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Turkish and Russian Military Leaders Discuss Idlib Over the Phone

Turkish, Russian Military chiefs

ANKARA – Turkish and Russian military leaders have had a phone call to discuss the latest developments in Idlib, a de-escalation area in north-western Syria, the Turkish military announced Thursday. The Turkish chief of staff, General Yasar Guler, and his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, also exchanged views on current …

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Syrian Air Defenses Almost Hit Airliner near Damascus: Russia


DAMASCUS, Syria – An Airbus A320 airliner with 172 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Khmeimim air base (which is controlled by Russia) after Syrian air defenses almost touched it, Russian news agencies reported, mentioning a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense. The Syrian air defences were trying …

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US Steps Up Warnings to Russia Over Idlib


IDLIB, Syria – The United States stepped up warnings to Russia about its policy in Syria, saying that Moscow was trying to challenge the US presence in northeast Syria by violating the terms of a devolution agreement and was also helping to intensify the fighting in the north western province …

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UN: Daesh Mounts Increasingly Daring Attacks in Iraq and Syria


BAGHDAD – ISIS is organizing increasingly daring attacks in Syria and Iraq and plans to release its fighters in detention centers. UN experts told the UN Security Council in a report that the extremist group is also exploiting security weaknesses in the two countries. Experts, who monitor sanctions against ISIS …

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“Most Alarming Reports” from Idlib: UN official


IDLIB, Syria – A senior United Nations official on Wednesday expressed concern over the “dire humanitarian situation” in north-western Syria in Idlib. Mark Lowcock, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said in his briefing to the United Nations Security Council that “the most alarming reports” come from …

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Trump Discusses Syria and Libya with Erdogan of Turkey


WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump spoke about the events in Syria and Libya during a phone call to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, a White House spokesperson said on Twitter. “The two leaders discussed the need to eliminate foreign interference and maintain the ceasefire in Libya. The leaders …

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France Deploys an Aircraft Carrier in the Middle East


PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron said that France will deploy the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in the Middle East. He further said, that, the aircraft carrier will support Chammal (Middle East) operations from January to …

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King Abdullah of Jordan Warns Daesh Again

King Abdullah

PARIS – King Abdullah of Jordan warned on Monday that the Daesh group was regrouping and was increasing again in the Middle East. Months after last year’s ousting of ISIS from their last Syrian heist, Abdullah said that “his main concern is that over the past year we have seen …

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