Bashar al-Assad

Putin holds winning cards as Syrian war nears Idlib showdown

The surrender of rebel forces in south-west Syria, following the fall of eastern Ghouta and other regime successes, strengthens the grim expectation that nothing can now deny Bashar al-Assad a final victory – of sorts – in Syria’s civil war.<p>But the physical restoration of territory does not …

Middle East

Syrian regime pounds ISIS near Golan

At least thirty major air and artillery strikes target a dozen kilometers of ISIS-held positions near the Golan in Syria as refugees flee …

Middle East

Russia Seeks Release of Woman Accused of Being Covert Agent

Russia’s foreign minister told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday that charges against a woman accused of infiltrating American political organizations as a covert Russian agent were “fabricated” and she should be released.<p>The appeal by the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, was …

Russia

Washington: Iran Paid $16 Billion to Destabilize the Region

Washington has estimated the amount of money Iran has spent on the regime of Bashar al-Assad and its militias in the Arab world at about $16 billion. …

Middle East

After triumph in Helsinki, the world awaits Putin’s next move

When U.S. President Donald Trump suggested this week that tiny Montenegro’s membership in NATO could drag the United States into a third world war, it sounded to many like one of Mr. Trump’s trademark remarks from out of the blue.<p>But those who study Russian government statements noticed something …

Russia

Bernie Sanders On U.S. Foreign Policy

NPR's Scott Simon asks Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, a critic of U.S. involvement overseas, about President Trump's "America First" foreign policy and about Russian interference in U.S. elections.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>When President Trump was elected, many on and the left feared he would have a …

Bernie Sanders

Syrian rebels begin evacuating Golan frontier

BEIRUT/GOLAN HEIGHTS (Reuters) - Syrian rebels began evacuating the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, leaving for the rebel-held north in a surrender deal that restores President Bashar al-Assad’s control of the frontier.<p>Syrian forces of President Bashar al Assad are seen …

Middle East

When al-Assad wins Syria’s civil war, Canada faces a dilemma

What should Canada do when Bashar al-Assad wins the Syrian civil war?<p>That question changed from an “if” to a “when” this week, and became one of the more awkward and pressing ones on the Trudeau government’s foreign-affairs agenda. The catastrophic Trump-Putin news conference left a lot of things …

Middle East

Russia continues to shape narrative of Helsinki summit

Russia provided additional details Friday of what it said were agreements made at the presidential summit in Helsinki this week, shaping a narrative of the meeting with no confirmation or alternative account from the Trump administration.<p>Not surprisingly, the Russian story line tended to favor the …

Russia

Assad’s Prisons Are Flooded With the Dead

Dozens, if not hundreds, of families are shocked daily by the news of the death of their children in the prisons of the Assad regime — either by …

Middle East

Commentary: Trump could have been the dealer of the free world

Donald Trump cannot be, and perhaps never wished to be, the leader of the free world, the burden which has fallen on the shoulders of Oval Office occupants since World War Two. America First means America Withdrawn.<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin prepare to leave a …

Geopolitics

Why Has Russia Invited the Taliban to Moscow?

The proposed “Moscow-format” talks advance Russia’s interests in Afghanistan.

Russia

USS Laboon returns to Norfolk after 5-month deployment to Europe, Middle East

The USS Laboon left Naval Station Norfolk in February and was one of three boats involved in a missile strike against the Syrian regime in April. The …

Military

Turkish police detains wife of slain Islamic State 'war minister' Shishani

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities detained the wife of Abu Omar al-Shishani, a senior Islamic State commander killed in combat two years ago, in a counter-terrorism operation in Istanbul this month, police said late on Thursday.

Middle East

Israel Launches Broad Air Assault in Gaza Following Border Violence

JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes launched a large-scale attack across the Gaza Strip on Friday, one of the fiercest in years, after a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier along the border fence during a day of escalating hostilities.<p>Successive explosions rocked Gaza City at nightfall and the …

Israel

Syrian rebels, civilians start to evacuate Golan frontier: witness, monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The evacuation of Syrian rebels and civilians from the border area with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights began on Friday as buses started to depart the area, according to a witness and the war monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.<p>The buses are headed towards …

Middle East

Inside the Putin-Netanyahu-Trump deal on Syria

ASPEN, Colo. – There’s broad confusion both inside and outside the Trump administration about what “agreements” President Trump made with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private meeting in Helsinki. One thing we do know is that — post-summit — Trump now endorses a deal on Syria that …

Middle East

We have a stadium

I hope everyone realizes that Miami already has a modern, large, conveniently located, fully air-conditioned sports stadium that’s ready for soccer — …

Opinion

With Turkey's help, Syrian opposition issue new ID cards

AL-BAB, Syria (Reuters) - Opposition authorities are issuing new ID cards in northern Syria with help from neighbouring Turkey, expanding their administration over territory that remains outside President Bashar al-Assad’s expanding area of control.<p>A woman works on a registration process for a new …

Middle East

‘Israel is More Humanitarian than Our Arab Brothers,’ Says Syrian Refugee

<i>“It’s strange for us that Israel is more humanitarian than our Arab brothers,” said a Syrian refugee camping out on Israel’s border.</i> <i>By: United with</i> …

Israel

Rebels Start Boarding Buses to Depart Southwest Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media says rebels in the country's southwest Quneitra province have started boarding buses to be transported to northwest …

Middle East

Robert Fulford: Iran’s very peculiar way of ‘defending itself’ won’t end well

It’s now four decades since the revolution of 1978/1979 ended the career of the Shah of Iran, replacing his regime with the Islamic Republic. For …

Middle East

Moscow suggests cooperation with US on return of Syrian refugees

MOSCOW (AFP) -<p>Moscow has put forward plans to Washington to cooperate on the safe return of refugees to Syria, the Russian ministry of defence said Friday, days after a summit between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.<p>"Specific proposals on how work could be organised to ensure that …

Donald Trump

White Helmets' evacuation from Syria could happen very quickly

The evacuation of White Helmets -- an all-volunteer rescue organization -- from southwestern Syria could happen very quickly, CBS News national …

Middle East

Marc Thiessen: Trump isn’t the first president to embarrass America by cozying up to Putin

WASHINGTON — The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result, which is one of the many …

Russia

A Commander-in-Chief Who Cares Only About Himself

It’s been a seismic week for American democracy, as the nation confronts the serious possibility that the president of the United States has been …

Liberal View

Homeland Security Chairman Warns of Russia's Ambitions

On Wednesday, in a discussion hosted by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul …

Homeland Security

Trump meets Putin, France wins the World Cup and a life is saved | Financial Times

<b>Grief in Gaza</b> Young men mourn at al-Shifa hospital morgue after two teenagers were killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City<p><b>Fall from race</b> …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s unexpected critic

One morning, exactly four years ago, I walked through Melbourne’s central business district towards the Yarra River. Beside the water was the city’s …

Donald Trump

Was Cory Gardner tough enough on Trump?

An incredible 43 percent of Americans still approve of President Donald Trump despite families being separated at the border, despite Helsinki and …

Donald Trump