Art brings ‘peace’ to battle-scarred Lebanon districts

Saturday, 21 October 2017

From the street below it’s easy to miss the workers daubing rooftops as part of an ambitious art project in two battle-scarred neighborhoods of Lebanon’s Tripoli. But the Ashekman street art duo behind the project say that once they’re done, the pistachio-green rooftops they are painting will spell out the word “salam” — Arabic for “peace” — on a scale visible from space. The project, three years in the making, is the brainchild of ...

Israel hits Syrian regime artillery after Golan fire

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Israeli army attacked Syrian government artillery on Saturday after fire across the armistice line hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and warned it would intensify such retaliation in the future.The Syrian government controls only party of the territory on the other side of the line, with the rest in the hands of rebel groups, one of them affiliated to ISIS.But the Israeli army said it would retaliate against the Syrian army, regardless of who was responsible for any fire and of whether ...

Putin calls for an all-Syrian conference

Friday, 20 October 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an all Syrian conference to be held that includes representatives of all ethnic groups.Speaking at the Valdai forum in Sochi, Putin stressed that Moscow and Washington are cooperating in a stable manner on Syria.“The peace process in Syria is developing positively, although there are still problems,” he said. “We have every reason to believe that we will defeat the terrorists in Syria soon.”“We are concerned about the slow ...

Israeli tanks fire into Syria after shell hits Golan

Friday, 20 October 2017

Israeli tanks fired into Syria on Thursday after a Syrian mortar shell landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.“In response to the projectile that hit Israel earlier today, the Israel Defense Forces targeted the sources of fire in the Syrian Golan Heights,” the Israeli Army said in an English-language statement.It did not identify the sources of the Syrian fire nor say whether it considered it to be a deliberate attack or unintentional spillover from the Syrian civil war, as in ...

After victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Kurds face tricky peace

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Kurdish groups who led the fight against ISIS in its former capital Raqqa must navigate a complex peace to avoid ethnic tension with the city’s Arab majority and to secure critical US aid.The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which finally vanquished ISIS in Raqqa on Tuesday face a big task rebuilding a city left in ruins by months of intense fighting and heavy air strikes by the US-led coalition.The political challenge is no less daunting in a city that falls outside the ...

400 ISIS members surrender as Syrian Democratic forces liberate Raqqa

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A commander with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces battling ISIS says the city of Raqqa has been liberated from the radical militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells. Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told The Associated Press on Tuesday that there are no longer clashes going on in the city. Sillo says a formal declaration will follow befitting “the fall of the capital of terrorism.” Dozens of militants who refused to ...

US-backed fighters seize infamous Raqqa roundabout from ISIS

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

US-backed Syrian fighters on Monday said they gained complete control of an infamous Raqqa roundabout used by ISIS extremists for public beheadings and crucifixions.The Syrian Democratic Forces said they had “totally liberated” the northern city’s Al-Naim roundabout, dubbed “Roundabout of Hell” by residents under ISIS’s three-year rule.The capture followed fighting since Sunday near the roundabout, east of the municipal stadium still held by the extremists, ...

Israel attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon

Monday, 16 October 2017

Israel's air force attacked a Syrian missile battery that fired on its warplanes as they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon on Monday, the Israeli military said. Israeli forces were unscathed in the incident, the media reports said, adding that the Syrian battery that was struck was located 50 km (30 miles) east of Damascus. 

IN PICTURES: These are the ISIS militants forced to leave Syria’s Raqqa

Monday, 16 October 2017

Syria’s Raqqa Civil Council said on Sunday that al-Tabaqah’s city council has agreed to host ISIS militants who departed Raqqa in accordance with an agreement made earlier this week. The accepted request was filed by residents in Karishan, Raqqa. Their request aimed to prevent bloodshed and to free remaining parts of Raqqa from the clutches of ISIS, who had claimed the city as their “capital” since establishing their self-proclaimed caliphate. READ ALSO: US-backed ...

US-backed SDF to let Syrian ISIS fighters leave Raqqa

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Syrian ISIS fighters are set to abandon Raqqa in a withdrawal agreed with US-backed Syrian militias that have them surrounded, a militia spokesman said on Saturday, as the extremist’ defeat in their former Syrian capital edged closer. Officials gave conflicting accounts on whether foreign fighters would also be leaving the city, where the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been battling to defeat ISIS since June. SDF spokesman Talal Silo said the ...

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