Syrian government artillery pounds south Idlib amid truce: rescuers

World Sep 16, 2019

Syrian government artillery pounds south Idlib amid truce: rescuers

Syrian troops shelled the south of Idlib on Sunday, according to rescuers and residents in the rebel stronghold where a cease-fire had halted a fierce army offensive two weeks ago. Artillery fire battered Maarat al-Numan town and nearby villages in the south Idlib countryside over ...

Amid regional tensions, U.S. warship makes brief goodwill visit to Beirut

World Sep 15, 2019

Amid regional tensions, U.S. warship makes brief goodwill visit to Beirut

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Ramage docked briefly in Lebanon, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut said Sunday, amid heightened regional tensions. The Arleigh-Burke-class vessel, capable of intercepting ballistic missiles, stopped Saturday for a "one-day goodwill visit on the sidelines of its participation in ongoing efforts ...

Warplanes strike Syria's Idlib despite latest cease-fire, say monitors

World Sep 13, 2019

Warplanes strike Syria's Idlib despite latest cease-fire, say monitors

Airstrikes pounded the south of Syria's Idlib region on Thursday, a rebel official and residents said, despite a cease-fire that had halted a fierce army offensive against the rebel stronghold two weeks ago. Government warplanes bombed the south Idlib countryside for the first time since, ...

With John Bolton out, Trump can now go soft on Iran

World / Politics Sep 11, 2019

With John Bolton out, Trump can now go soft on Iran

by Eli Lake

President Donald Trump's decision to part ways with his national security adviser, John Bolton, was overdetermined. They disagreed on Afghanistan. They differed on North Korea. There was tension between them over Venezuela. They couldn't even agree on whether Bolton quit or was fired. Their most ...

Satellite images show Iranian tanker still off Syria

World Sep 11, 2019

Satellite images show Iranian tanker still off Syria

New satellite photos obtained Tuesday show an Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. remains off the coast of Syria. The images from Planet Labs obtained by The Associated Press have the Adrian Darya-1 still near the port city of Tartus. The images taken Sunday ...