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Regime air strikes kill 18 civilians in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Idlib - Regime air strikes on Syria's last major opposition bastion killed 18 civilians on Saturday, a war monitor said, a day before a ceasefire is due to take hold.

Putin on surprise visit to Assad as Mideast boils

Damascus - Russian President Vladimir Putin met Syria's Bashar al-Assad Tuesday during a surprise visit to Damascus as the prospect of war between Iran and the United States loomed over the region.

Putin meets Assad in surprise Syria visit: presidency

Damascus - Russian President Vladimir Putin met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Tuesday during a surprise visit to Damascus, his first since the start of the nearly nine-year-old war, the presidency said.

Strikes kill 8 in Syria's Idlib as Turkey, France urge de-escalation

Sar - At least eight people including five children were killed Tuesday in Russian air strikes on northwest Syria, as France and Turkey appealed for an end to violence that has forced tens of thousands to flee.

Syria violence uproots displaced families again

Sar - Thin mattresses, children's toys, a gas heater: Abu Ismail packed a pick-up truck with scant belongings before fleeing a northwest Syria town nearly emptied of residents by recent regime attacks.

Syria regime advances in Idlib, nine civilians killed

Sar - Regime forces have seized dozens of towns and villages in northwest Syria from jihadists following days of violent clashes, fuelling an exodus of civilians, a war monitor said Sunday.

Op-Ed: US officials claim US will not leave Syria any time soon

Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defenses and General Mark Milley testified to the US House Armed Services Committee that the US will continue to have troops in Syria for many years. They claimed it was hard to foresee all US forces withdrawing anytime soon.

'In cold blood': Syria Kurds say killed, robbed by Turkey proxies

Kamishli - Syrian Kurdish mother Shara Sido says the news came to her via a messaging application. She received an image of a bullet-riddled corpse with the instruction: "Come collect your son.

Plummeting Syrian pound hits new black market low

Damascus - The value of the Syrian pound on the black market sank to 1,000 to the dollar at some money changers Tuesday, marking a new record low for the nosediving currency.

Thirty killed across Syria as violence rages

Sar - Air strikes killed 19 civilians Monday in Syria's last major opposition bastion, the site of the deadliest clashes between regime forces and armed groups since an August ceasefire came into force, a monitoring group said.

US troops in Syrian oil fields do not defend Kurds from Turks

Aldar Xelil a Kurdish senior foreign affairs official reported that the US had assured him that US troops will stay in the oilfield area in eastern Syria between Derik and Terbespiya.

Turkey threatens to resume offensive in Syria if YPG not removed

On Monday Mevlut Cavusoglu accused both the US and Russia of failing to abide by their respective ceasefires and of failing to expel the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) from the safe zone along the Turkey Syria border.

Trump at odds with others in claiming US in Syria only for oil

President Trump's new position on the Syrian War simplifies matters but only by ignoring the position of lawmakers and the Pentagon on why the US is there. However, it avoids criticizing Turkey and its occupation of the Syrian safe zone.

Trump gives warm White House reception to Turkish President

Trump welcomed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to the White House on Wednesday, Trump's warm welcome included the president saying he was a "big fan" of Erdogan.

Drone footage shows Turkey-backed rebels in possible war crimes

US military officials claim that during the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, US drone feeds show that Turkish-backed rebels were attacking civilians in Kurdish-controlled area.

Turkish forces clash with Syrian troops near town of Ras al-Ayn

Heavy fighting has erupted last weekend near the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn in northern Syria. Turkish forces and those of the Syrian government have been fighting with at least four Syrian troops being killed and several others wounded.

Bombings kill six civilians in Syria's main Kurdish city

Kamishli - Three simultaneous bombings killed at least six civilians Monday in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the latest attack to target the de-facto capital of the country's embattled Kurdish minority.

Syria puppeteer offers Idlib children breathing space

Sar - Walid Abu Rashed walks past bombed-out buildings in war-torn northwest Syria, carrying a large wooden board and a plastic bag filled with puppets while dozens of children trail behind him.

US reported to be building two bases near Syrian oil fields

Local sources in eastern Syria report that the US appears to be preparing to build two substantial military bases in the Soor area which is close to major oilfields that the Trump administration claims it will retain.

Women’s and children’s hospital hit by airstrikes in Syria

Two hospitals located in Idlib, Syria were targeted by airstrikes. This brings the total of medical facilities hit within 48 hours to four. The direction of the civil war appears to have taken a new turn, with no target off limits.
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