Updated 4:03 am PST, Friday, November 16, 2018 FILE - This Thursday, June 28, 2018, file photo, Syrian refugees gather in their vehicles getting ready to cross into Syria from the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon. The Russian military said Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 that nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees have returned home from exile in recent months, including 6,000 in the last week alone. less FILE - This Thursday, June 28, 2018, file photo, Syrian refugees gather in their vehicles getting ready to cross into Syria from the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon. The Russian military said ... more Photo: Bilal Hussein, AP Photo: Bilal Hussein, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - This Thursday, June 28, 2018, file photo, Syrian refugees gather in … [Read more...] about Russian army: Nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees returned home
SYRIAN soldiers are on a mission to track down elusive ISIS terror chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his deadly inner circle. The Sun Online was alongside the battle-hardened warriors as they targeted the warlord's henchmen and family in their stronghold of Hajin, east Syria - near where al-Baghdadi is thought to be hiding out. The operation comes just weeks after the so-called 'Invisible Sheikh' ordered the execution of 320 of his followers for disloyalty from his secret bolthole, which is said to be close to the Iraqi border. “In other battles, the jihadists had other places to run to, but in Hajin they have nowhere to go,” said Commander Havel Ronnie Walat of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which has been fighting ISIS since 2012. “(And) here it is only the true believers left and they will fight to the death,” he chillingly added. The father of two - who has fought ISIS in Raqqa and Manbij - believes that those Islamic extremists currently left in Hajin … [Read more...] about Inside the house-by-house hunt for ISIS terror chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in booby-trapped Syrian town where troops have him cornered
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The global chemical weapons watchdog will in February begin to assign blame for attacks with banned munitions in Syria's war, using new powers approved by member states but opposed by Damascus and its key allies Russia and Iran. The agency was handed the new task in response to an upsurge in the use of chemical weapons in recent years, notably in the Syrian conflict, where scores of attacks with sarin and chlorine have been carried out by Syrian forces and rebel groups, according to a joint United Nations-OPCW investigation.gi A core team of 10 experts charged with apportioning blame for poison gas attacks in Syria will be hired soon, Fernando Arias, the new head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), told the Foreign Press Association of the Netherlands on Tuesday.The Syria team will be able to look into all attacks previously investigated by the OPCW, dating back to 2014.The OPCW was granted additional powers to identify individuals … [Read more...] about Chemical weapons team to begin assigning blame for Syrian attacks
By Letters To The Editor | PUBLISHED: November 9, 2018 at 7:21 am | UPDATED: November 9, 2018 at 7:24 am Syrian family shows how to make one’s way in U.S. Re: “From refugees to Bay Area entrepreneurs: How one family started over” (Mercurynews.com, Nov. 4): In our current political climate, we keep hearing how incoming refugees are either taking all of our jobs away or posing a threat to our safety. The example of the Rawas family, who immigrated from Syria and started a catering business to serve authentic Syrian food, is a heartwarming example of a family who really started from nothing and were given even less opportunities than most Americans, but made the best of the situation. This family did not steal the job of an equivalent American-born citizen. They struggled and fought to make a better life for themselves as entrepreneurs, as any American-born person can do as well. Aiyza AhmedSan Jose Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor … [Read more...] about Letter: Syrian family shows how to make one’s way in U.S.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces clashed with rebels in Hama province on Friday in some of the heaviest fighting in the northwest in a year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The army and allied forces attacked insurgents near Halfaya village overnight, seizing some positions, the UK-based war monitoring group said. State news agency SANA said soldiers killed militants in an ambush in Hama "in response to their attacks on a military position with heavy machine guns". At least 22 members of the Jaish al-Izza faction died in ambushes, and dozens more were wounded, the highest casualty toll of fighters in the northwest in many months, it said. The Observatory said it was unclear if pro-government forces were killed. Intermittent exchanges of fire have broken out in northwest Syria since a deal in September between Russia, a key Damascus ally, and Turkey, which has backed the opposition. The agreement to set up a demilitarised zone staved off an army offensive … [Read more...] about Syrian government forces, rebels clash in northwest