Tag Archive | Syria

Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

President has delegated direction of overseas conflicts to his generals, raising fears of unchecked escalation.

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Syria: Assad says the peace process has failed

Syria: Assad says the peace process has failed

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signaled Tuesday that his government intends to escalate military efforts to crush the five-year-old uprising against his rule, saying the bloodshed will not end until he has regained control over all areas of Syria lost to the rebellion. His tough words came amid indications that Russia is preparing to reengage in […]

Lebanese citizenship law strips women of identity

Lebanese citizenship law strips women of identity

When her teenage daughter – a talented soccer player – was selected for a national Lebanese team, Nadine Moussa could not have been more proud. But the celebrations were short-lived. Under a 91-year-old law, women like Moussa, who are married to foreigners, cannot pass their Lebanese nationality on to their husbands or children – nor […]

Syrian rebels agree in Qatar to stop infighting

Syrian rebels agree in Qatar to stop infighting

Two Syrian rebel groups which have been fighting each other near Damascus have negotiated a ceasefire in Qatar, statements published by the two groups said. More than 500 people have been killed since April when fighting erupted between rival Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman groups. Their rift has been exploited by Syrian government forces to […]

Syria: “Largest ever” siege evacuations carried out

Syria: “Largest ever” siege evacuations carried out

Relief agencies evacuated 500 wounded people from four besieged Syrian towns, in what has been described as the largest such operation so far in the five-year conflict. Half were brought out from towns blockaded by pro-government forces, and half from towns blocked off by rebels. A UN chief in Syria said he had been told […]

Syria reject Israel’s vow to control Golan “forever”

Syria reject Israel’s vow to control Golan “forever”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has for the first time held his weekly cabinet meeting in the occupied Golan Heights, amid criticism from local Syrian activists.  Speaking in the Jewish-only settlement of Maaleh Gamla on Sunday, Netanyahu declared that the 70 percent of the Golan, which Israeli forces occupied during the 1967 Middle East war, […]

Syria holds election as peace talks resume

Syria holds election as peace talks resume

Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what they called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad, while his opponents and Western powers denounced the poll as illegitimate. The election went ahead independently of a UN-led peace process aimed at ending the five-year-long war. A second […]