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Armory in Syria's Idlib province kills 39 – monitor

image copyright AFP / Getty Images Caption Rescue teams used bulldozers to remove debris and free trapped people At least 39 people, including 12 children, were killed in an explosion that crashed a building in Syria's mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib. The building in Sarmada City is said to have contained weapons from a weapons dealer. Dozens of people …

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Leaflets fell on Syria's call for reconciliation

BEIRUT – Syrian military helicopters dropped leaflets on parts of the rebel-held north-western province of Idlib on Thursday and urged residents to reconcile with the government when fighter planes toppled the region, opposition activists said Jan Egeland said that the UN has appealed to Turkey to open its border with refugees from Idlib if the Syrian government decides to attack …

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Syria's Assad says the next priority is the recapture of Idlib: Russian media

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Russian media on Thursday that his next priority was the reconquest of Idlib province, which is currently dominated by rebels and jihadists. "Now Idlib is our destination, but not just Idlib," Assad told the Northwestern province, in comments on Russian news. "Of course, there are areas in the eastern part of Syria that are controlled …

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The White Helmets – Syria's Noble Rescuer – must be rescued by Israel

In in 2016 and 2017, the white helmets – Syrian volunteers who risked their lives after air strikes, barrel bombing and chemical weapons attacks to rescue civilians trapped in ruins – were among the frontrunners in the Nobel Peace Prize. A collection of bakers, tailors, engineers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters and students nicknamed for their protective hats have rescued more than …

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Syria's former rebel bases are out as the Assad regime regains control

President Bashar al-Assad Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…27&Itemid=47 The armed forces are putting pressure on East Ghouta for months following the capture of the suburbs of Damascus with arrests, military conscriptions and restricted food supplies to enforce the former rebel stronghold. The Syrian regime and its ally Russia had an air strike on Ghouta in February to force rebel government forces to surrender. Hundreds …

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Syria's Assad defies the US, pushing southwest attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition territories in the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war observer and rebel representative said despite US demands that President Bashar al-Assad stand still. A man rides a motorbike with belongings in the country Deraa, Syria, June 22, 2018. REUTERS / Alaa al-Faqir Assad …

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Syria's army is on its way to victory after driving out rebels from Damascus, but what comes next is not going to be easy

BEIRUT – After seven years of war, Syrian government forces have seized control of their capital Damascus and freed an overburdened military to fight back against the country's few remaining rebels. The Battle of Damascus ended this week with an offensive against the Islamic State group in the ruins of a former Palestinian refugee camp in the southern suburbs after …

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Syria's Assad flew to Russia for talks with Putin: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Russian Leader Vladimir Putin's summer residence on the Black Sea talks on Thursday about the Syrian conflict, the Kremlin said, a visit that underscored Moscow's status as Assad's chief backer. Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during their meeting at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia May …

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Syria's Assad is said to be in a "good" mood, despising US weapons for air strikes

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, center right, meets with Russian lawmakers in Damascus. (Syrian Arab News Agency / AP) BEIRUT – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised the Russian weapons on Sunday when his government celebrated the victory over rebels in the city, in an alleged chemical attack airstrikes took place over the weekend. Assad made the comments during a meeting in …

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