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BEIRUT | Hezbollah leader warns Israel of expanding attacks in Syria

BEIRUT —Jan 26, 2019—  The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group is warning Israel of widening its attacks in Syria because a miscalculation can drag the region into a war. Hassan Nasrallah spoke Saturday during a wide-ranging interview with the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV station. Nasrallah said Israel so far has failed to undermine the Syrian government, … Continue reading BEIRUT | Hezbollah leader warns Israel of expanding attacks in Syria

BEIRUT | The Latest: Turkey-backed Syrians brace for key town clash

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters say their forces are on alert and ready for an offensive in a flashpoint Kurdish-held town after Syrian troops announced that they have entered it and raised the government’s flag there. Spokesman Youssef Hammoud says Turkey-backed fighters have … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Turkey-backed Syrians brace for key town clash

MOSCOW | Putin welcomes US pullout from Syria

MOSCOW— Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the U.S. decision to pull its troops out of Syria, adding that they shouldn’t have been there from the start. Speaking at Thursday’s annual marathon news conference, Putin said he agrees with U.S. President Donald Trump that the Islamic State group has been defeated, making the U.S. presence in … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin welcomes US pullout from Syria

BEIRUT | US ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

BEIRUT — The United States’ main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that Islamic State militants have been defeated, but Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from Syria, saying he agreed a U.S. military presence is no longer needed. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in … Continue reading BEIRUT | US ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

WASHINGTON | US says Syrian forces likely fired tear gas on civilians

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is accusing forces backed by the Syrian government and Russia of firing tear gas at civilians and falsely claiming it was a rebel chemical weapons attack. The incident occurred Nov. 24 amid fighting near the government-held city of Aleppo and reportedly left dozens injured. A State Department spokesman says the government … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US says Syrian forces likely fired tear gas on civilians

BEIRUT | US, Britain mourn loss of Syrian activists

BEIRUT — U.S. and British officials mourned the loss a Syrian anti-government activist seen as a “symbol” of the uprising who was shot dead along with his colleague by unidentified gunmen in a rebel-held area in the country’s northwest, where government strikes on Saturday killed at least five people in violation of a cease-fire. Dozens … Continue reading BEIRUT | US, Britain mourn loss of Syrian activists

MOSCOW | Russian army: Nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees returned home

MOSCOW  — The Russian military said nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees have returned home in recent months, a fraction of the estimated 5.6 million Syrians who have fanned out across the world fleeing the seven-year conflict. Moscow and the government in Damascus have been encouraging refugees to repatriate, arguing that the violence has subsided. Russia launched … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian army: Nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees returned home