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 »



First Russia air strikes hit south Syria since 2017 truce

:: Russia bombed rebel-held areas in south Syria late Saturday for the first time since it agreed on a ceasefire there nearly a year ago, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human said around 25 strikes slammed into rebel-held

Jaysh al-Islam agrees to dissolve itself to form national Syrian rebel army

:: On the initiative of the Damascus Military Council, Jaysh al-Islam rebel group has announced its agreement to dissolve itself and to integrate into the Syrian opposition national army. By agreeing the initiative, Jaysh al-Islam has all but dissolved itself

First bout of rebel fighting in Syria’s al-Bab after town seized from ISIS

:: Turkish-backed rebels fought each other on Sunday in the Syrian town of al-Bab in the first bout of rebel fighting since they seized the town this year from ISIS militants, rebels and witnesses said. It was not clear what

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

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

Syria rebels will not attend Astana peace talks

Syrian rebel factions will not attend a new round of negotiations with government figures in the Kazakh capital, an opposition delegation spokesman told AFP on Monday. “Rebel groups have decided not to participate in Astana,” said Osama Abu Zeid, saying

Syrian military plunges near Turkish border

A video released by Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham purports to show a Syrian military plane crashing in Turkey on Saturday near the country’s border with Syria. The plane crashed in the Turkish province of Hatay, the Turkish state-run news

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seize control in almost all of al-Bab

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have seized control of almost all of Syria’s al-Bab and are now working to find and clear mines, Turkey’s defense minister told state-run Anadolu news agency on Thursday. The Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkish tanks, warplanes

CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels ‘frozen’ after Islamist attack

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel officials said that

Syrian opposition: We’ll continue to fight if Astana fails

Syrian rebels vowed on Monday to continue fighting if talks fail, the spokesman for the armed opposition said during the Astana meeting which started Monday. “If the negotiations succeed, then we are with the negotiations, but if they don’t succeed,

Syria’s warring sides gather for Astana talks

Syria’s warring sides meet in Kazakhstan’s capital on Monday with Russia, Turkey and Iran, sponsors of the talks, trying to make progress towards a goal others have repeatedly failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict. The talks are

Syrian rebels to attend Astana peace talks

Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for implementation of a widely violated ceasefire, rebel officials said on Monday, in a boost for Moscow-led diplomacy. Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s

Jund al-Aqsa pledges allegiance to ex-Qaeda branch in Syria

A powerful Syrian Islamist insurgent group on Sunday pledged allegiance to former al-Qaeda branch Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a statement circulated by rebel officials and reported by a monitoring group said. The Jund al-Aqsa group said it was trying to settle

Blast at Syria-Turkey border kills 29 rebels

At least 29 Syrian rebels were killed in a blast at a border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based monitoring group said it was unclear what caused the explosion at the Atme

US names Syrian group Jund al-Aqsa to terror list

The United States officially labelled the Syrian militant rebel group Jund al-Aqsa a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” organization Tuesday as talks continued on securing a ceasefire in the war-riven country. The US State Department said the four-year-old group was originally

Turkey loses 2 soldiers since start of Syria operation

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and five were wounded in a missile attack Tuesday by ISIS in northern Syria – the first Turkish casualties caused by the militants in Turkey’s two-week-old incursion into Syria. The Turkish fatalities came after Turkish

ISIS attacks Syrian rebel camp near Jordan

ISIS launched a bomb and gun attack on a Western-backed Syrian rebel camp near the Jordanian border on Wednesday, according to the rebels who said they had killed at least 30 of the attackers and suffered at least three casualties

UN probes reports of chlorine gas use in Aleppo

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday that the international body is investigating if chlorine gas has been used in a deadly attack the day before in the divided city of Aleppo. “There is a lot

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