Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged More »

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in More »

Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million Euros to fight extremism in Africa

:: Saudi Arabia announced support in the amount of 100 million Euros for the launch of a new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign More »

King Salman orders $19 billion stimulus for Saudi Arabia’s private sector

:: King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion Saudi riyals of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private More »

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

:: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a More »

 

Tag Archives: Syria

Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged country. Staffan de Mistura, who is mediating peace

US-led air strikes kill 23 civilians in Syria

:: Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by ISIS in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. “At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday

Syrian opposition says government obstructing Geneva talks

:: The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward. Opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi said on Tuesday that the Damascus delegation told UN envoy Staffan

Mattis eyes moving away from arming Syrian Kurdish fighters

:: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that as offensive operations against ISIS in Syria entered their final stages, he expected the focus to move towards holding territory instead of arming Syrian Kurdish fighters. Speaking with reporters on

Syrian government delegate Jaafari quits Geneva peace talks

:: Syria’s government delegation quit UN-led peace talks in Geneva on Friday and said it would not return next week unless the opposition withdrew a statement demanding President Bashar al-Assad play no role in any interim post-war government. “For us

Gruesome ISIS video purports to show Syrian pilot burned alive

:: ISIS has released a video allegedly showing a Syrian pilot that the extremists captured more than a year ago being set on fire while alive. The video released late Thursday allegedly showed Maj. Azzam Eid being chained to a

Syrian rebels down army helicopter in southwest-Observatory

:: Syrian insurgents brought down an army helicopter in southwest Syria on Friday, near the borders with Israel and Lebanon, killing its two crew members, a war monitoring group said. Two Syrian army officers from the helicopter’s crew died, the

Syrian opposition seek a political solution in six months

:: Syrian opposition leader Nasr Hariri requested that Russia and other countries put real pressure on Damascus to reach a political solution within six months in accordance with UN resolution 2254. Hariri said the opposition had no preconditions for talks,

Syrian regime delegation joins peace talks in Geneva

:: The Syrian delegation arrived in Geneva to participate in the eighth round of United Nation-sponsored peace talks. It delayed its departure for one day after the opposition repeated its demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down. The Russian-proposed

UN: Syria regime to join peace talks on Wednesday

:: A Syrian government delegation will arrive in Geneva on Wednesday, a day later than expected, to attend peace talks being held there this week, Syrian state news agency SANA said. The delegation had delayed its planned departure for the

Trump, Macron say UN’s Syria talks in Geneva ‘only legitimate forum’

:: The leaders of the United States and France on Monday insisted UN-backed talks on Syria’s future were the only way forward, after a no-show by the Damascus government. Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone and agreed

UAE minister warns against ‘Iranian or Turkish solution’ to Syrian conflict

:: The UAE’S Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday through his Twitter account that a solution to the Syrian conflict “cannot be Iranian or Turkish,” urging a stronger Arab role to the crisis. Gargash also

Thousands return from Jordan to south Syria as ceasefire holds

:: Around 1,000 Syrians who sought refuge in Jordan have been returning home each month since July when a ceasefire for southern Syria took force, the UN said Monday. The ceasefire brokered by Jordan, Russia and the United States for

UN: Syria government has not confirmed will attend Geneva talks

:: United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Monday that the Syrian government had not yet confirmed that it would attend an eighth round of peace talks in Geneva this week, but “indicated that we would be hearing

Russian strikes kill 53 civilians in Syria’s Deir Ezzor

:: Russian air strikes on Sunday morning killed at least 53 civilians, including 21 children, in a village held by ISIS in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said in a new toll. “The toll increased after removing the

Syria opposition agrees to send united delegation to Geneva talks

:: Syria’s fragmented opposition announced early Friday they had reached an agreement to send a united delegation to next week’s UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva. “We have agreed with the two other (opposition) branches to send a united delegation to

Turkey says US will no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters

:: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said US President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart that the United States will no longer supply arms to People’s Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurdish fighters. Cavusoglu said on Friday that Trump

Why Assad made a surprise visit to Russia

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: The surprise visit of Syrian President Bashar Assad to Sochi this week, and his meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, is a true turning point in the Syrian conflict. It preceded a summit of

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