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US wary of Putin’s declaration of military victory in Syria

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The United States is voicing skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a major withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria and is arguing that his declaration of victory against ISIS was premature. Putin, during a surprise visit on Monday to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria, declared that the work of Russian forces was largely done in backing the Syrian government against militants in the country’s war following the defeat of “the most ...

Syrian regime delegation joins Geneva negotiations

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Syrian delegation arrived in Geneva on Sunday to participate in the UN-sponsored talks. The return of the regime's delegation to Geneva came after Russian pressure and warnings from the UN envoy about the consequences of the failure of any party to come to the negotiations. The second round of the Geneva negotiations in its eighth edition resumed on Tuesday with meetings between the Syrian opposition delegation and UN envoy Stephane de Mistura, who announced that the current round could ...

Hezbollah deputy says war in Syria helped fighters acquire new ‘skills’

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Hezbollah deputy secretary-general Naim Qassem praised his party’s role in “liberating Syrian cities” and spoke about the “skills” which Hezbollah fighters acquired while fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad’s troops, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Saturday. While delivering a speech at the Imam Sadegh University in Tehran, Qassem said that before engaging in the fighting alongside the Assad regime, Hezbollah fighters only knew how to use ...

Syrian regime delegation joins peace talks in Geneva

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Syrian delegation arrived in Geneva to participate in the eighth round of United Nation-sponsored peace talks. It delayed its departure for one day after the opposition repeated its demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down. The Russian-proposed ceasefire in the Eastern Ghouta area of Syria has been widely observed, a war monitor and a witness said on Wednesday, as a delegation from Damascus arrived in Geneva to join peace talks there. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...

UN: Syria regime to join peace talks on Wednesday

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A Syrian government delegation will arrive in Geneva on Wednesday, a day later than expected, to attend peace talks being held there this week, Syrian state news agency SANA said. The delegation had delayed its planned departure for the talks, which begin on Tuesday, because of the opposition’s insistence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down. The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has received assurances that the Syrian government delegation will ...

UN: Syria government has not confirmed will attend Geneva talks

Monday, 27 November 2017

United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Monday that the Syrian government had not yet confirmed that it would attend an eighth round of peace talks in Geneva this week, but "indicated that we would be hearing from them soon." "Last night we received a message that the government would not travel to Geneva today. Naturally we hope, and indeed expect the government will be on its way shortly," de Mistura told the UN Security Council on Monday. Syrian congress ...

ANALYSIS: The ball is rolling in Syria, against Iran

Monday, 27 November 2017

Developments over Syria following recent collaborations between leaders of the United States and Russia have gained significant momentum. This also signals a decreasing Iranian role and a prelude to further setbacks for Tehran. An hour long phone call last Tuesday between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin followed the latter’s meeting with Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad. After allocating billions on its Levant campaign, Iran is witnessing its ...

Russia to reduce Syria presence by year’s end

Friday, 24 November 2017

Russia’s military plans to reduce its involvement in Syria this year as it is nearing the completion of its goals there, the General Staff chief told journalists Thursday.“Of course, there will be a decision taken by the commander in chief and the group (working in Syria) will be decreased,” said Valery Gerasimov when asked whether Russia would be scaling back its forces in Syria by the end of the year.ALSO READ: Iran emphasizes maintaining the Revolutionary Guards in ...

Russia’s Putin hosts Assad in fresh drive for Syria peace deal

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Syrian President Bashar Assad was asked to come to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by Russia, Iran and Turkey as Russia prepares to scale down its military presence in the country’s civil war, the Kremlin said Tuesday. Vladimir Putin hosted his Syrian counterpart in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran and a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva. The meeting was unannounced and the Kremlin did not ...

Syrian opposition leader Riyad Hijab steps down

Monday, 20 November 2017

Syrian opposition leader Riyad Hijab has said he is stepping down as the General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee ahead of a much-anticipated conference of the anti-Assad camp on Nov. 22. Hijab tweeted his full official resignation letter stating the end of his duties since he began to lead the HNC in 2015. The opposition leader said that since the beginning he has supported the cause of seeking a unified Syria that has no place for Assad and his regime. He added that there were ...

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