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  • One year on, the Iran deal is still bad

    3 days ago

    A decade of nuclear negotiations with Iran were meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, force Iran to reveal its past clandestine activities and impose permanent restrictions on Iran’s civil nuclear program. The deal was also supposed to create effective inspection...

  • For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

    May 13, 2016 | 1:36 pm

    A rebel onslaught on the town of Khan Touman near Aleppo last week delivered one of the biggest battlefield setbacks yet to the coalition of foreign Shi'ite fighters waging war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

    Reports put the death toll among the Iranian, Afghani...

  • Family of slain Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff sues Syria in US court

    April 20, 2016 | 12:39 pm

    The family of Steven Sotloff, a Jewish journalist who was beheaded by Islamic State terrorists, has sued Syria in U.S. court.

    The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., claims the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad provided support to the...

  • Putin announces Russian military withdrawal from Syria

    March 14, 2016 | 1:12 pm

    In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a military withdrawal from Syria.

    Saying its intervention, launched in 2015, has mostly achieved its goals, Putin said Monday the pullout of most of Russia’s forces will begin Tuesday, according to Reuters.

    Russia...

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  • Kerry issues warning as Syrian parties back halt to fighting

    February 23, 2016 | 4:24 pm

    The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel groups accepted a plan for a cessation of hostilities to begin on Saturday and the United States warned it would be hard to hold the country together if the fighting did not stop.

    With hostilities reported on several...

  • Hezbollah leader threatens nuclear-type attack on Israel

    February 17, 2016 | 11:51 am

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened to hit large ammonia gas tanks in Haifa that he said would wreak damage and casualties equal to a nuclear attack.

    Nasrallah made the threats about a future attack on northern Israel during a speech in Beirut.

    “This would be exactly...

  • Power: Iran’s compliance with deal – ‘strong’

    February 16, 2016 | 10:57 am

    Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal has been “strong,” U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power said during a visit to Israel on Monday. 

    “What this deal does if implemented – and so far the implementation has been strong but it’s very early days – is it cuts off the...

  • Kremlin official: Russia will not put Hamas and Hezbollah on list of terror groups

    January 5, 2016 | 11:11 am

    The fighting in Syria will not affect Russia’s decision to keep Hamas and Hezbollah off its list of terrorist organizations, a senior Kremlin official said.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency last week that while his country concurs with the...

  • Obama says Syria deployment doesn’t break no ‘boots on ground’ pledge

    November 2, 2015 | 5:57 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Monday the planned deployment of dozens of U.S. special forces to Syria to advise opposition forces fighting Islamic State did not break his promise not to put "boots on the ground" in the Syrian conflict.

    "Keep in mind that we have run special ops...

  • Syrian rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us

    October 26, 2015 | 10:01 am

    An alliance of Free Syrian Army-related insurgent groups said on Monday it was skeptical about a Russian proposal to help rebels, and that Moscow must stop bombing rebels and civilians and withdraw its support for President Bashar Assad.

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on...

  • U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort; will focus on weapons supply

    October 9, 2015 | 11:36 am

    The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said on Friday.

    The U.S. announcement...

  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    October 1, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

    Russian warplanes, in a second day...

  • At U.N., Obama and Putin clash over working with Syria’s Assad

    September 28, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    The United States said on Monday it was willing to cooperate with Russia, as well as Iran, to try to end the Syrian civil war but the two big powers clashed over whether to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S....

  • Israel reportedly strikes Syrian car, killing 5 militants

    July 29, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    An Israeli surveillance plane reportedly bombed a car in Syria, killing five men with ties to a pro-Assad Druze militia and the Hezbollah terrorist group.

    The attack Wednesday in Quneitra, near the Israeli border, was said to be targeting Samir Kuntar, a terrorist released from...

  • Israel braces for Hezbollah retaliation

    January 20, 2015 | 11:34 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Thousands of Hezbollah supporters marched in an emotional funeral for a senior Hezbollah fighter, Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of former senior Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyeh, who was also allegedly assassinated by Israel in...

  • Syrian war and Israeli spies mean hard times for Hezbollah

    January 7, 2015 | 3:45 pm

    Drained and delegitimized by the Syrian civil war, penetrated by Israeli intelligence and separated from traditional allies, the Lebanese group Hezbollah’s self-proclaimed glory days of 2006, when it went to war with Israel, have never seemed so distant.

    Supporting President...

  • Guerrilla groups hunt down Islamic State in Syria

    October 13, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Small groups of Syrians are hunting down Islamic State fighters in one of their main strongholds in eastern Syria in a new guerrilla campaign that has emerged as a response to the Islamists' growing brutality.

    The main aim is to generate fear in Islamic State's ranks, said the...

  • Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

    September 18, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously...

  • Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

    September 10, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    President Barack Obama, who will set out a broad long-term strategy to defeat the Islamic State in a speech to Americans on Wednesday evening, is prepared to authorize air strikes against the group in Syria, U.S. officials said.

    Pursuing the Islamist radicals inside Syria would...

  • Islamic State’s appeal presents Jordan with new test

    August 29, 2014 | 10:47 am

    He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as...

  • Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel that was captured by rebels

    August 28, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Syrian jets shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year, rebels and residents said on Thursday.

    Al-Qaida's Syria wing Nusra alongside moderate...

  • What Ramy knew about the fall of Assad and the rise of the Islamic State

    By Rob Eshman

    August 27, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    After a few years of the cold shoulder, I finally heard from my Syrian friend, Ramy Mansour, and his message couldn’t have been more clear: “I told you so.”

    Ramy didn’t use exactly those words. But his Facebook message to me, after years of silence, essentially summarized what...

  • Rockets fired from south Lebanon hit Israeli territory

    July 11, 2014 | 12:26 am

    Two rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon on Friday, and Israel's army responded with artillery fire, Lebanon's news agency and security sources said, adding it was unclear who was behind the initial attack.

    Southern Lebanon is a stronghold of Hezbollah, a Shi'ite...

  • Israel concerned about any U.S.-Iran cooperation in Iraq

    June 16, 2014 | 1:49 pm

    Israel voiced concern on Monday at the prospect of its closest ally, Washington, cooperating with its what it considers its deadliest foe, Iran, to stave off a sectarian break-up of Iraq.

    But, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters, the United States and...

  • Netanyahu: Obama’s deal on Syria ‘ray of light in dark region’

    May 23, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria and said his government had no partner in Ramallah.

    Netanyahu’s endorsement of Obama’s policy on Syria came in an interview he gave last week to the Bloomberg news agency which was...

  • Israel backs Syrian opposition accusations of poison attack

    April 7, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Israel Radio said on Monday that Israel has evidence backing Syrian opposition accusations that forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had used non-lethal chemical weapons in Damascus last month.

    The report quoted an unidentified senior Israeli defense official as saying there...

  • Israel fires into Lebanon after bomb targets its soldiers

    March 17, 2014 | 10:51 am

    Israel fired tank rounds and artillery into southern Lebanon on Friday, its military said, in retaliation for a bomb that targeted Israeli soldiers patrolling the border.

    No injuries were reported on either side.

    The Israel-Lebanon border has been mostly quiet since Israel and...

  • Bomb on Lebanese border targets Israeli soldiers, IDF says

    March 14, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    An explosive device was detonated against Israeli soldiers patrolling the border with Lebanon on Friday, causing no injuries, Israel's military said.

    Israel shot six mortars into southern Lebanon, causing no damage or injuries, a Lebanese security source said, and an Israeli...

  • Syria aid still stalled after U.N. resolution

    February 25, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers doubt it has the punch to make Damascus grant access and let stuck convoys deliver vital supplies.

    President Bashar Assad's...

  • Syria’s Assyrian Christians find refuge with Turkish neighbors

    January 27, 2014 | 10:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Miydat's Assyrian Orthodox community is still encumbered with festive cookies and candied nuts from their Christmas festivities. In every home, tables groan with remnants from the recent celebrations, which for many of Midyat's...

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