US says Iran directed convoy targeted by US air strike in Syria

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, May 20 : The United States said it believed Iran was directing an advancing convoy in southern Syria on Thursday targeted by military aircraft, a possible sign of increased tension between Washington and Tehran in the Syrian war. Yesterday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US […]

UN sees ‘incremental progress’ after Syria talks

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 19 : UN envoy Staffan de Mistura ended four days of Syria talks today, saying there had been “incremental progress” and he planned to reconvene negotiations in June. But the warring sides still showed no sign of wanting to be in the same room, let alone on the same page […]

International inquiry finds sulfur mustard exposure in Syria

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 16 : Investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog found that two Syrian women were exposed to sulfur mustard in an apparent attack in Aleppo province last September, a report to the United Nations Security Council said. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact Finding Mission […]

Syrian army sends reinforcements towards border with Iraq -rebels

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, May 15 : The Syrian army aided by Iranian-backed militias was moving troops to a desert region near its border with Iraq and Jordan just as US backed rebels are consolidating control in an area from which Islamic State militants had recently pulled out, rebel sources and commanders said today. They […]

Syrian army retakes most of rebel-held district on capital’s edge

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, May 14 : The Syrian army and its allies are on the verge of completely seizing the rebel-held district of Qaboun on the edge of the capital following over two months of relentless aerial strikes and artillery shelling, rebels and state media said today. But rebels said they still held a […]

US-backed Syrian forces expect Raqqa assault soon, await weapons

By Rodi Said TABQA, Syria, May 12 : The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said today their attack to capture Raqqa city from Islamic State would begin soon and the US-led coalition would supply them with weapons including armoured vehicles for the assault. The SDF, an alliance of militias including Arab groups and the Kurdish YPG […]