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Terrorists in Iraq & Syria know how to produce chemical weapons, threat may spread outside the region - Lavrov

Terrorists in Iraq and Syria have learnt to produce chemical weapons and there's a real threat they may be used outside the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the UN Security Council. "There are serious concerns over the growing threat of 'chemical' terrorism in the Middle Easter

SOTT.NET - 2018-01-19 02:33:00

Tillerson touts "new strategy", same as old strategy, of staying in Syria long-term and removing Assad from power

Echoing previous administrations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the "new" strategy in Syria will involve a long-term American military presence and regime change in order to secure US interests. Speaking at Stanford University's Hoover Institution Wednesday, Tillerson sought to distanc

SOTT.NET - 2018-01-19 00:06:00

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu: Terrorist army on Syrian border to cause damage to ties with US

"The United States told us that it records every weapon item they send to Syria, and that after the end of the operation in Raqqa all the weapons would be taken back. It is not like this in reality. They also did not fulfill their promise on Manbij [on YPG's withdrawal]. We convey our concerns and d

SOTT.NET - 2018-01-19 03:25:00

Afrin knot: How the battle for a small Kurdish enclave could be a sign of the failed US foreign policy

Turkey is gearing up to move troops toward Afrin, a Kurdish-held area of Syria. The battle over the tiny enclave, which many would struggle to find on the map, could put Ankara in open conflict with NATO ally the US - here's how. This week, the countdown began for Afrin, a Kurdish-held enclave in th

SOTT.NET - 2018-01-19 04:06:00

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria: Flash update on recent events - 18 January 2018

This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of Protection, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI). KEY DISPLACEMENT STATISTICS (AS OF 9 JANUARY 2018)1,435,007 displacements recorded by t

HUMANITARIANNEWS.ORG - 2018-01-19 02:20:00

'Getting Europe ready to fight tonight': US Army brings back Stinger MANPAD, trains over 60 teams

While the Pentagon is struggling to choose how to cover a gap in short-range air defense, the US Army is rushing to train troops in Europe to use the shoulder-fired version of the Stinger missile, famed for its use by the Taliban. "Bringing back the Stinger addresses a self-identified gap that the

RT.COM - 2018-01-19 00:57:00

Syria threatens to down Turkish jets over its Kurdish region

BEIRUT - Syria said on Thursday its air defense would shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, a stark warning as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the Turkish military to invade a northern Syrian Kurdish enclave. From Damascus, Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad

SFGATE - 2018-01-18 20:42:00

Trump's excellent five-point plan for Syria

In Syria, President Trump is showing a strategic competency that his predecessor most definitely lacked. Over the past 12 months, Trump has enabled the U.S. military to engage in a more robust and tactically flexible campaign against ISIS. That choice has led to the caliphate's territorial implosion

WASHINGTON EXAMINER - 2018-01-18 20:56:15

Sen. Kaine condemns 'unacceptable' expanded U.S. mission in Syria

WASHINGTON - A day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said U.S. forces would stay in Syria for the foreseeable future, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Thursday warned that the expanded mandate outlined by the nation's top diplomat was "unacceptable" absent a vote in Congress. "I am deeply alarmed that

YAHOO! - 2018-01-18 19:46:48

US contradicts 'conventional army' in Syria statements

First the US said on Sunday it was creating a new army under the control of the YPG, but on Thursday it contradicted its earlier statements saying there would be no 30,000 strong army. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's assurances over the YPG did not convince Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cav

TRTWORLD.COM - 2018-01-18 19:00:24

"Afrin will be your graveyard Erdogan" - Thousands protest Turkey's aggression in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) - Thousands of Kurds marched in Afrin on Thursday to protest against Turkish preparations to invade the Syrian canton of Afrin. "Today the people of Afrin are protesting to assure that Afrin will never fall into Turkish traitors' hands," claimed one protester. Another one

ALMASDARNEWS.COM - 2018-01-18 19:16:49

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria's White Helmets Seek Help in Saving Civilians Suffering in Eastern Ghouta

We were at #COP22, reporting from the Global Landscapes Forum. Follow #ThinkLandscape on Twitter and check out our updates A Syrian volunteer group has pleaded for immediate help from the international community and aid organizations to help stop the massacre of civilians by Syrian regime forces in

HUMANITARIANNEWS.ORG - 2018-01-18 19:40:00

German rapper turned ISIS terrorist reportedly killed in Syria...again

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 P.M.) - The German rapper turned Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist, Denis Cuspert (AKA "Abu Talha Al-Almani" and "Deso Dogg") was reportedly killed on Wednesday in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorote. Citing pro-ISIS media, the Site Intel Group reported that Cus

ALMASDARNEWS.COM - 2018-01-18 20:58:47

France to launch international group targeting toxic gas attacks

UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) - France has asked some 30 countries to work together to preserve evidence of chemical weapons attacks and impose sanctions on those responsible after Russia ended an international inquiry into who is to blame for using toxic gas in Syria. France will host a meeting o

REUTERS UK - 2018-01-18 20:25:21

EU appeasement of Iran

In March 1979, shortly after the mullahs grabbed power and dragged Iran into theocratic dictatorship, destructive wars and terrorism, Iranian women took to the streets to protest the forced hijab. “Freedom is not Eastern, not Western, it is universal,” they chanted. Almost 40 years later, the Irani

JERUSALEM POST - 2018-01-18 21:31:00

Turkey's operation in Syria not limited to Afrin, says AK Party spokesperson

Mahir nal In a press conference on Thursday, the spokesperson for the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Turkey, Mahir nal commented on the formation of a 30,000-strong terror army made up of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists and Turkey's Afrin operation. "We will never allow a ter

YENISAFAK.COM - 2018-01-18 20:48:00

US should end confusion over Syria's future: Turkish PM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yldrm The prime minister on Thursday said the U.S. should end confusion over Syria's future and change its policy in Syria to mend relations with Turkey. "The practices of our NATO ally U.S. in Syria are unfortunately wrong and against the spirit of alliance. The U.S. s

YENISAFAK.COM - 2018-01-18 20:23:00

U.S. Strategic Shift in Syria Turns Focus to Iran From ISIS

The U.S. will turn its focus in Syria to moving to reduce Iranian influence there, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a policy speech that marked a shift in U.S. strategy in Syria away from Islamic State. Mr. Tillerson on Wednesday said the U.S. will reinvigorate diplomatic efforts and maint

SMALLWARSJOURNAL.COM - 2018-01-18 19:11:00

Food Shortages, Hunger Growing in War-Torn Syria, Says WFP

The World Food Program warns a growing number of civilians in war-torn Syria face food shortages at a time when many people are suffering from acute hunger. The WFP warns Syria's long-running civil war is pushing more and more people into hunger and misery. Against all the odds, the agency continue

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-01-18 19:50:57

Brownstein: Montreal mother's mission to rescue daughter from ISIS is followed in gripping documentary

It was about as jarring a note as a mother could receive: "Mama, I've left to join ISIS." It was also completely unexpected. The note was left to a Montreal mother by her 19-year-old daughter in November 2014. The mother has since spent the last three years tracking her daughter down in Syria and tr

MONTREAL GAZETTE - 2018-01-18 20:03:01