Syria Crisis - Special Reports

Civilians die as bombs mar‘de-escalation’ effort in Syria

Entire families have been buried under the rubble in a rebel-held enclave near Syria’s capital, as government forces pursue a nearly weeklong campaign against the area despite a de-escalation deal.
2017-11-21 00:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads

A pacified Syria is key to the economic integration of Eurasia through energy and transportation connections
2017-11-20 21:11 | Eurasia, BRI, Vladimir Putin | ATimes

Syria: MSF teams respond to car explosion in Al-Hasakah, north-east Syria

"The ongoing fighting in Syria continues to claim innocent people’s lives. We suspect many people died before making it to the hospital due to the restrictions on movement in the area." Language English
2017-11-20 15:11 | News | MSF

Headlines for November 20, 2017

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2017-11-20 13:11 | News | DemocracyNow

‘Partisan Girl’ & the Online Battle for Syria

A lot of Syria experts don’t like Maram Susli, also known as “PartisanGirl.” The Damascus born blogger runs popular accounts on Youtube and Twitter from Australia. 
2017-11-20 11:11 | Interviews, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, another fighter, killed in Syria: Iranian media

A commander in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards and a lower-ranking Iranian fighter have been killed fighting Islamic State in Syria in recent days, Iranian media reported on Sunday. The Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s most powerful military force which also oversees an economic empire worth billions of dollars, have been fighting in support of Syrian president Bashar … Continued The post Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, another fighter, killed in Syria: Iranian media appeared first on Egypt
2017-11-20 10:11 | Middle East, Albu Kamal, Fars News Agency | EgyptIndependent

Saudi Arabia seeks to ratchet up pressure against Iran

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Sunday condemned Iranian interference across the region, singling out Tehran’s support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah. The extraordinary meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo comes as tensions between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran heats up, including over Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. Arab diplomats drafted … Continued The post Saudi Arabia seeks to ratchet up pressure against Iran appeared first on Egypt Independent .
2017-11-20 08:11 | Middle East, Arab League, bahrain | EgyptIndependent

De-radicalizing Syria: Combating the Ideological Leftovers of ISIS

  ISIS disseminated its ideology in Iraq and Syria when it established its so-called caliphate The group mainly targeted children and adolescents by reforming education systems in line with their views ISIS also spread its ideology through propaganda publications and media productions The Syrian Counter Extremism Center and other initiatives attempt to counter these ideologies by spreading awareness through workshops  
2017-11-20 06:11 | Behind the News, Conflict in Syria, NEWS | AlBawaba

Israel’s Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike

In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a building in eastern Syria that the Israelis claimed held a covert nuclear reactor that had been built with North Korean assistance. Seven months later, the CIA released an extraordinary 11-minute video and mounted press and Congressional briefings that supported that claim. But nothing about that alleged reactor in … Continue reading "Israel’s Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike" The post Israel’s Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike
2017-11-20 05:11 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Syrian opposition’s cause likely to hinge on Riyadh and Russia

Saudi Arabia's Mohammad Bin Salman will demand allegiance. Moscow, meanwhile, wants a political solution done and dusted – and that probably means Assad hanging around
2017-11-20 02:11 | Middle East, Syrian civil war, Syria | ATimes

'I Only Want a Normal Life Like the Other kids': Syria's Children of War

  8.5 million children in Syria were affected by the war 8 out of 10 children are "children of war" 1.7 million live in the most intense areas of conflict 2 million cannot go to school   Millions of children in war-weary Syria continue to be deprived of their most basic rights -- education, health, and protection for violence, a refugee rights body
2017-11-19 20:11 | Behind the News, NEWS, Syria | AlBawaba

Israel fires 'warning shot' amid Syrian border activity

The Israeli military said it has fired a tank shell into Syria as a "warning shot" after the Syrian military carried out construction along their frontier.
2017-11-19 19:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander, another fighter, killed in Syria: Iranian media

A commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard and a lower-ranking Iranian fighter have been killed fighting Daesh (ISIS) in Syria in recent days, Iranian media reported Sunday.
2017-11-19 18:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

UN calls on Syria warring sides to stop targeting civilians

The United Nations Sunday called on Syria's warring sides to stop targeting civilians in the capital Damascus and nearby neighborhoods, where escalating bombardment has killed dozens in recent days.
2017-11-19 17:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Situation in Syria better, political solution needed: Turkish FM

The situation in Syria is much better compared to last year thanks to the Astana Process, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, stressing that a “political solution” is needed for sustainability.
2017-11-19 13:11 | Turkey | Hurriyet

Russia vetoes fresh bid to extend panel investigating gas attacks in Syria

Russia cast a second veto at the United Nations Security Council on Friday blocking renewal of the international inquiry into identifying the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
2017-11-19 13:11 | News | IINA

Iran, Russia and Turkey diplomats meet ahead of Syria summit

Top diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey met Sunday morning in Antalya to discuss the civil war in Syria ahead of a three-way summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday.
2017-11-19 13:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Syrian army, allies take back Albu Kamal from Islamic State

The Syrian army and its allies took complete control over Albu Kamal, Islamic State’s last significant town in Syria, a military news service run by Hezbollah said on Sunday. The army had declared victory over Islamic State in Albu Kamal earlier this month but the jihadists then staged a counter-attack using sleeper cells hidden in … Continued The post Syrian army, allies take back Albu Kamal from Islamic State appeared first on Egypt Independent
2017-11-19 13:11 | Middle East, Albu Kamal, Hezbollah | EgyptIndependent

Syria troops, allies retake most of last Daesh-held town: monitor

Syrian troops and allied fighters advanced Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country.
2017-11-18 16:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Japan in UN bid to save Syria gas attacks probe

The UN Security Council was expected to vote, probably on Friday, on a 30-day extension of a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria to allow for negotiations after Russia vetoed a renewal of the probe. Japan on Thursday presented a draft resolution that would give the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) another 30 days … Continued The post Japan in UN bid to save Syria gas attacks probe appeared first on Egypt Independent
2017-11-18 07:11 | Middle East, japan, Russia | EgyptIndependent

Iraqi militia publicizes Iranian Qods Force chief by Syrian border town

The Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba has posted photos of its Iranian commander, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force chief Qassem Soleimani, inspecting positions near Al Bukamal in Syria near the Iraqi border.
2017-11-18 05:11 | Feature Articles, Long War Journal, IRGC | LongWarJournal

YPG controls 20 percent of Syria: Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu

The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), considered a terror group by Turkey, controls 20 percent of Syria, which points to a “very dangerous” situation, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said.
2017-11-17 21:11 | World | Hurriyet

Russia opposes 30-day extension of Syria gas attacks probe: diplomats

Russia told a closed-door UN Security Council meeting on Friday that it opposed a 30-day extension of an investigation to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said
2017-11-17 19:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

US-backed Syria forces spokesman 'held by Turkish intelligence'

A spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting Daesh extremists is "in the hands of" the Turkish intelligence after handing himself over to pro-Ankara forces, a Turkish daily reported Friday
2017-11-17 19:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Daesh attack kills 26 displaced people in Syria: monitor

A car bombing blamed on Daesh (ISIS) killed at least 26 displaced people in eastern Syria on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said
2017-11-17 19:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russian long-range bombers strike Daesh targets in Syria: agencies

Six Russian long-range bombers struck Daesh (ISIS) targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Syria's Deir al-Zor province on Friday, the Defense Ministry said in a statement reported by Russian news agencies
2017-11-17 17:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Syria: Damascus suburbs violence kills at least 5 children

Syrian activists say at least five children have been killed in a Damascus suburb during government shelling while state media reports that three civilians have been killed by rebel mortars
2017-11-17 16:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Lavrov expects Syria summit to reach settlement

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday the Russian-Iranian-Turkish summit due in Sochi on Wednesday would help in finding a political settlement to the Syrian crisis. Lavrov told a news conference that he would meet with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts in Antalya in Turkey in order to make arrangements for the expected summit. A trilateral meeting on Syria between Turkey, host Russia, and Iran will be held in the Black Sea city of Sochi on
2017-11-17 16:11 | Main Headlines, NEWS, Syria | AlBawaba

Russia casts 10th U.N. veto on Syria action, blocking inquiry renewal

Russia on Thursday cast its 10th veto of United Nations Security Council action on Syria since the war began in 2011, blocking a U.S.-drafted resolution to renew an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council vote on a U.S. bid to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, U.S., November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas
2017-11-17 15:11 | News | AbrarOnline

Iraqi Forces Liberate last ISIS-held Town near Syria Border

Iraqi armed forces have liberated Rawa, the last remaining town under the grip of the Daesh terror group, hours after they launched the offensive. Lieutenant General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said in a statement from the Joint Operations Command on Friday that Iraqi forces “liberated Rawa entirely, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.” The force striking Rawa near the border with Syria comprised government troops and paramilitary units.
2017-11-17 15:11 | Main Headlines, NEWS, Iraq | AlBawaba

Iran says biased French stance threatens regional stability

Iran accused France of fuelling tension in the Middle East by taking a “biased” stance on Tehran’s regional policy, state TV reported on Friday. ”It seems that France has a biased view towards the ongoing crises and humanitarian catastrophes in the Middle East Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying. “This view fuels regional conflicts, whether intentionally or unintentionally,” he said. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday that France was worried about Iran’s involvement in
2017-11-17 15:11 | News | AbrarOnline

Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signalling the collapse of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Rawa’s capture marks the end of Islamic State’s era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi forces “liberated Rawa entirely, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings,” Lieutenant General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said in a statement from the Joint
2017-11-17 15:11 | News | AbrarOnline

Senior Cleric: Enemies trying to make region chaotic

Tehran Substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said that in the issue of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the enemies are trying to create tension in the region and in this situation the Islamic ummah is responsible for unity and cohesion. He made the remarks during the second sermon and added current developmens indicate that the enemies are planning to turn Lebanon which is a quiet country into a chaotic one. Ayatalloah Emami Kashani pointed to statements of
2017-11-17 14:11 | News | AbrarOnline

Russia Vetoes UN Syria Chemical Weapons Extension

Russia cast its tenth veto of a UN Security Council resolution concerning the Syrian conflict Thursday, blocking the extension of a UN inquiry into responsibility for chemical attacks in the country. The UN mechanism determined in late October that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were at fault for an April 4 chemical weapons attack in northwestern Syria. Its mandate is set to expire Friday.
2017-11-17 14:11 | Main Headlines, NEWS, Syria | AlBawaba

Iraqi forces successfully retake last IS-held town in country

The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group on Friday as the jihadists’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria. The lightning recapture of the small Euphrates valley town of Rawa in an offensive launched at dawn came as the jihadists … Continued The post Iraqi forces successfully retake last IS-held town in country appeared first on Egypt Independent .
2017-11-17 11:11 | Middle East, iraq, IS | EgyptIndependent

Pentagon Says It's Staying In Syria, Even Though ISIS Appears Defeated

The U.S. is keeping its troops in Syria and continues to press for a political settlement to that country's civil war. It's far from clear the U.S. has sufficient leverage to achieve that.
2017-11-17 09:11 | News | NPR

Turkish, Iranian, Russian ministers to meet in Antalya for Syria

The Turkish, Iranian and Russian foreign ministers will meet this weekend in the southern province of Antalya for the preparation of a leaders’ summit on Nov. 22 in the Russian city of Sochi.
2017-11-17 09:11 | Turkey | Hurriyet

Russia blocks US chemical weapons probe on Syria

Russia has blocked a US-drafted resolution to renew a mandate of the body investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. A rival, Russian-made motion was also blocked, leaving the future of the probe in question. The US and Russia clashed in the UN Security Council on Thursday, with the latest contentious vote marking the … Continued The post Russia blocks US chemical weapons probe on Syria appeared first on Egypt Independent .
2017-11-17 08:11 | Middle East, Assad, chemical weapons | EgyptIndependent

Opinion: As ISIS Crumbles, Who Will Rebuild Deir Ezzor's Security Infrastructure?

As ISIS pulls out of eastern Syria, U.S.-backed forces will have to contend with stabilizing this territory. But without local allies, the security of SDF-held territory will be challenged, write journalist Omar Abu Layla and security expert Nicholas A. Heras:
2017-11-17 06:11 | Opinions and Editorials, NEWS, Syria | AlBawaba

Opinion: As ISIS Crumbles, Who Will Rebuild Deir Ezzor's Security Infrastructure?

As ISIS pulls out of eastern Syria, U.S.-backed forces will have to contend with stabilizing this territory. But without local allies, the security of SDF-held territory will be challenged, write journalist Omar Abu Layla and security expert Nicholas A. Heras:
2017-11-17 06:11 | Opinions and Editorials, NEWS, Syria | AlBawaba

UN Security Council rejects 2 rival resolutions on Syria

UNITED NATIONS -- The UN Security Council on Thursday rejected two rival resolutions that would have extended the mandate of an expert panel that has been investigating who carried out chemical weapons attacks in Syria's civil war.
2017-11-17 02:11 | News | NewsDay

Russia veto's US draft UN Security Council bill to renew Syria gas attack inquiry, its 10th veto on Syria

Russia veto's US draft UN Security Council bill to renew Syria gas attack inquiry, its 10th veto on Syria
2017-11-16 22:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russia Vetoes U.N. Effort to Finger Those Responsible for Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks

Nikki Haley warns U.S. is prepared to use military to enforce prohibition on Syrian chemical weapons use.
2017-11-16 22:11 | Report, Russia, Syria | ForeignPolicy

Russia, Turkey, Iran meeting to discuss Syria strategy

Frustrated by what they see as Washington's belligerent posture in the region, the leaders of the three powers will hold a historic summit in Sochi on Nov. 22
2017-11-16 21:11 | Middle East, Syria summit, Geopolitics | ATimes

Russia blocks bid to probe Syria chemical-weapons use

US and Russia at odds over UN Security Council vote on renewing investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria.
2017-11-16 20:11 | News | Aljazeera

Trump urges unity ahead of UN vote on Syria toxic gas inquiry

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday urged the U.N. Security Council to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria ahead of planned votes on rival U.S. and Russia resolutions that could spark Moscow's 10th veto on Syria action
2017-11-16 20:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

Iran and Saudi Arabia take their rivalry to Lebanon

Hi stranger. It’s been a while SAAD HARIRI is an unlikely hero for Lebanon. Despite inheriting a powerful surname—not to mention a vast construction company, Saudi Oger—he often bemoaned his lot. He seemed to live in the shadow of his father, Rafik, a former prime minister, whose assassination in 2005 (probably at the behest of Syria) propelled Saad into politics. But during his own two turns as prime minister (from 2009 to 2011, and 2016 to the
2017-11-16 15:11 | Middle East and Africa, Approved, Middle East and Africa | Economist

Netanyahu threatens Iran again

Accusing Iran of plotting to destroy this Israel regime from Syria, Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this regime will stop at nothing to contain Iran, even if it has to act alone. Israel regime will stop at nothing to contain Iran, even if it has to act alone, the Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The PM accused Tehran of plotting to destroy Israeli regime from Syria, where it has been helping fight terrorists at the government’s invitation. “Iran
2017-11-16 15:11 | News | AbrarOnline

Syria army renews assault on last Daesh-held town: observatory

The Syrian army Thursday entered Albukamal, the last town in the country held by Daesh (ISIS), several days after the extremists recaptured it, a activist group said.
2017-11-16 14:11 | Middle East | DailyStar

French military say coalition opposed IS withdrawal from Raqqa

France’s military said on Thursday the coalition battling Islamic State in Syria had opposed a deal allowing fighters of the militant group to withdraw from their former bastion of Raqqa. The coalition had also been unable to launch air strikes against the fighters because they had mingled with civilians, French army spokesman Patrik Steiger said. … Continued The post French military say coalition opposed IS withdrawal from Raqqa appeared first on Egypt Independent .
2017-11-16 14:11 | Middle East, france, IS | EgyptIndependent