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Source: The Guradian

Israeli military strikes Iranian targets inside Syria

Today 15:25 GMT

Israel has struck several targets in Syria as part of its increasingly open assault on Iran’s presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions on a second consecutive night of military action.

The Israeli military said its fighter jets had attacked the Iranian targets early on Monday, which included munitions stores, a position in the Damascus International airport, an intelligence site and a military training camp.

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Source: DW

EU hits Russians, Syria with sanctions over chemical weapons

Today 19:05 GMT

The sanctions target those accused of orchestrating chemical weapons attacks in Syria and individuals linked to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain last year.

Under the sanctions policy, the EU imposed restrictive measures on a Syrian entity responsible for the development and production of chemical weapons and five Syrian officials "directly involved" in its activities. At least 40 people were killed in a chemical attack on the city of Douma, which was under rebel control at the time.

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Source: The Guradian

Turkey offers to take over security in Syrian city of Manbij

Today 15:25 GMT

Turkey is ready to take over security in the Syrian city where four US citizens died in an Islamic State-claimed bombing last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an told Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said.

The SDF said on Wednesday it was ready to help create one, as fears grew that the US withdrawal would give Turkey the opportunity to mount a fresh assault.

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Source: Fox News

Pence slams Buzzfeed 'obsession,' decries 'disappointing' Pelosi rejection of Trump border funding compromise

Today 15:24 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence, speaking to "Fox News Sunday," said Republicans "of course" remain willing to negotiate further on the border funding compromise proposed by President Trump on Saturday, even as Pence charged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has committed to a "disappointing" strategy of "soundbites" for nearly a month.

And the breathless media coverage that followed it for nearly 24 hours, until Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued his first public statement in more than a year to repudiate it.

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Source: DW

Syria: 'Huge explosion' rocks Damascus

Today 08:03 GMT

A major explosion occurred on Sunday near a military intelligence office in the Syrian capital Damascus, killing and wounding a number of people, independent war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on the heels of state media reports.

Although Syria is engulfed by civil conflict, Damascus is rarely the scene for bomb attacks since government forces recaptured rebel-held suburbs last year.

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Source: The Guradian

America is retreating from world affairs and circling the wagons…

Today 08:03 GMT

Perhaps it’s partly because the US now faces serious challenges that it is pulling back, metaphorically, and circling the wagons.

“Pompeo’s remarks were full of the kinds of anecdotes and flowery rhetoric only a quintessential American exceptionalist could love,” noted analyst Daniel DePetris. He used a speech in Cairo to portray the US as a dependable, ever-present “force for good” in the Middle East, always ready to stand by its partners – especially in confronting Iran.

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Source: DW

Lindsey Graham: US must 'slow the withdrawal' from Syria to combat IS

Sunday 06:03 GMT

Veteran US Senator Lindsey Graham on Saturday urged President Donald Trump to reassess how fast American troops are withdrawn from Syria, saying it could have disastrous effects in the region.

Read more: Donald Trump's motives for Syria withdrawal remain as murky as its implementation. Every evening, DW's editors send out a selection of the day's hard news and quality feature journalism. The White House has not announced when the withdrawal will take place and how quickly it will be completed.

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Source: Fox News

President Trump pays tribute to Americans killed in Syrian suicide bombing as their bodies arrive back in US

Sunday 18:08 GMT

President Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware this morning to receive the bodies of four Americans slain in a suicide bombing in Syria on Wednesday.

Following the deadly attack on Wednesday, Vice President Pence issued a statement on behalf of himself and President Trump. "President Trump and I condemn the terrorist attack in Syria that claimed American lives and our hearts are with the loved ones of the fallen. We honor their memory and we will never forget their service and sacrifice," the statement read.

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Source: Global News

Canada to ‘monitor’ case of captured Canadian ISIS fighter, Goodale says

Saturday 16:19 GMT

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Friday that Canada will “monitor” the case of an ISIS fighter caught in Syria last weekend amid speculation he may be a Canadian who narrated execution videos.

Asked what the government was doing about the captured fighter, who said in a video he had gone to Syria from Canada in 2013, Goodale provided no details about the involvement of Canadian authorities.

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Source: Fox News

Tata & Prince: Precedent for Syria, Afghanistan pullout lies with WWII-era Flying Tigers

Sunday 15:24 GMT

President Trump is right to continue his drive to remove combat troops from Syria and Afghanistan and can cite the success of the privatized Flying Tigers in World War II as a way of finding economy of force during transition operations.

Retired US Army Brigadier Gen. Anthony J. Tata, Brigadier General, was the deputy commanding general of U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 2006-07

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Source: DW

Belgium can't keep 'Islamic State' fighters' families out

Saturday 21:49 GMT

Thomas Renard, a counter-terrorism expert with Belgium's Egmont Institute who specializes in foreign fighters, thinks Belgians opposed to bringing back the detained families are short-sighted.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. But in late December a court ruled in favor of two Belgian women, Bouchra Abouallal and Tatiana Wielandt, who are being held in the Al-Hol refugee camp in Syria with their six children.

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Source: The Guradian

Anti-Assad activist killed in Germany in suspected axe attack

Saturday 12:39 GMT

A Syrian activist has died after a brutal attack in Hamburg, raising questions over whether he was targeted for political reasons.

On Thursday, officers discovered discarded clothes and shoes not far from where Joune was found, local media reported, although it is not known if they are related to the attack.

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Source: The Guradian

Ex-navy Seal and sailor among US victims killed in Syria suicide attack

Saturday 18:09 GMT

A US navy servicewoman and a former navy Seal are among the four Americans killed in a suicide bombing this week in northern Syria that the United States believes was likely carried out by Islamic State, officials said on Friday.

An Islamic State statement on Wednesday said a Syrian suicide bomber had detonated his explosive vest in Manbij.


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