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Erdogan in Moscow for talks with Putin on Syria safe zone

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will discuss with Vladimir Putin the creation of a Turkish-controlled 'security zone' in northern Syria, suggested by Donald Trump

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Iran deal, Saudi murder: Turbulent year shakes up Middle East

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appear ever more powerful and Washington's promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan seem ever more elusive

Syria downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The incident, which happened late Monday, is the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015

Syria war has killed more than 360,000 – monitor

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:54 PM

The toll represents an increase of about 13,000 people in the past 6 months

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. File photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against Idlib 'tragedy'

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The warning comes as Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif meets with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive

WARNING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Kurds eye decentralized Syria in talks with government

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance says it it has agreed with the government to form joint committees and forge a 'roadmap leading to a democratic and decentralized Syria'

RUBBLE. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadists, a day after they retook it from the Islamic State group. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Syria state media confirms deal with rebels for Daraa city

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Under the deal for opposition-held areas of Daraa city, rebels are to hand over their heavy and medium-sized weapons

DEAL. Displaced Syrians from the Daraa province come back to their hometown in Bosra, southwestern Syria, on July 11, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Yusuf/AFP

Syria's Assad to meet Kim in North Korea – KCNA

Jun 03, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad potentially can become the first head of state to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inside the isolated country

Pentagon warns Syria's Assad against attacking Kurdish-led forces

Jun 01, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie's remarks come after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Russian broadcaster RT he would not hesitate to use force to retake the 3rd of the country held by the Syrian Democratic Forces

Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

May 18, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that 'there were detailed discussions' between the two leaders

DIPLOMACY. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2018. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP

Chemical inspectors await all-clear to begin work in Syria's Douma

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari tells a meeting of the UN Security Council that the team of experts will begin work on Wednesday, April 18, once they receive the all-clear from the security detail

DOUMA. The former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus is seen on April 17, 2018 after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave. AFP/STRINGER

U.S. takes aim at Russia over alleged Syria chemical attack

Apr 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The US State Department says Russia, 'with its unwavering support' for the Syrian regime, would be ultimately responsible

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 7, 2018, shows a wounded woman arriving at a hospital in the Syrian capital Damascus, after rockets fired from Douma killed at least four civilians in various neighbourhoods across the capital. / AFP PHOTO / SANA AND AFP PHOTO / STRINGER / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

Trump says U.S. withdrawing from Syria 'very soon'

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is asked if she was aware of any decision for the US to pull out of Syria. 'I am not, no. No,' she says.

US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018, as he travels to Florida for the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Syria's Assad says Ghouta campaign must go on

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's remarks come as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime air strikes on Eastern Ghouta killed 34 civilians including 11 children on Sunday

SOLDIERS. Syrian government forces brandish their weapons while standing on an armoured personnel carrier after entering al-Shifoniya as they advance in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area on March 4, 2018. Photo by AFP

Fresh violence mars first day of Syria enclave 'truce'

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:01 AM

The first day of a 5-hour daily 'pause' that was ordered by President Vladimir Putin Sunday and kicked off at 9 am local time (0700 GMT) is marred by violence

BOMBARDED. A picture taken on February 27, 2018, shows smoke plumes rising during reported regime bombardment Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP

New strikes hit Syria's Ghouta despite ceasefire call

Feb 25, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The bombing campaign on Eastern Ghouta has been one of the heaviest of the seven-year civil war that has pitted President Bashar al-Assad's regime against a range of rebel groups

STRIKE. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire hit the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day killing 32 civilians, as the world struggled to reach a deal to stop the carnage. Photo by Anmar Suleiman/AFP

Nearly 200 dead in Syria enclave as UN warns situation 'out of control'

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) At least 194 civilians have been killed, among them 57 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

SYRIA RAIDS. A man weeps over his child at a make-shift morgue in Douma who was killed in air strikes on the Syrian village of Mesraba in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:34 PM

(UPDATED) The escalation comes as pro-government forces are also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a month-old Turkish assault there

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Syria regime strikes kill 6 civilians in Ghouta – monitor

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

President Bashar al-Assad's regime intensifies its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus

DESTROYED. Members of the Syrian Civil Defense search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Turkey says Assad must go 'at some point'

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:31 PM

But there needs to be a 'political transition in Syria', leading to a new constitution and elections, says President Erdogan's spokesperson

ASSAD. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo from AFP

UN hosts 'critical' Syria peace talks in Vienna

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:39 PM

The two days of talks in Vienna come after 8 previous rounds in Geneva, during which the two sides failed to even meet each other

PEACE TALKS. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura (C) looks on before the start of talks on Syria in Vienna on January 25, 2018. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

Two Russian servicemen killed in Syria mortar attack

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The latest killings raises to 44 the number of Russian military casualties in the Syria campaign

RUSSIAN ARMY. This file picture taken during a press tour provided by the Russian Armed Forces on September 15, 2017 shows Russian soldiers standing guard in a central street in Syria's eastern city of Deir Ezzor, as locals pass by. Photo by  Dominique Derda/France2/AFP

Putin calls for 'pragmatic cooperation' in New Year wishes to Trump

Dec 30, 2017 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian president also sends messages to other heads of state, including Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and US President-elect Donald Trump (R). AFP / Aris Messinis (Putin) / Jeff Kowalsky (Trump)

On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:03 AM

This comes after Vladimir Putin said last month that efforts to end the war are entering a 'new stage' as the focus shifts from military intervention to political reforms

IN CAIRO. Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart (unseen) following their talks at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

UN restarts Syria peace talks but Assad regime absent

Nov 28, 2017 - 9:48 AM

The 8th round of talks is seen as a chance for the UN to revitalize its push to end the 6-year war, which has killed more than 340,000 people and left Syria in ruin

PEACE EFFORTS. In this file photo, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir (R) sits next to UN special envoy for Syria crisis Staffan de Mistura (C) during the Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh, on November 22, 2017. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

UN aims to restart Syria talks with unified opposition

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:51 AM

The UN-brokered talks to end the war that has killed more than 340,000 people since 2011 have achieved little through 7 previous rounds

IN RUINS. In this file photo, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by US special forces, talks on the radio near Raqa's stadium as they clear the last positions on the frontline on October 16, 2017 in the Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists crumbling stronghold. Bulent Kilic/AFP

Putin urges 'compromise' ahead of new Syria peace talks

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:15 AM

New talks should happen soon, Putin says after a summit with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, insisting that they will reinvigorate a hobbled peace process

PUSH FOR SYRIA PEACE. Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pose during a trilateral meeting on Syria in Sochi on November 22, 2017. Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik/AFP

Putin briefs Trump on Syria after surprise Assad talks

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:01 AM

During the phone call with Trump the Kremlin says Putin stressed the 'need to keep Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity intact'

TALKING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.  Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's president Vladimir Putin met with his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Kremlin says

SOCHI MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), meets with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) in Sochi on November 20, 2017. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

UN's De Mistura wants new round of Syria talks in coming weeks

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The UN special envoy says he intends to convene an eighth round of talks on the bloody more than 6-year conflict no later than the end of October or early November

DESTROYED. In this file photo, Syrians walk down a destroyed street in Aleppo's al-Akroub neighborhood on December 17, 2016. Youssef Karwashan/AFP/File

Syria at UN says 'victory is now within reach'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:55 PM

'The liberation of Aleppo and Palmyra, the lifting of the seige of Deir Ezzor and the eradication of terrorism from many parts of Syria prove that victory is now within reach,' Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Muallem tells the General Assembly

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem arrives to meet with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on September 21, 2017 at the United Nations in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS

No relations with Syria for countries backing rebels – Assad

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The United States and most European countries shut their embassies in Damascus after the government s bloody crackdown on protests that erupted in March 2011

Deadly rocket fire hits near Damascus trade fair

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:56 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 6 people were killed and around a dozen wounded

Enough evidence to convict Syria's Assad of war crimes – prosecutor

Aug 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Carla Del Ponte of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria says justice remains elusive as no international court is tasked with trying the war crimes yet

Trump won't let Assad get away with 'horrible' crimes

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Speaking at a White House press conference with Lebanon s Prime Minister Saad Hariri Trump also calls the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah a threat to the entire Middle East

US President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017 in Washington,DC.  Tasos Katopodis/AFP

U.S., Russia agree on ceasefire in southwest Syria

Jul 08, 2017 - 10:03 AM

The agreement includes areas that have seen Israel retaliate for stray fire into the Israeli occupied Golan Heights from recent clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebel fighters

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (C-R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C-L) hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US says Assad may be preparing chemical attack

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:47 AM

UPDATED The White House says the preparations are similar to those undertaken by the Assad regime ahead of an apparent chemical attack on a rebel held town

The flag of the Syrian Arab Republic (centre right) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Syria army seizes airbase from ISIS – military source, monitor

May 13, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The army takes control of more than 170 villages and towns in the area according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

May 08, 2017 - 5:31 PM

UPDATED Armed men and some of their families have begun leaving Barzeh on 40 buses heading towards northern Syria state television says in a news alert

EVACUATION. An elderly Syrian woman in a wheelchair waits next to a bus during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. File Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Pentagon chief warns Syria against using chemical weapons

Apr 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Mattis makes the comments during a one day visit for talks with Israeli leaders who strongly supported a recent US strike against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on a rebel held town

MATTIS ON SYRIA. US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defence ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Buses evacuate hundreds from 4 besieged Syria towns

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Most of the evacuees on board at least 65 buses are women children and elderly people

TIMELINE: Suspected Syria chemical attack

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Here is a recap of developments after a suspected chemical attack in Idlib province

ATTACK. A picture taken on April 4, 2017 shows destruction at a hospital room in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack. Photo by Omar haj kadour / AFP

Merkel spokesman denounces Hitler comparisons after Spicer reference

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:54 PM

Sean Spicer draws comparisons to Adolf Hitler s actions during the Holocaust and those being carried out now by President Bashar al Assad in Syria sparking outrage during Passover and calls for him to resign

SPICER GAFFE. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds the first daily press briefing of the Trump administration at the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump spokesman apologizes for 'insensitive' Hitler reference

Apr 12, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Sean Spicer: Frankly I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust and there is no comparison

In this file photo, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on February 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Tillerson says no place for Assad in Syria's future

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:36 PM

UPDATED Washington and its allies are pushing for Russia to rein in the Syrian regime but the G7 ministers failed to agree on whether fresh sanctions should be imposed on Damascus and Moscow

MEETING THE MEDIA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addresses reporters at the Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre memorial site in Lucca, Italy, on April 10, 2017. US State Department photo/Public Domain

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Apr 07, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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SAKSIKAN: Amerika Serikat luncurkan serangan rudal ke Suriah

Apr 07, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Serangan ini atas perintah Presiden Donald Trump sebagai balasan atas serangan gas kimia di Suriah

SERANGAN RUDAL. Presiden Donald Trump memerintahkan serangan rudal ke pangkalan militer udara Suriah sebagai balasan atas serangan gas kimia yang telah menewaskan 80 orang. Foto oleh Shawn Thew/EPA

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Apr 07, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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U.S. launches missile strike on Syria airbase

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED President Donald Trump orders the massive military response in retaliation for the deadly April 4 chemical attack being blamed on the Assad regime

MISSILE STRIKE. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross fires a tomahawk land attack missile while conducting naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert S. Price