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Beirut, Lebanon (9:45 P.M.) - Thus far the year of 2017 in the Syrian war has turned out to be the most militarily active and strategically mobile.
The U.S.-led coalition's strikes against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in two Syrian provinces killed 472 civilians in the last month, according to a monitor.
But while Russia has some advanced surface-to-air missile systems and very agile fighter aircraft in Syria, it wouldn't fare well in what would be a short, brutal air war against the US. The US keeps an aircraft carrier with dozens of F/A-18E fighters ...
Yes, it's important to determine the truth about "Russia-gate," but not as important as the issue it's distracting people from -- the growing risk of Washington's Syria involvement turning into World war Three. First, Trump orders missile strikes ...
The shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet by US forces this week comes on the back of several aggressive actions by American military on the ground.
This is expressed most clearly in the idea that the US is "drawn into" war despite its otherwise unwarlike intentions. "Will US Be Drawn Further Into Syrian civil war?" asked Fox News (4/7/17). "How America Could Stumble Into War With Iran," disclosed ...
A Cold War between Saudi Arabia and Iran is reshaping the modern Middle East. Something that was once unimaginable - American and Russian planes shooting at each other in the skies over Syria - is more likely than ever before. One of the biggest ...
But a recent spate of incidents have raised alarm from diplomats and national security officials that the United States may be inadvertently sliding into a far bigger role in the Syrian civil war than it intended. "We don't seek conflict with anyone ...
Though the Western media is barely reporting the fact, the last few weeks have witnessed a total transformation of the Syrian war. Until the liberation of eastern Aleppo in December the Syrian war was being fought mainly in western Syria along a narrow ...
In the meantime, Iran is asserting itself in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, where the United States and its Syrian Kurdish and Arab allies appear to be attempting to build a zone of control that would block overland Iranian shipments of men and ...
In the wake of Sunday's US shoot-down of a Syrian fighter plane and the following day's warning from Russia that it will treat all American warplanes flying west of the Euphrates river as targets for its surface-to-air missiles, the threat of an armed ...
If the US attacks a Syrian warplane in Syrian skies, it means an act of war, and the US should give an explanation for this, demands Aleksey Pushkov, the head of Russia's Communications Policy Committee.
... especially over Syria, and said relations could be driven by a renewed "spirit of trust." Relations between Paris and Moscow were increasingly strained under former President Francois Hollande especially over Russia's support of Syrian President ...
Eric Swalwell called on Congress to vote on military authorization for the US' clashes with forces supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
Some of Trump's early steps, among them placing a direct phone call to the Taiwanese president, putting Iran on notice, and striking at Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in response to a chemical weapons attack, were certainly surprising, and he has ...
The latest alarm sounded after US forces shot down a Syrian government warplane and Russia said it would in future treat any US plane flying west of the Euphrates as a potential target.
Not only did the Syrian army liberate the Maskanah Plain, but they also made their first major push in the Al-Raqqa Governorate during this war. Currently, the Syrian Arab Army is on the verge of liberating the Islamic State stronghold of Resafa, which ...
The most recent war of words began when a US Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian war plane without communicating with Russian forces about it ahead of time per normal procedure.
The attack that killed Kafaa was just one of 160 reported "coalition casualty" events Airwars, which archives the war against IS, tracked in Iraq and Syria during May 2017. According to our estimates, last month was second only to March as the ...
Turkey and Iran directly back opposing factions in Syria's civil war, but have a common interest in backing Qatar amid a massive diplomatic and economic boycott led by fellow oil-rich gulf monarchy, Saudi Arabia.
American involvement in the Syrian war has escalated since President Trump took office, but the administration still hasn't laid out a long-term strategy for the conflict.
Seventeen children have been paralysed by polio following an outbreak of the disease in Syria that the World Health Organization says is "very serious".
Syrian residents of the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, broke their fast with the "iftar" meal on a heavily damaged street on ...
Through a civil war that has lasted six years and killed well over 300,000 civilians, Assad has hung onto power, regained the initiative, and recaptured large parts of Syria by making careful choices - including, for the most part, leaving U.S. forces ...
It was only after the Syrian Arab Air Force lost four MiG-21s in an air combat with newly-delivered McDonnell Douglas - now Boeing - f-15 Eagle interceptors of the Israeli Defense Force in September 1979 that Moscow agreed to sell 40 new Su-22Ms to ...
A temporarily stranded Syrian child is seen at a refugee camp in Greece on Feb. 24, 2016.Reuters/Yannis Behrakis. When Myriam Rawick was only eight years old, she started keeping a diary about the war that was unfolding in her native Syria. As feuding ...
I mentioned the illegality of U.S. actions in Syria in an earlier post, but I wanted to say a bit more on that point. There has never been a Congressional vote ...
Also Iran fired missiles into Syria, apparently for the first time, and supposedly in retaliation for the recent terrorist attacks in Tehran.
Some in Washington hope the US can cut off Iran's regional influence in eastern Syria, but that's a recipe for endless war. In recent weeks, a new battle front has come into sight in Syria. The Islamic State-held eastern desert, border with Iraq and ...
The situation in southern Syria has escalated in recent weeks, after a U.S. warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone that had attacked U.S.
FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a load of ammunition is prepared to be loaded on to Russian war planes at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Russia claimed Friday, June 16, 2017 ...
Both Iran and Russia support Syrian strongman Bashar Assad, who has committed atrocities against his own people in that country's bloody civil war. Trump has ... The U.S., Russia and Iran are all deeply involved in Syria, though in radically different ...
The 23-year-old Syrian refugee was the first victim to be identified after a massive fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower public housing highrise in the U.K.
Turkey has never been happy with the presence of the foreign relief community and their Syrian staff, whose work blossomed along its southern border as Syria's 2011 uprising turned into the region's most significant proxy war. The conflict pits ...
Beirut: air strikes by a US-led coalition have caused a "staggering" loss of civilian life in recent months around the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, a United Nations investigative body said Wednesday. A US-backed ground force ...
The most important change over the last days was the Syrian government forces move (red areas and arrows) in the south-east towards the Iraqi border.
Photos released by a news outlet affiliated to a Free Syrian Army-branded group show that US special forces have been conducting joint patrols in southern Syria near the Al Tanf crossing. The position of these troops has been the catalyst for US ...
Heroism, at least in the movies, is an easily quantifiable attribute, generally accompanied by swelling music and a self-effacing wisecrack or two.
Beirut, Lebanon (7:00 P.M.) - The month of June has been rough for the Islamic State (ISIL) thus far, as their forces have been mostly expelled from northern Syria by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Once the ...
The border operation could help create an extensive route of support from Damascus to Baghdad against ISIS's self-proclaimed caliphate, which has significantly diminished throughout Iraq and Syria in recent years. "We have not entered into Syrian ...
The Syrian conflict started in 2011 with peaceful anti-government protests. More than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting and more than 12 million Syrians - half the country's pre-war population - have been displaced from their homes.
Inside the coalition's recently declared 55-kilometer deconfliction zone near the Syria-Jordan border, U.S.-led forces have carried out three airstrikes in as many weeks against forces aligned with the Syrian government. A fourth strike in the area on ...
March 24, 2011 - In response to continuing protests, the Syrian government announces several plans to appease citizens. State employees will receive an immediate salary increase.
Syria is living through its sixth Ramadan since the 2011 revolution. This year, however, many aspects are different, as a major part of the country has been destroyed and major demographic changes have been brought about by large waves of displaced ...
None can predict as to how long the dirty war in Syria sponsored by foreign powers led by USA and Russia would go on and how many more thousands of Syrians would be slaughter there.
We despair over the fate of the Syrian people, victims of their own government's brutality but also victims of foreign states that directly or indirectly have chosen ...
After a brief introduction, the site answers questions like - "What was Syria like before the war?", "What is going on in Syria?", "What is a refugee?", and "Where are Syrian refugees going?". "The biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time ...


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