Syrian Civil War

Hezbollah's role evolving in Syria as Assad nears victory

As President Bashar al-Assad's regime consolidates its control over much of Syria — appearing ready to launch an offensive against Idlib, the last …

Middle East

IDF's war plans for facing Hezbollah

The IDF understands that Hezbollah has gained masses of experience in the civil war. Now it is undergoing changes to prepare it for the next showdown …

Middle East

Iraq bombs Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighboring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant group who planned cross-border attacks, its military said on Thursday.<p>F-16 fighter jets bombed and destroyed an "operations room" where the …

Middle East

Hezbollah is a terror group. The West needs to wake up

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hezbollah's announcement of its impending "victory" in Syria may be a reaction against US sanctions against Iran, but the threat it poses is no less real.<p>Hezbollah remains one of the most capable terrorist organizations in the world, which intends to continue expanding its reach. The …

Middle East

Prince Khalid bin Salman Shows Evidence on 'Hezbollah' Support to Houthis

Saudi Ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has said that the Kingdom will not allow the Houthi insurgents to become …

South Asia

Trump, Putin Want Iran Out of Syria – Bloomberg

Trump, Putin Want Iran Out of Syria<p>Trump, Putin Want Iran Out of Syria<p>Trump, Putin Want Iran Out of …


Saudi Arabia to Contribute $100 Million to U.S.-Backed Efforts in Syria

WASHINGTON—Saudi Arabia has agreed to contribute $100 million in aid to U.S.-backed coalition efforts in Syria, the State Department said Thursday, following attempts by the Trump administration to push Arab allies to play a greater role in the war.<p>The sum appeared to fall short of U.S. requests …

Middle East

Investigators probe allegations of Syrian war crimes

On assignment with Richard Engel<p>The threat to NATO<p>06:53<p>At Trump’s golf courses, “sinkholes of money”<p>07:57<p>Trump arrives in the UK amid mass …

Iran Nuclear Deal

A tour of Syria - with the Russian military

The BBC's Steve Rosenberg reports from a tour of Syria organised by the Russian military, who are keen to show that life is gradually returning to normal.<p>Syria's civil war isn't over, but Russia has played an important role in putting President Bashar al-Assad on the road to victory.

Russian Military

The Latest: War monitor says IS attack on Syria base kills 7

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Middle East

Chemical weapons: a brief history from WWI to Syria

Chemical weapons can be both powerful and terrifying. From the chemical-soaked battlefields in WWI, to cities in Syria, here is a look at their role in the last 100 years of modern warfare.


Cursed by the Wages of Iran’s War in Syria

When Mohammad Hashem returned to Kabul after a year of fighting in the Syrian war, his childhood friends couldn’t recognize him. He was suffering …

Middle East

Turkish military vows to confront Syrian Army in Idlib, Hama provinces

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Turkish military sent a delegation to visit several towns in northern Hama and southern Idlib on Wednesday, …

Middle East

Smart Power: After Assad Reportedly Attacked His Own People With Sarin Gas, It Took Obama Three Days To Respond

In 2013, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad allegedly launcheda sarin gas attackagainst his own people in Ghouta, Syria, a suburb of Damascus. At least …

Middle East

Russia exerts growing clout in Middle East as it begins patrols in Golan Heights

Russian military police have begun patrolling the demilitarised zone between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, highlighting Moscow's increasing clout as a Middle Eastern power broker following its intervention in the civil war there.<p>“The Russian military police are pioneers in renewing patrols …

Middle East

Hizballah Leader Claims Iran-Backed Forces Strong Despite U.S. Sanctions

The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hizballah militia claims his group is stronger than ever despite U.S. sanctions and expects to "very soon" …

Middle East

Kurds hold Syria territory talks with Damascus | Financial Times

The political wing of Kurdish-led militia groups backed by the US have held talks with the Syrian regime as part of efforts to protect their hold …

Middle East

Exclusive - Turkey Seeks to Execute its Own Plan to Return Syrians to ‘Safe Zones’

After Syrian regime forces recaptured Ghouta near Damascus, the Homs countryside and the country’s south and southwestern regions, Moscow put forward …

Middle East

Russian Military Says Helping Restore UN Patrols On Syrian-Israeli Border

The Russian military says that its forces in Syria have made plans to help UN peacekeepers fully restore patrols along the frontier with the …

Middle East

Syria says refugees can return - but to what?

Syrian government officials vowed on Monday to ensure the safe return of refugees to the country, while urging Western countries to help by lifting …

Middle East

Russian warships enter Gibraltar waters for ‘combat training’ days after Royal Navy intercepted them in the English Channel

TWO Russian warships have entered Gibraltar waters for "combat training" - days after the Royal Navy intercepted them in the English Channel.<p>The …


More Syrians in organised return home from Lebanon

SHEBAA (LEBANON) (AFP) -<p>Dozens of Syrian refugees were expected to leave Lebanon on Monday on buses in the latest of a wave of returns to their war-torn country, a general security spokesman said.<p>An AFP photographer in the southern town of Shebaa saw women and children wait to board buses, while …

Middle East

Listen to 8/13/18 A&G Hr. 2 A Lot To Untangle | The Armstrong and Getty Show | Podcasts

Liz Sly of the Washington Post joins us from Beirut for a report on the Syrian Civil War--which is getting more and more complicated by the day. …


Syria's White Helmets and the long history of attacking wartime humanitarians

The evacuation of 422 White Helmet volunteers from Syria seemingly marks the end of a daring five-year humanitarian mission in one of the world’s …

UK Politics

Idlib antiquities museum reopens after 5 years

Amid the destruction, a small oasis is reborn.<p>Five years after closing its doors, the antiquities museum in the Syrian city of Idlib is open to the public once again.<p>Air strikes and looting during Syria's ongoing civil war have depleted its collection. It includes clay tablets dating back to the …


From refugees to Russia: Angela Merkel's foreign policy problems

The German chancellor's return to work has come with a number of foreign policy challenges. Migration has dominated her agenda of late, while …

Angela Merkel

The reason Turkey's economic collapse is so scary is that Iran, Russia, and Syria are waiting in the wings

What if Turkey collapses?<p>It's not outside the realm of possibility. Turkey's currency is in free fall. Inflation is at 15% and climbing. The Turkish economy could enter a recession. The US has imposed economic sanctions on the country because President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuses to hand over an …

Middle East

Dozens killed as reported arms cache blast levels buildings

<b>BEIRUT --</b> A Syrian search-and-rescue group says the death toll from an explosion that destroyed two apartment buildings in a rebel-held town in the …

Middle East

Israeli Sandal Manufacturer Donates 2,000 Pairs to Syrian Refugees

Israeli shoe manufacturer Teva Naot, recently donated 2,000 pairs of its sandals to Syrian refugees. The donation, estimated at approximately 250,000 …

Syrian Refugees

Clues But No Answers in One of Syrian War’s Biggest Mysteries

Douma, Syria (AP) -- Razan Zaitouneh earned enemies on all sides of her homeland's civil war.<p>One of Syria's most well-known rights activists, she was …

Middle East