U.N. cites 'notable trend' of people returning home in Syria

Jul 1, 2017

U.N. cites 'notable trend' of people returning home in Syria

Nearly a half-million people who were displaced within Syria by the war have returned to their homes, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday, pointing to a “notable trend of spontaneous returns” this year.UNHCR says aid agencies estimate that more than 440,000 internally displaced people ...

Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria

Jun 30, 2017

Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria

An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, but a report released Friday stopped short of saying who was responsible.The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib ...

U.S.-backed forces seize last route to complete siege of Raqqa

Jun 30, 2017

U.S.-backed forces seize last route to complete siege of Raqqa

U.S.-backed fighters have seized the last road into Raqqa and are moving eastward along the river south of the city, almost completing the siege on the militants’ de-facto capital, U.S. officials and a Syria war monitor said Thursday.A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition told ...

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 Monday ...

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 SU-35 ...

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 boss ...