Syrian, Russian jets bomb residential areas in eastern Ghouta -witnesses, monitor

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, Dec 4 : – Jets believed to be Syrian and Russian struck heavily crowded residential areas in a besieged rebel enclave near Damascus, killing at least 27 people and injuring dozens in the third week of a stepped-up assault, residents, aid workers and a war monitor said on Monday. Civil defence […]

Mattis eyes moving away from arming Syrian Kurdish fighters

By Idrees Ali ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Dec 2 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that as offensive operations against Islamic State in Syria entered their final stages, he expected the focus to move towards holding territory instead of arming Syrian Kurdish fighters. Speaking with reporters on a military plane en […]

Mladic verdict carries message for Syria and beyond – UN’s Zeid

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Nov 22 : The conviction of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic for genocide and crimes against humanity serves as a warning to others such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations’ human rights chief said on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday the U.N. Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia […]

After U.N. veto, Russia moves against chemical weapons watchdog

By Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE, Nov 21 : After blocking U.N. Security Council action against Syria, Russia has proposed changing the rules for inspectors at the world’s chemical weapons body in The Hague, a move Western diplomats and experts said would undermine its work. It is the latest confrontation between Russia, a close ally and […]

Russia opposed to short UN extension of Syria inquiry -diplomats

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 : Russia is opposed to a Japanese-drafted United Nations Security council resolution to renew for one month an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, several council diplomats said on Friday. As closed-door negotiations got under way on the draft text, Russia told its counterparts on the […]

Russia casts 10th U.N. veto on Syria action, blocking inquiry renewal

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 : Russia cast its 10th veto on Thursday of United Nations Security Council action on Syria since the war began in 2011, blocking a U.S.-drafted resolution to renew an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The mandate for the joint inquiry […]