Tag: Syria

New US base in S. Syria for tussle over control

In readiness for a prospective showdown for control of southeast Syria, US Special Forces have set up a forward base at Al-Zukf in the Syrian Desert, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report. The location is 70km northwest of the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border triangle and the Al Tanf crossing, which is controlled by US, Western allied and […]

Isis slaughtering civilians in Syrian towns already hit by US air strikes

Civilians are “increasingly paying the price” as air strikes on Isis escalate in Syria and terrorists seek bloody retribution, the United Nations has warned. In one incident, militants slit the throats of eight men accused of giving coordinates to the US-led coalition at the site of bombardment in their town. Around 60 civilians, including 16 children […]

Trump, Erdogan commit to cooperation despite tensions over Syrian militias

President Trump on Tuesday pledged continued support for Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, highlighting the importance of the U.S.-Turkish alliance despite mounting tensions over Washington’s support for Kurdish rebels in Syria. Speaking alongside Erdogan at the White House, Trump said Turkey and the United States would act together against extremist groups including the Islamic State. […]

Hizballah rush 1,000 troops to S. Syrian borders

The pro-Iranian Hizballah Tuesday, May 16, rushed 12 companies of 1,000 fighters to the Homs, Daraa and Quneitra (Golan) regions of southern Syria to block off the entry of “US-backed militants” from Jordan through the Al-Tanf border crossing. On Sunday, May 14 – as first revealed by DEBKAfile’s military sources – US, British and Jordanian […]

Trump, after meeting Russian FM, says ‘horrible killing in Syria must stop’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met first with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before making his way to meet Trump. US President Donald Trump met on Wednesday with Russia’s top diplomat in the new administration’s highest profile meeting since it assumed the White House in January. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on his first […]

Jordanian air force brings down drone near border with Syria

Jordan’s air force brought down a drone that approached the country’s air space near its northern border with Syria on Wednesday night, the Jordanian military said in a statement. F-16 fighter jets brought down the drone after it repeatedly came close to the border, and the air force “gathered the drone’s ruins” for inspection, the […]

Syria safe zones on hold amid concern over how deal will be enforced

Russian-backed plans for de-escalation zones in Syria are on hold as the US, France and the UK seek further detail on how exactly the agreement will be enforced. The deal, jointly signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey in Kazakhstan last week, agreed the establishment of four zones intended to halt conflict between government forces and […]

Turkey warns U.S. of blowback from decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkey warned the United States on Wednesday that a decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington, and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists. The rebuke came a week before President Tayyip Erdogan is due in Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, […]

What are 5,000 Chinese fighters doing in Syria?

Up to 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang are fighting in various militant groups in Syria, the Syrian ambassador to China Imad Moustapha said on Monday, adding that Beijing should be extremely concerned about it. China is worried that Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people who speak a Turkic language, have […]

Israel-Syria Border Heating Up Leads to Tensions With Iran And Russia

An Israeli Patriot Missile shot down a Syrian drone on Thursday, only a few hours after Israel was reported to have struck an arms depot near Damascus Airport containing Iranian weapons bound for Hezbollah. Russia condemned Israel’s involvement in the multi-national fray taking place on her northern border. In the early hours of Thursday morning, missiles […]