Syria

India, Syria to hold ministerial meeting

NEW DELHI: India is planning a ministerial level joint commission meeting with war-torn Syria in Damascus in the near future, aiming to widen its strategic presence in West Asia amid tumultuous regional geopolitics less than a year after the meeting was postponed following the threat of war. The Narendra Modi-led NDA government is also planning to offer a new line ...

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US investigating claims that Syria again used chlorine gas

ALEPPO — There’s confusion, but no conclusion, so far about whether the Syrian regime on May 19 used chlorine gas yet again against opposition forces. The Syrian government denies it used chemical weapons near Kabana in northern Latakia province. The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement May 19 saying the allegation was made by terrorist groups and was completely false, though the Idlib ...

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Efforts underway for safe zone in northern Syria to reduce risk of terror attacks on Turkey, Pompeo says

S. Secretary of State Pompeo said Friday that efforts were underway to set up a safe zone in northern Syria to reduce the risk of terror attacks on Turkey. Speaking at a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas following their meeting in Berlin, Pompeo underlined that the U.S. will continue to support U.N. efforts for a political ...

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IS fight: US-led coalition says it killed 1,300 civilians in Syria and Iraq

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group says it has unintentionally killed more than 1,300 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014. In a statement, the coalition said it had carried out 34,502 strikes since its air campaign against IS began there nearly five years ago. A UK-based monitoring group says the true toll is much higher, estimating up ...

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For residents of Syria’s last rebel-held province, no place is safe as military offensive ramps up

Rescue workers pull 12-year-old Nour Faham from the dust, rubble and twisted metal that was his home, struck Monday morning by a Syrian government air force bomb in the northeastern town of Ariha. One of the workers cradles a dazed Nour, while another examines his head. He’s alive. Moments later, they uncover another boy, his 9-year-old brother, Zain. He isn’t moving. As ...

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Russia Says It’s Turkey’s Duty to Stop Fighting in Syria’s Idlib

The Kremlin said on Friday it was Turkey’s responsibility to stop rebels in Syria’s Idlib province from firing on civilian and Russian targets, signaling it would continue to back a Syrian government offensive there despite Ankara’s protests. The month-long offensive, the biggest escalation of the war between President Bashar al-Assad and his enemies since last summer, has raised fears of a ...

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Jordanians kidnapped in Syria return safely to Kingdom

AMMAN — Two Jordanians who were reportedly kidnapped in Syria earlier this week returned safely to the Kingdom on Thursday evening, following their release earlier in the day, the Foreign Ministry said. The Jordanian Embassy in Damascus was notified on Thursday morning that the two kidnapped Jordanians were located by the Syrian authorities, and their return was arranged through the ...

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Fires, reduced prices disappoint northern Syria’s hopes for record harvest

AMMAN — This winter, heavy rains pounded Qais’s fields on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa, promising him a good season, one that could compensate his losses, repay his debts and rebuild his home. Qais Khamis, a 40-year old father of five, joined his uncle in cultivating a 25-acre field of barley this year. It had been a year ...

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Turkish university to offer education in northern Syria

Following Turkish army operations clearing areas in northern Syria from terrorists, a university in a Turkish border region is set to offer education in the liberated areas, the university rector told Anadolu Agency on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports. “There was a high demand from local assemblies and provincial leaders. I went [to northern Syria] myself and saw the demand, they really need ...

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Syrian forces pound rebel targets in the besieged northwest

Syrian government forces pounded positions in the northwest of the country on Sunday as troops on the ground seized a town retaken by rebels days before. The bombardment helped Russian-backed Syrian soldiers capture the small town of Kafr Nabuda in the north of Hama province, the third time it has changed hands in the latest offensive, sources on both sides said. Syrian state news ...

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