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

Syrian army retakes most of rebel-held district on edge of Damascus

:: The Syrian army and its allies are on the verge of completely seizing the rebel-held district of Qaboun on the edge of the capital Damascus following over two months of aerial strikes and artillery shelling, rebels and state media

Deal reached to evacuate rebel-held Damascus district

:: Syria’s government has reached a deal with rebels in the Qabun neighborhood of Damascus for the evacuation of opposition fighters, Syrian state media and a monitor said on Saturday. The deal comes after similar evacuations from neighboring rebel-held Damascus

Final push on Syria’s Raqqa to be launched in early summer

:: Three mass graves have been discovered in Iraq’s western province of Anbar containing the bodies of civilians and members of the security forces, officials said Thursday. It was not yet clear how many bodies the graves contained, a police

Barzeh district in Syria’s Damascus evacuated

:: As a part of the implementation of an agreement to put an end to all armed manifestations in Syria, more than a thousand of militants left the Barzeh district in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian media reported, citing

Syrian rebels start leaving Damascus district under evacuation deal

:: Hundreds of Syrian rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus district of Barzeh on Monday as part of an evacuation deal with the government, state media and a war monitor reported. State television said fighters and their relatives had started

Assad meet sees European rights group leader censured

A controversial meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led Europe’s foremost human rights group to say it had no confidence Friday in its Spanish president as he had tarnished his office. Pedro Agramunt, president of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary

40 dead in rebel-extremist clashes near Damascus

Fierce clashes between extremists and Islamist rebels near Damascus left at least 40 dead and 70 wounded on Friday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the clashes pitted the rebel faction Jaish al-Islam (Army of

Israel minister says Damascus blast consistent with country’s policy

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said a massive explosion near Damascus International Airport on Thursday was consistent with Israel’s policy, but stopped short of confirming his country was behind it. Israeli warplanes have hit the airport and other bases around

Three killed in Israeli attack on Syria military camp

An Israeli attack on a Syrian camp for pro-government forces killed three fighters near the Golan Heights on Sunday, an official from the forces said. The official told AFP that two fighters were also wounded in the attack on the

Syria evacuations bring Damascus-area town under state control

The last rebel fighters have left the Syrian town of Zabadani near Damascus as part of a reciprocal evacuation deal for four besieged towns that had been interrupted after a bomb attack hit one convoy, state media and a war

Syrian army moves to tame opposition-held Damascus districts

Backed by Russian air power and allied militiamen on the ground, Syrian troops have recaptured entire cities from rebels and ISIS extremists in the past year, including the key cities of Aleppo, Homs and Palmyra. Yet for the past three

G7 states reach no deal on UK call for further Syria, Russia sanctions

Foreign ministers from Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations reached no agreement on a British suggestion that sanctions be tightened against Syria and Russia, Italy’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had said ahead of

Assad: US strike that killed six ‘foolish, irresponsible’

A US missile strike on an airbase in central Syria early on Friday was “foolish and irresponsible,” President Bashar al-Assad’s office said. “What America did is nothing but foolish and irresponsible behavior, which only reveals its short-sightedness and political and

UN urges 72-hour ceasefire to allow aid to Syria’s eastern Ghouta

The UN called Thursday for an urgent ceasefire in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus, to allow in desperately needed aid and avoid a repeat of the devastation seen in Aleppo. “We need a 72-hour pause for Eastern Ghouta, and

Syrian opposition: No political solution in Syria without US

Syrian opposition leader Nasr al-Hariri said during an interview with Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath that a political solution could never be reached in Syria without America’s participation. Al-Hariri accused the regime and its allies of pursuing a systematic

Syrian children ‘easy prey’ for terror recruiters

The 2.8 million Syrian children deprived of an education are highly vulnerable to terrorist recruiters, the Arab League secretary-general warned on Sunday. “This is a serious challenge to address,” Ahmed Aboul Gheit said. “Leaving this vulnerable group uncared for makes

Air strikes kill 16 civilians near Damascus, 16 in Idlib

At least 16 civilians were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday in an air strike on a rebel-held area outside Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. It said it was not immediately clear who was responsible for

Iranian militias support Assad in Damascus battle

The official website of Harakat al Nujaba militia has published pictures showing the presence of its elements in the vicinity of Damascus, to support the head of the Syrian regime Bashar al Assad in his war against the Syrian opposition,

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