears out of his eyes with dusty, blistered hands.“It was a very difficult position to be in. It hurts to think that she was a mother of four rescue workers, and none of us could save ...

King Salman discusses Syrian situation in a call with Putin

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Saudi king Salman and Russian president Putin discussed the situation in Syria over a phone call. King Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed as well the means to further expand fruitful cooperation in global oil markets, the Kremlin said. The statement did not offer any details on what that expanded coordination could entail. Russia and Saudi Arabia are major players in a global pact on cutting oil output. The two leaders also discussed ...

Syria: A booby-trapped gift and mischievous partners

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Months ago journalists used to hear realistic statements on Syria. “Practically, there can be no solution in Syria except through Russia” and “A ‘Russian Syria’ is better for the region than an ‘Iranian Syria’.”For some time, it appeared that the “Russian Syria” was accepted by the Americans, Europeans, the region and Arabs. It became clear that this acceptance depended on Russia devising a political solution that would reduce ...

Ghassan Charbel

US ‘searches for remains of American hostages’ executed by ISIS in Syria

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

US Special Forces and FBI agents are in Syria searching for the remains of three Americans executed by ISIS and one woman who died while in captivity of unknown causes, according to a report from ABC News.The people whose remains are being sought are journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid workers Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig and Kayla Mueller.Foley, Sotloff and Kassig were all beheaded by ISIS in 2014.Mueller was killed in 2015, although ISIS claimed she was killed by a coalition ...

Iranian-backed Iraqi militia to back Hezbollah in any war against Israel

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Akram al-Kaabi, the secretary general of Iraq’s Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba movement which is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces fighting in Syria, said on Tuesday during a visit to Beirut that his forces will fight alongside Lebanon’s Hezbollah in case Israel attacks it. Kaabi’s statements came after he visited the tomb of Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyah in Beirut’s southern suburb. Mughniyah was killed in 2008 in a car bomb attack in Damascus. “We will be ...

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