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OPCW visits site of Syria alleged chemical attack

The Russian Foreign Ministry said a special commission from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) left on Saturday morning for the site of the alleged gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma.
2018-04-21 15:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Syria: Chemical weapons inspectors are entering Douma, Russia says

Chemical weapons inspectors from the international watchdog are on their way to the site of an alleged gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, Russia has said.
2018-04-21 13:04 | News | Independent

Let's allow chemical weapons inspectors from the OPCW to do their jobs in Syria

As a participant in the negotiations that led to the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, Iran's ambassador to Britain says unilateral responses to the alleged gas attack in Douma are unhelpful. For an alternative view click here.
2018-04-21 13:04 | News | Independent

Syria: The defining issue of our generation

“We are here to protest against the bombing of Syria by Donald Trump and Theresa May,” said the placard waving young man sporting a ferocious beard.“Killing Muslims must be
2018-04-21 11:04 | News | AlArabiya

4,254 militants 'neutralized' in Afrin operation: Turkish military

The number of "neutralized" militants in Turkey's operation in northwestern Afrin, Syria has risen to 4,254, while 37 militants were also neutralized in operations over the past week in northern Iraq and eastern Turkey, the Turkish army said on April 21.
2018-04-21 10:04 | Turkey | Hurriyet

UN tries to restart Syria talks after regime advances

A week after US missile attacks on Syria, the conflict between the US and Russia appears to have calmed, but rebel enclaves continue to fall to the Assad regime as the UN pushes for peace talks.
2018-04-21 10:04 | News | Aljazeera

There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria

Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime’s brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there’s a lot about this that’s … Continue reading "There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria" The post There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our
2018-04-21 04:04 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Western strikes on Syria ‘a turning point’

Unprecedented Western strikes against regime targets in Syria yielded a lot of political chest-thumping but no hope that the seven-year war would end soon or even claim fewer civilian victims.
2018-04-21 00:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

US 'bombed' UN peace talks on Syria: Lavrov

The United States and its allies "bombed" UN-backed peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria when they ordered strikes on the country this month, Russia's foreign minister said Friday.
2018-04-20 21:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

France urges immediate access for Syria chemical inspectors

France urged the Syrian regime and its ally Moscow Friday to grant weapons inspectors immediate access to the site of an alleged chemical attack, accusing them of "obstruction" aimed at eroding the quality of the evidence.
2018-04-20 20:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Western powers amend UN draft resolution on Syria

France, the United States and Britain have amended a draft resolution on Syria, seeking UN Security Council support for a political and humanitarian response to the conflict that has so far met resistance from Russia.
2018-04-20 20:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Inspectors "to do their job" in Syria's Douma: UN envoy

The United Nations' Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Friday that the United Nations was pushing for inspectors for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to "do their job" in the Syrian town of Douma.
2018-04-20 18:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Western air strikes in Syria illegal: German parliament experts

The air strikes unleashed in Syria by Western allies in mid-April were a violation of international law, jurists at the German parliament said in a report Friday.
2018-04-20 17:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russia tells UN envoy US-led strikes hurt Syrian peace process: RIA

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday at a meeting in Moscow with United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura that U.S.-led air strikes in Syria had harmed the peace process, the RIA news agency reported.
2018-04-20 16:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russia, Syria trying to ‘sanitize’ chemical attack site

The U.S. has credible information that Russia and Syria are trying to “sanitize” the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, the State Department has said.
2018-04-20 14:04 | World | Hurriyet

Russia says hard to know if Syria's borders will remain as they are: Ifax

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday Russia did not know how the situation in Syria would evolve in terms of the country maintaining its territorial integrity, the Interfax news agency reported.
2018-04-20 11:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russia and Syria must let inspectors visit Douma: UK envoy

Britain's U.N. ambassador said Thursday the Russians and Syrians must uphold the promises they made to let chemical weapons inspectors visit the site of a suspected poisonous gas attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma - and "it should happen expeditiously."
2018-04-20 10:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

No reason not to supply S-300 missiles to Assad: Russia

U.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state news agency.
2018-04-20 09:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Will Arabs intervene militarily in Syria?

No matter what happens in Syria, can Russians and Iranians remain stuck to the idea that Assad should remain in power forever or that ‘it’s either Assad or nothing’, which are the
2018-04-20 04:04 | News | AlArabiya

Baghdad Drops Bombs on ISIS in Syria; Five Killed in Iraq

Iraqi forces crossed the Syrian border to launch airstrikes on ISIS targets. The post Baghdad Drops Bombs on ISIS in Syria; Five Killed in Iraq appeared first on Original .
2018-04-20 04:04 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

The Truth Behind the Bombardment of Syria

In 1998, al Qaeda killed 224 people when it attacked U.S. embassies in east Africa. In retaliation, President Bill Clinton ordered a missile strike against what he described as an al Qaeda nerve gas factory in Sudan. For years, he insisted that the attack had dealt a tough blow against terrorists. Turns out the chemical … Continue reading "The Truth Behind the Bombardment of Syria" The post The Truth Behind the Bombardment of Syria
2018-04-20 04:04 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Despite reports of accord, Syrian government bombs ISIS-held zones in Damascus

Earlier reports said Bashar Assad's regime reached a compromise with militants in areas around the capital, but warplanes bombard Hajr al-Aswad neighborhood and the Yarmouk Palestinian camp
2018-04-20 01:04 | News | Haaretz

Rebels in Syria’s south brace for onslaught

Rebels in southern Syria who were once backed by the United States fear a new offensive by President Bashar Assad’s forces, one that risks igniting a wider conflict.
2018-04-20 00:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

The Syrian government took control of a town northeast of Damascus Thursday after rebels evacuated to north Syria - the latest in a string of handovers by rebels to the government.
2018-04-19 22:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Countdown to Iran retaliation against Israel strike?

‘Where and how Tehran chooses to carry out its attack is still unclear… the choice will define what to expect for the future of Iranian and Israeli confrontations’
2018-04-19 22:04 | Asia Unhedged ,Israel-Iran conflict ,Syria | ATimes

Plea to repatriate Dutch children stuck in jihadist camps

The Netherlands must shoulder its responsibilities and bring home dozens of Dutch children left languishing in camps in Syria after their parents joined jihadist groups, the country's ombudswoman for children pleaded Thursday.
2018-04-19 21:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russia says British-made smoke grenades found in Syria

Russia said Thursday that Syrian government forces found German "chlorine containers" and British "smoke grenades" in the country's Eastern Ghouta, an ex-rebel enclave that was taken over by regime forces in April.
2018-04-19 18:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia hold 'anti-terrorism' meet

Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia held a meeting in Baghdad on Thursday of military and security officials to coordinate "anti-terrorism" efforts, the Iranian defense ministry said.
2018-04-19 17:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

FBI offers up to $1M for info on Austin Tice, U.S. reporter missing in Syria

Austin Tice, of Houston, disappeared in August 2012 while covering Syria's civil war. A video released a month later showed him blindfolded and held by armed men.
2018-04-19 16:04 | News | NewsDay

Russia says child witness shows Douma attack 'staged'

Russia said Thursday it would screen at the United Nations an interview with a child who it claims was made to pose as a victim of chemical weapons in Syria.
2018-04-19 15:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Iraq coordinated with Syrian government on anti-Daesh air strikes: military spokesman

Iraq's air strikes on Daesh (ISIS) positions in Syria Thursday were carried out in coordination with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters.
2018-04-19 14:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

U.N. security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire.
2018-04-19 13:04 | World | Hurriyet

Iraq says it carried out air raid against ISIL in Syria

The Iraqi air force on April 19 carried out a “deadly raid” against positions of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in neighboring Syria, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said.
2018-04-19 13:04 | World | Hurriyet

Surprise Daesh attack kills 25 regime forces in east Syria: Observatory

Daesh (ISIS) launched a surprise attack near a town in eastern Syria they had lost six months ago, killing at least 25 regime forces, a monitor said Thursday.
2018-04-19 12:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Turkish, Chinese presidents discuss Syria, ‘regional issues’ over phone

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping discussed Syria and regional issues by phone on April 19, state-run Anadolu Agency reported, citing a Turkish presidential source.
2018-04-19 12:04 | Turkey | Hurriyet

Top Russian, NATO generals to discuss Syria, Europe in Baku: TASS

Valery Gerasimov, the head of Russia's military general staff, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Curtis Scaparrotti will meet on Thursday in Azerbaijan to discuss Syria, the TASS news agency reported, citing the Russian defense ministry.
2018-04-19 11:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

UN envoy seeks relaunch of UN-led Syrian talks

A renewed UN-led diplomatic push is under way for a “meaningful relaunch” of intra-Syrian talks by Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, his office has announced.
2018-04-19 10:04 | News | IINA

Independence is being able to defend ourselves, Netanyahu says as Israel marks 70

The melancholic atmosphere of Memorial Day ended abruptly at sundown as Israel's 70th Independence Day celebrations began ■ President Rivlin thanks U.S. for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital
2018-04-19 09:04 | Benjamin Netanyahu ,Syria ,Iran | Haaretz

Future scenarios for the unfolding crisis in Syria

No sound is louder than that of the drums of war once they start beating. War neither compliments nor trusts anyone. It is one of the most rigorous expressions of conflict, opposing beliefs and the
2018-04-19 04:04 | News | AlArabiya

UN personnel fired upon in Douma

A U.N. security team came under fire in Syria while doing reconnaissance for inspectors to visit sites of a suspected chemical weapons attack, and officials said it was no longer clear when the inspectors would be able to go in.
2018-04-19 00:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Syria regime forces shell Damascus militant bastion

Syrian regime forces shelled the last pockets in Damascus controlled by the Islamic State group, preparing the ground for a possible assault on the jihadist stronghold, a monitor said Wednesday.
2018-04-18 20:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Turkey’s Erdogan hastens one-man rule after Syria victory

Surprise call for snap election comes as Ankara and Tehran consolidate positions in the region, all while America’s looming withdrawal leaves Israel with its back against the wall
2018-04-18 16:04 | Turkey ,Israel-Iran war ,Tayyip Erdogan | ATimes

Novo Nordisk and Red Cross team up to tackle chronic diseases in conflict zones

Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk and aid agency Red Cross have teamed up to try to improve the treatment of chronic diseases among the millions affected by conflicts and humanitarian crises in countries such as Syria and Yemen.
2018-04-18 13:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Trump fulfills Syria promise by showing what a ‘red line’ really means

US President Donald Trump did it and proved that he is not like his “soft,” if not to say the conspirator, predecessor Barack Obama. Trump has fulfilled his promise and showed what his
2018-04-18 12:04 | News | AlArabiya

How Obama's lawyers gave John Bolton the keys to Armageddon

Obama’s lawyers never thought Trump would be the next White House incumbent, or that it would be Bolton whispering in his ear. If they had, maybe they wouldn’t have corroded the U.S.’s commitment to following international law before launching military strikes abroad
2018-04-18 12:04 | Syria ,Donald Trump ,Iran US | Haaretz

How Obama's lawyers gave John Bolton the keys to Armageddon

Obama’s lawyers never thought Trump would be the next White House incumbent, or that it would be Bolton whispering in his ear. If they had, maybe they wouldn’t have corroded the U.S.’s commitment to following international law before launching military strikes abroad
2018-04-18 12:04 | Syria ,Donald Trump ,Iran US | Haaretz

Belgian firms ‘exported nerve agent precursor to Syria’

Three Belgian companies are facing prosecution for allegedly exporting a chemical that can be used to make the deadly nerve agent sarin to Syria, in breach of international sanctions, officials said on April 18.
2018-04-18 12:04 | World | Hurriyet

Saudi renews offer to deploy troops to Syria

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has reaffirmed the kingdom’s willingness to deploy troops to Syria as part of U.S.-led efforts to stabilize the conflict-torn country.
2018-04-18 12:04 | World | Hurriyet

Saudi Arabia ready to send troops to Syria

Saudi Arabia is ready, willing and able to deploy troops in support of any US-led effort to stabilize Syria, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir reaffirmed on Tuesday.
2018-04-18 12:04 | News | IINA

Syria live updates: Israel 'struck advanced Iranian air-defense system', not only attack drones

Syria blames false alarm on 'joint electronic attack' by Israel, U.S. ■ Erdogan, Rohani agree to maintain Turkey, Iran, Russia cooperation in Syria ■ Chemical arms inspectors enter Douma
2018-04-18 12:04 | Bashar Assad ,Donald Trump ,Syria | Haaretz