Sunday, May 28, 2017

Politics of Syria

In this July 29, 2015 file photo, a Turkish Air Force warplane rises in the sky after taking off from Incirlik Air Base, in Adana, southern Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

BY SUZAN FRASER ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes on Tuesday against suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and in northeastern Syria, the military said, in a bid to prevent militants from smuggling fighters and weapons ...
An Israeli military honor guard waits to welcome U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 21, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

BY ROBERT BURNS TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also ...
U.S. and Russian national flags wave on the wind before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrival in Moscow's Vnukovo airport, Russia, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev)

BY JOSH LEDERMAN MOSCOW (AP) — The Trump administration veered toward deeper conflict with Russia Tuesday as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow, gambling that an unpredictable new president armed with the willingness to threaten military action gives ...
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, and Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, left, speak to the media after laying a wreath at a memorial in Santa' Anna di Stazzema, a site of Nazi atrocities where 560 civilians, including some 130 children, were killed during World War II, Monday, April 10, 2017. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)

BY JOSH LEDERMAN LUCCA, Italy (AP) — With fresh urgency but scant solutions, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and top foreign diplomats held an urgent meeting Tuesday to strategize on a way forward to end the protracted civil war ...
A framegrab from footage taken from the Russian Defense Ministry official website Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov speaks at a briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 7, 2017. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, via AP)

BY VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Friday it was cutting a hotline intended to prevent midair incidents over Syria in response to the U.S. missile attack on a Syrian base. The response that demonstrates Moscow’s readiness to defy ...
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, for the photographers, prior to their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, March 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

BY SUZAN FRASER ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States and Turkey must make “difficult decisions” about how to fight the Islamic State group in Syria. Tillerson is speaking in Ankara after meeting ...
In this March 9, 2017 file photo, a large cloud of smoke rises during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants as civilians walk toward Iraqi security forces after fleeing their homes on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

PARIS (AP) — France’s defense minister says the battle by international forces to take back the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria will start in the coming days. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Raqqa is ...
In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

BY ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon-led review of strategy to defeat the Islamic State group will present President Donald Trump with options not just to speed up action against IS but also to counter al-Qaida and other extremist ...
Delegations of Russia, Iran and Turkey hold talks on Syrian peace at a hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

BY PHILIP ISSA ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Negotiators for the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions traded accusations of terrorism after their first face-to-face meeting on Monday, as talks in Kazakhstan arranged by Russia and Turkey got off to ...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, third left, visits the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Olivier Fitoussi)

BY PHILIP ISSA BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in remarks published Monday that he was prepared “to negotiate everything” at planned talks later this month in Kazakhstan, seeking to cast himself as a peacemaker after his forces’ ...
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