Syria Assad pledges to continue his efforts to form a constitutional committee

Syria: Assad pledges to “continue” his efforts to form a constitutional committee

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pledged Friday to “continue” efforts to form a constitutional committee, called for by the UN for a political settlement of the Syrian conflict, after a meeting with the Russian president’s special envoy for Syria. The meeting with Alexander Lavrentiev comes two days after the visit of UN envoy for Syria, Geir […]

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Turkish Defense Minister accuses Damascus of violating ceasefire agreement in Idlib

Turkish Defense Minister accuses Damascus of violating ceasefire agreement in Idlib

The Turkish Defense Minister on Friday accused the Syrian army of violating the ceasefire agreement with Russia for the province of Idlib, where are the latest rebel positions. Russia is providing decisive military support to the forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has sided with rebel groups, but Ankara and Moscow have agreed in […]

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Syria: Nearly 140,000 displaced by fighting in north-west

Syria: Nearly 140,000 displaced by fighting in north-west

Nearly 140,000 people have been displaced since February by fighting in northwestern Syria, where the regime of Bashar al-Assad but also its Russian ally pound a jihadist stronghold, announced Wednesday the UN. By way of comparison, this figure represents more than double the number of displaced people in four months of fighting to dislodge the […]

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Syria: Bashar al-Assad's uncle Rifaat al-Assad will be tried in France

Syria: Bashar al-Assad’s uncle Rifaat al-Assad will be tried in France

Former Syrian Vice President Rifaat al-Assad, 81, is suspected of fraudulently building a real estate empire in France. His indictment in June 2016 already subjected the former Syrian vice president to a judicial review that limits his international travel. But Rifaat al-Assad, uncle of the current dictator, will have a trial in France. The 81 […]

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Iran warns Israel against new raids in Syria

Iran warns Israel against new raids in Syria

Iran warned Israel on Tuesday that it would respond in a “firm and dissuasive” way to new air attacks by the Jewish state against its positions in Syria. Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Iranian National Security Council, issued the warning during a meeting in Tehran with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem. Iran is with Russia […]

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UAE reopens embassy in Damascus

UAE reopens embassy in Damascus

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) reopened Thursday their embassy in Damascus, a diplomatic victory for the regime of Bashar al-Assad, because this Gulf country allied with the United States has once supported some armed rebel groups at war against Damascus. According to the UAE, this measure aims to normalize bilateral relations and to avoid regional […]

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Syria accuses Israel of strikes on its territory

Syria accuses Israel of strikes on its territory

Israeli aircraft bombed sites near Damascus in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, Syrian state media reported, a move that Moscow, a close ally of the regime in Syria, described as a “gross violation of sovereignty.” The Israeli army claimed to have protected itself from anti-aircraft missile fire from Syria. On Tuesday night, the Syrian […]

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The withdrawal order of US troops from Syria has been signed

The withdrawal order of US troops from Syria has been signed

The Pentagon announced Sunday the signing of the withdrawal order of US troops from Syria shortly after an interview between Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan having focused on the implementation of this decision. The US president wants this departure of some 2,000 soldiers that his country has dispatched to Syrian territory […]

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Syrian constitution The commission could meet early 2019

Syrian constitution: The commission could meet early 2019

Russia, Iran and Turkey want to redouble their efforts to get the Syrian Constitutional Committee to meet in early 2019 to work on a new constitution and elections in Syria. Following a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, who will leave the post on December 31, praised “the […]

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