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MOSCOW | Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria

MOSCOW  — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was “a chain of tragic accidental circumstances.” The downing of the Il-20 highlighted the dangers posed by the conflicting interests of various powers in the crowded … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria

United States | Downed Russian Aircraft

United States – The United States expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed by Syrian regime anti-aircraft fire. Yesterday’s unfortunate incident reminds us of the need to find permanent, peaceful, and political resolutions to the many overlapping conflicts in the region and the danger of tragic … Continue reading United States | Downed Russian Aircraft

BEIRUT | Last stand: Syria’s rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle

BEIRUT— They dug trenches around towns, reinforced caves for cover and put up sand bags around their positions. They issued calls to arms, urging young men to join in the defense of Idlib, the Syrian province where opposition fighters expect to make their last stand against Russian- and Iranian-backed government troops they have fought for … Continue reading BEIRUT | Last stand: Syria’s rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle

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

BEIRUT | Bombings and air raids kill 4 in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

BEIRUT — Syrian government and Russian warplanes on Saturday targeted the southern edge of Idlib province with the “most intense” airstrikes in weeks, according to activists and a war monitoring group, ratcheting up military pressure on the densely populated rebel-held bastion. More than 60 air raids killed at least four civilians in southern Idlib, according … Continue reading BEIRUT | Bombings and air raids kill 4 in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

WASHINGTON | US plays down talk of imminent pullout of forces from Syria

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is now pledging the U.S. will remain in Syria until the “enduring defeat” of the Islamic State group, a move that could signal open-ended American involvement in the war-torn country. The announcement “means we’re not in a hurry to pull out,” the U.S. special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, told … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US plays down talk of imminent pullout of forces from Syria

Turkey | Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

Turkey – The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and both agreed that any Assad regime military offensive in Idlib would be an unacceptable, reckless escalation of the conflict in Syria. The Secretary also stressed the importance of Turkey releasing Pastor Andrew … Continue reading Turkey | Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu