Syria devalues currency amid chaos ahead of new U.S. sanctions

World Jun 17, 2020

Syria devalues currency amid chaos ahead of new U.S. sanctions

Syria devalued its currency by 44 percent on Wednesday, announcing a new official exchange rate for the pound amid chaos in the market, hours before new U.S. sanctions aimed at cutting off revenue for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government were expected to take effect. The ...

Fuel truck bomb kills more than 40 in northern Syria

World Apr 29, 2020

Fuel truck bomb kills more than 40 in northern Syria

A fuel truck bomb in a market in northern Syria killed at least 46 people including Turkish-backed rebel fighters on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The blast in Afrin, a city controlled by Ankara's proxies, came as people went shopping in preparation ...

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 ...

In U.N. session, Syria denounced over chemical weapons

World Apr 16, 2020

In U.N. session, Syria denounced over chemical weapons

U.N. Security Council members Britain, Estonia and Germany denounced Syria Wednesday for a lack of accountability after being accused of conducting chemical weapons attacks in 2017. The accusations came in speeches delivered during a closed door Security Council videoconference, and later made public despite confidentiality ...

Coronavirus 'disaster in the making' in war-torn Syria

World Apr 13, 2020

Coronavirus 'disaster in the making' in war-torn Syria

As Europe and the United States struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, experts warn that disaster looms in war-torn Syria, where hospitals are unable to meet existing needs and hygiene conditions are dire. The outbreak has infected more than 1.8 million people and killed more ...

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 ...

Turkey's Erdogan threatens Europe with 'millions' of migrants

World Mar 3, 2020

Turkey's Erdogan threatens Europe with 'millions' of migrants

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Monday that "millions" of migrants would soon head for Europe, drawing accusations from EU leaders that he is trying to pressure them into backing his incursions into Syria. Turkey gave the green light Friday to refugees and migrants to ...