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Tag: Syria

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US Bombs Facilities In Syria Used By Iran-Backed Militia

Washington: The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member and other coalition troops. The airstrike was […]

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Turkish drones kill 26 Syrian soldiers in Idlib

Damascus: Turkish forces renewed drone attacks on Syrian forces’ positions in the northwestern province of Idlib, killing 26 Syrian soldiers, according to a war monitor. The Turkish drones targeted the Syrian government forces and vehicles in Idlib on Saturday, a day after 48 Syrian soldiers were killed by similar attacks in the province, reports Xinhua […]

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Column: Baghdadi Is Dead, Not the IS

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Islamic State (IS) chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have killed himself by detonating a suicide vest to avoid capture by the US forces inside a tunnel in Syria on October 26 but his violent legacy is still being discussed amidst fears that his followers may soon re-group themselves under a new […]

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Thousands Of Kids Awaiting Repatriation Stranded In Syria

Damascus: Tens of thousands of children awaiting repatriation to their home countries remain stranded in northeastern Syria, the war-torn country’s Unicef representative said on Monday. “It has been an urgent matter for months. We have been with those children in northeastern Syria for months. It is already late and every day that passes makes it […]

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Kurds did not help US in fighting against ISIS: Donald Trump

Washington: Syrian Kurds, considered to be an American ally in the region, did not help the US in fighting against the ISIS, President Donald Trump has said, defending his decision to pull out American forces paving way for Turkey to launch a military operation to invade northeastern Syria. “The Kurds are fighting for their land, […]

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UNSC fails to adopt resolution on ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

United Nations: The UN Security Council has voted on two competing draft resolutions on a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib, but failed to adopt either of them. The 15-member council on Thursday first voted on the text drafted by Belgium, Germany and Kuwait. The draft received 12 positive votes, but was unable to be adopted because […]

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US deployment triggered after inputs of Iranian attack plans

Washington: Following intelligence showing Iran made plans to target US forces in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, decision to reinforce the American military presence in the region was taken in an effort to deter any possible moves by Tehran, Dow Jones Newswires reported. The escalation in tensions came as European diplomats said Monday […]

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US begins withdrawing some military equipment from Syria

Washington/Damascus: The first US military ground equipment has been withdrawn from Syria, signaling the beginning of the drawdown ordered by President Donald Trump, according to an administration official. “Some cargo has already moved,” the official told CNN on Friday. Due to security concerns, the official would not describe exactly what the cargo was or whether […]

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US troops to exit Syria 'over a period of time': Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump said that the US troops would be withdrawing from Syria “over a period of time,” dismissing the previously reported four-month exit plan. “Over a period of time. I never said I’m getting out tomorrow,” Trump was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency on Wednesday. Trump dismissed a New York […]

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Over 1,500 bodies found in Syria mass grave

Damascus: More than 1,500 bodies have been found in a mass grave in Syria’s Raqqa province, the former de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS), the media reported on Wednesday. Citing medical sources, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper said “the bodies belonged to civilians who had been killed by the strikes of the US-led coalition […]

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Iran launches missile strikes at Syria

Tehran: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps announced targeting “terrorists'” bases in Syria with missiles and drones on Monday in response to a deadly attack on a military parade last month. In the operation, which targeted an area in the east of the Euphrates river in Syria, the Revolutionary Guard Corps used six mid-range missiles and seven […]

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Russian warplanes hit positions of Nusra Front in Syria

Moscow: Four Russian jets have bombed positions of Nusra Front in Syria’s Idlib province, Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. On Tuesday, four planes of the Russian aviation unit deployed at the Hmeymim airbase carried out strikes on the militants’ storages where they kept drones, Sputnik quoted Defence Ministry spokesman as saying. […]

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Putin, Trump to discuss 'complex' issues, including Syria

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump are set to discuss a number of “very complex” issues, including the situation in Syria, the Kremlin said on Friday. “A rather detailed discussion on Syria is anticipated,” Xinhua quoted Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov as saying. He said “serious preparations” are being made for […]

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Pro-Assad forces launch offensive after Ghouta victory

Beirut: Syrian government forces launched an offensive in the Homs and Hama provinces on Sunday, after proclaiming victory in the Eastern Ghouta district on the outskirts of Damascus, according to British NGO Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR). According to a source, the military operation is taking place along the road linking Homs to the […]

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US-led airstrikes hit all targets in Syria: Pentagon

Washington: The US Defence Department has said airstrikes on Syria had struck all of their targets and none of the coalition’s planes or ship-launched missiles had been intercepted by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White and US Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. made the remarks during a news briefing on Saturday, […]

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Syria missile strike: India calls for restraint

New Delhi: India on Saturday, while describing an alleged chemical attack in Syria as “deplorable”, called for restraint after the US, Britain and France launched coordinated missile attacks on the West Asian nation. “We have taken note of the recent strikes in Syria. India is closely following the situation. The alleged use of chemical weapons, […]

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Trump pledges swift US response to Syria chemical attack

Washington: Amid hurried diplomacy that signalled allied military strikes may be imminent, US President Donald Trump has said he will take swift action in retaliation to the alleged weekend chemical attack on civilians in Syria. The Trump administration, backed by France and Britain, on Monday began making a circumstantial case that Syria and its Russian […]

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Russian air strikes kill 30 militants after jet downed

Moscow: In a retaliatory move, massive Russian air strikes have killed at least 30 militants in Syria, where a Russian fighter jet was shot down, an official said on Sunday. “A series of high-precision weapon strikes have been delivered in the area controlled by the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group, which brought down the Russian Su-25 […]

Turkish border guards fire at Syrian refugees: Rights group

Ankara: Turkish border guards are firing at the Syrians who attempt to flee the violence and seek refuge in Turkey, an official of the Human Rights Watch said. “Syrian asylum seekers leaving the brutality of Idlib province in northwest Syria are being forced back with bullets and abuse,” CNN quoted Lama Fakih, Deputy Director Human […]

Putin orders Russian troop withdrawal from Syria

Damacus: Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. Putin arrived at the Hmeymim airfield in the coastal city of Latakia earlier in the day on a surprise visit where he met his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad, reports Xinhua news agency. “I order the Defence Minister (Sergey Shoygu) […]

Baghdadi fled Iraq in 'yellow taxi' to avoid suspicion

Baghdad: Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly fled from Iraq to Syria in a yellow taxi to avoid drawing suspicion. An intelligence source claimed the IS chief was hiding in Rawa, northwestern Iraq, when troops entered Qaim some 50 miles away near the Syrian border, the Daily Mail reported. Al-Baghdadi felt his presence […]

Suicide bomb kills 75 in Syria

Damascus: At least 75 people were killed and 140 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack carried out by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday said children were among those killed in the blast that took place Saturday evening on […]

Russian airstrikes kill 120 IS militants, 60 mercenaries in Syria

Moscow: About 120 Islamic State (IS) militants and more than 60 foreign mercenaries in Syria were killed in airstrikes launched by Russia over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday. The Russian airstrikes destroyed an IS strongpoint in the town of Albu Kamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border, killing about 40 militants […]

Syrian army defeats IS in Homs countryside

Damascus: The Syrian army and allied fighters have dislodged Islamic State (IS) terrorist group from the eastern countryside of Homs province in central Syria. The army finished its operations in Homs, capturing 1,800 square km from IS, Xinhua cited state news agency SANA as saying on Friday. The achievement came after the army fully defeated […]

Iraq launches anti-IS operation near Syria border

Baghdad: Iraqi forces on Saturday launched an operation to clear the desert area near the border with Syria from the Islamic State (IS) militants, the military said. The Iraqi army, paramilitary Hashd Shaabi force and the border guards force advanced in the vast desert area to free the Akashat village and to clear nearby areas, […]

Russia fires 7 cruise missiles at IS in Syria

Moscow: Two Russian submarines fired seven Kalibr sea-based cruise missiles at crucial facilities of the Islamic State in Syria from underwater positions in the eastern Mediterranean, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Thursday. The diesel-electric attack submarines Veliky Novgorod and Kolpino struck control points, communication centres, and weapons and ammunition depots in the IS-controlled areas […]

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Fresh rebel evacuation begins in Syria

Damascus: As many as 60 buses arrived on the outskirts of Damascus on Monday to transport Syrian rebels and their families to the province of Idlib, officials said. This is the latest evacuation from the Barzeh neighbourhood in a string of rebel departures from the vicinity of the capital toward rebel-held areas in northern Syria, […]

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De-escalation zones deal goes into effect in Syria

Damascus: The de-escalation zones deal, signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, went into effect in Syria at midnight on Saturday, media reports said. Earlier on Friday, Russian media reports cited Russia’s head of the main operational directorate of Russia’s military, as saying that the agreement brokered by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran to establish “de-escalation zones” […]

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Toll from attack on Syrian evacuees rises to 112 (Lead)

Damascus: The death toll from a massive explosion that struck a convoy of evacuees on the outskirts of Syria’s Aleppo city rose to 112, a British war monitor said on Sunday. On Saturday, the blast, carried out by a suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped potato truck, struck a line of coaches carrying evacuated citizens through […]

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Seeking to salvage ties, US and Russia agree on Syria probe

Moscow: Striving to salvage ties amid a fierce dispute over Syria, the United States and Russia today agreed to work together on an international investigation of a Syrian chemical weapons attack last week that prompted retaliatory American missile strikes. Washington blames Russia’s ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Moscow says Syrian rebels are responsible. After […]

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G7 foreign ministers, allies discuss Syria

Damascus: G7 foreign ministers, along with their counterparts from Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar on Tuesday discussed the Syria conflict. The meeting was convened in an extraordinary session to study the situation after the chemical attack allegedly by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime on April 4 against Jan Shijun in the northern […]

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No political solution in Syria with Assad in power: Haley

Washington: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday said there is no political solution to the conflict in Syria until President Bashar al-Assad is out of power. “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” Haley told CNN […]

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70 killed in gas bomb attack in Syria, world outraged

Damascus: One of the worst chemical bombings in Syria that killed at least 20 innocent children and 50 other persons, sparked an international outrage on Wednesday and prompted the United Nations to call for a probe into the attack and to view it as a possible war crime. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria […]

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UN calls emergency meeting over Syrian 'gas attack'

United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold emergency talks on Wednesday after a suspected chemical attack in Syria left over 50 dead and many wounded, a media report said. The attack on a rebel-held town brought furious international reaction, with the US and other powers blaming the Syrian government for the deaths, the BBC […]

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Senior IS leader killed in airstrike: Iraqi intelligence

Baghdad: Iraqi intelligence networks on Saturday said one of the Islamic State’s highest-ranking leaders has been killed in an airstrike near the border with Syria. Known as IS’ number two, Ayad Hamid Khalaf al-Jumaili was killed in the town of al-Qaim in Anbar province, located on Iraq’s border with Syria, Efe news service quoted Iraqi […]

Australian teenager flees to Syria, joins terror group

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) today announced that an 18-year-old boy from the state of Queensland, fled to Syria and joined the Nusra Front, the official Syrian affiliate of the Al Qaeda

British teacher jailed for IS link

A British high school teacher has been sentenced to six years in prison for his plans to fight alongside the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday

Turkey, US to start training Syrian rebels from March 1

Turkey and the US will launch a programme for training and equipping Syrian rebels March 1, spokesman for Turkish foreign ministry, Tanju Bilgic said today

Israeli air force strikes Syrian army targets

Jerusalem:The Israeli Air Force struck the Syrian army’s artillery posts late Tuesday in response to an earlier rocket attack from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the military said Wednesday. “The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) holds the Syrian government accountable for all attacks emanating from its land, and will operate by any means necessary […]

US-led coalition continues airstrikes against IS in Iraq, Syria

Washington: The US and coalition partners have conducted more than two dozen airstrikes against targets of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq in the past two days, a media report said. The US and coalition forces launched 13 airstrikes in Syria with fighter jets, bombers and unmanned aircraft, the Pentagon said Saturday. Near […]

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