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Syria Kurds evacuate civilians from IS redoubt, hail Trump troop reversal

With Washington's allies poised for victory against Islamic State fighters making a final stand in a pocket near the Iraqi border, the White House announced plans on Thursday to keep "a small peacekeeping force" of 200 troops in Syria. The announcement partially reversed Trump's abrupt decision in December to withdraw the entire 2,000-strong U.S. contingent, which had alarmed Washington's Kurdish allies and prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to quit. An administration official later put the...
Tags: Science, Washington, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Syria, Trump, TANF, Jim Mattis


U.S. pressing Gulf states to keep Syria isolated: sources

The opposing approaches are an early test of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can gain political and diplomatic credibility after a nearly eight-year civil war turned him into an international pariah. Many countries cut links with Syria at the start of the war. Several Gulf states shut or downgraded their embassies, Syria was suspended from the Arab League, flights stopped and border crossings were closed.
Tags: Science, Syria, Bashar Al Assad, Gulf, Arab League, Several Gulf


Report: More Than 300 Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria, With Pro-Assad Forces Responsible for 98 Percent

Well over 300 chemical weapons attacks have occurred during the nearly eight years-long Syrian civil war, with President Bashar al-Assad’s government and its allies accounting for the vast majority of them, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing new research by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI).Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Washington Post, Syria, War, Military, Terrorism, Bashar Al Assad, Chemical Weapons, Syrian Civil War, Sarin, Chlorine, Barrel Bombs, Global Public Policy Institute GPPI


Coalition warplanes hit last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria

Coalition jets roared overhead as columns of white smoke rose from the Islamic State-held Baghouz area a short distance from the Iraqi border, a Reuters witness said. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have driven Islamic State (IS) from swathes of northern and eastern Syria with U.S.-led coalition support, launched an offensive on Saturday to capture the enclave in Deir al-Zor province. The jihadists are putting up stiff resistance and had sought to counter-attack again on Monday morni...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Syria, Reuters, SDF, Deir al Zor, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mustafa Bali, Baghouz


U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State: official

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria, an SDF official said on Sunday. The SDF, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, began the assault on Saturday, seeking to wipe out the last remnants of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations in eastern and northern Syria. Islamic State (IS) also still retains territory in the part of Syria that is mostly under the control of t...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Syria, SDF, U S backed Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Syria Islamic State IS


U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against Islamic State

President Donald Trump, who is planning to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, said on Wednesday he expected an announcement as early as next week that the U.S.-led coalition operating in support of the SDF had reclaimed all the territory previously held by the jihadist group. The enclave is close to the Iraqi border and comprises two villages, though Islamic State (IS) also still has territory in the part of Syria that is mostly under the control of the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian government...
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Syria, Donald Trump, Reuters, SDF, Mustafa Bali


Exclusive: Russia's Sechin raises pressure on Putin to end OPEC deal

Igor Sechin, head of Russian oil giant Rosneft and one of Vladimir Putin's closest allies, has written to the Russian president saying Moscow's deal with OPEC to cut oil output is a strategic threat and plays into the hands of the United States. The letter did not say whether the agreement in place since 2017 between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other large oil producers led by Russia to cut output should be extended or not. There is no guarantee Putin will ...
Tags: Science, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Syria, United States, Moscow, Rosneft, Igor Sechin, Sechin


Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to 'watch Iran': CBS interview

The Republican president lamented "endless wars" in Syria and Afghanistan in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" and made clear he wants to reduce the costly U.S. military presence in those countries despite warnings against such moves from his military advisers and spy chiefs. The United States could rely heavily on intelligence work in Afghanistan, he said, and respond to developments in Syria from U.S. bases in neighboring Iraq. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have sent weapons and thousan...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, United States, Cbs, Bashar Al Assad, Trump, CBS Face the Nation, Iraq Iran


Facebook and Twitter Take Down a Wave of Political Manipulation

Facebook said it removed 783 pages, groups and accounts linked to Iran that were attempting to manipulate political discussions about current events, like the Israel-Palestine conflict and the wars in Syria and Yemen. The industry collaboration has been central to the success of these operations, Facebook said. In September, Twitter disclosed it had suspended 770 accounts potentially based in Iran for violating its policies.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Israel Palestine


Facebook and Twitter Took Down a Wave of Political Manipulation

Facebook said it removed 783 pages, groups and accounts linked to Iran that were attempting to manipulate political discussions about current events, like the Israel-Palestine conflict and the wars in Syria and Yemen. The industry collaboration has been central to the success of these operations, Facebook said. In September, Twitter disclosed it had suspended 770 accounts potentially based in Iran for violating its policies.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Israel Palestine


Medieval Map Points to World's Richest Man, Maybe Ever

Who is the richest person to ever have lived? Put down that Forbes Magazine -- it's not Jeff Bezos. The real answer is in the pages of a Medieval manuscript, The Catalan Atlas. Centered on a page of trade routes sits a West African king holding a golden coin: Mansa Musa, the wealthiest person probably ever to walk the globe. A reproduction of the Atlas is on display in a new exhibit, which opened Jan. 26 at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The exhib...
Tags: Europe, Science, Washington, Nigeria, Africa, Syria, Atlantic, Egypt, Middle East, West Africa, Mali, Jeff Bezos, Forbes magazine, Mediterranean, Majorca, Ontario


U.S. spy chiefs break with Trump on many threats to the U.S.

The spy chiefs broke with President Donald Trump in their assessments of the threats posed by North Korea, Iran and Syria. While China and Russia strengthen their alliance, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said, some American allies are pulling away from Washington in reaction to changing U.S. policies on security and trade.
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Russia, Syria, Donald Trump, Trump, North Korea Iran, National Intelligence Dan Coats


Syria's first lady has successful breast cancer surgery

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Presidency says the first lady has had successful surgery for breast cancer in the capital's military hospital.
Tags: Science, Syria, Ap, Beirut


Syria's first lady undergoes operation over cancer: presidency

The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has undergone a "successful" operation as part of treatment for early-stage breast cancer, the presidency said on Sunday. "Asma al-Assad continues her treatment against the malignant tumour," it said on its Facebook page. The presidency announced in August that the first lady had begun treatment for "a malignant tumour in the breast that was discovered at an early stage".
Tags: Science, Syria, Bashar Al Assad, Asma Al Assad


Iraq must move away from economic reliance on Iran: British official

Alistair Burt visited Iraq after a flurry of high-profile diplomacy in Baghdad this month that followed U.S. President Donald Trump's surprise announcement he was pulling American troops out of Syria. U.S. allies worry the withdrawal, even if it proceeds more slowly than initially planned, will embolden Iran, whose influence has grown in Iraq and Syria in recent years. Washington hopes to counter Iranian influence through renewed sanctions, and has pressured Iraq to halt imports of Iranian gas...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Alistair Burt


U.S. sanctions hit Iran-backed airlines, fighters in Syria

The United States on Thursday targeted two Iran-backed foreign fighter militias in Syria and two airlines that help send weapons to Syria in fresh sanctions as Washington prepares for a military withdrawal from the war-torn country. All four groups are linked to Iran's Mahan Air and Iran's elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, both of which are already blacklisted, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement. The Fatemiyoun Division and Zaynabiyoun Brigade...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, Syria, United States, Irgc, U S Treasury Department, Mahan Air, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, Fatemiyoun Division, Zaynabiyoun Brigade


Syria's Assad suspends special visas for EU diplomats

The European Commission said on Thursday that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad had suspended special visas for European Union diplomats to Damascus, confirming a Reuters report earlier this week. "The Bashar al-Assad regime has suspended multiply entry visas," a spokeswoman told a regular Commission briefing.
Tags: Science, Eu, European Union, Syria, Commission, European Commission, Assad, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Reuters


Assad blocks access to Damascus for EU envoys: diplomats

Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, the EU has used the Lebanese capital, the nearest major city, for its diplomatic base while closing most embassies in Damascus in protest over what they describe as Assad's brutal assault on the opposition. The EU diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity said they believed it was an attempt to try to force European governments and the bloc to re-open embassies in Damascus, as the Syrian army, backed by Russian and Iranian forces, regains control o...
Tags: Science, Eu, Syria, Assad, Damascus


Arab economic summit in Beirut urges Syrian refugee returns

Arab states at an economic summit in Beirut called on world powers on Sunday to step up efforts to enable Syrian refugees to return home. The United Nations says that 5.6 million Syrian refugees live in five neighboring countries - Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq - and it is not yet safe for them to return. Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, more than 1 million people have fled across the border to Lebanon, where aid agencies say most live in extreme poverty.
Tags: Science, Iraq, Syria, United Nations, Beirut, Lebanon, Turkey Lebanon Jordan Egypt


At Arab summit, Lebanon's Aoun calls for Syrian refugee returns

Lebanese President Michel Aoun urged world powers on Sunday to step up efforts for Syrian refugees to return home, regardless of any political solution to the war there. Aoun told an Arab economic summit in Beirut that Lebanon had suggested solutions for safe returns for the meeting to agree. Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, more than 1 million people have fled across the border to Lebanon, where aid agencies say most live in extreme poverty.
Tags: Science, Syria, Beirut, Lebanon, Michel Aoun, Aoun


Lebanon's Aoun urges more efforts to repatriate Syrian refugees

Lebanese President Michel Aoun urged world powers on Sunday to "make all efforts" for Syrian refugees to return home regardless of any political solution to the war there. Aoun told an Arab economic summit in Beirut that Lebanon would suggest solutions for safe refugee returns in the meeting's final statement. Since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011, more than 1 million people have fled across the border to Lebanon, where aid agencies say most refugees live in extreme poverty.
Tags: Science, Syria, Beirut, Lebanon, Michel Aoun, Aoun


Qatar emir to attend Beirut's Arab economic summit

Qatar's emir will visit Beirut on Sunday for an Arab economic summit which has been marred by regional rifts and internal Lebanese disputes even before it began. Lebanese President Michel Aoun's office said on Saturday Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had informed it he would come to lead the Qatari delegation. Rifts among Arab states over Syria and its ally Iran, on top of divisions inside Lebanon, have overshadowed the summit, with several leaders pulling out.
Tags: Science, Qatar, Iran, Syria, Beirut, Lebanon, Michel Aoun, Hamad al Thani


Lebanon's FM calls for Syria's return to Arab League

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called on Friday for reinstating Syria into the Arab League. "Syria should return to us...Syria should be in our embrace instead of throwing it into the embrace of terrorism," he told Arab foreign and economy ministers at a summit that Beirut is hosting. (Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
Tags: Science, Syria, Beirut, Lebanon, Arab, Arab League, Reuters Lebanon, Gebran Bassil, Ellen Francis


Jordan, France, Iran follow Pompeo to Baghdad, Le Drian announces loan

King Abdullah's visit, his first since 2008, follows a week after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped off in both countries at the start of a Middle East tour meant to mobilize Arab countries against Iran and reassure them over the planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. The Jordanian king was greeted by President Barham Salih on a red carpet at Baghdad airport before heading to meet Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. Salih welcomed the visit as strengthening "joint interests and secur...
Tags: Science, Iran, Syria, Middle East, Baghdad, State, Abdullah, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Barham Salih, Jordan France Iran, Adel Abdul Mahdi Salih


Pompeo says good outcome possible for both Turkey and Syrian Kurds

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a "good outcome" can be achieved that protects both Turkey and the Syrian Kurds, after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister. Speaking in Abu Dhabi, Pompeo also said the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria is a "tactical change" and does not alter U.S. military capacity to counter Islamic State and Iran. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Turkey, Iran, Syria, State, Lesley Wroughton, Lisa Barrington, Pompeo, ABU DHABI Reuters, Mike Pompeo, Abu Dhabi Pompeo


Report: Documents Show Extensive Huawei Ties to Suspected Fronts in Iran and Syria

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei and the daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained in Canada late last year at the behest of U.S. authorities, who allege she oversaw a complex financial scam to violate nuclear sanctions on Iran. The incident has become a major source of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Finance, Banking, Iran, Syria, Canada, Huawei, Iran Sanctions, Ren Zhengfei, Meng Wanzhou, Wanzhou


Russia's Uran-9 Robot Tank Went to War in Syria (It Didn't Go Very Well)

Back to the drawing board?
Tags: Science, Russia, Syria, Robot Tank


Iraqi PM discusses U.S. withdrawal from Syria with Pompeo

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has assured Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that the U.S. is still committed to fighting Islamic State in Iraq and other areas despite its planned withdrawal of troops from Syria, the latter's office said on Saturday. Abdul Mahdi and Pompeo discussed the withdrawal and Washington’s decision to grant Iraq a 90-day extension on a waiver from sanctions against Iran that would allow Baghdad to purchase electricity from Tehran, the Iraqi prime minis...
Tags: Science, Washington, Islamic State, Iraq, Iran, Syria, United States, Tehran, Baghdad, State, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Abdul Mahdi, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


'Ideas Cannot Be Killed With Weapons.' Why the Assassination of Syria's Most Prominent Citizen Journalist Matters

“Revolutions are ideas and ideas cannot be killed with weapons,” Raed Fares said
Tags: Science, Syria


Social media saves lives in Syria

The new smartphone and computer app Sentry acts as an early warning alert system using data from human observers and remote sensors to warn of Assad regime attacks.
Tags: Science, Syria, Assad



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