Articles tagged 'syria'

US strikes Syria 7 April 2017 ALLEPO - The US has carried out a missile strike against a Syrian air base in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town. Fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from two US Navy ships in the Mediterranean. Six people were killed, the Syrian army said. It...
Putin's Russia used Syria as live-fire training: US 22 December 2016 NEW YORK - The US army's commander in Europe has accused Russia of using its military campaign in Syria as a "live-fire training opportunity". Lt Gen Ben Hodges said Russia's "disregard for civilian casualties... is not the conduct of a nation that wants to be treated like a superpower". Ru...
Syria rebels 'in push to break Aleppo siege' 28 October 2016 ALEPPO - Rebels in Syria have announced a big offensive aimed at breaking the government siege of east Aleppo. A UK-based monitoring group said the rebels had fired "hundreds" of missiles into western Aleppo, killing at least 15 civilians. They are also reported to have targeted al-Nayrab m...
US accuses Russia of 'barbarism' in Syria 26 September 2016 ALEPPO - The US ambassador to the UN has accused Russia of "barbarism" over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Samantha Power said Russia had told the council outright lies about its conduct in Syria. She said Russia and the Syrian ...
Image of injured Syria boy draws outrage 18 August 2016 ALLEPO - Syrian activists have released striking pictures of a young boy rescued from a destroyed building after an air strike in the divided second city of Aleppo. Video and photos of the boy sitting dazed and bloodied in an ambulance were shared widely on social media, with many expressing s...
US seeks to keep lid on Syria fighting 1 May 2016 WASHINGTON - The United States says it is working on specific initiatives to reduce the bloodshed in Syria and revive a nationwide ceasefire. It says a priority is to halt conflict in Aleppo, where more than 200 people have died in a week of government air strikes and rebel shelling. The US...
Obama rejects ground troops for Syria 24 April 2016 WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has ruled out deploying US ground troops in Syria and says military efforts alone cannot solve the country's problems. "It would be a mistake for the United States, or Great Britain... to send in ground troops and overthrow the [Bashar al-] Assad regime," he...
'Force' al Assad out 13 February 2016 MUNICH - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says if the Syrian political process fails, President Bashar al-Assad will have to be removed "by force." "I believe Bashar al-Assad is weak and I believe Bashar al-Assad is finished," Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN's Christiane...
US-Russia try to narrow Syria divisions 15 December 2015 MOSCOW - US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow for talks to try to bridge gaps with Russia over the political process to end Syria's civil war. He is now in talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and will later meet President Vladimir Putin. The US and Russia have long disagreed ...
Assad in surprise visit to Moscow 21 October 2015 MOSCOW - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has visited Moscow on his first overseas trip since the civil war broke out in his country in 2011, state TV says. During the surprise visit, he held talks with President Vladimir Putin. Russia launched air strikes in Syria last month against the s...
'Millions more could flee Syria' 6 October 2015 DAMASCUS - Turkey has warned the EU that millions more refugees could flee Syria as the civil war intensifies, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. He said Russian and Iranian engagement in Syria was making a victory for President Bashar al-Assad more likely. According to Turkis...
Russia bombs Syria for 4th day 4 October 2015 MOSCOW - Russian forces bombed targets in Syria for a fourth day despite international concerns over Moscow's intentions in the war-torn nation. The Russian defense ministry said its soldiers bombed nine ISIS positions Saturday near the terror group's de facto capital in Raqqa. In the past ...
Obama: Russia air strikes 'strengthen IS' 3 October 2015 WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has said the Russian bombing campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad is driving moderate opposition underground and "only strengthening" Islamic State. Mr Obama said he rejected the Russian assertion that all armed opponents of the "brut...
Russia launches fresh Syria strikes 1 October 2015 MOSCOW - Russia has launched a series of air strikes in Syria for a second day. The strikes reportedly targeted sites in the north-west held by the Army of Conquest rebel alliance, as well as areas in Homs and Hama provinces. Russia said it struck 12 Islamic State (IS) positions in 24 hours...
Donald Trump: I will send Syrian refugees home 1 October 2015 WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has said he would send home all Syrian refugees the US accepts, if he becomes president. The billionaire, who is the current frontrunner in the Republican race for the White House, told a New Hampshire rally: "If I win, they're going back." It marks a reversal in p...
France launches air strikes in Syria 27 September 2015 PARIS - France has carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. French planes destroyed a training camp in the eastern town of Deir al-Zour, President Francois Hollande said. A US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq for...
Migrant solution far off, warns Merkel 24 September 2015 MUNICH - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that a solution to the migrant crisis is far off and how it is handled will shape Europe in the long term. She told German MPs the latest EU measures agreed on Wednesday were only a "first step" and that "selective relocation" of migrants was...
Assad vows not to 'quit under pressure' 16 September 2015 DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said in an interview for Russian TV he will not quit under foreign pressure, saying the Syrian people must decide. Western powers and much of the Syrian opposition say it is not conceivable for Mr Assad to lead a post-war Syria. Mr Assad said ...
Britain appoints minister for Syrian refugees 14 September 2015 LONDON - Britain on Monday announced it had appointed a minister to deal specifically with the 20 000 Syrian refugees that the country has agreed to resettle from camps bordering the war-torn country. "The queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Richard Harrington MP as a Parliame...
Migrants crisis: Austria, Germany near tipping point 7 September 2015 VIENNA - The massive flood of refugees in Europe are pushing Germany and Austria to a tipping point. Well over 17,500 refugees have poured into the two countries in just the past two days, trying to escape the bombings, terrorists and dire conditions ravaging their homelands. "We have helpe...
US concerned by Russia's Syria moves 6 September 2015 WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concern to Moscow over reports of Russian military build-up in Syria, the state department says. US media reports said Russia has sent advisers and hardware to Syria, in what Washington fears is an expansion of its support for Preside...
Migrant crisis: Syrians despair over drowned boy photo 4 September 2015 DAMASCUS - There has been a stunned reaction among Syrian social media users to the photo of a Syrian child washed up on the Turkish shores. The picture which was released by a Turkish news agency, is reported to be of three-year-old Alan, who drowned along with his five-year-old brother Galip...
World 'failing Syrian refugees' 3 September 2015 DAMASCUS - A UN inquiry into the conflict in Syria has criticised the "global failure" to protect the country's refugees, saying it has fuelled Europe's migrant crisis. Chairman Paulo Sergio Pinheiro urged the international community to act with "humanity and compassion" by creating legal chan...
US-led Syria strikes 'kill 553' 23 October 2014 WASHINGTON - US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have killed 553 people since September, UK-based activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 464 IS fighters, 57 other militants and 32 civilians have died. Meanwhile, fierce fighting resumed in th...
US strikes Islamic State in Syria 23 September 2014 WASHINGTON - The US and five Arab allies have launched the first strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. The Pentagon said warplanes, drones and Tomahawk missiles were used in the attacks, which targeted several areas including IS stronghold Raqqa. Syria's foreign ministry sa...