Assad regime taking U.S. retaliation threat seriously, Mattis says

Jun 29, 2017

Assad regime taking U.S. retaliation threat seriously, Mattis says

Syria’s government is taking seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Brussels, Mattis noted there has been no such attack since the White House issued a surprise statement ...

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 ...

Jun 24, 2017

CIA boss held secret talks with Syrian spy chief: report

The CIA’s director held a secret negotiation with Syria’s intelligence chief earlier this year as part of an effort to free an American journalist taken hostage in the Arab country five years ago, The New York Times reported Friday. The phone conversation between CIA ...