Russia warns U.S. after Syrian warplane downed

Jun 19, 2017

Russia warns U.S. after Syrian warplane downed

Russia on Monday warned it would track U.S.-led coalition aircraft in central Syria as “targets” and halted an incident-prevention hotline with Washington after American forces downed a Syrian jet. Moscow has only once before suspended the hotline, which was established in October 2015 to ...

Mosul siege, airstrikes 'degrade IS chemical arms capabilities'

Jun 13, 2017

Mosul siege, airstrikes 'degrade IS chemical arms capabilities'

The siege of Mosul and targeted killings of chemical weapons experts in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have significantly degraded the Islamic State’s production capability, although the group likely retains expertise to produce small batches of sulfur mustard and chlorine agents, a London-based analysis group said ...

Syria denies rumors Assad, 51, in critical condition

Jan 31, 2017

Syria denies rumors Assad, 51, in critical condition

The Syrian government has denied rumors that President Bashar Assad is suffering from ill health, saying he was “carrying out his duties quite normally. Speculation swirled in recent days on social media and Arab news websites saying Assad, 51, was in critical condition, citing ...

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Bypassing Obama, Russia reportedly invites Trump team to Syria talks

Russia has invited Donald Trump’s incoming administration to attend Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan, The Washington Post reported Friday, bypassing the Obama administration, which has been notably absent from the process. Turkey, which is co-hosting the talks with Russia, has said Washington would be ...

Aleppo girl whose tweets captured world attention evacuated

Dec 20, 2016

Aleppo girl whose tweets captured world attention evacuated

Seven-year-old Bana Alabed, whose Twitter account has offered a tragic account of the war in Syria, was evacuated from the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday and was set to be brought into Turkey, Turkish officials and aid workers said. The young Syrian ...

U.S. accuses Russia of political hacking, war crimes in Syria

Oct 8, 2016

U.S. accuses Russia of political hacking, war crimes in Syria

The U.S. bluntly accused Russia on Friday of hacking American political sites and email accounts in an effort to interfere with the upcoming presidential election. In a one-two punch, the United States also directly accused Russia of war crimes in Syria. Moscow dismissed the ...