DAMASCUS, Syria (AFP) — The world’s chemical weapons watchdog is set to convene Monday to discuss the suspected toxic gas assault in Syria that prompted an unprecedented wave of Western strikes, as its inspectors probe the attack near Damascus. As the on-the-ground investigation gets under way, the fallout from the US-led response continued to reverberate,
A senior Iranian official threatened Israel with retribution, warning its airstrike on a Syrian air base that killed seven Iranians “will not go unanswered.” Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran’s supreme leader, delivered his judgement – in which he called the attack an Israeli “crime” – on arrival in the Syrian capital Damascus on
Syria’s ruling Bashar al-Assad dictatorship has announced it is developing closer ties with North Korea based on “solid and deep-rooted foundations of friendship and cooperation.” The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) revealed that Speaker of the People’s Assembly Hammoudeh Sabbagh held a meeting with North Korean Ambassador to Syria Jang Myong Ho on Monday. Sabbagh reportedly “pointed
FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images by Simon Kent14 Feb 20180 14 Feb, 201814 Feb, 2018 “France will strike” if chemical weapons are found to have been used against civilians in the Syrian conflict in violation of international treaties, French President Emmanuel Macron has warned. Macron delivered the warning in a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
(ASSOCIATED PRESS) The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country early Saturday before launching a “large-scale attack” on at least a dozen Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria. Israel called it a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty” and warned of further action against the unprecedented Iranian aggression. The military