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: NUSRA FRONT

Syrians evacuate Lebanese border camps for rebel-held territory

:: Buses carrying Syrian militants and refugees left a Lebanese border area bound for a rebel-held part of Syria on Wednesday, under a deal made after Hezbollah routed Nusra Front insurgents in their last foothold at the frontier. Some 7,000

Prisoner exchange between Nusra, Hezbollah militias begins

:: An exchange of prisoners between the Lebanese Hezbollah militia and the Nusra Front began on Wednesday with four detainees held by the Lebanese security forces being handed over for three members of the militia. The exchange deal comes after

One prisoner of Hezbollah to be exchanged for each group that leaves for Syria

:: The second stage of the prisoners swap between Hezbollah militia and al-Nusra Front fighters began Monday morning. In this context, buses carrying the militants of al-Nusra front and their families from Flitah arrived at Jarud Arsal, according to the

Hezbollah and Nusra to swap corpses in border ceasefire deal

:: Hezbollah and the Nusra Front will exchange the corpses of fighters on Sunday in the first stage of a ceasefire agreement in the Lebanon-Syria border area, the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar television station reported. The ceasefire took effect on Thursday and

Syria’s al-Moualem says govt will abide by ‘de-escalation’ plan

:: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday that the Damascus government would abide by the terms of a Russian plan for “de-escalation” zones so long as the rebels also observed the proposals. Speaking at a televised news conference,

Ex-Nusra fighters to be evacuated from Syrian camp

:: Agreement has been reached to evacuate wounded fighters of the hardline Islamist group formerly known as Nusra Front from Yarmouk, in the southern suburbs of Damascus, to rebel-held Idlib province, Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV reported on Sunday. The agreement is

Former Nusra Front says Egyptian al Qaeda cleric killed in US led strike

Syria’s militant Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly the Nusra Front, said on Monday that Egyptian cleric Abu al Faraj al Masri, a prominent member of the militant group, had been killed in a strike by the U.S.-led coalition. A statement

Syria’s Nusra says it breaks ties with Qaeda

The head of Al-Nusra Front in Syria said his militant group was breaking ties with Al-Qaeda and changing its name. Abu Mohamad al-Jolani said Al-Nusra would change its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and expressed his gratitude to the “commanders

Assad departure ruled out ahead of talks

A top Syrian official urged the opposition to let go of its dream of easing President Bashar Assad out of power in a transitional government, complicating peace talks that resumed Wednesday in Geneva on ending the five-year civil war. As

Syrians vote for new parliament in govt areas, world reacts

Bashar Assad

Syrians in government-controlled areas headed to polling stations Wednesday to elect a new 250-member parliament that is expected to serve as a rubber stamp for President Bashar Assad. Voters began turning up shortly after the stations opened at 7 a.m.

ISIS retakes Syrian town, militants threaten truce

ISIS has retaken a northern town along Syria’s border with Turkey just days after losing it to rebel forces and allied militants, Syrian activists said Monday as UN envoy to Syria stressed on the importance of maintaining cessation of hostilities

Syrian army presses ahead with offensive against ISIS

Syrian troops and allied militiamen pressed on with an offensive against ISIS in central Syria on Monday, clashing with the extremists around the town of Qaryatain a day after it was captured by pro-government forces. The push into Qaryatain took

Al-Qaeda, other insurgents capture Syrian village

Activists say al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch and other insurgents have captured a strategic overlook from government forces south of Aleppo after weeks of government air raids, in fighting that could unravel a month-old ceasefire. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

ISIS fire from Syria kills two in Turkey

Eight rockets fired from a militant-controlled area of Syria slammed into a Turkish border town on Tuesday, killing two people including a four-year-old child, reports said. Some of the Katyusha-type rockets hit empty areas of the town of Kilis, but

Al-Qaeda in Syria seizes key hilltops from regime

Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate and allied militants seized a set of strategic hilltops held by pro-regime forces in the country’s north late Monday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants battled government loyalists and overran

Syrian opposition group elects new leader

One of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition groups elected a new leader Saturday after the term of its former chief ended, it said in a statement. The Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition said longtime member Anas al-Abda was elected president, replacing

Obama: U.S. will prevail in fight against ISIS

President Barack Obama directed his national security team Thursday to press the U.S.-led international campaign to destroy ISIS “on all fronts.” He also expressed hope that a proposed cease-fire in Syria will lead to a political settlement to end the

Russia, Syrian army pound rebels ahead of ceasefire

Russian warplanes continued bombing Syrian rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria and government forces also pounded a suburb of the capital on Thursday, ahead of a planned halt to fighting that rebels predicted Damascus and Moscow would ignore. The “cessation of

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