07 Oct 2019

US pulls back troops in northeast Syria, opening way to Turkish attack

The US has begun withdrawing forces from northeastern Syria. Analysts warn that the move will enable Turkey to launch strikes on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US ally that was instrumental in defeating Islamic State in Syria earlier this year. US President Trump Tweeted that it was too

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30 Sep 2019

US Sees Rising Threat in the West From Qaeda Branch in Syria

Hurras al-Din, an al Qaeda affiliate in northwestern Syria, is plotting attacks on Western countries and poses a serious threat, US counterterrorism officials warn. Earlier this year, Washington’s concern about the rise of Hurras al-Din in Syria even prompted it to seek official permission by Russia to carry out airstrikes

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09 Sep 2019

Activists: Airstrikes on Iran-backed groups in Syria kill 18

In the latest sign of an escalating proxy war between Iran and Israel, airstrikes killed at least 18 members of Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria Sunday night. One source put the death toll at 21, and the number of wounded at 36. The attacks have so far not been claimed,

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28 Aug 2019

Russia strikes deal with Turkey on Syria’s Idlib, says Putin

On the sidelines of Russia’s air show MAKS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin presented an image of unity on Tuesday, despite their countries’ conflicting interests in Syria. Erdogan criticized the Syrian government for its recent campaign to recapture Idlib from rebel forces, calling it

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27 Aug 2019

Israel Appears to Attack Four Countries in Two Days, Bombing Iran’s Allies Across Middle East

Tensions in the Middle East have surged since last weekend as the result of Israeli attacks on targets in four different countries, all of them allied with Iran. While the Israeli military recently claimed strikes on targets in Syria and the Palestinian-administered Gaza Strip, it is also thought to be

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20 Aug 2019

ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria

US and Iraqi officials warn that Islamic State is regaining influence in Iraq and Syria via a campaign of guerrilla attacks; new funding mechanisms; and renewed recruitment efforts. In March of this year, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared victory over ISIS in Syria after recapturing the terror group’s

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05 Jul 2019

Iran threatens British shipping in retaliation for tanker seizure

Iran on Friday threatened to capture a British oil tanker unless the United Kingdom releases an Iranian tanker that was recently seized in Gibraltar by UK Marines. A day earlier, the Iranian government had summoned the British ambassador over the incident. Gibraltar said the vessel had been seized because it

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05 Jun 2019

US and Russia spar over ‘unsafe’ spy plane intercept near Syria

The US Sixth Fleet, which is part of the United States’ naval forces in Europe, said on Tuesday that a Russian fighter jet intercepted a US Navy surveillance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea in an “irresponsible” manner. The incident occurred in international airspace and “put [US] pilots and crew at

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28 May 2019

Israel and Syria exchange fire amid soaring regional tensions

Israel’s military on Monday acknowledged that it carried out a a rocket attack on a Syrian launcher in the Golan Heights, after an Israeli jet had come under Syrian anti-aircraft fire earlier that day. Syrian news reported that a “military vehicle was targeted and there are wounded.” Israeli Prime Minister

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22 May 2019

US says signs Syria may be using chemical weapons, warns of quick response

The US State Department on Tuesday said it continues “to see signs” that the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “may be renewing its use of chemical weapons.” A department spokeswoman mentioned one incident in particular, namely “an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19.”

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