Syria Crisis - Special Reports

New IHS Jane’s Study: Overthrow Assad And ISIS Comes Out On Top – OpEd

President Trump’s about-face on Syria has left many of his supporters reeling. Repeatedly on the campaign trail — and over
2017-04-26 03:04 | 1, Opinion, Bashar Assad | EurasiaReview

Turkey condemned for strikes in Iraq, Syria

Turkish warplanes struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq and Syria Tuesday, drawing condemnation from Baghdad and criticism from the U.S.-led coalition fighting Daesh (ISIS), which is allied with Kurdish factions in both countries.
2017-04-26 00:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Turkey targets Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria

At least 70 killed in Iraq and Syria, Turkish officials say, in blow against Kurdish forces battling ISIL in the region.
2017-04-25 21:04 | News | Aljazeera

Turkish strike on Kurds raises US concerns

The Turkish planes bombed Kurdish fighters in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria on Tuesday, killing at least 20.
2017-04-25 19:04 | News | TheAge

Members of Congress Demand Trump Provide Legal Justification for Syria Attack

Two Democrats want to hear some sort of attempt at legal justification beyond off-the-cuff remarks from administration officials. The post Members of Congress Demand Trump Provide Legal Justification for Syria Attack appeared first on The Intercept .
2017-04-25 19:04 | Unofficial Sources | TheIntercept

Turkish jets bomb U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq

Turkish military jets carried out strikes against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq and northeast Syria, killing at least 70 people
2017-04-25 18:04 | News | UPI

UN expresses concern over safety of 400,000 people in Raqqa

The UN expressed deep concern for the safety and protection of over 400,000 people in Raqqa, in Syria.
2017-04-25 13:04 | News | IINA

Air strikes kill civilians fleeing Syria's Raqqa

At least 11 people killed while fleeing fighting between US-backed forces and ISIL in Tabqa, witnesses and monitor say.
2017-04-25 11:04 | News | Aljazeera

Hezbollah sanctions hurt the whole of Lebanon, warns President

President Michel Aoun Monday warned that new United States sanctions targeting Hezbollah and its affiliates would "harm all of Lebanon." "It [sanctions] would not complement the current Lebanese-American relations," Aoun said during a meeting with a delegation from the Washington D.C.-based non-profit, the American Task Force for Lebanon.
2017-04-25 11:04 | NEWS, Lebanon and Syria, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

Fleeing Syrian family killed by apparent US airstrike

An airstrike killed eight family members , five of them children, as they fled fighting between US-allied Syrian forces and Islamic State militants on Monday, according to local activists, who said the strike appeared to have been launched by the  US-led coalition .
2017-04-25 09:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

The Madder Trump Gets, the More Seriously the World Takes Him

The more dangerous America’s crackpot President becomes, the saner the world believes him to be. Just look back at the initial half of his first 100 days: the crazed tweeting, the lies, the fantasies and self-regard of this misogynist leader of the Western world appalled all of us. But the moment he went to war in Yemen, fired missiles at Syria and bombed Afghanistan, even the US media Trump had so ferociously condemned began to treat him with respect. And
2017-04-25 08:04 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

Usually Outclassed by China, India Scores a Few Points

While international attention has been preoccupied with Donald Trump and his reactions to North Korea’s nuclear capability and the war in Syria, India and China have been provocatively needling each other over their long-running and potentially explosive border dispute in the Himalayan mountains. The world need not worry however because, instead of nuclear strikes or […] The post Usually Outclassed by China, India Scores a Few Points appeared first on Asia Sentinel .
2017-04-25 06:04 | Headline, India, Politics | AsiaSentinel

Is Mad Dog Planning To Invade East Syria? – OpEd

The Pentagon’s plan for seizing and occupying territory in east Syria is beginning to take shape. According to a Fox
2017-04-25 05:04 | 1, Opinion, Middle East | EurasiaReview

Foreign Experts Say US Air Strikes In Syria Violate American Constitution And UN Charter – OpEd

International experts and politicians continue to discuss situation around the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR), complicated after the US accused Syrian
2017-04-25 04:04 | 1, Opinion, Human Rights | EurasiaReview

UN chief: Forced evacuation of Syrians may be a war crime

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that the forced movement of civilians in Syria may be a war crime, as one of the largest population transfers in the country's six-year civil war is taking place.
2017-04-24 21:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

U.S. Treasury brings sanctions against Syria for sarin gas attack

The financial intelligence arm of the U.S. Treasury announced sanctions Monday against Syria related to a deadly chemical attack this month.
2017-04-24 19:04 | News | UPI

U.S. Announces Sanctions On 271 Syrians Over April 4 Chemical Attack

The blacklisted people work on weapons development for Syria, the administration says. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the sanctions "target the scientific support center" for the attack.
2017-04-24 19:04 | News | NPR

Syria gas attack: 'We found bodies all over the floor'

Survivors and aid workers share their stories of horror and shock after suspected chemical attack in Syria.
2017-04-24 18:04 | News | Aljazeera

US sanctions Syria officials over sarin gas attack

Sanctions imposed on 271 Syrian officials in response to sarin gas attack, blamed by US on Assad's government.
2017-04-24 18:04 | News | Aljazeera

Has Trump pulled the trigger for World War III?

World nation states instantly took on alignments accordingly as they favored or protested the 59 United States Tomahawk target strikes at the Shayrat airfield in Syria last week. This necessarily raised speculations that World War III is breaking out. In yesterday’s column, I touched on fears having already heightened over this concern by the dropping […]
2017-04-24 17:04 | Headlines | IPSnews

US-backed forces enter major ISIS-held Syria town

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces penetrated the ISIS bastion of Tabqa in northern Syria Monday, overrunning territory in the town's south, activists said.
2017-04-24 17:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

The perils of impulsive promises for justice in Syria

The chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun earlier this month has led to renewed calls for members of the Assad regime to face justice. Boris Johnson and Jean-Marc Ayrault recently wrote in The Guardian, for example, "there will be no impunity." But promises by the international community to pursue justice in…
2017-04-24 16:04 | News | Brookings

Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri calls for 'guerrilla war' in Syria

Online audio message by Zawahiri calls on opposition to prepare for 'long war against Crusaders and their Shia allies'.
2017-04-24 14:04 | News | Aljazeera

Turkey plans to repair dozens of mosques in Syria

Turkey’s Diyanet Foundation plans to repair dozens of mosques in Syria that were heavily damaged in the ongoing war.
2017-04-24 12:04 | News | IINA

Al-Qaeda leader tells fighters to prepare for long Syria war

The leader of al-Qaeda urged his followers and all militants in Syria to unite ranks and prepare for protracted war, in a recording released Sunday night
2017-04-24 12:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Morocco and Algeria play politics with desperate Syrian refugees

Morocco  and Algeria have summoned their respective envoys after dozens of  Syrian  refugees attempted to "illegally enter" the kingdom from Algeria, the ministry of foreign affairs said on
2017-04-24 12:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

Instead of empty talk about ‘transition,’ let the Syrian people have a say

A frequent refrain from all parties to the conflict in Syria - whether it is the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson or President Assad himself - is that it is for Syrians to determine the future of Syria .Nobody can argue with this preposition in principle but it hides a more complex utility that sets the horizon for where the country is going. 
2017-04-24 09:04 | NEWS, Opinions and Editorials, Syria | AlBawaba

Cement multinational CEO resigns after Syria deals

The top executive of LafargeHolcim announced Monday that he will resign, citing "strong tensions" facing the Swiss-French cement maker since its admission last month that it had struck deals with armed groups in Syria - allegedly including the extremist ISIS
2017-04-24 09:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Is Mad Dog Planning to Invade East Syria?

The US Special Operation Forces, the UK Special Operation Forces and units from some other countries -have been conducting operations across the Syrian-Jordanian border for a long time. They even had a secret military facility inside Syria where members the so-called New Syrian Army militant group were deployed. However, it was the first time when a notable number of US armoured vehicles was reported there. The US Ro-Ro ship Liberty Passion, loaded with vehicles, had arrived to the Jordanian port
2017-04-24 09:04 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

We Just Paid our Taxes — are They Making the U.S. and the World Safer?

While we don’t know how much President Donald Trump paid in taxes this year, or even if he paid any at all, most of the rest of us just filed with the IRS. With Trump’s escalation of U.S. military strikes in Syria (while he ate chocolate cake with China’s President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago) and More
2017-04-24 08:04 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Former British ambassador exposed as working for Assad

Britain's former ambassador to Syria who  defended President Bashar al-Assad  had already accepted a senior position in a lobby group run by the dictator's father-in-law, 
2017-04-24 08:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

Trump: Putin's best frenemy, part 2

Why were the Russian anti-missile systems silent during the US strikes on al-Shayrat airfield in Syria?
2017-04-24 07:04 | News | Aljazeera

US ‘Deep State’ Sold Out Counter-Terrorism To Keep Itself in Business

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to ”back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria”. The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would […]
2017-04-24 06:04 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Syria: Putin One Of Most Popular Baby Names

Syrian parents are naming their children after the Russian President as a sign of gratitude, while millions of students, including
2017-04-24 03:04 | 1, Entertainment, Pediatrics | EurasiaReview

How Islamic State Disseminates Propaganda Over The Internet – Analysis

By Lorand Bodo, M.A. and Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.* As ISIS is rapidly losing its territory in Syria and Iraq they
2017-04-24 03:04 | 1, Analysis, Technology | EurasiaReview

Chinese hard-line militants’ rise in Syria raises concerns at home

Many don’t speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little-known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s northern regions.
2017-04-24 00:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Israeli attack on Syria military camp kills three

An Israeli attack against a military base for the Syrian pro-government National Defense Forces in southern Syria killed three NDF members Sunday, the NDF and an activist group said.
2017-04-24 00:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Ayman al Zawahiri warns against ‘nationalist’ agenda in Syria

In a new audio message, Ayman al Zawahiri warns jihadists that they should avoid a strictly "nationalist" agenda in Syria. He also says the jihadists should focus on waging a "guerrilla" war inside Syria and not place too much emphasis on controlling territory at this time. Zawahiri's words are likely intended to influence some of the debates occurring within jihadist circles.
2017-04-23 15:04 | Feature Articles, Long War Journal, Abu Muhammad al Julani | LongWarJournal

LafargeHolcim CEO to step down over Syria investigation: source

ZURICH (Reuters) - LafargeHolcim is close to announcing that its chief executive Eric Olsen is to step down following an internal investigation into activities at a former Lafarge cement plant in Syria, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
2017-04-23 13:04 | businessNews | Reuters

Lebanon’s Jumblatt proposes hybrid electoral law to halt political crisis

The Head of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt presented on Saturday a new parliamentary electoral law in a bid to end the ongoing crisis over the issue. The new hybrid law is a combination of the proportional representation and winner-takes-all system. At a time when the majority of political powers took their time in reviewing the new law, “Hezbollah” renewed its commitment to the proportional representation law.
2017-04-23 13:04 | NEWS, Lebanon and Syria, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

Labour leader Corbyn says could suspend Syria air strikes if elected

The leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday he could suspend British involvement in air strikes against Syria if he was elected prime minister at a June 8 election. The veteran peace campaigner, whose Labour Party is around 20 points behind the ruling Conservatives in opinion polls, set out his position on a range of security and foreign policies, saying he would look again at Britain's nuclear deterrent and was against using nuclear weapons.
2017-04-23 12:04 | News | EgyptIndependent

Nearly 100 Days In, Trump Voter In One Rust Belt County Shares Concerns

Jamie Ruppert of Pennsylvania supports President Trump, but says she'd give his first few months in office a B- or C+. He "stepped up" for the people of Syria, she says, but failed at health care.
2017-04-23 11:04 | News | NPR

US defense secretary Mattis talks Syria chemical attack, Iran deal during visit to Israel

US Defense Secretary James Mattis claims Syria has retained chemical weapons , despite a 2013 agreement to hand them over to the international community. “The bottom line is, I can say authoritatively that they have retained some [chemical weapons]. It’s a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions,” he told a press conference.
2017-04-23 10:04 | NEWS, Conflict with Israel, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

Deadly Israeli strikes target Syria's Quneitra province

Deaths of fighters reported as government positions in Golan Heights are targeted for second time in recent days.
2017-04-23 07:04 | News | Aljazeera

Analysis: Qatar’s ill-timed hostage deal increases pressure on Washington

Qatar recently secured the release of Qatari hostages, including members of the royal family. But its diplomatic victory was marred by reports that a multi-million dollar ransom was paid to a US-designated terrorist group and al Qaeda's joint venture in Syria.
2017-04-22 12:04 | Feature Articles, Long War Journal, Ahrar al Sham | LongWarJournal

Russian FM presses US's Tillerson over Syria probe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voiced "regret" in a phone call with his U.S. counterpart Friday at Washington's opposition to a Moscow-backed plan to investigate an alleged chemical attack in Syria
2017-04-22 09:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

US Secretary of Defense: Syria still in possession of chemical weapons

US Secretary of Defense  James Mattis on Friday said there was "no longer any doubt" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime still has chemical weapons.
2017-04-22 05:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

How a suicide bomber’s will kept his toddlers ‘fighting for IS’ in Syria

KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 ― Two toddlers, aged three and one, are staying in strife-torn Syria after their Islamic State (IS) jihadist father left a will for them to carry on his fight before he blew himself up as a suicide bomber, Channel News...
2017-04-22 03:04 | News | TheMalaymailOnline

How did al-Qaeda know in advance about the Syrian air strike?

There is an anomaly among the evidence that the Syrian chemical weapons attack at Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on April 4, 2017 was a “false flag” operation, designed to provoke a US attack on Syria. The evidence is otherwise quite strong, as put forth by former Pentagon consultant and MIT professor Theodore Postol in […]
2017-04-22 02:04 | Barack Obama, Chemical weapons, Donald Trump | DissidentVoice

Top Islamic State associate, Turkey plotter killed in U.S. raid in Syria

The Pentagon said a U.S.-led military operation in Syria this month killed a top Islamic State associate who was involved in planning a deadly attack in Turkey.
2017-04-21 22:04 | News | UPI