Assad visits Russian air base in rare sortie out of Damascus

Jun 28, 2017

Assad visits Russian air base in rare sortie out of Damascus

Syrian President Bashar Assad visited a Russian air base at Hmeymim in western Syria on Tuesday, his first visit to the base from which Russian jets have supported his war effort. Photos circulated showed the Syrian leader in the cockpit of a Russian Sukhoi ...

Syrian troops pound Daraa in 'de-escalation' zone after rebel attack

Jun 5, 2017

Syrian troops pound Daraa in 'de-escalation' zone after rebel attack

Syrian government forces pounded parts of the southern city of Daraa with airstrikes and artillery fire, activists reported Sunday, one day after rebels attacked government positions in the southern city. Much of Daraa has been reduced to rubble and the two sides are exchanging ...

Macron stands ground with Putin, hits Russia media's 'lying propaganda'

/ May 30, 2017

Macron stands ground with Putin, hits Russia media's 'lying propaganda'

Flexing his diplomatic muscles, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had “extremely frank” and “direct” talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and launched an extraordinary attack on two state-funded Russian media outlets he accused of spreading “lying propaganda” during France’s presidential campaign. ...