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Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Defense Secretary James Mattis: U.S. Won’t Seize Iraq’s Oil

February 20th 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday said that the U.S. would not try to seize Iraq’s oil, an idea President Trump floated last month that has upset Iraqi leaders. Some local lawmakers have been pressuring Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to cut back on the country’s cooperation with the U.S. due to Trump’s oil threat...
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Federal Judges To Hear Challenge To Trump’s Travel Ban Tuesday

February 7th 2017

On Monday evening, the Department of Justice filed a 15-page brief defending President Trump’s executive order on immigration, and moments later, it was announced the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to his travel ban on Tuesday. Last week, a federal judge temporarily suspended parts of the travel ban against people...
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Trump Blames Airport Chaos on Delta

January 30th 2017

Airports all over the United States spun into crisis over the weekend after President Trump signed an order closing the nation to refugees and to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Lawyers and protesters rushed to the aid of American residents who were barred from reentry, and legal battles began all over the country....
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Refugees Detained at U.S. Airports Take Legal Action Over Trump’s Order

January 28th 2017

Right after President Trump signed an executive order that bans U.S. entry from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for 90 days while suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, the rule already faces partial challenge in court. Immigration lawyers acting on behalf of two Iraqi men, one a former...
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Russia: Syria Regime, Rebels Agree To Ceasefire Deal

December 29th 2016

On Thursday, Russian state media announced a cease-fire between the Syrian government and Syrian rebel groups. “Reports have just arrived that several hours ago there was a development that we all have looked and worked for for so long,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “Three documents have been signed. A cease-fire between the Syrian...
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Buses burned on way to evacuate besieged Syrian villages

December 18th 2016

The evacuation to transfer out trapped civilians and fighters in eastern Aleppo, as well as two Syrian villages, was thrown into doubt on Sunday when assailants torched six buses assigned to the operation. The buses were to take part in the evacuation of over 2,000 wounded and sick Syrians from Foua and Kfarya, two...
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UN: Aleppo Civilians ‘Shot on the Spot’ [VIDEO]

December 13th 2016

Syrian government troops in Aleppo have been reportedly going door-to-door killing civilians Tuesday in the holdout city’s sole remaining rebel-held enclave—a development the United Nations human-rights office termed “a complete meltdown of humanity.” The UN office said it had reliable evidence that at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, have been...
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U.S. To Send 200 More Troops To Syria

December 10th 2016

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said about 200 more U.S. troops are being sent to Syria to help battle Islamic State fighters. The troops, to help Kurdish and Arab fighters retake the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa, will include special operations forces, Carter said Saturday. “These uniquely skilled operators will join the 300 U.S. special...
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Russia, Syria Halt Aleppo Airstrikes Ahead of ‘Truce’ [VIDEO]

October 18th 2016

Russia and Syria on Tuesday claimed they would halt their airstrikes on the besieged city of Aleppo to prepare for a “humanitarian pause” on Thursday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the strikes were suspended at 10 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the temporary truce from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday—a cease-fire that...
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Trump Jr. Compares Syrian Refugees to Skittles [VIDEO]

September 20th 2016

Donald Trump Jr. attempted to capture the complexity of the Syrian refugee problem late Monday by likening the millions of refugees fleeing violence and certain death to a bowl of poisoned Skittles candies. In a meme sent out on Twitter, Trump Jr. asked: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you...
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Syrian US-Russia Deal Cease-Fire Will Begin at Sunset

September 12th 2016

The new Syrian cease-fire, brokered by Russia and the United States, is expected to begin Monday evening. It’s still unclear if rebel factions, who have expressed reservations about the agreement, will abide by the deal. In a rare public appearance, President Bashar al-Assad attended prayers at a mosque Monday in a newly surrendered Damascus...
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ISIS Second In Command Killed In Syria

August 30th 2016

Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani has been killed, ISIS announced Tuesday through its Amaq News Agency. The outlet cited a military source saying Adnani “was martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo.” But Adnani was far more than a mere mouthpiece for the group and had a $5...
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UN Syria Envoy Suspends Humanitarian Effort

August 18th 2016

A humanitarian task force with the United Nations in Syria has on Thursday suspended its efforts amid continued violence in the country, which has been ravaged by more than five years of civil war. A day before, Syrian opposition activists released images of a 5-year-old child who was pulled from the devastation of an...
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U.N.: ISIS Committing Genocide Against Yazidis

June 16th 2016

The Islamic State (ISIS) has committed the crime of genocide against the Yazidis in Syria and Iraq, seeking to destroy the ethno-religious group of 400,000 through killings, sexual slavery and other crimes, United Nations investigators said on Thursday. “The genocide of the Yazidis is ongoing,” the independent investigators said in a report, which urged...
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3 Hospitals In Syria’s Aleppo Bombed in 3 Hours [VIDEO]

June 9th 2016

Three hospitals were bombed in the space of three hours in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Aleppo, the United Nations children’s program said. The medical facilities bombed Wednesday were on the rebel-held eastern side of the city, UNICEF regional director Peter Salama said in a statement. “Everyone must question their humanity when babies have to...
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‘More Than 100 Dead’ In Syrian Bomb Blasts [VIDEO]

May 23rd 2016

More than 100 have died in bomb blasts on two Syrian coastal towns, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The towns that were hit by blasts were Jableh and Tartus which are regime strongholds and have largely escaped the conflict so far. State media said one blast had hit a hospital. So-called Islamic...
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27 Killed in Aleppo’s Syrian Hospital Airstrike [VIDEO]

April 28th 2016

At least 27 people, including three children and one of Aleppo’s last pediatricians, were killed in an airstrike at a hospital in the Syrian city. The Al Quds hospital was hit Wednesday by a fighter jet missile, and pediatrician Wasem Maaz was among the fatalities. The hospital was supported by Doctors Without Borders in...
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Obama To Send 250 More Troops To Syria [VIDEO]

April 25th 2016

President Barack Obama is expected Monday to announce plans to send an additional 250 troops to Syria to support local forces in the battle against ISIS. The deployment will boost the number of U.S. forces in Syria to about 300, with most coming from special-operations forces, the AP reports. The group will also include...
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ISIS Abducts 300+ Syrian Workers [VIDEO]

April 7th 2016

Syrian state TV has reported that ISIS fighters have abducted more than 300 workers near Damascus. The cement workers and contractors, from al-Badia Cement Company, were allegedly taken from Dumeir.
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Syrian Army Storms ISIS-Held Palmyra [VIDEO]

March 24th 2016

Syrian forces entered the ancient city of Palmyra on Thurday, after months of control by ISIS fighters. “We might witness in the next 48 hours an overwhelming victory in Palmyra,” Gov. Talal Barazi told reporters, adding that “the army is advancing in a precise and organized way to protect what is possible of monuments...
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Kerry: ISIS Committing Genocide in Iraq, Syria [VIDEO]

March 17th 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. officials, as he acted to meet a congressional deadline. But Kerry’s finding, set to be announced Thursday, will not obligate the United States to take additional action...
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Inside Raqqa: Women’s Secret Films From Within ISIS Terrorist City VIDEO

March 15th 2016

Watch Exclusive footage from inside ISIS-controlled city Raqqa. Filmed by two brave women for Expressen. Using hidden cameras two brave Syrian women show us what life is like inside al-Raqqah, capital city of terrorist sect ISIS in northern Syria. They know they will be stoned to death if they are exposed. They are willing...
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Pentagon Confirms ISIS Leader’s Death [VIDEO]

March 15th 2016

The Pentagon on Monday confirmed the death of a top ISIS leader known as Omar “the Chechen” al-Shishani in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in northeastern Syria this month. “We believe he subsequently died of his injuries,” Navy Capt Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told AFP. The confirmation comes after the monitoring group the Syrian...
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ISIS Syrian Bombings Kill 100+ [VIDEO]

February 22nd 2016

A series of blasts claimed by ISIS in Syria’s Damascus and Homs left 129 people dead on Sunday as Secretary of State John Kerry said a “provisional agreement” was reached on a ceasefire. The official SANA news agency reported bombings in the Sayyida Zeinab suburb of Damascus, where one of Shia Islam’s holiest shrines...
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World Powers Agree on Syria Ceasefire [VIDEO]

February 12th 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday that world powers have agreed to implement a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria to begin in a week after talks in Germany. However, this would not apply to the fighting between ISIS and the al-Nusra Front within the country. According to Kerry, a United Nations task force...
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Russia Airstrikes ‘Killed 200 Civilians’ [VIDEO]

December 23rd 2015

Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed at least 200 civilians, according to a human-rights watchdog report. Quoting witnesses and activists, the Amnesty International report released Wednesday accuses Moscow of using cluster bombs, which can kill civilians long after clashes cease, in attacks over the the past few months. The report focuses on six attacks...
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Kerry Meets Putin to Talk Syria, Ukraine [VIDEO]

December 15th 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and later with President Vladimir Putin to discuss ending the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. In remarks before their sit-down, Kerry said he wanted to make “real progress” with Lavrov. “The world benefits when powerful nations...
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London Knife Attack Suspect in Court [VIDEO]

December 7th 2015

The man charged with attempted murder for stabbing people in a London Tube station Sunday has appeared in court. Muhaydin Mire, 29, reportedly shouted “This is for Syria” as he carried out the attacks. One man suffered “serious” wounds, and another person was injured in the attack. As he was arrested, one Londoner shouted:...
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U.K. Launches ISIS Airstrikes In Syria After Vote [VIDEO]

December 3rd 2015

British fighter jets took off from an RAF airbase in Cyprus and carried out airstrikes in Syria, just hours after lawmaker voted in favor of launching airstrikes against ISIS targets in the war-torn country, the Ministry of Defense confirmed early Thursday. Four Royal Air Force Tornados left the Akrotiri base shortly after the vote...
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Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane [VIDEO]

November 24th 2015

Turkish F-16 fighter jets shot a Russian SU-24 warplane out of the sky Tuesday after it ignored warnings for violating the country’s airspace near the Syrian border. The plane reportedly crashed in the area known by Turks as “Turkmen Mountain” in northern Syria near the border. Turkey had not warned the coalition that it...
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