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Saturday's confrontation signals "a different level of self confidence in Tehran and Damascus in terms of them having the upper hand in Syria," said Ofer Zalzberg, ... He said Iran, Israel and Syria would likely continue to test each other's boundaries as each tries to "define the new rules of the game.".
The SAA has even faced airstrikes from Israel and the United States, although neither Tel Aviv nor Washington have officially declared war on Damascus. Although opposed to Kurdish efforts to create an autonomous state, reports suggest that Syrian President Bashar Assad has been quietly aiding Kurdish ...

This file photo provided on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a plume of smoke while civil defense workers arrive after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria. (Syrian Civil ...
A source familiar with the situation told Sputnik on Thursday that the Syrian armed forces would enter the territory near the border with Turkey in the district of Afrin in the next few days. "The agreement has been reached on the deployment of the Syrian Armed Forces at the Syrian-Turkish border in Afrin in ...
Beirut, Lebanon (2:36 P.M.) - New forces of the Syrian Arab Army are rushing their main assault units to eastern Damascus amid a looming offensive operation against militant groups operating in the region. Military-affiliated sources state that the main storming regiments and fire support units of key ...
Last month, it was more chemical weapons attacks against innocent civilians in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. For months before, the Syrian government has blocked humanitarian aid to communities that support the opposition. Perhaps the Trump Administration believes it has no other choice than to ...

Beirut: Syria's Kurds said Monday they have "no problem" if the regime in Damascus intervenes on their side to help push back an assault by Turkey in the Afrin region. Ankara has been waging an offensive against Syria's Kurdish people's Protection Units (YPG) militia in the frontier region since Jan. 20.
Meanwhile, the Damascus ally, Lebanese Hezbollah, said in an official statement that the shootdown of the Israeli warplane by the Syrian Air Defense ... "We condemn the enemy's [Israel's] blatant support of terrorism and radical groups and its interference in the Syrian crisis by aggression and threats, we ...
Passersby and shoppers walk in a marketplace in Damascus, Syria, on Feb. 10, 2018, just hours after Israeli airstrikes and missile fire targeted Syrian military positions on the outskirts of Damascus on Saturday. Photo:Xinhua ...
There was also what sounded like the launch of rockets or missiles from Mezze air base, in Damascus. Syrian state television said the Syrian military's antiaircraft guns were responding to Israeli airstrikes. Later Saturday, air-raid sirens sounded in the Israeli-held Golan Heights and in the Galilee area of ...
Beirut, Lebanon (3:20 A.M.) - For the second time today, the Israeli Air Force and Syrian Air Defense are battling one another within in the souwthwestern countryside of Damascus. According to a military source in Damascus, the Israeli Air Force launched a powerful attack in southwestern Damascus, ...
The French leader "asked Vladimir Putin to do everything so that the Syrian regime puts an end to the unbearable deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib" to the east of the capital Damascus, the statement said. Macron is concerned by signs that chlorine gas may have been ...
Russia has received the leadership of the 3rd Armoured Division in the city of Qatifah, east of Damascus, from the Syrian regime and renamed it the Sixth Corps, local media outlets have reported. Russian officials arrived in the area on Tuesday accompanied by regime officers and made several changes to ...
Israeli warplanes have fired missiles at a Syrian military position near the capital, Damascus, Syrian media report. A Syrian military statement said its air defence systems blocked most of the missiles, but gave no further details. A monitor said ammunition depots in Jamraya were hit. It is the location of a ...
Russia's UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia said on Thursday he will raise the issue of the US attack against pro-government Syrian forces at the upcoming UN Security Council closed-door briefing on the humanitarian situation in the war-plagued nation. "That's very regrettable, we will raise that issue, we ...
According to Syrian SANA state-run agency, the country's air defenses have responded to an Israeli attack near Damascus, a move described as "aggression" by the Arab Republic's government. The IDF have yet to comment on the announcement, however, Haaretz reported, citing sources, that Israeli ...
Damascus, Syria (AP) - Syria's official news agency says the military has responded to "a new Israeli aggression" near the capital. SANA says air defenses confronted the Israeli planes, which targeted an outpost in the Damascus countryside. It did not provide details and there was no immediate comment ...

London -- At least 45 civilians have died in a series of airstrikes targeting one of the largest rebel-held territories in Syria near Damascus, activists say. Everyone knows what's coming when they hear Russian and Syrian warplanes overhead, signaling another strike. Then, there's a frantic sprint to reach ...
The Syrian military claimed that Israeli jets came through Lebanese airspace before striking, adding that air defenses intercepted most of the missiles fired. Sources close to the Syrian government said Israeli missiles had targeted a "research center" in the town of Jamraya, just north of Damascus.
The Russian military says "several" Syrian civilians were killed when mortar rounds fired by rebels struck Russian aid distribution points in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, the head of the military's reconciliation Center in Syria, said Monday's shelling also wounded people, ...
The fighting unfolded near the rebel-held town of Saraqeb, which Syrian government troops have been trying to reach under cover of airstrikes. They are pushing towards a key highway that connects Damascus and Aleppo, Syria's two largest cities. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had ...
Turkey said eight of its troops were killed Saturday in Ankara's military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, the deadliest day in the two-week-old offensive in the enclave of Afrin, while in another part of Syria, al-Qaida-linked militants downed a Russian fighter jet, then shot and killed the pilot.
Damascus (AFP) - Syria on Saturday (Feb 3) denied recent accusations by the United States that it had used chemical weapons on opposition forces near the capital Damascus, shrugging them off as "lies." "The foreign ministry condemns the false claims by the United States that the Syrian government ...
The Syrian Kurds are exploiting Damascus' strong sense of patriotism in order to provoke it into the dilemma of either entering into a confrontation with Ankara or risk falling victim to slanderous accusations that it "sold them out" to the Turks, with this entire manipulation being carried out with the grand ...
He singled out eastern Ghouta, where prices for basic goods were 30 times higher than in neighboring Damascus city, "far beyond the purchasing power of most residents." Guterres called on countries with influence over the Syrian government and opposition fighters to facilitate medical evacuations and ...
By bringing the allegedly secular Free Syrian Army (FSA) to the forefront of Operation Olive Branch, Ankara is seeking to distance itself from the al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and to legitimize the FSA, comprised of those who instigated the war in Syria seven years ago, political analyst Ghassan Kadi told ...
Syrian children play with cardboard guns in the rebel-held town of Harasta, in 10 Syrian children play with cardboard guns in the rebel-held town of Harasta, in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on January 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ABDULMONAM EASSAABDULMONAM ...
Kurdish authorities in Syria's northern Afrin enclave have called on Syrian troops to defend the region's border, as a Turkish offensive continues there. They said the "aim of this (Turkish) aggression is to cut more Syrian land by occupying Afrin". Turkish-led forces began their assault in north-western Syria ...
The fighting in Damascus is worse than it has been in a long time. It's as if the constant sound of the explosions were the drumfire for the newly announced peace negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition, negotiations that have failed repeatedly, as they did recently at a meeting in ...
A prior Syrian threat to shoot down Turkish warplanes briefly had an observable effect. During its Euphrates Shield operation against Islamic State (ISIS) and the YPG Turkish airstrikes killed scores of the latter's fighters, prompting Damascus to issue its threat to blast Turkish jets out of the sky. Ankara clearly ...
Nine civilians, including a three-year-old child, were killed by mortars fired by rebel fighters at the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state media say. Another 21 people were wounded in the attack on Bab Touma, a predominantly Christian district of the Old City. police said the shellfire came from the ...
Such claims are not new but they are difficult to verify because of lack of chemical labs and independent testers. A U.N. inquiry panel had previously blamed the government for a number of chlorine and sarin attacks in Syria. The Easter Ghouta suburb of Damascus has been under intensive attack, and the ...
After the incident, the US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea at Syria's Shayrat Airbase. The strike was ordered by US President Donald Trump as a retaliatory response to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack, which was promptly blamed on the Damascus. Russia's Foreign ...
A similar stance was expressed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi regarding the Turkish advance in Afrin. The minister explained Iran's position on the issue, as a guarantor of the peace settlement in Syria. "The developments on the Syrian territory, for sure, might influence the congress in a ...
Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad on Thursday issued a stern warning to his counterparts in Ankara that the Syrian Air Force is ready to shoot down any Turkish military aircraft that cross into Syria's airspace. Mekdad also advised Turkey to back down from its plan to launch a major offensive in ...
Beirut, Lebanon (9:20 P.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has once again demanded that the Islamist rebels in Harasta immediately surrender this east Damascus suburb. According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian army's 4th Division warned the Islamist rebels of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham, ...
Flames rising from Damascus International Airport following an explosion early in the morning of April 27, 2017. Syria blamed Israel for the attackSAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP. Syrian opposition sources claimed Israeli warplanes attacked the Almas military airport near Damascus early Wednesday morning.
Beirut: Syria's leading opposition body on Saturday blamed the government for the mysterious death of one of its members after a car accident in the capital Damascus. ... He joined the mainstream Syrian Negotiations Committee (SNC) in November but continued to live in Damascus. The SNC said ...
Filipinos residing in Syria have been cautioned as mortar attacks continue to pound Damascus, the country's capital. The Philippine Embassy in Syria issued a security advisory calling on Filipinos based in Damascus and nearby areas to take precautionary measures when strolling outside their homes or ...
Nevertheless, it is hugely significant that such an attack even occurred, however limited the casualties and damage. And regardless of who is responsible, the incidents will likely serve Damascus and Tehran's wish to see the Russians remain in Syria. "It's hard to say [if Iran or Damascus] had any role, most ...
Home to some 400,000 people, Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, has remained under a crippling siege by the Bashar Assad regime since late 2012. It falls within a network of de-escalation zones -- endorsed by Turkey, Russia and Iran -- in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited. Syria ...
Beirut, Lebanon (7:30 A.M.) - Amid very heavy clashes throughout the Harasta district of eastern Damascus, troops and armor of the Syrian Arab Army are clawing their forward against jihadist militants despite ferocious resistance. As of late, the focus of Syrian army operations in Harasta is the district's ...
11 January 2018 - After seven years of bloody conflict, the Syrian war has wreaked a "colossal toll" on the country and its people, the United Nations relief chief said on Thursday from the capital, Damascus, where he outlined ways to sustain and improve humanitarian assistance and protection for everyone affected by the ...
(New York) - Attacks by Syrian-Russian forces in an area near the Damascus in late October and early November 2017 killed eight children and destroyed or damaged four schools, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks on Eastern Ghouta, 15 kilometers from the Syrian capital, resulted in the closing ...
"The suffering of the people of Syria knows no end," said UN High Commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, noting that residential areas in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the nation's capital, Damascus, are being hit day and night by strikes from the ground and the air, forcing civilians to ...
Syria's President Bashar Assad has recovered major territory from rebels in Syria in the past two years, largely because of Russia's military support. His forces are currently battling rebels on two fronts, in the northwestern Idlib province and in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. Opposition activists have ...
Syria's military accused Israel of launching missiles targeting its outposts near Damascus in a wave of three pre-dawn attacks Tuesday and claimed that the Syrian air force hit one of the Israeli jets and shot down several of the missiles. In a statement, the army said the Syrian air defense confronted the early ...
Regime and Russian air strikes on a rebel-held enclave near the Syrian capital killed at least 17 civilians on Saturday, a war monitor said. Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in the country, is the target of near-daily air raids. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ...
Beirut, Lebanon (2:52 A.M.) - al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood affiliated jihadist factions operating in eastern Damascus have managed to cut-off a key base held by the Syrian Arab Army in the capital city's district of Harasta amid a now three-day long offensive that has seen both side trade heavy ...
The announcement came as different parts of Syria witnessed violence, mostly in the suburbs of the capital Damascus and northwestern Syria, where troops are on the offensive on the southern edge of Idlib province. Heavy clashes broke out between Syrian government forces and insurgents east of ...


 

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