Tag: Syria

Syrian Forces Move Into Strategic Town, Tightening Grip on Rebels

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian government troops are pushing into a strategic town in the country’s last rebel-held region, local witnesses and monitors said Tuesday, another milestone in a military campaign that has trapped about three million civilians in the area. After Russian warplanes pounded it for hours overnight, Syrian government troops and allied militias appeared […]

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A Journey to Explore What ‘Victory’ Looks Like in a Shattered Syria

DOUMA, Syria — Picking our way around the ruins of the Damascus suburb of Douma, it took a little while to realize what was missing. There were women carrying groceries, old men droning by on motorbikes and skinny children heaving jugs of water home. But there were few young men. They had died in the […]

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ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON — Five months after American-backed forces ousted the Islamic State from its last shard of territory in Syria, the terrorist group is gathering new strength, conducting guerrilla attacks across Iraq and Syria, retooling its financial networks and even targeting a vast new pool of recruits at an allied-run tent camp, American and Iraqi military […]

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For ISIS Children, Returning Home to Europe Meets Resistance

BRUSSELS — Years after their parents left Belgium and France to join the Islamic State, 18 children were taken from squalid refugee camps in Syria and flown recently to new lives in Belgium and France, drawing widespread attention in those countries as examples of Europe grudgingly accepting the children of its jihadis. But they were […]

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U.N. Sounds Alarm Over Killings in Idlib as Syria Cease-Fire Collapses

GENEVA — A week after Syria’s government agreed to a cease-fire with rebel groups affecting the northwestern province of Idlib, air force jets hit multiple targets on Friday, humanitarian workers said, fueling international fears for millions of civilians crammed into the area. By early afternoon, aid workers on the ground had counted airstrikes on 13 […]

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Free Austin Tice

Two anniversaries approach for Austin Tice, an American freelance journalist. On Sunday, he will turn 38; three days later, he will start his eighth year in captivity, probably somewhere in Syria. Mr. Tice is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, served as a Marine officer and was enrolled at Georgetown Law. But […]

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ISIS, Eyeing Europe, Could Launch Attacks This Year, U.N. Warns

GENEVA — Less than five months after the military defeat of the Islamic State in Syria, a United Nations report is warning that the group’s leaders could launch international terrorist attacks before the end of the year, including those intended to “exacerbate existing dissent and unrest” in European nations. In a bleak assessment of the […]

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What’s the Future of Syrian Refugees in Turkey?

ISTANBUL — Walid Zeidan, a 37-year-old Syrian man, works as a cook in the bustling Malta Bazaar in the Fatih district adjacent to the Golden Horn in Istanbul. Mr. Zeidan, who ran a restaurant in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, lost his home and business in a bombing by the forces of the Syrian […]

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U.K. Offers to Return Seized Iranian Oil Tanker

Britain offered on Saturday to return a seized Iranian tanker if Tehran provided guarantees that the oil would not go to Syria. The offer appeared to be an effort to cool down relations between the two countries at a time when tensions between Iran and Washington have raised fears of a military conflict and threatened […]

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Most Veterans Say America’s Wars Are a Waste. No One’s Listening to Them.

In spite of his confused account of U.S. history, his partisan snipes, and his dictatorial posturing, Donald Trump’s parading and speechifying in Washington on July 4 attempted to glom onto one of the last consensus issues in a broken American culture: We love to support our troops. “We celebrate our history, our people, and the […]

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Gibraltar Detains Syria-Bound Tanker Thought to Be Carrying Iranian Oil

LONDON — The authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday detained a supertanker that they said was carrying crude oil to Syria, in violation of European Union sanctions against Syria. Shipping experts said that the tanker, the Grace 1, appeared to be carrying Iranian cargo, in an apparent attempt to circumvent United States sanctions imposed by President […]

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Australia Is Bringing Children of ISIS Home. Is It Ready?

MELBOURNE, Australia — It was the breakthrough that Karen Nettleton had pursued for five years: The orphaned Australian children and grandchildren of Khaled Sharrouf, a notorious Islamic State fighter, were removed from a Syrian camp this week and will soon return to Australia. Ever since her daughter, Mr. Sharrouf’s wife, took the eldest of the […]

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They Each Backed Off Strikes: Trump in ’19, Obama in ’13, Clinton in ’98

WASHINGTON — The president calls off a missile strike on a Middle Eastern country at the last minute, overruling his national security advisers, confusing allies and adversaries, and provoking criticism from hawks in his own party, who warn that his vacillation could erode America’s credibility in a dangerous world. That was President Barack Obama facing […]

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Shelling Breaks Syria Cease-Fire Negotiated by Russia and Turkey

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A cease-fire negotiated between Syrian rebels and government forces in the country’s war-battered northwest was interrupted on Thursday by intermittent bombing and shelling in Idlib Province, the country’s last piece of rebel-held territory. Russia and Turkey, two of the dominant foreign powers in the area, had negotiated what Russian state news agencies […]

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Over 1,400 Civilian Deaths in Raqqa Remain Unacknowledged

By Donatella Rovera The United States, British and French militaries were successful in pushing ISIS out of Raqqa, Syria. But at what cost? Western forces have failed to acknowledge the extent of civilian deaths they caused and have yet to make a long-term commitment to help the survivors rebuild. They must further investigate what happened: […]

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In Syria, Even the Hospitals Are Not Safe

After eight brutal years, it is hard to find anything shocking about the Syrian civil war. But somehow, the government forces under President Bashar al-Assad always find a way. On May 15, Syrian bombs destroyed the Tarmala Maternity and Children’s Hospital in Idlib, the 19th medical facility attacked since late April. Mr. Assad’s campaign against […]

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France Hands ISIS Suspects to Iraq, Which Sentences Them to Hang

BAGHDAD — Seven French citizens accused of supporting the Islamic State came before an Iraqi judge in a Baghdad courtroom this week. Wearing sandals and yellow jumpsuits, they stated their occupations: tax collector, Arabic teacher, military trainer, chicken seller, medical aide. Two said they were fighters. Each admitted having joined the Islamic State but no […]

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The Many Cruelties of Syria

ASSAD OR WE BURN THE COUNTRYHow One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed SyriaBy Sam Dagher “Bashar al-Assad assassinated!” shouted a man as he cycled past Manaf Tlass, an exiled Syrian general once a member of Assad’s inner circle, as he sat in an outdoor cafe in Paris in 2017. A childhood friend of the Syrian […]

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