Syria

Sergei Shoigu - Russian News

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says: “Over the course of the operation, a total of more than 87,500 militants have been eliminated, and 1,411 settlements in addition to more than 95 percent of Syria’s territory have been liberated. Key settlements have been liberated and main communications have been brought into operation. Syrian armed forces currently control territory, where 90 percent of the population resides.”Read More →

Jordan, Syria Border Crossing

Jordanian state news agency Petra reported early on Monday that Jordan and Syria had agreed to open the border to all in a change from an earlier statement that normal traffic would not be allowed until a later date.

“We are fully ready to receive passengers and transport of goods,” Imad Riyalat, head of the Jaber crossing said. “We expect the traffic to be slow now at the start, but in coming days we expect passenger movement to pick up.” Read More →

Sergei Aksyonov - Crimea Politics News Today

The leader of Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, is to visit Syria on Monday, the pro-government newspaper al-Watan said. Russia-backed Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov will visit Damascus for two days.Read More →

Syria Army

Syria’s army Friday warned residents of the country’s last major rebel bastion to stay away from jihadists, who have yet to withdraw from a buffer zone ahead of a looming deadline.

“Get away from the fighters. Their fate is sealed and near,. Don’t allow the terrorists to take you as human shields.”Read More →

Benjamin Netanyahu vs Russian S-300

“I think that with common sense and goodwill we can come to a solution that will allow the continuation of the good coordination between the Russian and Israeli militaries,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.Read More →

Chuck Hagel - US NEWS

Former US secretary of defense Chuck Hagel says: “The US doesn’t even control half of Syria. You’ve got 2,000 [US] troops up in the northeast corner. I mean, come on, you’re not going to drive Iranians out of Syria with 2,000 American troops,” Hagel said, rejecting US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s call for the removal of Iranian forces from Syria. It’s complete folly to think you’re going to threaten the Syrians or the Russians or the Iranians into anything.”Read More →

Karin Kneissl - Austria News at United Nations

Oil is the real reason behind all conflicts in the Middle East while Syria is just the latest victim of this struggle, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told the UN General Assembly in a speech she started in Arabic. The very existence of the modern Middle Eastern states have been “shaped by oil business,” Kneissl told the UNGA.Read More →

Bashar al-Assad - Syria Politics News Headline

The Nassib crossing was captured by rebels in 2015, cutting a major transit route for hundreds of trucks a day transporting goods between Turkey and the Gulf, and Lebanon and the Gulf.

“Truck and transit traffic has started through the Syrian-Jordanian border,” said a ministry statement.Read More →

Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin - Russia News - Syria War

Russia, for example, wants to rebuild Syria’s train network. “Russia built it in the first place, and wants to rebuild this and strategic economic ties,” said independent Russian analyst Vyacheslav Matuzov. “Russia wants … a new Mideast security order,” said Emile Hokayem, Middle East security expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.Read More →

Benjamin Netanyahu - Israel Politics News Headline

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Over the past three years, Israel has been highly successful in preventing the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and Iranian attempts to transfer lethal weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon. We will continue to act to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and we will continue the military coordination between the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) and the Russian army.Read More →