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US priority is to ensure Iran does not 'Take over Syria' Haley says
April 16, 2018 - According to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley:
Deterring Iran’s entrenchment in Syria is one of US President Donald Trump’s top three priorities there, guiding his
policy on where to station troops in the war-torn country and for how long.
- Source: Jerusalem Post
Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site - BBC
UPDATE 4/17/18 -
The Latest: G7 endorses US-led air strikes in Syria - The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations has issued a
joint statement endorsing the U.S.-led air strikes in Syria. -Fox
Russia, Syria block inspectors from chemical weapons attack site, watchdog says - Fox
Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site - US officials have raised concerns that Russia may have
tampered with the site while inspectors were denied access. - BBC
UN council rejects Russia resolution on Syria
Apr. 14, 2018 -
The U.N. Security Council has rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of
the “aggression” by the United States and its allies against Syria. Only three countries — Russia, China and Bolivia — voted in favor of the resolution.
- Source: PBS
Rev. Franklin Graham on call for prayer for peace in Syria - Fox Video
Trump announces U.S. military strikes in Syria
Apr. 13, 2018 - President Trump on Friday announced that he has approved military strikes in Syria against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- Source: Fox
Reuters witness hears large blasts in Syria's Damascus - Reuters
Trump: US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weapons - Yahoo
Trump orders Syria strikes: Will attacks lead to US war with Russia? - Fox
Read Trump’s address to the nation on the U.S. attack on Syria - KMIR
Putin: US-led strikes on Syria 'an act of aggression' - Al Jazeera
Syria comes under military attack on Trump's orders - Iran Daily
USA and allies strike Syria. Russia does not move into action, warns of consequences/ - Pravda
U.S., British, French air strikes target Syrian chemical capabilities - Jerusalem Post
Israel call US strikes on Syria ‘appropriate,’ says its leaders may be targeted - Times of Israel
Syria air strikes: Trump hails 'perfect' mission - BBC
Trump asks for prayer as U.S. strikes Syria - News and Tribune
Trump Weighs Strike Options on Syria as Allies Rally Over Attack
Apr. 12, 2018 - The White House is still weighing options to respond to the apparent chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria,
The president is planning to coordinate his decisions with French President Emmanuel Macron, In the U.K, Prime Minister Theresa May has called
for an emergency Cabinet meeting on Thursday to discuss the crisis.
This is the second time in a year that Washington is gearing to respond militarily in Syria. This time, Trump is under pressure
to hit harder and take bigger risks than the attack in April 2017.
- Source: Bloomberg
Syria war: WHO demands access to 'chemical attack site'
Apr. 11, 2018 -
The World Health Organization (WHO) has demanded "unhindered access" to Douma in Syria, to check reports from its partners
that 500 people have been affected by a chemical attack there... The WHO cited reports that 70 people had been killed.
- Source: BBC
US Mulls 'Coordinated' Response to Syria Gas Attack - French President Emmanuel Macron said ... that any airstrikes would
target the Syrian government's chemical facilities. - Voice of America
US warning at the UN: 'The world must see justice done' on Syria - Fox
Syria 'chemical attack': US weighs up military response - BBC
Why the Syrian Civil War Is Becoming Even More Complex
Apr. 9, 2018 -
Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani met last week in Ankara to plot a way forward [in Syria]
—and all that was before the Assad regime launched a chemical attack... killing at least 42.
This article explores the involvement of Russia, Iran and Turkey in Syria and the interest of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia in the area.
President Trump has warned that the U.S. will conduct some form of direct military response in the near future.
- Source: Time
Russia, Syria blame Israel for deadly strike on Syrian air base
Apr. 9, 2018 - Following Syria's chemical attack on rebels in their own country, a predawn missile strike on an air base in central Syria
reportedly killed 14 people, including some Iranian nationals. Russia blamed Israel for the attack, but Israeli officials refused to comment on the issue.
The Russian defense ministry said the Israeli aircraft launched eight missiles at the base from Lebanese airspace, five of which it said were intercepted.
- Source: Times of Israel
Syria war: Attacks hit Syrian airbase in Homs province - Al Jazeera
Why it looks like Israel was behind today's strike on a Syrian airbase - ABC
Trump: 'big price to pay' for Syria chemical weapons attack - Guardian
Syria war: At least 70 killed in suspected chemical attack in Douma
Apr. 8,, 2018 - Rescuers say that at least 70 people have died from a chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma, which is the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta.
The pro-opposition Ghouta Media Center tweeted that more than 75 people had "suffocated", while a further 1,000 people had suffered the effects of the alleged attack...
It blamed a barrel bomb allegedly dropped by a helicopter which it said contained Sarin, a toxic nerve agent.
- Source: BBC
Syria war: Trump condemns Syria for 'chemical attack' on Douma - BBC
Will the Latest Syrian Chemical-Weapons Attack Prompt a U.S. Strike? - President Trump blasted Vladimir Putin and “animal” Assad for the assault on Douma. - The Atlantic
'Assad the Animal will pay for chemical weapons attack' - Israel National News
Russia warns of 'most serious consequences' if US strikes Syria over alleged chemical attack on its citizens - ABC News
Syria war: New UN truce plea as deaths in Eastern Ghouta mount
Feb. 26,, 2018 -
The UN has renewed its appeal for an immediate truce in the besieged Syrian rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area...
But the Syrian government's ally Russia said the truce would begin only once they had agreed how to implement it.
- Source: BBC
Syrian conflict 101: A 2018 guide to the main factions
Feb. 22, 2018 - This analysis lists the various phases of the Syrian conflict that blend together:
- 2011 - Protest (Arab Spring)
- 2013 - Brutal regime suppression
- 2014 - Rise of Islamic State (ISIS)
- 2015 - Intervention of Russia
- 2016 - Intervention of the United States and Turkey
- 2017 - Defeat of ISIS
At the present, Syria's regime's main ally is Russia. Iran is also a key supporter, along with Hezbollah in Lebanon, aiming to form
a “Shia” crescent or “corridor” to the sea.
- Source: Seth J. Frantzman - Jerusalem Post
'It's not a war. It's a massacre': scores killed in Syrian enclave
Feb. 20, 2018 - The Syrian regime has escalated bombing attacks in Ghouta, the rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus, killing more
than 100 people and wounding hundreds more.
Seven hospitals have also been bombed since Monday morning in eastern Ghouta, which was once the breadbasket of Damascus but has been
under siege for years by the government of Bashar al-Assad and subjected to devastating chemical attacks.
According to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, after seven years of efforts by regional and global powers, the humanitarian crisis
is getting worse, and Russia and Iran continue to back Assad's effort to gain a n outright military victory instead of a negotiated political settlement.
- Source: The Guardian
Analysis: The Syrian War is now threatening world peace
Feb. 17, 2018 - With the near-expulsion of ISIS from Syria it seemed that tensions would decrease in the area but, according to York Times
columnist Thomas Friedman, Southern Syria has become the world's most dangerous war zone, even more dangerous than the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. strategy now is to undo the land corridor leading from the Iranian border to the Golan Heights and the Mediterranean Sea.
- Source: Israel National News
How Israel could take the fight directly to Iran - Israel is not seeking an escalation, [but] its so-called “red lines” –
namely, the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria – continue to be violated - Jerusalelm Post
Ahead of Munich confab, Netanyahu says he won’t accept limits on Syria strikes - Times of Israel
Netanyahu to UN chief: Israel won’t allow Iran to establish foothold in Syria - Times of Israel
The next Iranian-Israeli engagement in Syria is due in late April, early May
Feb. 12, 2018 - In April or May Iran is planning to move a special Russian-backed Iraqi Shiite force from southern Iraq into Syria
to expand its anti-Israel war front.
The Iraqi group is composed of 5,000 Shiite fighters, who are undergoing special training course for combat in Syria.
- Source: DEBKAfile
Syria explained: Why other countries poked their noses in a tiny nation’s civil war -
The ongoing conflict has already drawn in several other nations, including the United States, Russia and Turkey - USA Today
Israel squares off for showdown with Iran in Syria - On Saturday, Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone of Israel's
intention to counter Iran's actions, while Putin urged the Israeli leader to avoid any steps that could escalate tension. - Al Jazeera
Israel to be key player in the next chapter of Syria's war - Jerusalem Post
Israel caused serious harm to Syria’s air defenses, says IAF second-in-command
Feb. 10, 2018 - According to Israeli Air Force Staff Commander Brig. Gen. Tomer Bar. an unmanned Iranian drone invaded
Israeli airspace. Israeli jets responded by attacking Syria's air defenses targets. In the process one Israeli jet was shot down.
Bar, the Israeli Air Force’s second-in-command said the response was “the biggest and most significant attack the air force
has conducted against Syrian air defenses” since 1982, during the First Lebanon War.
- Source: Times of Israel
F-16 crashes due to Syrian fire, pilot in serious but stable condition - Times of Israel
Israeli fighter jet crashes under Syria fire, military says
- The IDF... struck targets inside Syria in the latest raids, including three aerial Syrian defence batteries and four Iranian military sites - BBC
Israel's military strikes in Syria,
downs Iranian drone - first round of strikes targeted Syrian troops and their Iranian-backed allies, including Hezbollah, in central Syria ...
The second round hit outposts in the southwestern suburbs of Damascus, - Fox
Despite missiles and sirens, Israelis not worried about northern threat - Telegraph - UK
Riding high after IS defeat, Iranian axis tries its luck with Israel, US - Times of Israel
Netanyahu: Airstrikes Dealt 'Severe Blows' to Iran, Syria - "We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us.
This has been our policy and it will remain our policy." - NewsMax
Preparing for war in the north, Israel boosts air defenses - Jerusalem Post
Tillerson: Russia 'ultimately bears responsibility' for chemical attacks in Syria
Jan. 24, 2017 - The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has apparently launched another chlorine gas attack against
rebels in Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the event a "crime against humanity."
"Whoever conducted the attacks, Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in east Ghouta and countless other
Syrians targeted with chemical weapons since Russia became involved in Syria," Tillerson said in Paris.
- Source: ABC
U.N.: Haley criticizes Russia, calling it 'complicit in the Assad regime's atrocities' - Fox
Turkey attacking Kurds in Syria
Caught in the Syrian Quagmire
Jan. 22, 2018 - Following the near-extinction of ISIS in Syria, the U.S. announced they would help Kurds build
“Syrian border security forces” to control the border between Turkey and Iraq. This would apparently amount to a Kurdish autonomous zone,
Countries such as Russia, Iran and Turkey, bent on clawing long term strategic gains from the chaos, are now floundering in the quagmire
and wondering whether they will be drawn into a new round of bloodshed.
Now Turkey has begun to attack the Kurdish forces in northwest Syria near the Turkish border, but there are conflicting reports on the scope of the attack.
- Source: Zvi Mazel - Jerusalem Post
Syria offensive: Turkish troops 'capture villages' in Afrin - BBC
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