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BEIRUT | Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

BEIRUT — For the first time in more than seven years, the Syrian government raised its flag Thursday over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war. The display is laden with symbolism as the government moves to stamp out the last … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: ‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the NATO Summit.  Secretary Pompeo and the … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

BEIJING  | China’s Xi pledges billions in loans, aid to Arab nations

BEIJING  — China’s President Xi Jinping pledged more than $23 billion in lines of credit, loans and humanitarian assistance to Arab countries Tuesday in a major push for influence in the region from which China sources much of its energy needs. Xi told participants in a conference of Arab leaders in Beijing that Syria, Yemen, … Continue reading BEIJING  | China’s Xi pledges billions in loans, aid to Arab nations

DAMASCUS, Syria | Syrian TV: Suspected Israeli airstrike hits central air base

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian state TV is reporting that the country’s air defense units have responded to Israeli “aggression” on an air base in the country’s central province of Homs. The channel reported Sunday that the airstrike targeted the T4 air base with six missiles. It did not mention any casualties. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Syrian TV: Suspected Israeli airstrike hits central air base

TEHRAN, Iran  | Iran executes 8 over 2017 Islamic State attack on Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran said Saturday it executed eight people convicted in the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran. The June 7, 2017 attack has so far been the only assault by the Sunni extremists inside of Shiite Iran, which has been deeply involved in … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran  | Iran executes 8 over 2017 Islamic State attack on Tehran

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Watchdog reports on alleged Syria attack behind airstrikes

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday in an interim report that “various chlorinated organic chemicals” were found at the site in Syria where a chemical attack is suspected of being carried out in April. A fact-finding mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons warned that it was … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Watchdog reports on alleged Syria attack behind airstrikes

JABER AS-SARHAN, Jordan | Syrian troops recapture vital border crossing with Jordan

JABER AS-SARHAN, Jordan — Syrian government forces recaptured a vital border crossing with Jordan on Friday and raised the national flag for the first time in years, restoring sovereignty over a key region and potentially reopening a gateway for Syrian exports to Arab countries. Weakened by a crushing government offensive backed by Russia and abandoned … Continue reading JABER AS-SARHAN, Jordan | Syrian troops recapture vital border crossing with Jordan

JERUSALEM | Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria

JERUSALEM  — As Syrian government forces press on with a furious offensive against rebel-held areas in the country’s south, Israel is quietly acknowledging that President Bashar Assad‘s forces will soon be on its doorstep, laying down red lines for postwar relations with the Syrian leader. Israel’s main concern is to keep archrival Iran, an Assad … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria