U.S. again rules out no-fly zones in Syria

The White House said Monday that it was not prepared to enter into a deal with Turkey to establish a no-fly zone inside Syria. U.S. officials have repeatedly expressed a willingness to consider no-fly zones that would protect Syrian civilians and some rebels from both the Islamic State and the regime of Syrian President Bashar […]

Syria denied ever using chemical weapons

Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad denied yesterday that his government had ever used chemical weapons or chlorine during the brutal war in his country. Mekdad was speaking at a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as the group comes close to fully eliminating Damascus’ deadly stockpile of nerve agents and […]

Iranian official calls Syria’s regime and election”democratic”

A visiting Iranian official said after meeting Lebanese ’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut Monday that Lebanon should not  lose sight of Israel since it is the real enemy . Hossein Sheikholeslam, foreign policy adviser to Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani  praised  Berri   as one of the “greatest experienced political and national figures.” He also praised […]

Assad regime cuts subsidies as Syria’s GDP falls to half prewar level

Syria’s economy is in a tailspin, and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is increasingly struggling to find resources to quash the four-year-old rebellion, analysts say. The government has had to scale back subsidies for citizens for goods ranging from water to heating oil over the last six months. That has angered Syrians, who already […]

M8 praises Hariri’s support for dialogue with Hezbollah

March 8 officials praised former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s support for a dialogue with Hezbollah Friday, with the hope that  the talks between the two rival parties would help defuse the Sunni-Shiite tensions. In an interview with LBCI TV at his Paris residence Thursday night, Hariri said he was serious about a dialogue between his Future Movement […]

Islamic State suicide bombers target Syrian border town Kobani

Four Islamic State suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on the border with Turkey on Saturday amid clashes that have killed at least 30 fighters, a monitoring group and a local official said. Kurdish militia have been holding off Islamic State fighters for more than two months in the […]

British brothers sentenced for training in Syria rebel camp

Two British brothers who travelled to Syria apparently with the intention of attending a rebel training camp have been jailed, becoming the first to be sentenced for such offenses in the UK. Mohommod Nawaz, 30, was handed a four-and-a-half year prison term and his younger brother Hamza Nawaz, 23, was given three years at London’s […]

Iranian official blames Maliki and Assad for ISIS creation

In an unprecedented development the Iranian Foreign Ministry adviser, Mohammad Ali Sobhani, yesterday blamed the Iraqi regime of  Nouri al-Maliki, and the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad for the creation of the islamic State of Iraq  and Syria  ( ISIS) In an interview with a local Iranian website «telltale News» Sobhani said  the sectarian policies during the reign of former […]