DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria: Israel launched missile attack on Damascus airport

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s state media says Israel has launched a missile attack on Damascus International Airport adding that air defenses shot down some of them. The Saturday night attack shook the capital Damascus as blasts were heard in the city. State media quoted an unnamed military official without giving further details. Rami Abdurrahman who … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria: Israel launched missile attack on Damascus airport

DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria signs export deals with Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Russian firms

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian state media says the nation’s Exporters’ Union on Monday signed agreements with Iraqi, Kuwaiti, and Russian companies to export agricultural products to their markets. Syria’s government is looking for trade and investment partners through its annual Damascus International Fair to help rebuild its shattered economy. Western governments say they are unwilling … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria signs export deals with Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Russian firms

United States | Joint Statement on Syria

United States – The text of the following statement on Syria was released by the Governments of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin text: We, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement on Syria

BEIRUT  | The Latest: Iran condemns Israeli attack in Syria

BEIRUT  — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency is reporting that the country’s Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned Israel’s attack on Iranian targets inside Syria and called it a blatant violation of the country’s sovereignty. In Iran’s first official reaction to the attack, the Friday … Continue reading BEIRUT  | The Latest: Iran condemns Israeli attack in Syria

AL-TANF, Syria | US general visits troops fighting Islamic State in Syria

AL-TANF, Syria  — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East has flown into a key outpost in Southern Syria where troops are fighting remnants of the Islamic State and trying to block Iranian-backed forces from gaining a foothold. Army Gen. Joseph Votel was making an unannounced visit to the al-Tanf garrison near the borders … Continue reading AL-TANF, Syria | US general visits troops fighting Islamic State in Syria

Correction: Syria story

KILIS, Turkey/January 29, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— In a story Jan. 28 about the Turkish offensive in Syria, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 51 civilians were killed on Sunday. The 51 were reported killed since the offensive started on Jan. 20, not on Sunday. A corrected version of the story is below: Turkish forces target strategic hill … Continue reading Correction: Syria story

TOKYO | Japan waits confirmation of identity of man freed from Syria

TOKYO  — Japan is anxiously awaiting confirmation that a man freed from Syria is a freelance journalist kidnapped three years ago. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Wednesday he was relieved by the news and is anxious to get the man’s identify confirmed as soon as possible. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has said the … Continue reading TOKYO | Japan waits confirmation of identity of man freed from Syria