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Syria says shells hit Russian embassy compound

BEIRUT — Syrian state media say shells have hit the Russian embassy in Damascus causing material damage......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 16th, 2017

PH Embassy in Syria warns Filipinos of mortar attacks in Damascus

  Filipinos residing in Syria have been cautioned as mortar attacks continue to poundDamascus, the country's capital. The Philippine Embassy in Syria issued a security advisory calling on Filipinos based inDamascus and nearby areas to take precautionary measures when strolling outside theirhomes or traveling to and from of their work place, Radyo INQUIRER reported on Saturday. "In the spate of the recent mortar shelling in the areas of Bab Touma and Abbasseen, whichhave injured several individuals, all Filipinos residing in Damascus and nearby areas arereminded to take precautionary measures," the advisory said. Bab Touma and Abbasseen are both major boroughs in ...Keep on reading: PH Embassy in Syria warns Filipinos of mortar attacks in Damascus.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Air strikes kill at least 17 civilians in Syria rebel enclave: monitor

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Regime and Russian air strikes on a rebel-held enclave near the Syrian capital killed at least 17 civilians on Saturday, according to a war monitor. Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in the country, is the target of near-daily air raids. The Syrian Observatory ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Two Russian servicemen killed in Syria mortar attack

Two Russian servicemen killed in Syria mortar attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

23 civilians killed in Syria, most in Russian air strikes – monitor

BEIRUT, Lebanon – At least 23 civilians were killed Wednesday, January 3, in the Syrian opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, most of them in Russian air raids, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Agence France-Presse that 18 people were killed by Russian strikes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Regime forces advance against jihadists in northwest Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian regime forces advanced against jihadists Saturday, December 30, on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last outside government control, a monitor and the state news agency said. Government and allied forces backed by Russian warplanes have since Monday, December 25, been battling mostly ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Putin extols Russia s principal role in defeating ISIS

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, December 28, said Moscow had made the key contribution to defeating the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria, adding its military campaign also boosted morale in the armed forces. Russia "has made the principal, decisive contribution defeating the criminal force which challenged ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Patrushev: Daesh terrorists flee from Syria and Iraq to other countries

Moscow, SANA- Russian Security Council Secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, warned that the terrorists of Daesh (ISIS) are fleeing from Syria and Iraq to other countries. During an interview with a Russian.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Patrushev: Daesh terrorists flee from Syria and Iraq to other countries

Moscow, SANA- Russian Security Council Secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, warned that the terrorists of Daesh (ISIS) are fleeing from Syria and Iraq to other countries. During an interview with a Russian.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Syria rebels reject Sochi peace initiative

BEIRUT, Lebanon – More than 3 dozen Syrian rebel groups, including influential Islamists, have rejected a Russian-led initiative for talks set next month in Sochi aimed to end Syria's war. Russia and Iran, both key allies of Syria's regime, agreed with opposition backer Turkey on Friday to hold ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Pentagon alarmed by uptick in close calls with Russia jets in Syria

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The Pentagon is voicing growing alarm that the risky flying of Russian pilots in Syria could lead to a mishap – or even the nightmare scenario of a United States jet shooting down a Russian warplane. Defense officials this week highlighted several recent close calls with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Russia on alert for returning IS jihadists ahead of World Cup

MOSCOW: Russia’s security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018. The FSB’s warning came after the Russian military last week declared Syria “liberated” from the Islamic State group, and after a visit on Monday by [...] The post Russia on alert for returning IS jihadists ahead of World Cup appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

Putin briefs Trump on Syria after surprise Assad talks

SOCHI, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Syria on Tuesday, November 21, with his US counterpart Donald Trump, with both speaking of the need for progress toward a peace settlement following the Russian leader's surprise summit with Bashar al-Assad. Putin's talks with Assad were part of Moscow's effort to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

SOCHI, Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi ahead of talks on Wednesday with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the peace process in the conflict-torn country. The Kremlin said Monday’s (Tuesday in Manila) meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi came during a “working [...] The post Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

France makes diplomatic push to solve Lebanon crisis – Al Jazeera

France is making a diplomatic push to solve the political crisis caused by the snap resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier this month, as the country’s foreign minister is expected to meet Hariri in Riyadh on Thursday. According to at least one analyst, however, Paris may have made a “risky bet” by getting involved in the ongoing diplomatic turmoil over Hariri’s fate, which has pit Saudi Arabiaagainst its regional rival, Iran, and Tehran’s ally in Lebanon, Hezbollah. “As no compromise in Lebanon will pass without an agreement between Riyadh and Tehran, Paris is looking to deal with both,” said Stephane Malsagne, a historian and professor at Sciences-Po in Paris. The highest levels of the French government are getting involved in diplomatic efforts to resolve the political turmoil gripping Lebanon, which was under French colonial rule until 1943. France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected to meet with Hariri in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, an aide said, according to Agence France Presse. The meeting comes a day after Le Drian arrived in Riyadh and met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a week after French President Emmanuel Macron also flew to Riyadh to meet the Crown Prince. Macron hastily flew to Saudi Arabia on November 9 from the nearby United Arab Emirates. Macron’s stop in Riyadh came just as tensions were mounting between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the fate of the Lebanese prime minister. Hariri, a Sunni Muslim politician and longtime ally of both Saudi Arabia and France, announced his resignation in a televised address from Riyadh on November 4. Many, including Lebanese President Michel Aoun, have accused Saudi Arabia of forcing Hariri to step down and of holding him in detention. The Saudis have denied the allegations and accused Hezbollah of creating a “state within a state” in Lebanon. This week, Hariri said he planned to return to Lebanon soon, but did not specify when. According to Malsagne, French diplomacy has so far “not succeeded in obtaining guarantees from Riyadh” on Hariri’s freedom of mvoement and speech, nor has it clarified when Hariri may be allowed to return to Lebanon or what the Saudis’ true political intentions are. “It’s therefore a risky bet for France,” he told Al Jazeera. The French president also spoke with his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun, on November 10. Macron stressed “the importance of preserving the stability, independence and security of Lebanon and French support for the Lebanese people,” according to a statement put out by the Elysee. He also met with Lebanon’s Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, in Paris on Tuesday. During a press conference at the Lebanese embassy in Paris, Bassil thanked Macron for “the initiative he is undertaking for Lebanon in the face of an exceptional situation,” French website L’Orient Le Jour reported. Bassil said, however, that Lebanon “must decide on its internal and external politics” and “counts on making a free decision”. A day later, Macron offered Hariri and his family to come spend a few days in Paris, but specified that the invitation was not an offer of political exile. The Hariri family, which holds French citizenship, has longstanding ties to the French political class. Hariri’s father, former prime minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005, was a close friend of former French President Jacques Chirac. When he resigned from politics in 2007, Chirac considered moving into a Paris apartment owned by the Hariri family, Reuters reported at the time. The French government, meanwhile, has maintained close ties to Saad Hariri, explained Eric Verdeil, a professor at Sciences Po in Paris. While France has traditionally kept a balanced approach to Lebanese internal politics – often working as a facilitator between various factions – it has been closer to the Hariri-led March 14 camp, which includes Lebanese-Christian political groups. “It’s clear that the political class [in France] and successive French governments saw in Saad Hariri a politician whom they could support and that they strongly supported him for several years,” Verdeil told Al Jazeera. Nonetheless, the French “try to be in a position to talk to everyone,” Verdeil said. Hariri visited Macron at the Elysee in September and said during his visit that “relations between France and Lebanon are excellent”. Yet despite their close relationship to Hariri, his resignation came as a shock to French leaders. “They were very surprised by this resignation that was unexpected and obviously they weren’t consulted,” Verdeil said. If Hariri does not eventually return to Lebanon, France will still maintain close ties to the country in order to maintain its own interests in the region, according to Malsagne. “Franco-Lebanese relations are not confined to the men in power,” he told Al Jazeera. Since France closed its embassy in Damascus in 2012, Lebanon has served as “an observation post” for France to monitor what’s happening in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, he explained. France has a long history of mediation in Lebanese political crises, Malsagne said, and its involvement today does not come as a surprise. Joe Macaron, a resident analyst at the Arab Center Washington DC research organisation, said that Hariri is France’s major Sunni ally in Lebanon and the wider Middle East. It is in France’s interests “to make sure that Saad Hariri remains a player in Lebanon’s politics,” Macaron told Al Jazeera. “They have good relations with a lot of Lebanese leaders, but if Hariri doesn’t return to power, whoever replaces him […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Russian long-range bombers strike Islamic State targets in Syria

Six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Syria’s Deir al-Zor Province on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. Source link link: Russian long-range bombers strike Islamic State targets in Syria.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2017

Trump, Putin agree no military solution in Syria: Kremlin

MOSCOW, Russia – US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed there was "no military solution" for the war in Syria, in a joint statement approved on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific summit, the Kremlin said Saturday, November 11. "The presidents agreed that the conflict in Syria has no military ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Russian bombers, missiles strike IS in Syria

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments in Syria whether government forces have liberated the eastern city of Deir el-Zour from the Islamic State group (all time.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Russia wants new rules for Syria chemical weapons inspectors

MOSCOW — A senior Russian diplomat says Russia would welcome the extension of the UN-sponsored investigations into chemical weapons use in Syria, but conside.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

Shells fall into Syria s Idlib province from Turkey

BEIRUT — Turkish forces on yesterday shelled areas along its border with Syria's northwestern province, an area dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants, a day.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 8th, 2017

Russia denies claim of airstrike on US-backed Syrian force

MOSCOW — A Russian military spokesman is denying claims that a Russian airstrike wounded six fighters from a US-backed opposition force in Syria......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017