Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Tag Archives: Damascus

Four children among 28 civilians dead in air strikes on Syria safe zone

:: At least 28 civilians were killed in air strikes on northwestern Syria where a planned safe zone has been overshadowed by a bombing campaign against militants, a monitor said Saturday. Four children were among the dead in the overnight

US-backed force takes 90 percent of Syria’s Raqqa from ISIS

:: US-backed fighters have captured 90 percent of the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS after overrunning five strategic neighborhoods, a monitor said on Wednesday. “Because of the heavy (US-led) coalition air strikes, ISIS withdrew from at least five key

Syrian rebels say US allies push for retreat from southeast Syria

:: Two Western-backed Syrian rebel groups fighting the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias in southeastern Syria have been asked by their Western and Arab backers to pull out of the area and retreat into Jordan, rebels and diplomatic sources said

Russia sets up ‘de-confliction’ zone in northern Syria

Sergei Rudskoi

:: Russia’s military on Wednesday said it had set up a zone north of the Syrian city of Aleppo to stop clashes between Kurdish fighters and opposition fighters. “To prevent provocations and possible clashes between the Free Syrian Army in

Syrian army increases strikes on capital’s last rebel enclave

:: The Syrian army intensified shelling and air strikes on the last rebel enclave in the Syrian capital on Monday, its heaviest bombardment in a two-month military campaign, rebels and witnesses said. From the strategic Qasyoun Heights that overlooks Damascus,

Syrian forces fully besiege last IS stronghold in Homs

:: The Syrian government forces have fully besieged the city of Sukhneh, the last stronghold of the Islamic State in the central province of Homs, state news agency SANA reported on Saturday. The Syrian forces and allied fighters sieged Sukhneh

Air strikes, shelling strain Moscow-backed Damascus truce

:: Air strikes killed at least nine people in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus overnight and insurgent shelling from the rebel-held area landed near the Russian embassy on Tuesday, a war monitor reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Suicide bomber in Damascus kills at least nine, wounds several

:: At least nine people were killed and 15 others wounded on Sunday when a suicide bombing struck an eastern district of Damascus, a monitor said. “Nine were killed, among them civilians and soldiers, in the suicide bombing that hit

Syrian military says seizes ground towards Iraqi border

:: Syrian government forces and their allies on Wednesday seized an area southeast of Damascus towards the Jordanian and Iraqi borders, an area where US troops are based, state television reported. The advance brought the Bir Qassab area under the

US-backed SDF will retaliate if Syrian govt attacks again: spokesman

:: US-backed Syrian militias accused the Syrian government on Monday of bombing their positions southwest of Raqqa city in recent days and threatened to retaliate if the attacks continue. “The regime’s forces…have mounted large-scale attacks using planes, artillery, and tanks,”

Syria army declares 48-hour truce in southern city

:: Syria’s army on Saturday declared a 48-hour ceasefire in the southern city of Daraa, bringing a cautious calm after days of heavy fighting. In a statement, the army’s general command said the truce went into effect at noon local

Tehran’s road to Damascus

Oubai Shahbandar

By : Oubai Shahbandar :: Iran-backed militias reached a new milestone this week, managing to advance to the Iraq-Syria border. Rudaw, the main media outlet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said of this development: “The Hashd (Shiite militia) could

Evacuation of rebels from Damascus district complete

:: The last rebels and others who had agreed to leave the besieged Barzeh district of Damascus have done so, the Syrian capital’s governor was quoted as saying on Monday by state television, bringing the entire area under state control.

France says not planning to reopen embassy in Syria

:: France’s foreign ministry said on Monday that the reopening of its embassy in Syria was not on the table, signaling there may be no fundamental change to Paris’ approach to the Syrian conflict under new president Emmanuel Macron. Citing

Sources: Russia pressures Syrian opposition to accept UN proposal

:: Sources told Al Arabiya News Channel on Thursday that Russia has pressured the Syrian opposition in Geneva to accept a proposal by the UN envoy for Syria Steffan de Mistura, which is meant to draft a new constitution before

ISIS kills more than 50 in central Syria attack

:: The ISIS group killed more than 50 people in an attack on two government-held villages in central Syria’s Hama province on Thursday, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack on two villages killed

Damascus: Prison crematorium claims by the US are ‘totally unfounded’

:: US claims that Syria’s regime is using a prison crematorium to destroy the remains of thousands of murdered detainees are unfounded and disconnected from reality, Damascus said on Tuesday. “These allegations are totally unfounded, they are nothing but the

1,500 evacuate rebel-held Damascus district

:: At least 1,500 civilians and rebels evacuated an opposition district in Damascus on Sunday, state media said, bringing the government closer to cementing its control over the Syrian capital. The evacuations from the Qabun district in northeast Damascus follow

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