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WASHINGTON | US lacks leverage as assault on Syrian enclave looms

WASHINGTON — Despite dire U.S. warnings and fears of a humanitarian disaster, the Trump administration has little leverage to stop Russia, Iran and Syria pressing ahead with a massive military assault against Syria’s northwest Idlib province. Washington has threatened military action in case of a chemical weapons attack but its mixed messaging on retaining a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US lacks leverage as assault on Syrian enclave looms

BEIRUT | For trapped Syrian rescuers, an elaborately planned escape

BEIRUT  — The call came on Saturday night. In the raging war zone that is southwestern Syria, with enemy forces on the march, the 98 White Helmets volunteers brought their spouses, children and a personal bag each. A total of 421 people massed at two collection points where they were to make their crossing to … Continue reading BEIRUT | For trapped Syrian rescuers, an elaborately planned escape

BEIRUT  | Syrian troops celebrate recapture of border crossing

BEIRUT  — Syrian soldiers are celebrating the recapture of the main border crossing with Jordan, raising portraits of President Bashar Assad and tearing down rebel flags. Troops captured the Naseeb border crossing a day earlier, after rebels announced they had reached an agreement with Russian mediators to end the violence in the southern province of … Continue reading BEIRUT  | Syrian troops celebrate recapture of border crossing

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

BEIRUT | Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces on Friday reached a vital border crossing with Jordan and raised the national flag for the first time in years, state media reported, reinstating sovereignty over a key region that potentially reopens the way for Syrian exports to Arab countries. State news agency SANA said the capture of the Naseeb … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan

Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

BEIRUT/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Government forces bombed the northeastern suburbs of the Syrian capital for a second straight day on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people and raising the specter of a full-scale offensive that could spell catastrophe for the nearly 400,000 residents trapped under siege. Rescuers raced to reach survivors in the devastated … Continue reading Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

BEIRUT/February 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria’s state-run news agency reported Saturday. Jiwan Mohammed, a doctor at Afrin’s main hospital, said the facility was treating six people who … Continue reading Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

Syrian rebels down purported Russian warplane; pilot dead

BEIRUT/February 03, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A Russian pilot who ejected from his fighter jet after it was shot down in northwestern Syria on Saturday was killed by militants after he landed alive on the ground and resisted capture by an al-Qaida-linked group, Syrian monitors and a Syrian militant said. Moscow did not confirm the downing of its … Continue reading Syrian rebels down purported Russian warplane; pilot dead