Bashar Assad

Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister has told colleagues he hopes his sudden resignation will reinforce the position of his country’s diplomats. Mohammad Javad Zarif‘s comments Tuesday come after his surprise resignation the night before. The state-run IRNA news agency said he told colleagues his resignation would aid in “restoring the ministry to its … Continue reading Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah

(AP) — The British government will make inciting support for Hezbollah a criminal offense as senior officials accused the Iran-backed organization of destabilizing the Middle East. A draft order laid in the U.K. Parliament on Monday will ban membership of Hezbollah, alongside two other groups. Subject to Parliament’s approval, the order will go into effect … Continue reading UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah

MOSCOW | Chechen religious leaders re-open landmark mosque in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Religious leaders of Russia’s republic of Chechnya have inaugurated a re-opened landmark mosque in Syria’s Homs, once the symbol of the rebellion against President Bashar Assad. In 2013, Syrian government forces captured the Khalid Ibn al-Walid mosque, which sustained heavy damage in the fighting. Authorities of Russia’s mostly Muslim republic undertook the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Chechen religious leaders re-open landmark mosque in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria  | Syrian media: Suicide bombings kill 38 in southern province

DAMASCUS, Syria  — A series of suicide bombings and attacks in southern Syria, including a suicide bomber who struck at a busy vegetable market, killed 38 people on Wednesday, state media reported, blaming Islamic State militants for the carnage. The attacks, the worst in recent months, were reminiscent of the horrific violence by the Islamic … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria  | Syrian media: Suicide bombings kill 38 in southern province

WASHINGTON | US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

BEIRUT | Intense government bombing of south Syria opposition holdout

BEIRUT — Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense overnight bombing campaign on the densely populated town that killed a dozen people and injured over a hundred, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an overnight ‘frenzied’ bombing campaign … Continue reading BEIRUT | Intense government bombing of south Syria opposition holdout

WASHINGTON | Trump pursuit of Putin bromance highlights policy disconnect

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s persistence in pursuing a bromance with Vladimir Putin has highlighted a growing disconnect within his administration over Russia policy. Trump speaks fondly of Putin and a desire for better relations with Moscow, but the rest of his executive branch remains highly critical and deeply suspicious of the Russian president and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump pursuit of Putin bromance highlights policy disconnect

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A top U.S. official focused on sanctions against Iran on Thursday linked American financial pressure on Tehran with ongoing economic protests roiling the country, saying she hoped the strain would limit the Islamic Republic’s “malign activities” across the Mideast. Sigal P. Mandelker, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions

WASHINGTON | US to hit Russia with new sanctions over Syria

WASHINGTON | April 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the phrase “Mission Accomplished” to describe a U.S.-led missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing U.S. troop involvement and plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad. Stepping … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US to hit Russia with new sanctions over Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria | Defiant Syrians say West hasn’t shaken their resolve

DAMASCUS, Syria | April 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Hundreds of Syrians poured into the streets of Damascus on Saturday, dancing and chanting in defiance of what they called the West’s “failure” to shake their nation’s resolve with airstrikes that jolted the capital only hours earlier. The demonstrations in support of President Bashar Assad were carried live … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Defiant Syrians say West hasn’t shaken their resolve

US says Syria making new chemical weapons despite 2013 deal

WASHINGTON/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Trump administration on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad‘s government of producing and using “new kinds of weapons” to deliver deadly chemicals despite committing to abolish its program in 2013, and said the world must find a way to stop it. President Donald Trump has not ruled out additional military action … Continue reading US says Syria making new chemical weapons despite 2013 deal

The Latest: UN chief following protests in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran/January 02, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on the protests in Iran (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following news of the protests in Iran and assessing whether to make contact with the government or anyone else about them. Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Tuesday that the U.N. was “evaluating … Continue reading The Latest: UN chief following protests in Iran

Macron slams Assad for comments on France supporting terror

PARIS /December 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  French president Emmanuel Macron hit back on Tuesday at Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad’s allegations that France supported terrorism in Syria, insisting that the US-led international coalition should be credited for the military successes against the Islamic State. Speaking after a meeting with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, Macron said … Continue reading Macron slams Assad for comments on France supporting terror