US-led military convoy strikes Syria within hours of Biden taking office

U.S. 01/23/21, 15:47

A massive convoy of U.S. troops was sent into Syria on Thursday, Jan. 22, just 24 hours after Joe Biden was sworn in as president and took office as commander-in-chief, according to foreign media.  According to an i24 News report, a convoy of about 40 trucks and armored vehicles entered northeastern ...

Iran defies US blockade and triples its oil exports

Middle East 04/29/20, 12:54

Tanker Tracking reported that Iran tripled its oil deliveries to Syria, defying export restrictions imposed by the United States and the European Union. Tanker Tracking satellite-tracked the large tanker that left Iran and docked at the Port of Baniyas in Tartous Governorate, Syria, according to an April 28 tweet. https://twitter.com/TankerTrackers/status/1255067426791870464 Syria has now ...

Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia

Politics 12/07/19, 10:12

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual gathering of ...

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Asia & Pacific 11/12/19, 06:12

A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel's confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his ...

Erdogan: Turkey captures slain IS leader al-Baghdadi’s wife

World 11/06/19, 10:54

Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara but gave no other details. He did not say when or how the woman ...

Turkey says it captured slain IS leader’s sister in Syria

Asia & Pacific 11/04/19, 16:18

Turkey captured the elder sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence "gold mine." Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Turkish official said the 65-year-old known as ...

Baghdadi’s likely successor killed in separate US air raid in Syria

U.S. 10/29/19, 07:24

The terrorist most likely to succeed al-Baghdadi after U.S. military forces took him down on Saturday, Oct. 24, has also been killed in a separate raid. Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, married to one of Baghdadi's daughters, was the primary spokesman for ISIS; he was killed in northern Syria one day after Baghdadi ...

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

World 10/27/19, 07:09

ISIS erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate." Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a third of both Syria and Iraq, ...

US armored reinforcements will protect Syrian oil fields, Mark Esper says

U.S. 10/25/19, 18:17

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Friday, Oct. 25, that the United States will be sending out armored reinforcements into eastern Syria to protect oil fields from potential ISIS terrorist attacks. President Donald Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting that it is necessary that a small number of U.S. ...

Military leader of Syrian Kurds thanked President Trump for cease-fire

U.S. 10/24/19, 08:52

The military leader of the Syrian Kurds, Gen. Mazloum Abdi, thanked President Trump on Wednesday, Oct. 23, for his tireless effort that stopped the brutal Turkish attack. In the statement that was announced via Twitter by Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the SDF, Mazloum said:  GEN.Mazloum: 1- I just spoke with President Trump ...

Lindsey Graham changes his stance on removing US troops from Syria

Politics 10/21/19, 14:57

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday, Oct. 20, said he is more optimistic about President Trump 's decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria. In the interview with Fox News moderator Maria Bartiromo, Graham said, he is now "increasingly optimistic that we can have some historic solutions" there. He shared that his ...

Trump orders Turkey sanctions: I am prepared to swiftly destroy its economy

Politics 10/14/19, 19:13

Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria. The United States also called on Turkey to stop the invasion and declare a ceasefire, and Trump is sending Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser Robert O'Brien ...

President Trump says he’s an ‘island of one’ on Syria

Politics 10/13/19, 05:39

President Donald Trump said on Saturday, Oct. 12, that he is an "island of one" for removing U.S. forces from northeastern Syria. But he remained steadfast and defended a move that drew widespread bipartisan criticism that he has endangered stability in the Middle East and risked the lives of Syrian Kurdish ...

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