Unprecedented Israeli Strikes Target Iraqi Shia Militias In Syria

A day after a mysterious airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border reportedly killed over 30 Syrian government soldiers and Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran, a US official has told CNN the attack was carried out by Israel and not by the US coalition. Syrian…

Syria: Questions and Answers on New Property Law

Expand A small scale model built by 14-year-old Syrian Mohamed Qutaish, representing the way he imagines the reconstruction of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria, August 31, 2015.  © 2015 Reuters   (Beirut) – Human Rights Watch today released a question-and-answer guide on Syria’s new property law, Law No. 10 of…

Did Putin Just Ask For Iran’s Exit From Syria In Meeting With Assad?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad paid an unannounced visit to Vladimir Putin on Thursday evening at the Russian president’s summer home in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi where the two leaders discussed the process for winding down the war in Syria, and notably the…

Chart Of The Day: A Dramatic Visual Of 3 Years Of U.S. Strikes In Syria

On April 14, 2018, starting around 4 am Syrian time, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom conducted a missile bombardment with bombers, fighter jets, and ship-based cruise missiles against government sites in Syria. The U.S.-led assault on Syria was in response to an alleged…

The Great Game Comes To Syria

Authored by Conn Hallinan via Counterpunch.org, An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war, one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration’s designs on Iran. It might also lead to…

Lebanon: Positive Step for Refugee Children

Expand A General Security officer stands by as a Syrian bus driver carries the passports and departure cards of Syrians arriving in Lebanon.  © 2015 Reuters (Beirut) – A new regulation allowing some Syrian teenagers to get temporary legal status in Lebanon more easily is…

US Futures Rally As Syria Fear Turns To Relief

Global markets breathed a sigh of relief on Monday after this weekend’s Syrian airstrikes, with bond yields rising, the dollar lower, Asian and European stocks mixed, and US futures spiking, as investors assessed the prospect of escalating geopolitical tensions after a U.S.-led airstrike on Syria…

Independent Swiss Lab Says ‘BZ Toxin’ Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian

Somebody has some explaining to do… or did the Syrian airstrikes just ‘distract’ the citizenry from the reality surrounding the Skripal poisoning. Remember how we were told my the politicians (not the scientists) that a deadly Novichok nerve agent – produced by Russia – was…

China: “The Arrogant US Has A Record Of Launching Wars On Deceptive Grounds”

While the lack of retaliation by Russia to Trump’s Friday night Syrian airstrikes surprised some, Russia defended its stance of shrugging in response (and not escalating to full blown world war), by asserting that Soviet-made missiles intercepted more than half of the 105 cruise missiles…

“People Are Dancing In The Streets”: Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off “More Limited Than Feared” Airstrikes

And just like that, Trump’s second Syrian attack appears to have come and gone. Sure, over a 100 cruise missiles were launched on Saturday morning local time, three mostly empty military installations were destroyed, including one research and two storage facilities… … Syrian air defenses…