Sunday, September 24, 2017

Politics of Syria

In this Jan. 11, 2016 file photo, French President Francois Hollande, right, and French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, second right, talk with former Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab, left, coordinator of the Syrian opposition team during a meeting with delegations at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

BY PHILIP ISSA BEIRUT (AP) — As Damascus reverses military losses in much of the country’s strategically important west, and foreign states cut support for rebel forces, diplomats from Washington to Riyadh are asking representatives of Syria’s opposition to come ...
In this Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stands as he waits for Netherlands Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert during an enhanced honor cordon at the Pentagon in Washington. U.S.

BY ROBERT BURNS BAGHDAD (AP) — Expelled from their main stronghold in northern Iraq, Islamic State militants are now trapped in a military vise that will squeeze them on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ...
In this image provided by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service and released on Friday, June 23, 2017, long-range Kalibr cruise missiles are launched by a Russian Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean.

BY NATALIYA VASILYEVA MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State group in Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, Moscow’s latest show of strength in the conflict wracking the ...
In this June 13, 2017 file photo, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington.

BY ROBERT BURNS and MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Monday that Washington and Moscow are in delicate discussions to tamp down tensions arising from the U.S. shootdown of a Syrian fighter jet, which the ...
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 ...
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