Russia reportedly receives an icy reception after it privately asks the US for help in rebuilding Syria

REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin Russia has reportedly used a communications channel with America’s top general to propose a plan to rebuild Syria and repatriate refugees. According to a US memo, the proposal was sent on July 19 by Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian military’s General Staff, to US Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of […]

Russian military prevents drone attack on Khmeimim base in Syria

A drone, launched from a militant-held area towards Russia’s Khmeimim base in Syria, was shot down by the airfield’s defenses on Friday, the Russian military has reported, urging militant commanders to cease all provocations. The UAV was launched after dark from an area controlled by illegal armed groups in the north of Latakia province, according […]

Kurdish-led SDF to negotiate ‘roadmap to a democratic, decentralized Syria’ with Damascus

SDC, a political wing of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has agreed with the Syrian government to form negotiating committees, Reuters reports. The respective committees aim to bring an end to the seven-year civil war and chart a “roadmap to a democratic, decentralized Syria.” The announcement comes after a delegation of the political wing of […]

Russia thanks Israel for striking ISIS inside Syria

The Russian military has thanked their Israeli counterparts for striking Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist positions inside Syria, after IS fighters tried to draw IDF fire on Syrian army positions by launching rockets into Israel. “A targeted strike by IDF jets and artillery promptly destroyed ISIS terrorists and their rocket launchers,” the Russian defense […]

US man captured in Syria charged with aiding ISIS

A man from Michigan, recently transferred into US custody after being captured by US-backed militias in Northern Syria, has been charged with providing material support to the terrorist group Islamic State. The indictment, dated July 19, alleges that US-born Ibraheem Musaibli, 28, “knowingly provided and attempted to provide material support to ISIS [later known as […]

Israel helping move 800 White Helmets out of Syria via Jordan – report

Some 800 members of the controversial Western-backed White Helmets will be brought to Jordan through Israel to be reportedly resettled later in the UK, Canada, and Germany. The UN is overseeing the exodus. Hundreds of the self-described aid workers, who operate exclusively in rebel-held areas, have crossed into Israel from southwestern Syria overnight on Sunday, […]

Russian military shoot down militant drone near Khmeimim Air Base in Syria – MoD

Russian air defense units have downed a drone launched from a militant-controlled territory in the Syrian Latakia province, the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria has said. The aerial “target was destroyed away from the air base,” the head of the reconciliation center, Major General Aleksey Tsygankov, told the media, adding that the incident resulted in […]

Stockpiles of surrendered Western arms in Syria sign of 'gross interference' – Russia

The Western-made weapons surrendered by armed groups in Deraa are “material evidence of gross interference” in Syria, according to Russian Foreign ministry. The Syrian province was under militant control for years. “Enormous number of Western-produced modern weapons and equipment was handed over by reconciled militants to the Syrian army,” spokesperson Maria Zakharova told during her […]

‘UK & US want OPCW powers expanded to justify future attacks against Syria’

London’s effort to empower the UN chemical watchdog with the right to assign guilt serves Western interests in finding loopholes and justifications for new attacks against Damascus, investigative journalist Rick Sterling told RT. “The UK in alliance with the US is hoping to have the OPCW able to assign blame and provide a rationale for […]

Turkey to continue operation in Syria, toughen terrorist crackdown – Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara will continue to “liberate Syrian lands” and act more decisively against terrorist organizations after securing a victory for another presidential term in the election. Turkish troops have been in Syria since September 2016, targeting Kurdish fighters linked to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, who Ankara considers terrorists, […]