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United States | Joint Statement on the Eighth Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

United States (STL.News) – Eight years ago today, tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets to claim the right to express themselves freely, call for reform, and demand justice. The Assad regime’s brutal response, and role in the conflict that followed, resulted in the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. We recognize … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement on the Eighth Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

United States | U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syria Crisis

United States – Today at the Third Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” the United States announced more than $397 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria as part of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan for 2019-2020. This brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to the … Continue reading United States | U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syria Crisis

US senator vows to seek recognition of Israeli rule in Golan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senator Lindsey Graham says he will push for American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a territory it captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. The South Carolina Republican toured the mountain plateau Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said he aims “to persuade the administration to … Continue reading US senator vows to seek recognition of Israeli rule in Golan

U.S. Department of State News: Morocco’s Repatriation of Foreign Terrorist Fighters From Syria

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the following statement: The United States commends the Kingdom of Morocco for repatriating eight Moroccan foreign terrorist fighters from Syria.  Morocco is a highly capable partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and we appreciate its commitment to countering terrorism.  Morocco’s actions should encourage … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Morocco’s Repatriation of Foreign Terrorist Fighters From Syria

Abandoned tents, foxholes left behind by IS in Syria

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — Abandoned tents, vehicles and foxholes to hide from airstrikes are all that are left from evacuated parts of the Islamic State group’s last shred of territory in Syria. An exclusive video obtained by The Associated Press on Friday showed parts of the tiny pocket of land in the village … Continue reading Abandoned tents, foxholes left behind by IS in Syria

United States | Release of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Report on Investigation Into Chemical Weapons Use in Douma, Syria, on 7 April 2018

United States – The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) released its final report on March 1, 2019, regarding its investigation into chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria, on April 7, 2018. The report concluded that there were reasonable grounds that chlorine was used as a chemical weapon in the attack. … Continue reading United States | Release of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Report on Investigation Into Chemical Weapons Use in Douma, Syria, on 7 April 2018

More suspected IS members leave extremists’ holdout in Syria

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Scores of suspected IS members, including foreign fighters, were screened and searched for concealed weapons and explosives Thursday after leaving the last pocket of territory held by the Islamic State group in Syria. The men, their faces covered with dust, were divided into three groups — Syrians, Iraqis and other nationalities. … Continue reading More suspected IS members leave extremists’ holdout in Syria

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen

United States – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: ‎Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen yesterday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the conflict in Syria, including continued U.S. support for the UN-led political process under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254. The Secretary … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen

United States | Support for Germany’s Request for Lebanon to Extradite Syrian General Jamil Hassan

United States – The United States continuously seeks to shed light on abuses committed by the Assad regime, including its use of torture, and calls for the regime to allow for unhindered access of independent monitoring organizations to detention centers. Moreover, the United States supports effective mechanisms for holding those responsible for atrocities in Syria … Continue reading United States | Support for Germany’s Request for Lebanon to Extradite Syrian General Jamil Hassan

Defeat of IS looms as hundreds leave last area in Syria

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Hundreds of people left the last area held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Tuesday where they gathered in a massive reception area to be searched and screened by U.S.-backed fighters. Some of those who gathered outside the village of Baghouz said they had been waiting since … Continue reading Defeat of IS looms as hundreds leave last area in Syria

Final IS defeat looms as thousands leave last area in Syria

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group says thousands of people, including militants, have left the last area held by the extremists in Syria. Mustafa Bali tweeted that about 3,000 came out of the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria on Monday through a humanitarian … Continue reading Final IS defeat looms as thousands leave last area in Syria

Hundreds leave IS-held area in Syria as fighting slows down

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP)— Hundreds of people, including Islamic State fighters, evacuated the extremist group’s last foothold in eastern Syria on Monday, after U.S.-backed Syrian fighters again slowed their offensive to allow a way out of the tiny enclave. The new exodus came only three days after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces resumed military operations against … Continue reading Hundreds leave IS-held area in Syria as fighting slows down

Fierce fighting as US-backed Syrian forces advance on IS

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Columns of black smoke billowed from the last small piece of territory held by Islamic State militants on Sunday as U.S.-backed fighters pounded the area with artillery fire and occasional airstrikes. Commanders of the Kurdish-led fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces said fierce clashes were taking place as they advance … Continue reading Fierce fighting as US-backed Syrian forces advance on IS

US-backed Syrian fighters advance on 2 fronts against IS

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S.-backed force fighting the Islamic State group in eastern Syria says fighters are advancing on two fronts amid intense fighting with the extremists in the last area they control. Mustafa Bali of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted Saturday that “heavy clashes” are taking … Continue reading US-backed Syrian fighters advance on 2 fronts against IS

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

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria | More civilians leave last IS-held pocket in eastern Syria

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Small trucks carrying civilians left the Islamic State group’s last pocket of territory in eastern Syria in an escorted convoy on Friday, hours after coalition airstrikes meant to pressure the militants targeted the area on the banks of the Euphrates River. At least 15 trucks were seen leaving the through … Continue reading OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria | More civilians leave last IS-held pocket in eastern Syria

WASHINGTON | White House says US will keep 200 troops in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. is keeping 200 American troops in Syria as part of a small peacekeeping force. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the small force will remain in Syria “for a period of time.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, who had harshly criticized Trump’s decision to pull … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House says US will keep 200 troops in Syria

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

WASHINGTON | US: Alabama woman who joined Islamic State is not a citizen

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won’t be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, the U.S. said Wednesday. Her lawyer is challenging that claim. In a brief statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave no … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US: Alabama woman who joined Islamic State is not a citizen

BAGHOUZ, Syria | Civilians evacuated from last Islamic State holdout in Syria

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians, including men, women and children, left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Wednesday, signaling a possible end to a standoff that has lasted for more than a week. An Associated Press team in Baghouz, a village near … Continue reading BAGHOUZ, Syria | Civilians evacuated from last Islamic State holdout in Syria

United States | Remarks at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East

United States – FOREIGN MINISTER CZAPUTOWICZ: Prime ministers, ministers, ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to welcome you at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East. The right time has come now to give a new impetus to the questions of peace and security in the region. The … Continue reading United States | Remarks at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East

DAMASCUS, Syria | State TV: Mine explodes in central Syria killing 7 civilians

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s state news agency says a mine has exploded in agricultural land in the central province of Hama killing 7 civilians and wounding another. SANA said the mine blast occurred Friday east of the central town of Salamiyeh adding that it was left behind by militants who once inhabited the area. … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | State TV: Mine explodes in central Syria killing 7 civilians

United States | Joint Statement on Syria

United States – We, the Foreign Ministers and representatives of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, met today in Washington to continue our work in support of the UN’s efforts to achieve a political solution to the conflict in Syria on the basis of UN Security … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement on Syria

United States | U.S.-Turkey Joint Statement

United States – The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Turkey. Begin Text: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Sedat Onal met February 5 in Washington, D.C. … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Turkey Joint Statement

United States | Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria

United States – The United States appreciates the contributions the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have made on behalf of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. As they liberated territory from ISIS with courage and resolve, the SDF took into custody hundreds of foreign terrorist fighters from dozens of countries around the world. Through their efforts, … Continue reading United States | Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria

US Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

WASHINGTON – Jan. 12, 2019 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the following statement: The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on the phone today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.  They agreed on the importance of continuing U.S.-Turkish consultations as part of the deliberate and … Continue reading US Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

United States | Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

United States – The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian regional actions that endanger Israeli national security and the safety of the Israeli people. Iranian support of and supply to terrorist groups in Syria and across the region that have the clear intent and capability to strike Israel are unacceptable. … Continue reading United States | Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

DAMASCUS, Syria | Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

DAMASCUS, Syria — Sudan’s president has become the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since a war erupted there nearly eight years ago. Omar al-Bashir was greeted at the Damascus airport Sunday by Syrian President Bashar Assad. Syria was expelled from the 22-member Arab League soon after war broke out in 2011. Arab countries … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

United States | Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mattis’ Meeting with Canada’s Foreign Minister Freeland and Defense Minister Sajjan

United States – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis hosted Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Canadian Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan for policy discussions at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on December 14. The four reviewed joint security initiatives in the United States, Canada, … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mattis’ Meeting with Canada’s Foreign Minister Freeland and Defense Minister Sajjan