Syria

Despite tough talk, Turkey caught between US and Russia in Syria

Despite tough talk, Turkey caught between US and Russia in Syria

By Reuters ISTANBUL:  Turkish calls for tough action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after US missile strikes on one of his airbases may overestimate Washington’s appetite for deeper involvement in Syria’s war and threaten Ankara’s fragile rapprochement with Russia. Within hours of the US cruise missile strikes, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan described the action as […]

OIL PRICES FIRM ON STRONG DEMAND, POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY IN SYRIA

OIL PRICES FIRM ON STRONG DEMAND, POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY IN SYRIA

SINGAPORE – Oil prices were firm on Monday, supported by strong demand and political uncertainty in Syria, although another rise in US drilling activity kept a lid on gains. Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil, were at $55.28 per barrel at 0226 GMT, up 4 cents from their last close. US West […]

Mideast crisis: Pakistan to stay neutral in Syria war

Mideast crisis: Pakistan to stay neutral in Syria war

Monitoring Desk ISLAMABAD:  Last week, US President Donald Trump finally ordered direct attacks against Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime in the wake of suspected chemical attack in the rebel held town that killed over 80 people and shook the entire world. Trump did what his predecessor Barrack Obama could not. The direct intervention has […]

Syria conflict: ‘Chemical attack’ in Idlib kills 58

Syria conflict: ‘Chemical attack’ in Idlib kills 58

Media captionVictims were treated for injuries, including asphyxiation Syria’s war Assad is secure, but Syria’s war shows no sign of ending Six decisive points that changed Syria’s war Why is there a war in Syria? Returning home to ruins of East Aleppo At least 58 people have been killed and dozens At least 58 people […]

At least 33 dead in US-led north Syria air strike

At least 33 dead in US-led north Syria air strike

At least 33 people were killed in a US-led coalition strike on a school used as a centre for displaced people near a jihadist-held Syrian town, a monitor said Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike south of Al-Mansoura, a town held by the militant Islamic State (IS) group in the northern […]

US claims deadly north Syria strike, denies targeting mosque: Centcom

US claims deadly north Syria strike, denies targeting mosque: Centcom

AFP  The US military said Thursday it carried out a deadly air strike on an Al Qaeda meeting in northern Syria and would investigate reports that more than 40 civilians were killed when a mosque was struck in the raid. “We did not target a mosque, but the building that we did target ─ which […]

Twin blasts kill 40 near religious sites in Syria’s capital

Twin blasts kill 40 near religious sites in Syria’s capital

Twin blasts kill 40 near religious sites in Syria’s capital AP Twin explosions Saturday near religious shrines frequented by pilgrims in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people, Syria’s interior minister and media reported. Syria State TV aired footage from the scene showing blood-soaked streets and several damaged busses in a parking lot, […]

Putin hosts Syria talks, hails partnership with Turkey

Putin hosts Syria talks, hails partnership with Turkey

Putin hosts Syria talks, hails partnership with Turkey AP Aleppo: Syrians walk amidst debris during a sandstorm in a once rebel-held Kastal al Harami neighbourhood on Friday.—AFP MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin hailed close ties between the Russian and Turkey militaries as he welcomed Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Friday’s talks focusing on Syria. Russia […]

Amnesty says Syria executes, tortures thousands at prison; government denies

Amnesty says Syria executes, tortures thousands at prison; government denies

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – The Syrian government executed up to 13,000 prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture at a military jail near Damascus, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The Syrian Justice Ministry denied the Amnesty report, calling it completely “devoid of truth”, Syrian state news agency SANA reported late on Tuesday. […]

Syria regime hanged 13,000 in notorious prison: Amnesty

Syria regime hanged 13,000 in notorious prison: Amnesty

BEIRUT: As many as 13,000 people were hanged in five years at a notorious Syrian government prison near Damascus, Amnesty International said Tuesday, accusing the regime of a “policy of extermination.” Titled Human Slaughterhouse: Mass hanging and extermination at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty’s damning report is based on interviews with 84 witnesses, including guards, detainees, and […]

UNHCR chief says safe zones would not work in Syria

UNHCR chief says safe zones would not work in Syria

ZURICH: The head of the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that safe zones would not work inside Syria for people fleeing the country’s nearly six-year-old war. US President Donald Trump said last week he would “absolutely do safe zones in Syria” for refugees escaping violence and that Europe had made a mistake by […]

Date for next Syria talks thrown into question

Date for next Syria talks thrown into question

GENEVA (AFP) – The timing of the next Syria talks in Geneva was thrown into doubt on Friday after the UN said it could not confirm a Russian announcement that they had been postponed. Meeting in Moscow with minor Syrian opposition figures, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the UN-hosted talks planned for February 8 had […]