Tag Archives: Syrian

Isis’ last escape route from Raqqa ‘cut off’ by US-backed SDF fighters, says Syrian monitoring group

US-backed forces have completely surrounded the Isis-held city of Raqqa in Syria after cutting off militants’ last remaining escape route, monitors have said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had succeeded in “completely encircling” the group’s largest stronghold. The report came on the third anniversary of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s declaration… Read More »

U.S.-backed Syrian force launches battle to capture Raqqa from Islamic State

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday it had launched a battle to capture Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto Syrian capital, piling pressure on the jihadists whose self-declared caliphate is in retreat across Syria and Iraq. SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters the operation started on Monday and the fighting would be “fierce because Daesh (Islamic… Read More »

Syrian rebels say U.S., allies sending more arms to fend off Iran threat

Syrian rebels say the United States and its allies are sending them more arms to try to fend off a new push into the southeast by Iran-backed militias aiming to open an overland supply route between Iraq and Syria. The stakes are high as Iran seeks to secure its influence from Tehran to Beirut in a “Shi’ite crescent”… Read More »

Macron warns over Syrian chemical weapons in frank meeting with Putin

Emmanuel Macron, the new French president, has warned that France would respond immediately to any use of chemical weapons in Syria, while urging a closer partnership with Russia in fighting Islamic State (Isis) in the country. “A very clear red line exists on our side – that is the use of chemical weapons by whomever,” Macron said at… Read More »

Syrian army’s Aleppo advance slows but victory in sight

The Syrian army’s advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the nation’s second city would change the course of the six-year civil war in his favor. Lightning gains in recent days in which government forces and their allies recaptured Aleppo’s historic Old City lost… Read More »

Syrian conflict: US and Russia agree peace moves

Russia and the US have agreed to co-ordinate air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria, part of a detailed agreement to reduce the violence there. The plan will begin with a “cessation of hostilities” from sunset on Monday. Syrian forces will end combat missions in specified opposition-held areas. Russia and the US will then establish a joint centre… Read More »

Syrian conflict: UN first air drop delivers aid to Deir al-Zour

The UN says it has carried out its first air drop of aid in Syria to help civilians in an eastern city besieged by Islamic State (IS) militants. UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council that the plane dropped 21 tonnes of humanitarian items on a government-held part of Deir al-Zour. Initial reports indicated that the… Read More »

Man arrested for ‘offensive’ Facebook posts about Syrian refugees arriving on Scottish island of Bute

Police said the 40-year-old had been arrested under the Communications Act A man has been arrested over a series of “offensive” Facebook posts about refugees arriving on a Scottish island. Police Scotland said the suspect, from the Inverclyde area, was arrested following reports of a “series of alleged offensive posts” about Syrian families living on the Isle of… Read More »

Hopes for Syrian ceasefire

Syrian rebels are willing to agree to a temporary truce as long as there are international guarantees that Damascus’ allies Russia and Iran will stick to it. The Higher Negotiations Committee will meet on Monday to discuss the proposed ceasefire after rebel representatives gave their “initial approval,” a statement from its chairman Riad Hijab said. The government of… Read More »