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ISIS ‘Beatle’ pleads guilty to murdering US hostages

WASHINGTON: A British-born man who was a member of a team of Islamic State militants in Syria nicknamed “The Beatles” and accused of beheading American hostages pleaded guilty to eight US criminal charges including hostage taking and conspiracy to support

US troops come under fire in Syria after strikes against militias

WASHINGTON: US troops came under rocket fire in Syria but escaped injury in apparent retaliation for US airstrikes against Iran-aligned armed groups in Syria and Iraq. A US military spokesman said US forces had responded to the multiple rockets by

US carries out airstrikes against militia in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON: The United States said it carried out another round of airstrikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, in response to drone attacks by the militia against US personnel and facilities in Iraq. In a statement, the US military

Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad re-elected for 4th term

DAMASCUS: Bashar Al-Assad has been re-elected for a fourth term as president of war-ravaged Syria, official results showed, despite Western accusations the polls were “neither free nor fair”. The controversial vote extending Assad’s stranglehold on power was the second since

GoT actress Emilia Clarke shares message of support for Syrians

LONDON: Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke shared her support for the “millions of Syrians fighting for peace and dignity” marking the 10th anniversary of the revolution. “It has been 10 years since the Syrian people took a stand for

US carries out airstrikes against militia facilities in Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden directed military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia, in a calibrated response to rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq. The strikes appeared to be limited

Syria’s veteran foreign minister passes away

DAMASCUS: Syria’s top diplomat and longtime Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has died on Monday, state media reported. There were no details on the cause of death but the 79-year old had for years been in poor health suffering from heart

US fighter jet comes close to Iranian plane in Syrian airspace

TEHRAN: Several passengers on an Iranian airline have been injured over Syria after the pilot changed altitude to avoid collision with a US fighter jet, Iranian media reported. The Iranian plane, belonging to Mahan Air, was heading from Tehran to

Journalists’ killings decline

The number of journalists killed in the line of duty fell in 2019 to the lowest levels in seventeen years according to a report by the Citizens to Project Journalists.  The drop in murders comes amid unprecedented global attention on

Syrian President’s uncle on trial in France on graft charges

PARIS: The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is set to go on trial in Paris on charges of building up a property empire in France using funds from Syrian exchequer. The 82-year-old Rifaat al-Assad is the younger brother of

Nearly 70 dead in Syria regime clashes with Idlib militants

SURMAN: Two days of clashes between regime forces and armed groups in Syria’s last major opposition have killed nearly 70 on both sides, undermining a months-long ceasefire agreement, a war monitor said on Sunday. “The most violent” battles in the

Turkey and Russia launch joint patrols in Syria

DERBASIYEH: Turkey and Russia held a first joint patrol in northern Syria to verify whether Kurdish forces have withdrawn from the border as a part of the deal. The patrols began near the border town of Derbasiyeh, where Kurdish fighters have

US military buries remains of Al-Baghdadi at sea

WASHINGTON: US military buried the body of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at sea, Pentagon sources confirmed on Monday. According to sources, no details were disclosed regarding when the remains of Baghdadi were disposed of.   Also Read: ISIS leader Baghdadi died

ISIS leader Baghdadi died ‘in panic and dread’, says Trump

WASHINGTON: Fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died “whimpering and crying” in a raid by US special forces in northwest Syria, President Donald Trump announced on Sunday. Baghdadi killed himself during the raid by detonating a suicide vest after

ISIS leader Baghdadi reportedly killed in Syria by US forces

WASHINGTON: Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to have been killed in a US military operation in Syria, sources in the region said on Sunday and US President Donald Trump was due to make a “major statement” at

US warns Turkey for heading in ‘wrong direction’ over Syria

US Defense Secretary, Mark Esper warned Turkey for heading in the wrong direction over Syria, today on Thursday. While commenting on its deal with Russia to form a joint safe zone and its attack on Syria in a conference in

Trump announces Turkey sanctions ‘will be lifted’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the United States is lifting sanctions on Turkey, hailing the success of a ceasefire along its border with Syria. The president, who has been under fire for abruptly withdrawing US troops from northern

No more invasion in Syria as Kurds leave border: Turkey

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s defence ministry has said that no need to restart its invasion against Kurdish fighters in Syria as its forces have been withdrawn from the border. The defence ministry on Wednesday stated that there was no need to restart

Turkey to resume Syria offensive if truce deal falters: Erdogan

ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and “crush the heads of terrorists” if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the area was not fully

Turkey – a Middle East player

Turkish president Erdogan’s latest offensive against Syrian Kurds shows he has grown as a powerful world leader and a force to be reckoned with. Turkey can now dare to look any nation in the eyes particularly the United States. It

Deadly Turkish air strikes shatter Syria truce

ANKARA: Deadly Turkish air strikes Friday shattered an hours-old US-brokered deal to stop Ankara’s military offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria. The ceasefire announced late on Thursday was meant to provide a pause for the evacuation of Kurdish fighters

Turkey, US agree ceasefire in northeast Syria

ANAKARA: Turkey has agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northeast Syria to allow for withdrawal of Kurdish forces, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. “Today the United States and Turkey have

Turkey defiant on Syria operation as US demands ceasefire

ANKARA: Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria on Wednesday as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected any

US slaps sanctions on Turkey as Syrian regime returns to north

WASHINGTON: The United States slapped sanctions on Turkey as it demanded an end to the deadly incursion against Syrian Kurdish fighters, accusing its NATO partner of putting civilians at risk and allowing the release of Islamic State extremists. The actions

US approves tough sanctions on Turkey over Syria

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has approved a draft of new heavy sanctions to target Turkey as its forces are not withdrawn from Syria. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that US President Donald Trump assigned the task against Turkey

US to slap Turkey with sanctions over Syria

WASHINGTON: The US senators have said that they have agreed on slapping the sanctions on Turkey if its forces are not withdrawn from Syria. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that he and Democrat Chris Van Hollen have introduced legislation that

US, Turkey presidents to meet over Syria’s safe zone

ANKARA: The presidents of Turkey and the United States have agreed to meet during a phone call to discuss creating a safe zone in northern Syria. According to the Turkish presidency, both the presidents are scheduled to meet next month

Pakistan among six nations hosting world’s largest refugees

GENEVA: A newly released report of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that Pakistan was among the six countries that host half of the world’s refugees. According to the UNHCR report, Pakistan hosts about half of the world’s