Aleppo's fall could tip the balance in Syria

| Nov 28, 2016

Aleppo's fall could tip the balance in Syria

President Bashar Assad is determined to retake Syria’s second city Aleppo to deal a decisive blow to the rebels ahead of a possible change in U.S. foreign policy, analysts say. Assad’s regime has in recent months been pressing a series of offensives to seize ...

Nov 13, 2016

Russian warship flotilla now off Syrian coast: military

A flotilla of Russian warships is now in the eastern Mediterranean off the Syrian coast after being sent to reinforce Russia’s military in the area, a naval commander said on state television. The commander of Russia’s flagship Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, Sergei Artamonov, said ...

Nov 12, 2016

Watchdog slams Syrian regime, Islamic State for chemical arms use

The executive body of the global chemical arms watchdog on Friday took the unprecedented step of condemning Syria and Islamic State jihadis for using toxic weapons, demanding increased inspections. The leading body of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons also voiced concern ...

Nov 2, 2016

Russia declares 10-hour Aleppo 'humanitarian pause' on Friday

President Vladimir Putin has ordered a 10-hour truce on Friday in the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, the Russian Defense ministry said. “A decision was made to introduce a ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo on November 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 19:00,” the chief of ...

U.S. says Syrian regime using starvation as 'weapon of war'

Oct 29, 2016

U.S. says Syrian regime using starvation as 'weapon of war'

The United States on Friday accused the Syrian regime of using “starvation as a weapon of war” — a war crime under the Geneva Conventions — stepping up the rhetoric against President Bashar Assad and his Russian backers. Rejecting the Kremlin’s claims that attacks ...