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BEIRUT | US-backed Syrian fighters resume offensive against IS

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say they have resumed their ground offensive against the Islamic State group in the last territories controlled by the extremists in eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement Sunday that the decision to resume the fighting came after threats from Turkey against the Kurdish-led force dropped due … Continue reading BEIRUT | US-backed Syrian fighters resume offensive against IS

U.S. Department of State News: Statement on the Continued Success of Operations to Defeat ISIS in Syria

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: We congratulate the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on their successful operations to liberate al-Dashisha, Syria, from the scourge of ISIS. Dashisha since 2013 has been a key stronghold and transit route for ISIS fighters, weapons, and suicide bombers between Syria and Iraq. The SDF … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Statement on the Continued Success of Operations to Defeat ISIS in Syria

U.S. Department of State News: Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at NATO HQ

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hosted a meeting with the foreign ministers of select members of the Coalition to Defeat ISIS on the sidelines of the NATO Summit on July 12. The Coalition recognized the extraordinary … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at NATO HQ

U.S. Department of State News: Readout of the Meeting in Morocco of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement:: Senior diplomatic representatives from the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS met today in Morocco to review the global campaign. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition Brett McGurk provided an update on progress in Iraq and Syria and outlined the Coalition’s increasing focus on … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Readout of the Meeting in Morocco of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

The Latest: Syrian Kurds: Turkish attacks on Afrin kill 20

BEIRUT /March 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  The Latest on developments in Syria’s seven-year civil war (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Syrian Kurdish forces say that Turkish shelling and airstrikes in the northern Syrian town of Afrin have killed at least 20 civilians. Redur Khalil, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, also says 30 people … Continue reading The Latest: Syrian Kurds: Turkish attacks on Afrin kill 20

US general: Russia is both ‘arsonist and fireman’ in Syria

WASHINGTON/February 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Russia is seeking to counter U.S. diplomatic influence by stoking conflict in Syria even as it portrays itself as an arbiter in the civil war, the top American general in the Middle East said Tuesday in notably pointed criticism of Moscow. “I’m being very serious when I say they play the … Continue reading US general: Russia is both ‘arsonist and fireman’ in Syria

Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle

BRUSSELS /February 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The specter of a U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria loomed over Thursday’s meeting between the top American diplomat and Turkey’s leader as the two NATO allies scrambled to ease some of their worst tensions in years. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is fuming over U.S. assistance to Kurdish fighters near his … Continue reading Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle