Syrian ‘White Helmets’ flee to Jordan with Israeli, Western help – officials

By Dan Williams and Suleiman Al-Khalidi Jerusalem/Amman , July 22 : Hundreds of members of Syria’s “White Helmet” civil defence group and their families fled advancing government forces and slipped over the border into Jordan overnight with the help of Israeli soldiers and Western powers, officials said. Israel’s military said on Twitter that Washington and […]

Russian-backed air strikes hit Islamic State in southern Syria – sources

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi Amman, July 22 : Russian and Syrian jets stepped up their bombing of an Islamic State bastion along the Jordan-Israel border in southwestern Syria, as the militants pushed into areas abandoned by other rebel groups, diplomatic and opposition sources said. Islamic State-affiliated forces entrenched in the Yarmouk Basin, which borders the Israeli-occupied […]

Russian-backed air strikes hit Islamic State in southern Syria – sources

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, July 22 : Russian and Syrian jets stepped up their bombing of an Islamic State bastion along the Jordan-Israel border in southwestern Syria, as the militants pushed into areas abandoned by other rebel groups, diplomatic and opposition sources said. Islamic State-affiliated forces entrenched in the Yarmouk Basin, which borders the Israeli-occupied […]

Lebanon must strike deal with Syria to use export crossing-minister

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, July 20 : Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon’s caretaker economy minister said on Friday. Raed Khoury said it was vital […]

Netanyahu to Putin: remove Iran from Syria, Assad safe from Israel

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, July 11 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel does not intend to threaten Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule and asked Moscow to work to remove Iranian forces from Syria, an Israeli official said. “We won’t take action against the Assad regime, and you get the […]

Israel shoots down Syria drone; Netanyahu meets Putin

By Dan Williams and Gleb Stolyarov JERUSALEM/MOSCOW, July 11 : Israel shot down a Syrian drone that penetrated its airspace on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, highlighting an escalation of volatility near the frontier which Netanyahu discussed in Moscow with Damascus’s biggest ally. “A drone penetrated from Syria’s territory to Israel’s territory several hours […]