Putin meets with Syria’s Assad with the Middle East on edge

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks Tuesday in Syria with the country’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, the Kremlin spokesman said, with the region nervously awaiting the next possible step in the U.S.-Iran showdown. Putin’s trip — which was not announced in advance — marked his first visit since 2017 to Syria, Moscow’s main Middle … Read More

Russian fighter jets hindered Israel from striking military base in Syria: report

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria but generally refrains from commenting on them Russian fighter jets hindered Israel’s air force from conducting strikes on a military base in Syria, a Russian outlet reported Monday. According to the report, Israeli planes seeking to attack the Syrian Air Force T-4 base located in the … Read More

Foreign minister blames Iran for rocket fire from Syria

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Tuesday accused Iran of being behind the morning’s rocket fire from Syria toward northern Israel, claiming that Jerusalem’s years-long campaign against Tehran’s entrenchment in Syria was working. Israel’s anti-missile defense system intercepted four rockets fired early Tuesday from neighboring Syria toward the Golan Heights. No hits on Israeli communities were … Read More

Trump confirms elimination of ISIS leader in Syria by US forces

Monday, October 28, 2019

(October 28, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday, saying he had “died like a dog.” During a nationally televised address from the White House, Trump noted that U.S. forces had contacted Moscow for approval to fly over Russian-controlled areas to execute the … Read More

Trump declares ‘permanent’ ceasefire in Syria, lifting US sanctions on Turkey

Thursday, October 24, 2019

(October 23, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that a “permanent” ceasefire in Syria has been reached, and that all U.S. sanctions enacted against Turkey will be lifted. “I have, therefore, instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to lift all sanctions imposed October 14th in response to Turkey’s original offensive moves … Read More

Turkey agrees with US to pause Syria assault while Kurds withdraw

Friday, October 18, 2019

Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by Washington but which Turkish leaders cast as a complete victory. The truce was announced by US Vice President Mike Pence after talks in … Read More

Turkey agrees to temporary ceasefire in Syria

Friday, October 18, 2019

(October 17, 2019 / JNS) Turkey agreed on Thursday to a temporary ceasefire in northern Syria, where it has moved its forces in against the Kurds, who are still reeling from what they say is a betrayal by the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew military forces last week from the area. … Read More

Netanyahu appears to confirm Israeli missile fire at Syrian Golan

Friday, August 2, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to confirm on Thursday that Israel was behind a reported missile attack earlier in the day in the Quneitra region in Syria. “We’re defending ourselves at all times,” Netanyahu said at a national memorial ceremony for Ze’ev Jabotinsky, a Zionist thinker who is the intellectual forebear to Netanyahu’s present-day Likud … Read More

IDF on high alert along northern border following Syria strikes

Thursday, July 25, 2019

IDF forces deployed along the nation’s northern border were on high alert Thursday following airstrikes in southern Syria overnight Tuesday. According to the Syrian state news agency’s report, the country’s air-defense systems were activated against “hostile missiles” launched from the Israeli Golan Heights and Israeli aircraft west of Damascus. In addition, According to the report, … Read More