Syria goes to the polls as new sanctions hit war-ravaged economy

More than 1,600 candidates, many prominent businessmen, were competing for 250 MP seats in the third such election since the conflict erupted in 2011. No surprises were expected in the vote that marked Assad’s second decade in power, with no real opposition to the ruling Baath party and its allies.

Russian planes bomb rebel-held area in Syria’s Latakia, say opposition, war monitor

The Syrian army has launched several campaigns to try to seize the Kubayna mountain in Jabal al-Akrad. The eviction of rebels from commanding positions in the mountains would bring the army closer to securing parts of Idlib, in the northwest, and a main highway connecting the cities of Latakia and Aleppo.

‘They killed us twice’: finding loved ones at last among Syria’s tortured dead

For Mariam Alhallak, identifying the photo of her son, Ayham, 25, a postgraduate dentistry student abducted on the campus of Damascus University in November 2012, ended years of doubt. She had spent more than 17 months knocking at the doors of every government bureau looking for a certificate of death.

Coronavirus quarantine in Syria’s northwest looks to shield most vulnerable

A Syrian man is sprayed with disinfectant at the entrance of a quarantine centre, where those entering from Turkey are carefully monitored as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province, Syria April 30, 2020. Picture taken April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

US Firm Secures Oil Deal with US-Backed Forces in Syria

“Syria considers this agreement null and void and has no legal effect. And it warns again that such despicable acts express the approach of those client militias which have accepted to be a cheap puppet in the hands of the U.S. occupation,” Syria’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

Armed Syrian Arab Tribes Storm Local Headquarters of US-Backed SDF Across Deir ez-Zor – Video

The SDF and other Kurdish groups currently control most of Syria’s oil-rich east with the support of American soldiers, who have been tasked with “keeping” the local crude fields since October 2019 from alleged attempts by Daesh* militants to seize them. The Syrian government has repeatedly objected to the presence of US troops in the […]

SDF Deal With Damascus ‘Forced Step’, Russia to Play Key Role in Process – Kurdish Official

“The Kurds will not move voluntarily out of their historical presence unless they are forced”, he added. The administration of the Kurdish authority in northern Syria announced on Sunday that Damascus had agreed to send troops to the border with Turkey to help the Kurds repel Ankara’s offensive, which was launched last Wednesday. In return, […]

Israel says shot down drone on Golan Heights overnight

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s military said on Friday it had shot down a drone overnight that crossed into Israeli airspace near Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau at the frontier with Syria.

For Syrian family with 16 children, life at Turkish border only gets harder

IDLIB, Syria (Reuters) – Providing for 16 children including four sets of twins is only getting harder for Ahmad Yassin al-Ali and his wife Fawza Umri, Syrians who were forced to flee their home nearly a decade ago and are now crammed into a tent at the Turkish border.

Lebanon Has Reached Critical Point That Challenges Its Survival as Sovereign State, Analyst Warns

The Beirut blast has exacerbated the economic dilemma faced by the Lebanese government headed by Prime Minister Hassan Diab. Prior to the devastating explosion that almost completely destroyed the country’s biggest port, the Lebanese authorities defaulted on sovereign debt repayments in March 2020 and held negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for receiving a […]