Public reports “clearly show” Assad’s use of chemical weapons – McMaster

By Idrees Ali and Thomas Escritt MUNICH, Feb 17 : U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account. “Public accounts and photos […]

U.N. mediator warns of ‘violent, worrying, dangerous’ moment in Syria

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14 : The U.N. Syria peace mediator warned on Wednesday that a recent increase in violence has created one of the most dangerous moments in years of civil war there, as the government bombards rebel areas and foreign powers further intervene. “I have been now four years (as) special […]

New head of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party wants end to Syria incursion

By Ece Toksabay and Gulsen Solaker ANKARA, Feb 14 : Turkey should accept the territorial gains of Syrian Kurdish forces at its southern border, end its military operation against them and instead resolve problems through dialogue, the new leader of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party said. Pervin Buldan’s argument is likely to hold little sway with […]

Russians killed in clash with U.S.-led forces in Syria, say associates

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW, Feb 12 : Russian fighters were among those killed when U.S.-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria this month, former associates of the dead said on Monday. A U.S. official has said more than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad died when coalition and local coalition-backed forces […]

As IS shrinks in Syria, US-led coalition grapples with foreign detainees

By Idrees Ali ROME, Feb 12 : As U.S.-backed militias in Syria capture a growing number of Islamic State militants, the United States wants to see foreign fighters returned to their countries of origin for prosecution, a senior Pentagon official said on Sunday. The question of how to deal with captured foreign fighters received renewed […]

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Feb 11 : Syria’s U.S.-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad. Pro-government forces and Kurdish-led forces have fought each other elsewhere in Syria and Damascus opposes the Kurds’ demands for […]