Syria

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 ...

ISRAEL FIRES PATRIOT MISSILE AGAINST DRONE ON SYRIAN BORDER

The IDF launched a Patriot missile against a Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on Friday afternoon that was flying inside the demilitarized zone between the two countries. The IDF said that “a Patriot missile was launched against a Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle in the buffer zone [and that] the drone was apparently hit,” emphasizing that “the IDF will continue to ...

Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin Discuss Syrian Issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed the situation in Syria with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a phone conversation on July 14, the Kremlin said in a statement. “Particular attention was paid to joint steps aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria on the basis of resolutions of the UN Security Council and the agreements reached within the ...

A window to Syria’s torture chambers

“How can people commit such crimes. And why,” asked a visitor, an elderly person, while he was walking through the halls of the Kunstgebäude in the heart of Stuttgart. The city hosted an extravagant exhibition in June-July on the alleged crimes committed by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Parts of the so-called Caesar Photos, which were first released ...

Of all at stake at the Trump-Putin summit, Syria is most in peril

THOSE WHO worry that President Trump will make unwarranted concessions to Vladi­mir Putin at their summit meeting Monday have plenty to fret about, including Mr. Trump’s hints that he might recognize Russia’s forcible annexation of Crimea or scale back NATO deployments in the Baltic states. But the most probable area of appeasement is Syria — which Russia aspires to dominate, at the expense of U.S. strategic interests ...

IS jihadists retake parts of Syria town in major attack

The Islamic State group seized parts of a key town on the Syrian-Iraqi border today in a massive operation that further confirmed the jihadists remain a force on the ground. IS used at least 10 suicide bombers in its offensive on Albu Kamal, which lies in he Euphrates Valley in eastern Syria and swiftly took several neighbourhoods, the Syrian Observatory ...

Airstrike on rebel-held village in northwest Syria kills at least 44

Airstrikes on a village in rebel-held Syria have killed at least 44 civilians and injured a further 80, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has said, in the biggest attack in the area so far this year. The UK-based war monitor as well as the Syrian Civil Defence service said the attack on Zardana in Idlib province overnight on Thursday involved a ‘double ...

“Siege, starve, and surrender”: inside the next phase of the Syrian civil war

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s attacks on Eastern Ghouta show how he plans to consolidate power across the country. Airstrikes. Artillery fire. Cluster and barrel bombs. This is what the nearly 400,000 people in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, have faced over the past two weeks. Syrian forces have dramatically escalated their attacks on the area, ...