Syria Crisis - Special Reports

Iran highlights Qods Force commander killed by the Islamic State

Iran has divulged more details about a senior officer from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Qods Force who was killed in Syria last month. The 32-year old Col Morteza Hosseinpour-Shalmani (AKA Hossein Qomi) died afteran Islamic State ambush near Jamouna, which is about 37 miles northeast of the US base of Tanf by the Iraqi border in eastern Syria. The operations commander of the Iranian-led Iraqi contingent in Syria, he was leading a unit of Seyyed al Shuhada Brigades
2017-09-21 00:09 | Feature Articles, Long War Journal, IRGC | LongWarJournal

Mines hold up Iraqi advance against Daesh in western desert

Mines and other ordnance buried by extremists are slowing an advance by Iraqi forces in the country's western desert bordering Syria against one of the Daesh (ISIS) last outposts.
2017-09-20 19:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russia's air force killed 850 Syria militants in last 24 hours: Interfax

Russia's air force has killed about 850 militants in Syria's zone of de-escalation in Idlib in the last 24 hours, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.
2017-09-20 18:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Why The Race To Oust ISIS From Deir Ez-Zor In Syria May Present New Dangers

Syrian troops and allied militias are locked in a race against U.S.-backed rebels for control of an oil-rich province that will give whoever governs it greater influence in the country's civil war.
2017-09-20 17:09 | News | NPR

Iran nuclear deal must change if U.S. to stay – Tillerson

The Iran nuclear deal must be changed if the United States is to remain in it, the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday, suggesting its key limits on the Iranian nuclear program must be extended. Making his debut appearance at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump accused Iran of exporting “violence, bloodshed and chaos” and of seeking to project its influence in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere in a region rife with sectarian conflicts between Sunni and
2017-09-20 15:09 | News | AbrarOnline

7 Dead in Unidentified Syrian Airstrike

At least seven civilians were killed on Tuesday when warplanes struck residential parts of Syria’s Idlib and Hama provinces. In the northwestern Idlib province, the strikes targeted the towns of Kafr Nabl and Khan Shaykhoun and the villages of Habeet and Ter Mella. And in the west-central Hama province, warplanes struck the town of Maarat al-Numan and the villages of Latamne, Kafr Zeta and Al-Sayyad.
2017-09-20 14:09 | NEWS, Conflict in Syria, Syria | AlBawaba

Lebanon Rejects Trump's Proposal to Settle Syrian Refugees in Region

After calls voiced by US President Donald Trump for seeking an approach for refugees settlement in their home region, Lebanon's parliament rejected on Wednesday the approach assuring that “there will be no settlement for refugees in Lebanon.” “In the name of lawmakers, and according to Lebanon's constitution, Lebanon's land is one for all the Lebanese and 'there shall be ... no settlement of non-Lebanese in Lebanon'” Speaker Nabih Berri said after a parliament meeting in Nejmeh Square.
2017-09-20 12:09 | NEWS, Lebanon and Syria, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

'Deadly air strikes' target hospitals in Syria's Idlib

War monitor says Syrian and Russian jets struck four facilities, including maternity hospital, in retaliatory assault.
2017-09-20 12:09 | News | Aljazeera

UK Drone Stops ISIS Public Execution 2,000 Miles Away (Video)

This is the moment an RAF drone stopped a public execution staged by Islamic State with a single Hellfire missile. Astonishing footage released for the first time shows crowds of civilians being forced at gunpoint to gather in a Syrian town to watch an execution.    
2017-09-20 10:09 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

Snapchat: Al-Qaeda's Propaganda App

  Jabhat Fateh al-Sham stated that they use Snapchat for broadcasting their messages and religious beliefs. The mobile application is allegedly used by Syrian rebels to buy and sell arms. Members of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham deny using the application to recruit Westerners. The application can potentially reveal its users' locations and relay the information to the U.S.  
2017-09-20 07:09 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Syria | AlBawaba

Militants launch wide attack near Hama

Militants launched an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria near Hama Tuesday in their biggest attack there since March, triggering airstrikes on rebel territory.
2017-09-20 00:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

War Profiteers Are Creating Economic Misery in Syria

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2017-09-19 19:09 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

Trump Administration Doesn't Want to Hear About Benefits of Welcoming Refugees

Julia Conley, staff writer At the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Donald Trump pushed back against the United Nations' appeals to resettle refugees displaced by the civil war in Syria and other conflicts, saying in his speech, "For the cost of settling one refugee in the U.S., we could support ten in their home country." But according to a New York Times report, the White House suppressed research demonstrating that
2017-09-19 16:09 | News | CommonDreams

Israeli Missile Intercepts ‘Hezbollah-Controlled’ Drone (Video)

  An Israeli missile intercepted a drone reportedly controlled by Hezbollah The IDF claims that the drone came from Damascus International Airport The drone had not yet crossed into Israeli territory Israel is increasingly concerned about Hezbollah and Iran in Syria  
2017-09-19 15:09 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Israel | AlBawaba

Syrians Are Ready to Accept Bashar al-Assad as President

The war-weary country isn’t enthusiastic about its president, but desperate for a return to normalcy.
2017-09-19 13:09 | Dispatch, Middle East, Syria | ForeignPolicy

Syrians Are Ready to Accept Bashar al-Assad as President

The war-weary country isn’t enthusiastic about its president, but desperate for a return to normalcy.
2017-09-19 13:09 | Dispatch, Middle East, Syria | ForeignPolicy

Police deploy in Iraqi oil city as tensions rise ahead of independence vote

Police deployed overnight in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk to prevent any outbreak of ethnic violence ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence, local residents said. The Kurdish region plans to go ahead with the Sept. 25 vote despite Baghdad’s warning it is “playing with fire” and U.S. declarations it could undermine the fight against Islamic State forces. The referendum, though, could raise particular tensions in Kirkuk, where Kurds vie with Turkmen and Arabs for power. Kurdish security
2017-09-19 11:09 | News | AbrarOnline

Islamic State families moved to site north of Mosul, Iraq confirms

About 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants have been moved to a new site north of Mosul, Iraqi authorities confirmed on Monday, dismissing the concerns of aid organizations, who were not warned about the move. “They were transported to a safe location with better services, in Tal Keif, under the supervision of the Iraqi forces and specialised committees,” said an Iraqi military statement. Foreign aid officials in Iraq said on Sunday they were “gravely concerned” about
2017-09-19 11:09 | News | AbrarOnline

Militants attack Syrian govt areas near Hama

Insurgent groups launched a big attack on government-held areas in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a media outlet run by Hezbollah reported
2017-09-19 09:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Australia announce preliminary squad for World Cup qualifying playoff against Syria

Forgotten striker Nikita Rukavytsya has been included in Australia's preliminary 30-man squad for the make-or-break World Cup qualifying playoff against Syria. The 30-year-old has scored four goals in seven games for Israeli top-flight side Maccabi Haifa and could get the chance to add to his 13 caps - with his last appearance coming in a friendly against Canada in 2013.
2017-09-19 05:09 | Sport, Football, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

More Syria troops cross Euphrates, close to U.S.-backed forces

Syrian troops crossed to the eastern side of the Euphrates River in Deir al-Zor Monday, state media and an activist group reported, increasing their presence in an area where U.S.-backed forces have also advanced.
2017-09-19 00:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

U.S. Bombs Falling in Record Numbers In Three Countries

Trump’s looser authorities for airstrikes have unleashed huge increases in ordnance in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
2017-09-18 23:09 | The Cable, al Qaeda, ISIS | ForeignPolicy

Member States' Adherence to Treaties Strengthens Nuclear Safety and Security

Three countries took key actions today to strengthen nuclear safety and security. On the margins of the IAEA General Conference, Bolivia, Monaco and Syria each deposited a legal document related to treaties under the IAEA’s auspices.
2017-09-18 20:09 | News | IAEA

Oxfam Has Made Refugees Welcome... at Trump's Childhood Home

Andrea Germanos, staff writer When can an Airbnb rental make a commentary about the U.S. president's anti-refugee rhetoric and actions and implore world leaders to do more to address the unprecedented crisis ? When the property is President Donald Trump's boyhood home in Queens, New York, and Oxfam is using it to spotlight the journeys four refugees from Syria, Somalia, and Vietnam have faced.
2017-09-18 19:09 | News | CommonDreams

Syria war crimes investigator blasts impunity in farewell speech

Outgoing Syria war crimes investigator Carla Del Ponte said on Monday she had quit her post out of frustration over "total impunity", in a fiery farewell speech
2017-09-18 17:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

U.S. and Russia Discuss Deconflicting Syria at UN General Assembly

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov met on Sunday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and discussed civil war-torn Syria. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that Tillerson and Lavrov “recommitted to deconflicting military operations in Syria, reducing the violence and creating the conditions for the Geneva process to move forward...”
2017-09-18 09:09 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

Six major humanitarian challenges confronting the UN General Assembly

Hype over what President Donald Trump may or may not say dominated the media build-up to this week’s UN General Assembly. However, US funding cuts and the apparent absence of American authority on key global issues weigh more heavily over world leaders beset by a host of daunting humanitarian challenges.   It’s the first UNGA since Trump was elected president. He’ll make his debut on Monday in hosting a meeting on UN reform, ahead of his maiden speech
2017-09-18 09:09 | News | IrinNews

Turkey sends tanks, equipment to Syria border

Turkey sent 80 military vehicles including tanks to its southwestern border with Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Sunday.
2017-09-18 00:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Turkey deploys 80 military vehicles near Syrian border

Deployment comes after Russia, Turkey, and Iran agreed to send 'de-escalation' forces to Syria in the coming weeks.
2017-09-17 20:09 | News | Aljazeera

Barcelona Attacks: India Has Cause For Disquiet – Analysis

By Prabha Rao* Mohammad Adnani, the erstwhile spokesman of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Tunisian cleric
2017-09-17 04:09 | 1, Analysis, India | EurasiaReview

Pentagon: Russia knowingly hit US-backed SDF in Syria

Russia denies targeting alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters in Deir Az Zor as both sides battle ISIL in the province.
2017-09-16 19:09 | News | Aljazeera

Iraq announces offensive on Daesh in Syria border area

Iraqi armed forces said on Saturday they had started an offensive to dislodge Daesh from an area on the border with Syria south of the Euphrates river.
2017-09-16 12:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Iraq Launches Anti-ISIS Offensive Near Syria Border

Iraq has launched a new offensive towards the Syria border, where some of the country's last remaining Islamic State group fighters are making a last stand. Pro-Baghdad forces have advanced towards the IS-held town of al-Akashat, which lies close to the Syria border. Troops are then expected to make a final sweep along the Euphrates River, where some of the last IS fighters remain. The area around Akashat in Iraq's Anbar province is a pivotal logistics
2017-09-16 11:09 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Iraq | AlBawaba

Iraqi forces attack ISIL in Akashat near Syria border

Offensive in Akashat, which is supported by US-led air alliance, aims to tighten Iraq's hold on its border with Syria.
2017-09-16 11:09 | News | Aljazeera

Clashes Between Regime, SDF Anticipated in Syria’s Deir Ezzor as Threats Exchanged

US-backed Syrian fighters say they will not allow regime forces to cross the Euphrates River, in a statement that appears to further entrench Kurdish separatist power in the north of the country. Syrian Democratic Forces commander Ahmed Abu Khawla said his fighters will respond to "regime provocations", after pro-Assad fighters reportedly fired shots across the Euphrates River.
2017-09-16 10:09 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Syria | AlBawaba

It’s ‘Berlin 1945’: Russia, U.S. race for last corner of Syria

A few kilometers apart in the Euphrates River valley, Russia and the United States are fighting separate military campaigns against Daesh (ISIS) – and an underlying strategic battle with each other, the outcome of which could reshape the Middle East.
2017-09-16 00:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

U.S.-backed forces set red line for Assad in Syria’s east

U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to recover eastern Syria, setting a red line for President Bashar Assad as both sides converge on Daesh (ISIS) in Deir al-Zor, their commander said.
2017-09-16 00:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russia, Iran, Turkey strike deal to police Idlib ‘safe zone’ in Syria

Russia, Iran and Turkey struck a deal Friday to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria’s Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict in the country.
2017-09-16 00:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russia: Syria gov't forces now on east bank of Euphrates river

Advance units of the Syrian government army have crossed the Euphrates river and taken up position on the eastern bank, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Friday
2017-09-15 20:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

It’s Time For a New Syria Peace Process

The United States could decide to keep up the charade in Geneva, but if we want to see greater stability in the years ahead, we need to change course.
2017-09-15 18:09 | Shadow Government, assad, Middle East | ForeignPolicy

Final De-Escalation Zone Agreed at Syrian Peace Talks

The parties at the Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan have agreed the boundaries of the final de-escalation zone, Turkish and Russian diplomatic officials said Friday. Officials from Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed the borders of the zone in the northern province of Idlib and are negotiating over which monitors will be deployed, the officials said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media. Idlib is the main opposition-held area in Syria. The
2017-09-15 17:09 | NEWS, Behind the News, Syria | AlBawaba

Assad forces advance against ISIL in central Syria

Syrian troops have been on the offensive against ISIL in central Syria for weeks under the cover of Russian air attack.
2017-09-15 16:09 | News | Aljazeera

Daesh keeps 'solid' web support despite setbacks: Europol

Despite setbacks on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq Daesh (ISIS) retains a "solid base of dedicated supporters" online, Europe's policing agency warned Friday.
2017-09-15 16:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Russia, Turkey, Iran agree on Syria de-escalation zones

Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to set up de-escalation zones in Syria for six months, negotiators for the three nations said in a joint statement Friday after talks in Kazakhstan.
2017-09-15 12:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Clashes between troops and Daesh intensify in central Syria

An observer group says intense clashes are ongoing in the Syrian central province of Hama between pro-government forces and members of Deash (ISIS).
2017-09-15 12:09 | Middle East | DailyStar

Turkey, Russia, Iran agree on Idlib safe zone

Turkey, Russia and Iran have concluded months-long discussions after agreeing to set up de-escalation zones in four different regions of Syria
2017-09-15 11:09 | News | Hurriyet

HRW: School Donations for Syrian Refugees Missing

Efforts to meet the educational needs of Syrian child refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are being strained, with millions of dollars in schooling-related aid unaccounted for, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
2017-09-15 07:09 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Syria | AlBawaba

Have We Been Deceived Over Syrian Sarin Attack? Scrutinizing the Evidence in an Incident Trump Used to Justify Bombing Syria

The United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria issued a report this September that reinforced the official narrative that the Syrian air force dropped a bomb containing nerve gas sarin on the insurgent-controlled town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria on April 4. That conclusion comes several weeks after the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical … Continue reading "Have We Been Deceived Over Syrian Sarin Attack? Scrutinizing the Evidence in an Incident Trump Used to Justify Bombing Syria"
2017-09-15 04:09 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Serbian Mortars Traced To Banned Kurdish Militia

Former US President Obama vowed not to arm Kurdish groups in Syria to appease Turkey, but reporters have traced Serbian
2017-09-15 03:09 | 1, World News, Kurds | EurasiaReview

Russia ‘very close’ to fourth Syria safe zone

Russia’s envoy for Syria said Thursday that an agreement was very close on a fourth safe zone in the country as a new round of talks began in Kazakhstan on ending the 6-year-old war.
2017-09-15 00:09 | Middle East | DailyStar