Syria

New U.S.-backed 'border force' in Syria infuriates Ankara, Damascus

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria, Turkey and Russia responded vehemently on Monday to new U.S.-backed plans to set up a 30,000-strong "border force" inside Syria to protect territory held by Washington's mainly Kurdish allies.<p>The Syrian government vowed to drive the U.S. presence from the country. …

Middle East

North Korea-bound ships could soon be routinely intercepted by the US and its allies

In December, North Korea warned that a naval blockade would be considered an “act of war.” This week, foreign ministers from the US and about 20 other countries will discuss the possibility of intercepting vessels headed to North Korea, as part of expanding efforts to pressure Pyongyang into …

North Korea

In Syria, only ‘The Octopus’ and a motley crew of rebels keep Iran from Israel

As Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and the Iran-backed militias in his employ move toward Israel, the only thing standing in their way is a ragtag group …

Middle East

Israel and Saudi Arabia find common cause in keeping Iran at bay

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>A Swiss newspaper, Basler Zeitung, reported recently that a secret alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia aimed at restraining …

Middle East

Syrian opposition launches push to revive Geneva peace talks

Syria’s opposition has launched a push for US and European support to revive peace talks in Geneva and stifle growing Russian control of diplomatic …

Middle East

Russia says zone for U.S.-backed rebels could end up splitting Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday the formation of a zone controlled by U.S.-backed rebels could lead to the partition of Syria.<p>Russia started to withdraw its forces from Syria last month, but Moscow has said it would keep its Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia …

World News

Deadly Siege of Venezuela Rebels Led by Former Action Hero Transfixes Country

In a deadly shootout on Monday that transfixed Venezuela, security forces surrounded the Caracas hide-out of a rebel band led by a rogue helicopter pilot who was once an action movie actor and is now the government’s most-wanted man.<p>“They don’t want us to surrender, they want us dead!” the rebel …

World News

Syrian Kurdish leader hopes new force will counter threats from Turkey, Damascus | Reuters - Firstpost

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.<p>Published Date: Jan 15, 2018 22:00 PM | Updated Date: Jan 15, 2018 …

Turkey

Calls for UK to follow US crackdown on Hezbollah

| <b>Published —</b> Tuesday 16 January 2018<p>This July 29, 2017 photo, a Hezbollah fighter stands at a watchtower at the site where clashes erupted between …

Middle East

329 Civilians Killed, Including 79 Children, in Two Months in Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian Network for Human Rights SNHR said in a report released on Sunday that 329 civilians were killed in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, …

Middle East

Syrian bishop narrowly avoids death in bombing

Damascus, Syria, Jan 15, 2018 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bomb fell in the bedroom of the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus last week. He was spared …

Middle East

Syrian rebel delegation in Washington seeking revival of CIA aid

AMMAN (Reuters) - Free Syrian Army envoys have urged U.S. officials at talks in Washington to resume a suspended CIA program of military aid if it is serious about challenging growing Iranian influence in Syria, according to Syrian opposition figures.<p>Mustafa Sejari, a senior official in Syria's …

Middle East

Russia and US engage in 'military base race' in Syria

BEIRUT – A military bases race is underway between Russia and the U.S. as each nation seeks to expand its presence in Syria and counter asymmetric …

War

Gemayel to Asharq Al-Awsat: Hezbollah’s Electoral Victory Will Be a Disaster

The head of the Lebanese Phalange Party, MP Sami Gemayel, warned that the current electoral law was “tailored to secure Hezbollah’s winning of the …

Middle East

Russia's Lavrov lashes out at US at annual press conference

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attacked the US in an annual press conference Monday, accusing Washington of issuing ultimatums and failing to …

Russia

Do Mass Protests In Tunisia Mark The Start Of A New Arab Spring?

Yesterday marked seven years since protests in Tunisia ousted its corrupt authoritarian leader, sparking the Arab Spring and setting the Middle East …

Middle East

Golda Meir, on the Palestinians

January 14, 1976<p>To be misquoted is an occupational hazard of political leadership; for this reason I should like to clarify my position in regard to …

Israel

Could this be the next Aleppo?

The city of Idlib was thought to be a safe space from the violence in Syria, but the area has been plagued by fighting in recent days. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Middle East

5 things that will almost certainly happen in the Middle East in 2018

• <b>After 2017, we can expect to see situations and conflicts worsening in places like Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.</b>• <b><br>We also have to keep a close watch on ISIS, which has been sliding into oblivion but retains pockets of activity.</b><p>It's always dangerous to make predictions about the Middle East.<p>After …

Middle East

Syria and Russia's latest offensive has killed 177 civilians in 2 weeks

• <b>A new offensive by the Syrian regime and Russia in Eastern Ghouta, Syria has killed at least 177 civilians in the last two weeks.</b>• <b><br>Reports have also emerged that Syria struck an area between Harasta and Douma on Saturday with three missiles filled with chlorine gas.</b>• <b><br>The new deadly offensive has</b> …

Middle East

Drone Attacks on Russian Bases in Syria Expose Security Holes

MOSCOW—A wave of attacks on Russian bases in Syria, including the use of drones, has exposed fresh weaknesses in President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement a permanent military presence for Moscow there, weeks after he declared victory.<p>Russian military experts say homemade drones were responsible …

World News

Syrian opposition leaders in DC aim to get more support from Trump administration

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b> – Leaders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are in Washington, D.C. where they will meet with White House officials Tuesday. Their goal is to increase cooperation between FSA and the Trump administration, and at the same time warn of the consequences of ceding control to Russia and Iran.<p>Last …

Middle East

Bomb placed in car wounds Palestinian in southern Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb went off in a car in southern Lebanon on Sunday, wounding its Palestinian owner, a member of Hamas, said the Lebanese military and the Palestinian militant group.<p>It was not immediately clear who carried out the bombing in the city of Sidon or why the Palestinian, identified as …

World News

Former Obama UN Ambassador Held A Female Empowerment Victory Party For Hillary. It Didn’t Go As Planned.

In an interview with Politico’s Susan Glasser in which she joined former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, former Obama UN …

Conservative View

Syrian army seizes dozens of villages from jihadist fighters, says Human Rights monitor - Firstpost

<b>Beirut:</b> Syrian troops have recaptured dozens of towns and villages from jihadist fighters, a monitor said on Sunday, bringing them closer to a key …

Middle East

Syrian conflict, Russian peace

The popular perception is that Putin is building a political process outside of the UN exercise.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Syrian …

Middle East

Syria's displacement crisis: 'We had to hide in caves'

Aid agencies say they are overwhelmed by the scale of humanitarian needs in Syria.<p>Aid agencies say they are overwhelmed by the scale of humanitarian needs in Syria. They are warning that if the Syrian government's bombardment continues, a million displaced people will amass near the Turkish …

Middle East

Colombia’s ELN rebels must halt attacks, restart talks- United Nations

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks as he visits the reinsertion centres of former FARC rebels in Buenavista, Colombia January 14, 2018. …

Antonio Guterres

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed - Back to Fighting in Syria

The war in Syria did not stop but the fighting decreased as arrangements are underway to end it. Promises to achieve a “peaceful” settlement have …

Middle East

Pedestrian hit, killed on Hwy 212 near Damascus

DAMASCUS, OR (KPTV) -<p>Oregon State Police say a pedestrian was hit and killed on Highway 212 near Damascus early Sunday.<p>At about 12 a.m., troopers and …

Oregon