Putin has a Syria ‘headache’ and the Kremlin’s blaming Assad

World Apr 28, 2020

Putin has a Syria ‘headache’ and the Kremlin’s blaming Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin is letting his impatience show with Syrian ally Bashar Assad, who isn’t proving as grateful for being kept in power by Russian intervention in his country’s brutal civil war as the Kremlin leader needs him to be. Consumed at home by ...

Watchdog blames Syria for chemical weapons attacks

World / Crime & Legal Apr 9, 2020

Watchdog blames Syria for chemical weapons attacks

The global chemical weapons watchdog explicitly blamed Syria for toxic attacks for the first time Wednesday, saying President Bashar Assad's air force used the nerve gas sarin and chlorine three times in 2017. The findings came in the first report from a new investigative team ...

Syria's brutal civil war enters 10th year

World Mar 15, 2020

Syria's brutal civil war enters 10th year

by Tony Gamal-Gabriel

Syria's brutal conflict entered its 10th year Sunday with President Bashar Assad's regime having consolidated its hold over the war-wracked country with a decimated economy where foreign powers flex their muscle. When Syrians took to the streets on March 15, 2011, they could scarcely have ...

For Putin, victory in Syria is personal as well as political

World | FOCUS Mar 5, 2020

For Putin, victory in Syria is personal as well as political

When Turkey's president visited Russia last summer, the sun shone as he shared ice cream and admired fighter jets with a friendly President Vladimir Putin. But ahead of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Moscow on Thursday, clouds have gathered, with the pair in a standoff ...

Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib

World Feb 27, 2020

Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed Turkey would not take the "smallest step back" in an escalating stand-off with Damascus and Russia over the northern Syrian region of Idlib. Meanwhile, a meeting between Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, is expected to take ...

Turkey and Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

World Feb 13, 2020

Turkey and Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

Turkey's president accused Russia of committing "massacres" in its support of the Syrian government on Wednesday, escalating a war of words as more Turkish reinforcements arrived on the ground. Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to strike Syrian regime forces "everywhere" if its soldiers come under renewed ...

Israel hits Iran-backed posts in Syria, killing 23

World Feb 7, 2020

Israel hits Iran-backed posts in Syria, killing 23

Israeli airstrikes killed 23 Syrian and foreign fighters in Syria Thursday, a monitor said, the latest in a spate of raids Israel has said targeted an Iranian presence on its doorstep. Israel has pledged to prevent its main enemy from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, ...