Syria’s Assad says Trump ‘an ally if he fights terrorists ‘

Syria’s Assad says Trump ‘an ally if he fights terrorists ‘

Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Tuesday Damascus would have to “wait and see” if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would change Washington’s policy on Syria but that he was ready to cooperate with him in fighting militants. In his first comments on Trump’s election victory, Assad said the Republican leader had made promising comments […]

UN’s Ban Ki-moon appalled by ‘chilling’ attacks on Syria’s Aleppo

UN’s Ban Ki-moon appalled by ‘chilling’ attacks on Syria’s Aleppo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said he was appalled by the “chilling” upsurge in fighting in Aleppo and warned that the use of advanced weaponry in Syria’s battleground city could amount to war crimes. Ban cited reports of air strikes involving the use of incendiary weapons, bunker buster bombs and other powerful munitions in […]

High praise for Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ – but who are they?

High praise for Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ – but who are they?

The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the “White Helmets”, are the subject of a new Netflix documentary that paints them as nothing less than heroes, while a huge petition is calling for the group to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Little known until now, the actions of this civilian volunteer rescue group — […]

Battle for Syria’s Hasakeh heats up as Kurds clash with Assad forces

Battle for Syria’s Hasakeh heats up as Kurds clash with Assad forces

New clashes broke out between Kurdish forces and the Syrian army in the city of Hasakeh overnight Monday, threatening to heat up yet another front in Syria’s intractable multi-sided war. The fresh violence came days after Syrian war planes bombed in and around the Kurdish stronghold of Hasakeh for the first time on Thursday, forcing […]

First families leave Syria’s besieged Aleppo

First families leave Syria’s besieged Aleppo

Dozens of civilians left the besieged and battered opposition-held east of Syria’s Aleppo city on Saturday through a “humanitarian corridor” to the government-held west, state media reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that “a number” of civilians had crossed into government territory. The crossings were the first major movement of people […]

Dozens of US diplomats call for military strikes against Syria’s Assad

Dozens of US diplomats call for military strikes against Syria’s Assad

  More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war cease-fire. The “dissent channel cable” was signed by 51 mid- to high-level State Department officers involved with advising […]