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Graham says Trump slowing down planned withdrawal from Syria

Graham says Trump slowing down planned withdrawal from Syria

President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday. "I think we're in a pause situation," the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House after lunch with the president. Trump announced...

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Rebels mortar kills and wounds 5 pro-regime militants in Latakia

Rebels mortar kills and wounds 5 pro-regime militants in Latakia

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- One pro-regime militant killed and four others wounded in rebels’ mortar fire in the coastal Latakia province, pro-regime media outlets reported Sunday. Rebel commander told Zaman al-Wasl that militants of National Defense Units were infiltrating to rebels...

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New Interior Minister transfers 70 officers, including 40 Generals

New Interior Minister transfers 70 officers, including 40 Generals

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- The newly appointed Interior minister Mohammed Rahmoun has made a shake-up transfer within the powerful ministry included 40 brigadiers and 16 colonels, pro-regime media reported. Analysts say Bashar al-Assad has appointed Maj. Gen. Rahmoun to crush all opposition....

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Idlib: moneychangers strike over burglary acts

Idlib: moneychangers strike over burglary acts

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Some moneychangers and jewelers in northern Idlib province have staged a strike over the killing of their fellow by gangsters, urging to local rebel factions to halt such crimes and to enhance security. Lutfi Tanari, jeweler, told Zaman al-Wasl that the thieves...

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US, Kurdish militias skill 165 Syrian civilians in 3 months: NGO

US, Kurdish militias skill 165 Syrian civilians in 3 months: NGO

In a period lasting about three months, the allied U.S.-led coalition and YPG/PKK terrorists killed 165 civilians in one region of eastern Syria, a Syrian NGO said in a report on Saturday. Working to expel Daesh from the area, coalition forces attacks around Deir ez-Zor killed 153...

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US evacuates first military warehouse in Syria

US evacuates first military warehouse in Syria

Following its surprise decision last week to withdraw its troops from Syria, the first U.S. military warehouse near the Iraqi border was evacuated on Friday. According to a reliable local source, the U.S. forces vacated a warehouse in Malikiya in the northeast Hassaka province....

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Despite regime troops nearby, Syrians in Manbij still fear Turkey

Despite regime troops nearby, Syrians in Manbij still fear Turkey

Syrian forces have deployed around the city of Manbij at the request of the Kurds, but Abu Azeez Jaber still fears a U.S. military withdrawal will see Turkish troops enter. "People are terrified first of the Americans withdrawing, and second of the Turks entering," the 48-year-old cook...

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Tribes fighters to replace Kurdish forces in eastern Deir Ezzor: activists

Tribes fighters to replace Kurdish forces in eastern Deir Ezzor: activists

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- A tribesmen militia may replace the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Deir Ezzor province following Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, local sources told Zaman al-Wasl. The Elite Forces of the Saudi-backed al-Ghad movement...

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Russia, Turkey to discuss US withdrawal from Syria in Moscow: RIA

Russia, Turkey to discuss US withdrawal from Syria in Moscow: RIA

Foreign and defense ministers from Russia and Turkey will discuss in Moscow the United States' decision to withdraw troops from Syria, Russian news agency RIA reported Saturday, citing Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. In an abrupt policy shift, Trump has said that Washington...

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US denies reports of Syrian regime incursion in Manbij

US denies reports of Syrian regime incursion in Manbij

 A U.S. defense official on Friday denied the reports Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime forces entered Manbij. Syrian state-run SANA news agency reported earlier in the day, regime forces entered the city after the group invited forces to take control of the region and ward...

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Turkey has no business in Manbij if YPG leaves: Erdogan

Turkey has no business in Manbij if YPG leaves: Erdogan

Turkey will have nothing left to do in the Syrian town of Manbij once "terrorist organizations" leave the area, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, hours after the Syrian army said it had entered the town. Earlier Friday, the Syrian army said it had entered Manbij for the first...

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Photos show Iranian warehouse flattened by Israeli strike in Damascus

Photos show Iranian warehouse flattened by Israeli strike in Damascus

(Israeli Reports)-  Satellite images show the extent of damage from an alleged Israeli strike in Syria this week, with one photo indicating that a large storage facility was completely destroyed, an Israeli satellite imaging company said Thursday. The photos, taken December...

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Bahrain says embassy work in Syria continues after UAE move

Bahrain says embassy work in Syria continues after UAE move

Bahrain on Friday announced that “work is continuing at its embassy” in Syria, reflecting a new push by Gulf Arab states to improve relations with President Bashar Assad as the war winds down. A day earlier, the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus with a...

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Clashes intensify between Daesh, US-backed forces in Deir Ezzor: activists

Clashes intensify between Daesh, US-backed forces in Deir Ezzor: activists

  (Zaman Al Wasl)- Clashes intensify Thursday between Kurdish-led forces and Daesh (ISIS) near Hajin town east of Deir Ezzor province, activists said. The US-backed group made fresh gains over the week against jihadists defending their eastern Syria stronghold, according to...

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Iraqi lawmakers demand US withdrawal after Trump visit

Iraqi lawmakers demand US withdrawal after Trump visit

Iraqi lawmakers Thursday demanded U.S. forces leave the country in the wake of a surprise visit by President Donald Trump that politicians denounced as arrogant and a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. Politicians from both blocs of Iraq's divided Parliament called for a vote to expel U.S....

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UAE to reopen embassy in Syria for first time in seven years

UAE to reopen embassy in Syria for first time in seven years

The Syrian Information Ministry gave no further details other than inviting journalists to cover the event at the embassy in central Damascus later Thursday. The UAE recalled its ambassador from Syria in 2011 after the start of the popular uprising against President Bashar Assad. The...

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14 bodies exhumed from mass grave in Raqqa

14 bodies exhumed from mass grave in Raqqa

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- 14 bodies have been exhumed from Panorama mass graves near the northeastern city of Raqqa, once the capital Daesh’s (ISIS) self-styled caliphate, Kurdish-run news site reported Thursday. Raqqa was liberated in a U.S.-backed campaign that ended more than a year...

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Trump defends Syria pullout while on surprise visit to Iraq

Trump defends Syria pullout while on surprise visit to Iraq

President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria during an unannounced visit to Iraq, saying that many people are going to start seeing things the same way he does. Trump abruptly made the decision on Syria last week, against the advice of top...

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