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'Idlib is a bargaining chip': civilians brace as Assad air assault escalates

Renewed regime attacks have killed hundreds in the Syrian opposition’s last strongholdInstead of looking forward to the pre-dawn Ramadan meal of suhoor, Dr Firas al-Jundi was cradling his scared children and surveying the damage done to his home by Syrian government airstrikes.At least 11 people died in the overnight bombing on Wednesday of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province, the Syrian opposition’s last stronghold in the country, in the latest spasm of violence in an escalated campaign on the ar...
Tags: Russia, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Bashar Al Assad, Assad, Idlib, Maaret Al Numan, Firas al Jundi

US investigating possible Assad chemical attack in Syria

State department says it will respond ‘quickly and appropriately’ if claims provenThe US says it has seen signs the Syrian government may again be using chemical weapons in its attritional offensive to recapture the last rebel-held pocket of the country, warning the use of any such weapons would incur retaliatory measures from Washington and its allies.The alleged attack occurred on Sunday on the border of Idlib province, where in recent weeks the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has stepped u...
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US says it has seen signs of possible chemical attack by Syrian regime

State department says it will respond ‘quickly and appropriately’ if claims provenThe US says it has seen signs the Syrian government may again be using chemical weapons in its attritional offensive to recapture the last rebel-held pocket of the country, warning the use of any such weapons would incur retaliatory measures from Washington and its allies.The alleged attack occurred on Sunday on the border of Idlib province, where in recent weeks the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has stepped u...
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US warns Syrian regime following allegations of chemical weapons use

The US State Department issued a warning to the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria on Tuesday, saying the US is closely watching the regime's military operations against a rebel enclave in northwest Syria and is looking into allegations that Assad's troops have used chemical weapons in recent days.
Tags: US, Syria, Cnn, Assad, Bashar Al Assad, US State Department

Defeating A Real Nuclear Threat

Opinion Defeating A Real Nuclear Threat USA – -( In 2014, during the Syrian civil war, ISIS occupied a site in the Syrian desert which once held a nuclear weapons facility. It reportedly had been built for the Syrians with North Korean help. If that reactor had been there, ISIS might have had a capability to inflict terrifyingly massive casualties. However, seven years earlier, in September 2007, Israel launched a secret air attack against this obscure site in the Syrian desert...
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Democrat Tulsi Gabbard’s anti-war presidential campaign theme cheered in Malibu

MALIBU — The crowd came with Hawaiian shirts, flower leis and surfing jokes, and Tulsi Gabbard came looking to catch an elusive political wave. Campaigning in Malibu on Sunday, the Hawaii congresswoman and presidential candidate drew applause from an audience of supporters and curious Democrats with a campaign message heavy on anti-war themes. “Unfortunately you don’t hear many other candidates talking about this issue, but the fact of the matter is unless we work to end these wasteful regime-ch...
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Civilians fear 'mass extermination' as bloody assault on Idlib intensifies

Rescuers and medics in rebel-held Syrian province fear increased airstrikes will curtail their workThe familiar sound of warplanes was heard across towns and villages in north-west Syria this week as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad intensified their bloody assault on the country’s last major rebel stronghold.Asem al-Yahiya, a volunteer with the White Helmets rescue organisation, was on call when the bombardment of Muhanbel, his hometown, started on Sunday. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Bashar Al Assad, north west Syria, Conflict and arms, Asem al Yahiya, Muhanbel

Syrian rebels say goal of Russia's Idlib assault is to take highways

The sixth day of the campaign by government forces saw heavy aerial attacks targeting the city of Jisr al-Shughour and the al-Ghab plain, as well as the towns of al-Latamenah and Maarat al-Numan in the south of Idlib province, the rebels said. Taking those areas would bring President Bashar al-Assad close to regaining control over the strategic M5 and M4 highways from Aleppo to Hama and Latakia on the Mediterranean coast, two of Syria's most important pre-war arteries. The first few days of th...
Tags: News, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Aleppo, Mediterranean, Bashar Al Assad, Latakia, Idlib, Jisr al Shughour, Hama, Maarat

Damascus presses Idlib attack, artillery hits Turkish position

The upsurge in violence in Idlib and nearby areas in the last five days has strained a Russian-Turkish deal that has staved off a government offensive since September. The United Nations has said the attacks have included the worst use of barrel bombs in 15 months. Turkish troops have deployed in the northwest in agreement with Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally.
Tags: News, Russia, United Nations, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Idlib

Venezuela: When a Coup Is Not a Coup, What the Hell Do You Do?

Federico Parra/AFP/GettyJohn Bolton is right. Whatever it was that self-declared Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó announced on Tuesday morning in Caracas, it was “not a coup.” But it may yet be a bloodbath. And people in Latin America, who have long experience with both, know the difference. Trump National Security Adviser Bolton was arguing that because the U.S. and other foreign governments have recognized the legitimacy of Guaidó’s claim to the office, “it’s not a coup for Juan Guaidó to try ...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Iraq, Syria, Venezuela, Bolton, Cuba, Nicolás Maduro, George W Bush, Saddam Hussein, Latin America, Bashar Al Assad, Trump, State

Russia says US engaged in Venezuela 'information war', denies reports it told Maduro to flee

The crisis in oil-rich Venezuela has a number of interested parties, one of which is Russia. On Wednesday, Russia rejected allegations put forth by Trump administration members Mike Pompeo and John Bolton that the Russian government had “persuaded Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro not to flee the country the previous day, calling the assertion a calculated attempt to demoralise the army and escalate the crisis there,” Reuters reports. Excerpt: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told broadc...
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Russian envoys meet Syria's Assad, discuss post-war efforts, trade

Several Russian envoys met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and discussed a constitutional committee, trade, as well as the ways to improve Syria's relations with neighboring Arab countries, Russia's Foreign Ministry said. Formation of a constitutional committee is key to political reforms and new elections meant to unify Syria and end an eight-year war, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced about half of Syria's pre-war 22 million population. Syria's opposition last y...
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Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talks

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday called for progress on a stalled buffer zone deal around jihadist-dominated Idlib region ahead of fresh talks aimed at ending his country's eight-year war. Assad met envoy Alexander Lavrentiev from key ally Russia in Damascus to discuss the negotiations due April 25-26 in Kazakhstan. Iran and Russia are the major supporters of the Syrian regime, and along with rebel backer Turkey have sponsored repeated rounds of talks in the Central Asian nation.
Tags: News, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Assad, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Idlib, Kazakhstan Iran, Alexander Lavrentiev

Rockets kill 11 in Syria's Aleppo: state media

Rockets fired by jihadists on Sunday killed at least 11 people in the Syrian city of Aleppo held by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, state news agency SANA reported. Aleppo sits in the north of the country next to Idlib, a province dominated by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Since the regime regained control of Aleppo at the end of 2016, the city has been targeted intermittently by jihadists and rebel fighters.
Tags: News, Syria, Al Qaeda, Aleppo, Bashar Al Assad, Sana, Idlib, Hayat Tahrir

Trump reportedly fires Secret Service director after ousting Kirstjen Nielsen – live

Trump ordered firing of Randolph Alles, an official told CNN, a day after forcing out Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen NielsenSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 7.30pm BST White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has confirmed the ouster of Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles in a statement.“United States Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles has done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the President is thankful for his over 40 years...
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Syria deserves to live

Syria is not an easy situation to defuse, with immense human suffering, outside states like Russia and Iran imposing their influence, and Bashar al-Assad still in power. A pre-transitional presidential council could offer a way out of the conflict
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At least 15 reported killed as Syrian government, rebels exchange fire

At least 15 people were reported killed on Sunday in shelling by government and insurgent forces in northwestern Syria, further straining a Russian-Turkish ceasefire deal for the region. The northwest is the last major foothold of insurgents opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, many of whom were forced to retreat there after military defeats at the hands of Syrian government forces backed by Iran and Russia. Last year, Damascus was poised to mount an offensive into the northwest, raising fear...
Tags: News, Russia, Iran, Syria, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad

Who Is Running For President In 2020?

With many candidates already criss-crossing the country and new ones coming into the race, the 2020 presidential election is well underway — and the Democratic field of candidates is getting crowded.There are more women in the race than ever before, which is both exciting to watch and inevitably means there will be sexist coverage of the presidential hopefuls.All eager to beat a historically unpopular president — who raised $129 million for his reelection campaign as of the end of 2018 — ahead ...
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Israel's Netanyahu to meet Putin in Moscow on Thursday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly to Moscow on Thursday to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Israeli leader's office said on Tuesday. The two leaders will meet five days before Israel's April 9 election in which the right-wing Netanyahu faces a strong challenge from a centrist candidate. On Monday, Netanyahu told reporters he and Putin spoke by telephone about Syria, whose Russian-backed president, Bashar al-Assad, has been gaining ground in an eight-year civil war.
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Israel, Syria, Moscow, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bashar Al Assad, Netanyahu

School and hospitals in Idlib were among Assad targets, says Amnesty

Wave of attacks by Syrian government have escalated on the opposition strongholdA school, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province have been targeted by the Syrian government in a wave of attacks by President Bashar al-Assad in the last month, according to a report from Amnesty International.Rockets fired at a school in Sheikh Idriss on 26 March killed a 10-year-old boy and injured two more children, medical workers said, although there are no military tar...
Tags: World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International, Bashar Al Assad, Assad, Amnesty, Idlib, Amnesty International Rockets, Sheikh Idriss

Assad praises Russia's role in Syria conflict

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Russia's defence minister Tuesday, stressing the importance of coordination between the two countries in the fight against "terrorism", state media said. The meeting came one day after the military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iraq and Iran met in Damascus to discuss coordination between their forces. It also came as US-backed forces in eastern Syria cornered holdout Islamic State group fighters in a tiny patch of land near the Euphrates River in the vill...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Russia, US, Iran, Syria, Assad, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Syria Iraq, Euphrates River

Iran demands U.S. leave Syria, Damascus threatens its ally

Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its troops from Syria, and the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington's Kurdish allies by force if they did not submit to the return of state authority. The Iranian and Syrian military chiefs were speaking after a meeting in Damascus that also included their Iraqi counterpart, who gave a political boost to President Bashar al-Assad and Tehran by announcing the Syrian border would soon be reopened.
Tags: News, Washington, Iran, Syria, United States, Tehran, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Syria Damascus

Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1m in first 24 hours, smashing Bernie Sanders' record

Stunning sum is more than every other Democratic challenger who has disclosed their first-day totals The former Texas congressman, like Sanders and some of his other colleagues, has shunned Pac donations of any kind. Photograph: Kathy Willens/APDemocratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke raised an unprecedented $6.1m during the first 24 hours of his official run for the White House, his campaign announced on Monday.The stunning sum is more than rival Bernie Sanders and every other 2020 Democratic rival wh...
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Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi military chiefs to meet in Damascus: paper

The military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iran and Iraq will hold a rare meeting in Damascus to discuss "ways to combat terrorism", the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday. Iran has been one of the most steadfast supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during eight years of civil war, and is also a close ally of Iraq. The United States has said it wants to limit what it calls Tehran's destabilizing influence in the Middle East, including in Iraq and Syria.
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, United States, Middle East, Tehran, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Syria Iran, Watan

Billions pledged to help refugees inside Syria and on borders

Numbers returning to Syria likely to exceed those leaving for first time during conflictForeign ministers have pledged as much as $7bn (£5.3bn) to help Syrian refugees inside the country and on its borders, as European officials consider the possibility of large-scale refugee returns later this year if Russia can persuade Bashar al-Assad to stop his regime’s systematic intimidation and obstruction.The $7bn is short of the UN’s 2019 target of $8.8bn, but an improvement on the pledges made at this...
Tags: Europe, Russia, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Un, Bashar Al Assad

Tulsi Gabbard won't say whether Syria's Assad is a war criminal

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, would not say Sunday whether she believes Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal.
Tags: Syria, Cnn, Assad, Bashar Al Assad, Tulsi Gabbard

Dozens protest statue in defeated Syria cradle of uprising

Dozens of people demonstrated Sunday in the defeated cradle of Syria's uprising against a statue of the late father of the president being reinstated eight years after protesters demolished it. President Bashar al-Assad's forces secured full control of Daraa from rebels in July, in a massive blow to the country's ill-fated revolt that erupted in the southern city. "We protested in a number of streets... denouncing a statue of Hafez al-Assad being erected in the centre of Daraa," a protester to...
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