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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 ...

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 ...