Israel to improve coordination with Moscow over Syria after plane crash

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Sept 20 : Israel said on Thursday it would not halt strikes on Syria but would do more to “deconflict” them with Russian forces, after Moscow accused it of “irresponsible and unfriendly actions” that led to Syrian ground fire mistakenly downing a Russian plane. Fifteen Russian crew were killed when the […]

US marines conduct big drills with rebels in southern Syria

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, Sept 13 : A Syrian rebel commander said on Thursday rare military exercises with US marines in southern Syria sent a strong message to Russia and Iran that the Americans and the rebels intend to stay and confront any threats to their presence. Colonel Muhanad al Talaa, commander of the Pentagon-backed […]

UN shares locations of Idlib hospitals and schools, hoping to protect them

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 13 : U.N. officials have notified Russia, Turkey and the United States of the GPS coordinates of 235 schools, hospitals and other civilian sites in the Syrian province of Idlib, in the hope the move will help protect them from being attacked. “We share these coordinates so there is no […]

UN documents further Syrian govt use of banned chemical weapons

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 12 : UN investigators said on Wednesday that they had documented three further uses of banned chlorine weapons by Syrian government forces that constituted war crimes, and urged major powers to help avert a “massacre” in the final battle for Idlib. The attacks caused injuries in the Damascus suburb of […]

Turkey boosts arms to Syrian rebels as Idlib attack looms-rebel sources

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, Sept 12 : Turkey has stepped up arms supplies to Syrian rebels to help them stave off an expected offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies in the northwest near the Turkish frontier, rebel sources told Reuters. Senior rebel officials said Turkey had sent more military aid […]

Turkish intelligence seizes in Syria suspect in 2013 bombing

By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Sept 12 : Turkey’s intelligence agency has seized a man in Syria suspected of coordinating a 2013 bombing that killed 53 people in southern Turkey, a Turkish security official said on Wednesday. State-run news agency Anadolu said that during his questioning, Yusuf Nazik confessed to having received orders from Syrian intelligence […]