Étiqueté : Syria

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EU air visitors control agency warns of flights over Syria

The international air traffic control agency Eurocontrol has warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria in the next 72 hours. Eurocontrol said that air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles could be used within that period and there was a possibility of intermittent disruption of radio…

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Can Russia, Iran and Turkey agree on a roadmap for Syria?

On April 4, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met for a trilateral summit in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The agenda of the meeting was the Syrian crisis – a problem that the three leaders have been trying to resolve since the end of 2016. In Ankara, the leaders continued…

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Trump: Saudis want to pay if they wish US troops to cease in Syria

US President Donald Trump has said that Saudi Arabia might have to pay if it wants continuing US presence in Syria. « We’ve almost completed that task [of defeating ISIL] and we’ll be making a determination very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we’ll do, » said Trump on Tuesday during a White…

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Turkey delivers 30 tonnes of wait on at some stage in Afrin operation in Syria

Turkey’s disaster management agency has distributed more than 30 tonnes of humanitarian aid throughout Afrin since Ankara launched military operations in the northwestern Syrian region on January 20. According to a statement sent by the AFAD Authority to Al Jazeera on Monday, the agency plans to set up camps to house 170,000 people around Syria’s Idlib…

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The state with leftist myths about Syria

As the death toll in the Damascus’ suburb of Eastern Ghouta reached nearly 700 in two weeks and continues to rise, many so-called progressive voices continue to justify the carnage. Many are dead convinced that the regime is fighting al-Qaeda in Eastern Ghouta, which is using civilians as human shields – hence the hundreds of…

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The build is al-Qaeda in Syria?

In late December 2017, General Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia’s General Staff, told the Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda that the « destruction of Jabhat al-Nusra fighters » was a priority task in Syria for 2018. About a week later, Syrian regime forces with Russian and Iranian support launched an offensive on rebel-held Idlib province. Syrian state media claimed…

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UN Safety Council votes in favour of 30-day Syria ceasefire

The UN Security Council has voted in favour of a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. The unanimously approved resolution, passed on Saturday, will allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations to take place. The vote, held at around 2:30pm local time (19:30 GMT), had been delayed by more than 24 hours due…

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Turkey denies reports Syria will succor YPG in Afrin

Turkey’s deputy prime minister has dismissed as « false » media reports that Syrian government forces were poised to enter a Kurdish enclave in Syria’s Afrin. Bekir Bozdag, however, warned any move by Syrian soldiers to help the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, repel a Turkish offensive in northwestern Syria would be a « major disaster » for…

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De Mistura: Civilians killed on horrific scale in Syria

The UN special envoy for Syria has given warning that violence in the country is the worst he has seen since taking the job four years ago. Staffan de Mistura’s remarks on Wednesday came as the US and Russia again traded blame at the UN over the ongoing conflict.. « Civilians have been killed on a…

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Israel squares off for showdown with Iran in Syria

A surge in Israeli-Syrian cross-border incidents has turned into the « biggest » confrontation between the two countries in decades and confronted Russia with a new dilemma: how to preserve its ties with both sides. The tit-for-tat attacks, which started on Saturday and continued until the following day, have been accompanied by a war of words, with Benjamin Netanyahu…