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EGYPT’S MUBARAK: GOLAN COULD HAVE BEEN SYRIA’S IF IT RECOGNIZED ISRAEL

yria rejected an Israeli offer to return the Golan Heights in exchange for the normalization of relations and the opening of embassies in the two countries, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak told Egyptian media. “I contacted the Israelis to try to recover the Golan Heights, but they demanded the opening of an Israeli embassy in Damascus and a Syrian one ...

The conflict between Israel and Iran in Syria has just escalated dramatically

Israel has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Iranian military targets, in a rare move that risks escalating tensions between the two feuding countries. Israel said the latest strikes were in retaliation to Iranian forces launching a surface-to-surface missile from the Damascun area toward the northern part of the Israeli-held Golan Heights, The New York Times reported. The country made ...

Mother of journalist killed by ISIS concerned about Syria withdrawal

As the United States prepares to withdraw troops from Syria, the mother of a journalist murdered by ISIS is concerned about the impact the withdrawal could have on the fight to get justice for her son. Diane Foley, whose son James Foley was brutally executed in 2014, said she is worried that without US support, the Kurdish forces will not have the ...

SYRIA SAYS ISRAEL FIRED MISSILES TOWARD DAMASCUS, HIT AIRPORT WAREHOUSE

BEIRUT – The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shut down most of them. “The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport,” the SANA news agency cited a military source as ...

Pompeo Says The U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Syria Is Just A ‘Tactical Change’

Seeking to quell concern about the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday described the American exit as a “tactical change” in military strategy that wouldn’t deter efforts to defeat ISIS or hurt U.S. interests in the region. Pompeo’s remarks in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, come after the Pentagon announced ...

U.S. starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

The U.S. military says it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for a complete military withdrawal. The announcement is fueling concern about how quickly the U.S. will abandon its Kurdish allies, amid contradictory statements recently by Trump administration officials on an exit timetable. The withdrawal began ...

Devastating floods and near-freezing temperatures bring death and more chaos to Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon

Mohamed Kassaf, 32, was in his tent with his four children when a storm hit. The river outside Hoor refugee camp overflowed. Rain and sewage water seeped through the tent’s tarpaulin sheets. “The water went from tent to tent. We kept moving from room to room until I couldn’t take it anymore. I had the kids sent somewhere else,” recalls ...

Hundreds of Syrians ‘Voluntarily’ Return Home from Lebanon

Hundreds of Syrian refugees started their return journey from Lebanon “voluntarily” on Tuesday morning, following previous rounds of these controversial returns.  The returns are being organised by Lebanon’s General Security agency in cooperation with the Syrian regime. The refugees gathered at pick up points across Lebanon on Tuesday morning to return to their home country, the state-run National News Agency reported. Around ...

Israeli Jets Fly over Lebanon in Rare Daytime Raid on Syria

DAMASCUS, SYRIA —  Israeli jets flying high over Lebanon struck at targets inside Syria on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, in a rare daytime raid that killed at least one person. Syria’s SANA state news agency said the country’s air defenses shot down five missiles, adding that one person was killed and 12 others were wounded. It reported strikes on ...

Activists debunk war-torn Syria’s fake news

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Old images, fiction films and even video games have all been used to spread fake news stories in war-torn Syria — creating all the more work for a media collective debunking them. Protests broke out against Syria’s regime in 2011 and then spun into violent conflict. All along, there has been a continuous stream of fabricated “news,” helped ...