Syria’s war: Families of detainees wait for closure

It has been a week since the US imposed its toughest sanctions yet on Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and his allies. Central to those sanctions was evidence that Syrian prisoners have been tortured. But activists say the US action falls short of delivering justice. Al Jazeera’s Priyanka Gupta reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe … Read more Syria’s war: Families of detainees wait for closure

Macron and Putin hold virtual summit

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were on Friday holding a virtual summit. FRANCE 24’s international affairs editor Philip Turle says the leaders will likely discuss several contentious issues, including the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Libya intervention, and support for Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 … Read more Macron and Putin hold virtual summit

Caesar Act: Fresh sanctions on Syria could worsen Lebanon economy

The US has introduced more sanctions against Syria’s government and its backers, warning it will not stop until President Bashar al-Assad ends the war against his own people. Some of those targeted are in neighbouring Lebanon. This is expected to worsen the country’s economic crisis as the government seeks help from the International Monetary Fund. … Read more Caesar Act: Fresh sanctions on Syria could worsen Lebanon economy

US sanctions on Syria: Caesar Act to take effect on Wednesday

New US sanctions are about to go into effect targeting any country, individual or entity that provides support to Syria’s government. The sanctions, under legislation called the Caesar Act, aim to force President Bashar al-Assad to make political concessions. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut, Lebanon. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow … Read more US sanctions on Syria: Caesar Act to take effect on Wednesday

Assad shake-up: PM’s sacking comes amid wave of protests in loyalist areas

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on June 11 sacked his prime minister of four years, Imad Khamis, as the country grappled with a stinging economic crisis and renewed protests. FRANCE 24’s Robert Parsons tells us more. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: … Read more Assad shake-up: PM’s sacking comes amid wave of protests in loyalist areas

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fires prime minister

Syrian President Bashar Assad has fired his prime minister a month ahead of elections as the economic crisis worsens and public anger rises in the territory under his control. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: … Read more Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fires prime minister

Russia hiring of Syrians to fight in Libya surges in May: Reuters

Russia reportedly stepped up efforts last month to recruit Syrians to fight in Libya alongside renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces. Russia is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Reuters news agency says hundreds of mercenaries were signed up in May. It adds that they were hired by the private military contractor … Read more Russia hiring of Syrians to fight in Libya surges in May: Reuters

Rami Makhlouf rejects gov’t demand he step down from Syriatel

Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf said on Sunday that authorities set a deadline for him to resign from top mobile operator Syriatel or they would revoke its licence – but he promised not to step down. Makhlouf said the government was piling pressure on him and threatening to arrest him unless he handed over company profits. … Read more Rami Makhlouf rejects gov’t demand he step down from Syriatel

World’s first Syria torture trial opens in Germany

A German court has put on trial two Syrian men accused of war crimes for the Syrian state. It is thought to be the world’s first trial examining the use of torture under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad. The men had fled to Germany as refugees amid the continuing civil war but were arrested … Read more World’s first Syria torture trial opens in Germany

Turkey shoots down third plane as Syrian forces retake town

Turkish forces downed a fighter jet flown by Syrian government forces over southern Idlib on Tuesday as a strategic town in northwest Syria fell under the control of President Bashar al-Assad’s military. It was the third such shoot-down in three days after Turkey hit two other Syrian aircraft on Sunday. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports … Read more Turkey shoots down third plane as Syrian forces retake town

Turkey shoots down two Syrian fighter jets over Idlib

Turkey’s military shot down two Syrian government fighter jets over northwest Idlib, hours after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad brought down a Turkish drone over the region. Russia says it cannot guarantee the safety of Turkish planes flying over Syria as the fighting between the two neighbours grows. Turkey says it is determined … Read more Turkey shoots down two Syrian fighter jets over Idlib

Turkey launches self-defence military operation in Syria

Turkey says it has launched a renewed military operation in northwestern Syria. It follows the killing of 34 Turkish soldiers in the Syrian government air attacks in Idlib province on Thursday. Turkey’s defence minister said the operation was in self-defence against the Bashar al-Assad regime. Syrian state media said Turkey shot down two Syrian warplanes … Read more Turkey launches self-defence military operation in Syria

Syria: Why is the world indifferent to Idlib?

The United Nations has warned the world is facing the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century as the forces of President Bashar al-Assad close in on Syria’s last opposition stronghold, forcing more than one million people to flee into an ever shrinking space at the closed and fortified border with Turkey. The battle for … Read more Syria: Why is the world indifferent to Idlib?

Syria war: Strikes on Idlib ‘target schools and hospitals’ – BBC News

At least 20 civilians, including nine children, were killed in Syrian army strikes in the Idlib region on Tuesday, a Syrian human rights monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said schools and hospitals were among the targets. Idlib is the last stronghold of the rebel and jihadist fighters who have been trying to … Read more Syria war: Strikes on Idlib ‘target schools and hospitals’ – BBC News

Turkey vows to drive Syrian forces back from Idlib

Turkey plans to push Syrian government forces away from its military observation posts in northwest Syria’s Idlib region by the end of February, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said despite advances by the Russian-backed military. “We are planning to liberate our observation posts from the surrounding [Syrian government forces] by the end of this month, one … Read more Turkey vows to drive Syrian forces back from Idlib