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Syrian jihadist group kills 21 regime forces in Idlib: Monitor

03 Mar 2019

Syrian jihadist group kills 21 regime forces in Idlib: Monitor

A Syrian jihadist group linked to al-Qaeda killed 21 regime and allied forces today near Idlib province, in one of the deadliest breaches of a six-month-old truce deal, a monitor said.

Take back 800 ISIS-fighters captured in Syria: Trump to Europe

17 Feb 2019

Take back 800 ISIS-fighters captured in Syria: Trump to Europe

US President Donald Trump has demanded the European nations take back more than 800 ISIS fighters captured in Syria and put them on trial, warning that the US otherwise will be forced to free the jihadists after it pulls out from the war-torn country.

US court orders Syria to pay $302mn for journalist's murder

01 Feb 2019

US court orders Syria to pay $302mn for journalist's murder

On Wednesday night, a court in Washington slapped the Syrian government with $302mn in damages for the death of journalist Marie Colvin.

Trump threatens to devastate Turkey if it hits Kurdish forces

14 Jan 2019

Trump threatens to devastate Turkey if it hits Kurdish forces

United States President Donald Trump has threatened to "devastate" Turkey economically if the NATO-allied nation attacks US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria following a pullout of American troops from the war-torn country, and also urged the Kurds not to "provoke" Ankara.

Israeli PM Netanyahu confirms air-strike on Iranian warehouses in Syria

13 Jan 2019

Israeli PM Netanyahu confirms air-strike on Iranian warehouses in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said Israel had, at the weekend, carried out an air strike on Iranian weapon warehouses in Syria, a rare public confirmation of such attacks.

Russia's computer scientists, programmers long tied to military, secret services

07 Oct 2018

Russia's computer scientists, programmers long tied to military, secret services

During the Soviet era, Russia's top computer scientists and programmers largely worked for the secret services.

Plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missile: Russia

18 Sep 2018

Plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missile: Russia

Russia's Defense Ministry said one of its reconnaissance aircraft with 15 people on board has been brought down by a Syrian surface-to-air missile over the Mediterranean Sea.

Russia accuses US of using white phosphorous bombs in Syria

10 Sep 2018

Russia accuses US of using white phosphorous bombs in Syria

Russia on Sunday accused the United States of carrying out bombing using white phosphorous in eastern Syria against military targets in civilian areas, which is banned under international law.

Syria: 39 killed in weapons depot blast; explosion's origin unknown

12 Aug 2018

Syria: 39 killed in weapons depot blast; explosion's origin unknown

An explosion of unknown origin at a weapons depot in a rebel-held town in northwest Syria's Sarmada in Idlib province killed at least 39 civilians, including a dozen children, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Trump put to test over his 'friendship' moves with Russia

16 Jul 2018

Trump put to test over his 'friendship' moves with Russia

After months of anticipation, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet today in Finland's capital Helsinki to put to the test the US President's ambition to forge a personal bond with the Kremlin chief.

First Russia air strikes hit South Syria, no casualties reported

24 Jun 2018

First Russia air strikes hit South Syria, no casualties reported

Russian air strikes are hitting rebel-held towns in Daraa (South Syria) for the first time since a ceasefire was agreed upon last year, said the Observatory for Human Rights.

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket attack

10 May 2018

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket attack

Israeli military forces carried out air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria after Iranian forces, based there, fired rockets at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights.

Trump says 'mission accomplished', Syrians celebrate 'victory on streets'

14 Apr 2018

Trump says 'mission accomplished', Syrians celebrate 'victory on streets'

Hours after the US, France and Britain launched unprecedented joint air-strikes on Damascus early Saturday morning, thousands of Syrians assembled at landmark squares in an act of defiance.

US, UK and France launch missile strikes on Syria

14 Apr 2018

US, UK and France launch missile strikes on Syria

Acting on his previous threat, US President Donald Trump has ordered a military attack against Syria, joining allies UK and France. These strikes are in response to a suspected chemical attack on Syrian town of Douma last week.

Syria conflict: Donald Trump threatens Russia with strikes

12 Apr 2018

Syria conflict: Donald Trump threatens Russia with strikes

Responding to an alleged chemical attack near Damascus on Saturday, US President Donald Trump has threatened Russia to be prepared for missiles being fired at Syria.

Trump warns Russia on Syria, says missiles 'will be coming'

11 Apr 2018

Trump warns Russia on Syria, says missiles 'will be coming'

US President Donald Trump today warned Russia about supporting Bashar al-Assad in Syria and said US missiles "will be coming" in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians.

Putin wins 4th term as Russian President with 74% vote

19 Mar 2018

Putin wins 4th term as Russian President with 74% vote

Vladimir Putin is set to extend his power in Russia for another six years after winning the Presidential Election with 74% vote, an official exit poll said.

Netanyahu: Saudi okays Air India overflight rights for its Israel-routes

07 Mar 2018

Netanyahu: Saudi okays Air India overflight rights for its Israel-routes

In what could be thawing of Israel and Saudi Arabia relations, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Saudi Arabia has granted Air India (AI) permission to fly over its territory on its new routes to and from Tel Aviv.

Syria secretly developing new chemical weapons: Trump's admin officials

03 Feb 2018

Syria secretly developing new chemical weapons: Trump's admin officials

Syria is secretly developing new, sophisticated chemical weapons despite a 2013 deal to end such programs, said senior Trump administration officials.

UN: Child evacuees being used as bargaining chips in Syria

29 Dec 2017

UN: Child evacuees being used as bargaining chips in Syria

The UN has expressed concern that critically ill children awaiting evacuation from a rebel-controlled area besieged by Syrian government forces in the Eastern Ghouta district are being treated as bargaining chips.

Putin proposes Syrian peace congress to end 6-year civil war

23 Nov 2017

Putin proposes Syrian peace congress to end 6-year civil war

Russian President Vladimir Putin has unveiled plans to hold a Syrian peace conference aimed at ending the six-year-long civil war.

Trump: Putin was insulted by US election interference claims

11 Nov 2017

Trump: Putin was insulted by US election interference claims

US President Donald Trump said his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin felt insulted by allegations of Russia's interference in the US presidential elections.

UN blames Assad regime over chemical attack that killed 80

27 Oct 2017

UN blames Assad regime over chemical attack that killed 80

A UN report has blamed the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad for a chemical attack on a rebel-held town on April 4 that killed 80 people.

Russia accuses US of "pretending" to fight ISIS in Iraq/Syria

11 Oct 2017

Russia accuses US of "pretending" to fight ISIS in Iraq/Syria

Russia has accused the US-led coalition of "pretending" to fight ISIS and of deliberately cutting down on its airstrikes in Iraq to allow the outfit's fighters to cross into Syria to push back the advancing Russian-backed Syrian army.

Why is Iran recruiting Pakistani and Afghan Shiite militants?

17 Sep 2017

Why is Iran recruiting Pakistani and Afghan Shiite militants?

Iran is recruiting and training thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight for President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.

Fresh evidence indicates alleged Saudi Arabia connection in 9/11 attack

11 Sep 2017

Fresh evidence indicates alleged Saudi Arabia connection in 9/11 attack

Evidence that was submitted in the 9/11 lawsuit reportedly reveals that the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington may have funded a "dry run" for the 9/11 attacks.

Reports: Israel bombs military facility in Syria

08 Sep 2017

Reports: Israel bombs military facility in Syria

The Syrian Army has claimed that Israeli warplanes have attacked a military base in Masyaf in the country's western region.

Syria keeps the World Cup hopes alive with play-offs qualification

06 Sep 2017

Syria keeps the World Cup hopes alive with play-offs qualification

Syrian football team kept their nation's hopes of World Cup qualification alive, after a 2-2 draw against Iran in the third round of Asian qualifiers.

Two key Venezuelan opposition leaders arrested after constituent assembly election

01 Aug 2017

Two key Venezuelan opposition leaders arrested after constituent assembly election

Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma have been rearrested on accusations of inciting violence in 2014 during anti-government demonstrations.

Maduro claims victory in controversial constituent assembly vote

01 Aug 2017

Maduro claims victory in controversial constituent assembly vote

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed victory in the controversial election for a constituent assembly.

Trump and Putin will form cybersecurity unit, work "constructively"

10 Jul 2017

Trump and Putin will form cybersecurity unit, work "constructively"

Post Trump's meeting with Putin, the president of the United States took to Twitter to announce that he has discussed the possibility of forming a cybersecurity unit to ward off election hacking and "many other negative things."

SyrianCivilWar: US-Russia-Jordan agree to ceasefire, raises hopes for peace

08 Jul 2017

SyrianCivilWar: US-Russia-Jordan agree to ceasefire, raises hopes for peace

The US, Russia and Jordan have agreed to a ceasefire across the south-western Syrian regions of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida.

US warns Syria over 'potential preparations' for another chemical attack

27 Jun 2017

US warns Syria over 'potential preparations' for another chemical attack

The US has warned Syria over "potential preparations" for another chemical attack in the war-hit country, saying there will be "a heavy price" to pay.

London Bridge attack explains how radicalization in the UK occurs

06 Jun 2017

London Bridge attack explains how radicalization in the UK occurs

Police have identified two of the three suspects behind the London Bridge knife attack.

Pro-Assad forces make inroads into area where rebels evicted ISIS

16 May 2017

Pro-Assad forces make inroads into area where rebels evicted ISIS

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army and Iranian-backed Shiite militias have reportedly been deploying soldiers towards a desert region located strategically along Syria's border with Iraq and Jordan.

Trump-Putin discuss Syrian civil war de-escalation during 'very good call'

03 May 2017

Trump-Putin discuss Syrian civil war de-escalation during 'very good call'

US President Donald Trump discussed steps to de-escalate the Syrian civil war during a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Syria chemical attack: US imposes "sweeping sanctions"

25 Apr 2017

Syria chemical attack: US imposes "sweeping sanctions"

The US has imposed "sweeping" sanctions on 271 employees of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC).

Bernie: US should avoid "perpetual warfare in the Middle East"

17 Apr 2017

Bernie: US should avoid "perpetual warfare in the Middle East"

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders said America must not get involved in "perpetual warfare in the Middle East."

North Korea's missile launch fails

16 Apr 2017

North Korea's missile launch fails

North Korea's latest missile launch off its eastern coast failed according to US and South Korean intelligence sources. They said that the missile exploded just seconds after being launched.

North Korea threatens nuclear retaliation on founding father's birth anniversary

15 Apr 2017

North Korea threatens nuclear retaliation on founding father's birth anniversary

North Korea has warned the US against taking provocative action in the region and threatened nuclear retaliation.