Clashes erupt near Damascus despite Syria truce

Clashes erupt  near Damascus despite Syria truce

Syrian government forces and their allies clashed with rebels near Damascus on Friday, disrupting a nationwide ceasefire that otherwise appeared to hold, monitors and a rebel official said. The clashes took place in a rebel-held valley northwest of the Syrian capital, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has been monitoring the country’s […]

West cooperating secretly with Damascus, claims Assad

West cooperating secretly with Damascus, claims Assad

AMMAN: Syrian President Bashar al Assad said in an interview to be broadcast on Friday that Western countries had sent security officials to help his government covertly in fighting Islamist militants involved in Syria’s war. Assad, in remarks to Australia’s SBS News channel that were carried by Syrian state media, said Western states — who […]

Twenty dead in Damascus mosque bombing: ISIS targets holiest Shia shrine in Syria in Ramadan terror outrage

Twenty dead in Damascus mosque bombing: ISIS targets holiest Shia shrine in Syria in Ramadan terror outrage

Two bombs killed 20 people outside the Sayyida Zeinab mosque in Damascus, the holiest Shiite shrine in Syria. The official SANA news agency said a suicide bomber and a car bomb struck at the entrance to the shrine, which is revered by Shiites around the world. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack. The group, […]