Syria

One way to push back in Syria? Target Iranian airlines

Iran’s commercial fleet is helping the Bashar Assad regime and its allies commit vast-scale atrocities in Syria. The Obama administration should have punished Tehran’s war crimes by going after Iran’s aviation sector, without which Iran could not deliver weapons and fighters to Aleppo’s killing fields. Instead, it has authorized the sale of aircraft to Iran. And it won’t leverage U.S. ...

ISIS shoots down fighter jet in Palmyra as jihadis re-enter ancient city

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG According to the extremist group’s news agency, Amaq, the militants shot the plane near to the Jazal oil fields west of the city. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a government jet crashed in the Jazal area. The Observatory claimed on Friday that the IS assault near Palmyra has killed at least 49 pro-government ...

Aleppo battle: Red Cross evacuates disabled civilians from frontline

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Red Cross says it has evacuated 148 mostly disabled and elderly civilians found in a part of the Syrian city of Aleppo recently recaptured by the army. They were trapped for days inside a former old people’s home in what was a rebel-held part of the Old City because of heavy fighting nearby. Many had ...

Syria rebels vow to adopt guerrilla tactics as Assad forces seize two thirds of east Aleppo

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Faced with almost certain defeat in the city of Aleppo, Syrian rebel groups have promised to continue their war by adopting the guerrilla tactics of assassinations, armed raids and roadside bombs. The four-year battle for control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is likely to end in the next few weeks as Syrian regime forces either advance ...

How can Australians help people in Syria and Iraq?

Seeing harrowing images from war zones in Syria and Iraq can make people feel at a loss of how to help, but there are ways Australians can lend a hand. There are dozens of organisations already working within and around the war-torn cities of Aleppo and Mosul. We asked workers from Red Cross and World Vision what Australians can do. ...

Egypt’s Sisi expresses support for Syria’s military

Egyptian leader says his priority is to support “national armies”, noting a solution must be “political” in Syria. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says he supports the Syrian military – a position at odds with his country’s Gulf benefactors such as Saudi Arabia. The former army chief, who has overseen a warming of ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main ...

“There will not be more to distribute next week”

Hunger is stalking the people of rebel-held east Aleppo. While Russia has urged the rebels to leave and take their weapons with them, they are determined to stay and fight to break the government’s siege on the city. United Nations agencies are scrambling to strike a deal that will deliver aid to the quarter of a million people living there. ...

UN : Syria army used chemical weapons in Qmenas in 2015

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The Syrian army attacked the village of Qmenas with chemical weapons in March 2015, UN experts said in a report released Friday. But they were unable to determine who was responsible for two other chemical weapons attacks — against Binnish in Idlib province in March 2015 and Kafr Zita in Hama province in April ...

Syria war: Inquiry finds government forces responsible for third gas attack

An international inquiry has found Syrian government forces were responsible for a third toxic gas attack, according to a confidential report submitted to the UN Security Council. The finding sets the stage for a showdown between Russia and western council members over how to respond. The fourth report from the 13-month-long inquiry by the United Nations and the Organisation for ...

Syrian government and Egypt agree to ‘fight terrorism’

Syrian government says security services chief Ali Mamluk agreed coordination with Cairo during first public foreign visit in five years Syrian security services chief Ali Mamluk met Egyptian officials in his first public foreign visit in five years, state media in Damascus said on Monday. State news agency SANA said Mamluk met with Egyptian head of general intelligence Khaled Fawzy ...

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