Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of high ground on the Aleppo outskirts on Saturday as warplanes bombed the city’s opposition-held east relentlessly in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington’s Syria policy in tatters.
An image of a Syrian boy, bewildered, bloody, and covered in dirt after being pulled from a bombed building in Aleppo has gone viral on social media.
Trump’s newest message seems aimed at winning over others who might be worried about terrorism, but who have been turned off by the harsh divisiveness of his earlier remarks. But experts say it’s unclear how the proposals would differ from current U.S. immigration policy — or how they could help prevent terrorist attacks.
By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday that it has finished destroying the lethal chemical agents that were removed from Syria after President Bashar Assad’s forces were accused of using poison gas against civilians a year ago this week. In a statement, President Barack Obama hailed the joint civilian […]
By Christi Parsons and Michael Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday asked Congress for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq, U.S. officials said. Obama asked for […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — The last of Syria’s declared chemical weapons material was loaded onto a Danish vessel Monday for future destruction, marking a “major landmark” in the effort to do away with the nation’s toxic arsenal, an international oversight agency said. The action would appear to signal an end […]
By Batsheva Sobelman and Patrick Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes and missiles struck nine Syrian military positions early Monday in retaliation for an earlier cross-border attack that killed a 14-year-old boy and wounded three other civilians in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to the Israel Defense Forces and news agency reports. The […]
Damascus (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was on course Wednesday to claim a sweeping victory in an election held amid raging conflict that Washington called a “disgrace”. Official results are only expected to be announced later this week, but a landslide win for Assad over two little-known challengers has never been in doubt. There […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday he would seek re-election in balloting scheduled for June, the government announced, confirming a decision that had been widely expected. Official state media reported that Syrians “took out to the streets” across the country to express support for the electoral […]
By Mitchell Prothero and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIRUT — The heavy anti-tank missiles recently shown in videos being fired by Western-backed Syrian rebels were manufactured in the United States, and their transfer to the rebels would have required direct American government approval, according to experts in international weapons deals. That makes the […]