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syria's war: allies and opponents |


on april 14, the us led attacks on several locations in syria after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of douma.the us was joined in these attacks by two allies, the uk and france, but they are not the only countries on the us' side. there have been clear, constant alliances at play since the beginning of the syrian war. natonato chief jens stoltenberg said on saturday that all nato allies back syria air attacks carried out by the us, uk and france on chemical weapons targets in syria.he went on to say that the attacks were "intended to degrade the syrian regime's chemical weapons capability" and deter further chemical attacks on civilians such as the one in douma.uktheresa may came under fire in the uk parliament for bypassing parliament in her decision to






why are nato allies confronting each other in syria?


videoa new conflict is at risk of breaking out in northern syria - this time between nato allies the us and turkey. here's why.






russian president putin says strike on syria by us and its allies will exacerbat


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressmoscow (ap) — russian president putin says strike on syria by us and its allies will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in syria.the associated press






how will syria respond to u.s. missile strike?


the strikes on syria appeared aimed at preventing assad and allies russia and iran from retaliating.       






analysis: how will syria respond to u.s. missile strike?


the strikes on syria appeared aimed at preventing assad and allies russia and iran from retaliating.       






airstrike by u.s.-led coalition mistakenly kills 18 allies in syria


washington—the u.s.-led military coalition battling islamic state mistakenly killed 18 of its own allies in a misdirected airstrike in syria, the u.s. military said thursday.the fighters, members of a kurdish-arab coalition allied with the u.s., were killed after providing the u.s. coalition with the wrong coordinates for the target they wanted...






assad allies vow reprisals against attacks on syria | syria news


allies of damascus have threatened reprisals against any party that carries out "aggression" against syria, two days after us missile strikes hit a syrian airbase.us sends mixed signals about strategy for syria"the aggression against syria oversteps all red lines. we will react firmly to any aggression against syria and to any infringement of red lines, whoever carries them out," said a statement on sunday from the syria-based joint operations room for government backers russia, iran and allied forces including lebanon's hezbollah."the united states knows very well our ability to react," said the statement published on the website of al-watan, a daily newspaper close to the regime.the statement also accused the us of acting before any investigation into the suspected chemical attack was co






assad allies vow reprisals against aggression on syria | syria news


allies of damascus have threatened reprisals against any party that carries out "aggression" against syria, two days after us missile strikes hit a syrian airbase."the aggression against syria oversteps all red lines. we will react firmly to any aggression against syria and to any infringement of red lines, whoever carries them out," said a statement on sunday from the syria-based joint operations room for government backers russia, iran and allied forces including lebanon's hezbollah."the united states knows very well our ability to react," said the statement published on the website of al-watan, a daily newspaper close to the regime.the statement also accused the us of acting before any investigation into the suspected chemical attack was conducted and did not wait for any un approval.op






can turkey and russia become allies? | turkey


they were not speaking to each other less than 18 months ago, but now the presidents of russia and turkey are praising their friendship. vladimir putin welcomed recep tayyip erdogan to moscow on friday, with the war in syria dominating their talks.the two leaders seem to have reconciled their differences with talk of renewed optimism about a possible peace deal in syria. putin hailed their joint efforts in syria while erdogan said they have closed the gap to normalising relations.is this just a partnership of convenience? and how is that being viewed by turkey's nato allies and others?presenter: hazem sikaguests:metin gurcan - al-monitor's turkey pulse.sergey strokan - kommersant newspaper.lilit gevorgyan - political analyst.source: al jazeera news






al-qaeda's zawahiri calls for 'guerrilla war' in syria | syria news


al-qaeda leader ayman al-zawahiri has called on the armed syrian opposition to wage guerrilla warfare against the government of bashar al-assad and its allies.in an audio tape titled "syria will only bow to god", released on the internet on sunday, zawahiri urged syrian rebels to "have patience and prepare themselves for a long war against the crusaders and their shia allies".he urged them to adopt a "guerilla warfare" strategy because it would "weaken and drain the enemy".the rebels' enemies "are targeting them because they are trying to establish an islamic rule in syria, as the west and its allies were doing everything they can to stop it". read more: the ramifications of al-nusra's split from al-qaeda al-nusra front, a rebel group, announced in july 2016 that it was ending its formal t






news daily: pm calls syria meeting and yulia skripal rejects russian help


pm summons cabinet for syria talksministers will consider the options for backing military action threatened by the us and its allies.12 april 2018






al-qaeda's zawahiri calls for 'guerrilla war' in syria | syria news


al-qaeda leader ayman al-zawahiri has called on the armed syrian opposition to wage guerrilla warfare against the government of bashar al-assad and its allies.in an audio tape titled "syria will only bow to god", released on the internet on sunday, zawahiri urged syrian rebels to "have patience and prepare themselves for a long war against the crusaders and their shia allies".he urged them to adopt a "guerilla warfare" strategy because it would "weaken and drain the enemy".the rebels' enemies "are targeting them because they are trying to establish an islamic rule in syria, as the west and its allies were doing everything they can to stop it". read more: the ramifications of the nusra's split from al-qaeda al-nusra front, a rebel group, announced in july 2016 that it was ending its formal






al-qaeda's zawahiri calls for 'guerrilla war' in syria | syria news


al-qaeda leader ayman al-zawahiri has called on the armed syrian opposition to wage guerrilla warfare against the government of bashar al-assad and its allies.in an audio tape titled "syria will only bow to god", released on the internet on sunday, zawahiri urged syrian rebels to "have patience and prepare themselves for a long war against the crusaders and their shia allies".he urged them to adopt a "guerilla warfare" strategy because it would "weaken and drain the enemy".the rebels' enemies "are targeting them because they are trying to establish an islamic rule in syria, as the west and its allies were doing everything they can to stop it". read more: the ramifications of al-nusra's split from al-qaeda al-nusra front, a rebel group, announced in july 2016 that it was ending its formal t






trump orders no funds for syria recovery


washington – president donald trump, having this week signaled a possible withdrawal of u.s. troops from syria, has ordered the state department to suspend more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts there while the administration reassesses its role in the conflict, administration officials said friday.the freeze on stabilization and humanitarian aid came as two members of the u.s.-led coalition fighting in syria were killed — one u.s. soldier and one british — and five others were wounded by a bomb in a late-night attack.the attack took place near manbij in northern syria and is believed to have been carried out by isis remnants, a senior u.s. military official said.a statement posted by the u.s. central command said "an improvised explosive device" detonated late ­thursday. the






rival groups race for control of syria's raqqa


beirut — a major battle to liberate the islamic state group's stronghold of raqqa in northern syria is looming, with u.s. officials looking to build on momentum from victories on the battlefields of mosul in iraq. the pentagon has drawn up a secret plan to do that, likely leaning on local allies with stepped-up american support.the question is: who are those local allies in the tangled mess that is syria's conflict?syrian government forces, turkish troops and their syrian militia allies, and u.s.-backed kurdish forces all have their eye on raqqa. each vehemently rejects letting the others capture the city and would likely react in anger should the united states support the others. and it is not clear that any has the resources to take the city on its own."raqqa is more of an abstract goal:






rival groups race for control of syria’s raqqa


beirut (ap) — a major battle to liberate the islamic state group’s stronghold of raqqa in northern syria is looming, with u.s. officials looking to build on momentum from victories on the battlefields of mosul in iraq. the pentagon has drawn up a secret plan to do that, likely leaning on local allies with stepped-up american support.the question is: who are those local allies in the tangled mess that is syria’s conflict?syrian government forces, turkish troops and their syrian militia allies, and u.s.-backed kurdish forces all have their eye on raqqa. each vehemently rejects letting the others capture the city and would likely react in anger should the united states support the others. and it is not clear that any has the resources to take the city on its own.“raqqa is more of an abstract






syria troops position themselves at heart of war on is


beirut — syrian government troops and their allies have steadily positioned themselves in key areas on the flanks of the u.s.-led coalition battle for the islamic state's self-declared capital of raqqa.they are attempting to become an indispensable player in uprooting the extremists from syria entirely.that presents a major challenge for the coalition, which so far has shunned any cooperation with president bashar assad and has partnered instead with local kurdish-led forces.as the u.s. has intensified its fight against is in syria, assad and his trusted allies of russia and iran are increasingly asserting themselves. a syrian military offensive has unfolded on several fronts, coupled with russian airstrikes and a show of force by iran, which fired ballistic missiles on an is stronghold th






airstrike by u.s.-led coalition mistakenly kills 18 allies in syria


washington—the u.s. military mistakenly killed 18 of its own allies in syria in a misdirected airstrike meant to hit islamic state fighters, pentagon officials said thursday.members of a kurdish-arab coalition allied with the u.s. were killed after providing the u.s. with the wrong coordinates for an enemy target during a battle with islamic state fighters earlier this week, the military said.the mistaken strike comes amid a...






syria troops position themselves at heart of war on is


beirut (ap) — syrian government troops and their allies have steadily positioned themselves in key areas on the flanks of the u.s.-led coalition battle for the islamic state’s self-declared capital of raqqa.they are attempting to become an indispensable player in uprooting the extremists from syria entirely.that presents a major challenge for the coalition, which so far has shunned any cooperation with president bashar assad and has partnered instead with local kurdish-led forces.as the u.s. has intensified its fight against is in syria, assad and his trusted allies of russia and iran are increasingly asserting themselves. a syrian military offensive has unfolded on several fronts, coupled with russian airstrikes and a show of force by iran, which fired ballistic missiles on an is strongho






erdogan praises trump, denounces u.s.’s kurdish allies in syria


washington—turkish president recep tayyip erdogan praised president donald trump for his november election victory and hailed his visit to washington as the launch of a new cooperative era, but attacked america’s kurdish partners in syria as terrorists.with mr. trump standing by his side, mr. erdogan denounced washington’s syrian kurdish allies and said he would never accept them as partners in the region. mr. erdogan suggested that...






defense secretary mattis: at this time ‘no reports of losses’ on part of us, all


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presswashington (ap) — defense secretary mattis: at this time ‘no reports of losses’ on part of us, allies in syria strike.the associated press






us allies show support for strikes on syria


u.s. allies expressed support on friday for washington’s missile strikes on syria, calling them a proportionate response to syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons.the strikes were denounced as illegal by syria and its allies russia and iran. iraq criticized “hasty interventions” in an apparent comment on the u.s. action.but a wide range of u.s. allies from asia, europe and the middle east expressed support, if sometimes cautiously, in similar terms.“the u.k. government fully supports the u.s. action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the syrian regime and is intended to deter further attacks,” a british government spokesman said.japan’s prime minister shinzo abe told reporters: “many innocent people became victims from the c






syria strikes: all the latest updates | usa news


the us, uk and france have launched strikes "on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities" in syria, us president donald trump announced early on saturday.the strikes came after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of douma last weekend.here are all the latest updates on the strikes: syria: strikes hit 'parts of but not the heart' of programmea former officer in syria's chemical programme says the joint strikes were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce chemical weapons or launch new attacks.speaking from rebel-held northern syria, adulsalam abdulrazek told the associated press news agency there were an estimated 50 warehouses that stored chemical weapons before the programme was dismantled in 2013. he said he believed those faci






rivals in syria race to assault militants' 'capital' raqqa


beirut — after the battlefield of iraq's mosul, the next major campaign against the islamic state group will be to take its de facto capital, the syrian city of raqqa. the pentagon has drawn up a secret plan to do that, likely leaning on local allies with stepped up american support.the question is: in the tangled mess that is syria's conflict, who are those local allies?syrian government forces, turkish troops and their syrian militia allies, and u.s.-backed kurdish forces all have their eye on raqqa. each vehemently rejects letting the others capture the city and would likely react in anger should the united states support the others. and it is not clear that any has the resources to take the city on its own."raqqa is more of an abstract goal: everyone wants it in principle, but no one i






erdogan praises trump, denounces u.s.’s kurdish allies in syria


washington—turkish president recep tayyip erdogan praised president donald trump on tuesday for his “legendary triumph” in the november election and hailed his visit to washington as the launch of a new cooperative era for the two countries, but attacked america’s kurdish partners in syria as terrorists.with mr. trump standing by his side, mr. erdogan denounced washington’s syrian kurdish allies and said he would never accept them as partners in the region. mr. erdogan suggested that the syrian kurdish group is a “clear...






u.s. upholds its red line in syria, while steering clear of russia’s


in carrying out airstrikes in syria on saturday, the u.s. and its allies were trying to maintain a careful balance: upholding their red line against the use of chemical weapons, without crossing moscow’s red lines against toppling president bashar al-assad or targeting russian forces.the attack was larger than president donald trump’s previous strike against syria in april 2017. about twice as many bombs were dropped, compared with last year. and this time, the u.s. didn’t go it alone but carried out the attacks along with...






here's the playbook organizers are using to take down the nra


if you’re not an organizer, and you’re not the kind of weirdo who reads lefty organizing manuals so you can write book reports on twitter, it’s easy to get the impression that the current campaign against the nra and gun manufacturers came together on the fly. but it didn’t. these campaigns never do.the strategy has been carefully researched, and it’s being executed now because the political moment is favorable. but the tendency of the press to write about activism as if it’s magic doesn’t help the public understand what’s happening. it’s as if a bizarro edition of the gallic wars didn’t mention caesar much and just noted gauls dropping dead for apparently no reason at all.organizing isn’t magic, but it doesn’t work the way conspiracy theorists think it does, either. the decisions of delta






trump pulls an obama on syria


does he not realize the beneficiaries would be iran and russia — and isis, which is trying to regroup and could still threaten the west?who’d have thought president donald trump would be so eager to imitate one of president barack obama’s worst mistakes in the middle east?in 2011, obama nearly snatched defeat out of the jaws of u.s. military victory over al-qaida in iraq — by pulling the last 10,000 u.s. troops out of that country too soon. the aqi terror group resurfaced as isis, seizing massive chunks of iraq and syria, and threatening the west.now, trump wants to pull an obama in syria.“i want to get out. it’s time,” the president said on tuesday, speaking of withdrawing the 2,000 u.s. troops in syria that are helping our kurdish allies eliminate the last pockets of isis. even as he spo






syria's opposition, divided and varied, to get a new face


beirut — syria's notoriously fragmented opposition is gathering in the saudi capital for a meeting intended to close ranks and come up with a unified vision ahead of a new round of peace talks in geneva.at a time when syria's president bashar assad is the most secure in his post since the war began, the opposition remains rife with disagreements and weakened by its allies 'distraction with other conflicts.hours before the riyadh meeting, a dozen opposition figures, including the head of the riyadh-formed high negotiations committee riad hijab, resigned in protest, accusing others of being too willing to accept the continue rule of a man they view as a discredited tyrant.syria's opposition has long struggled to prove its relevance under a leadership mix made up of academics and exiled polit






trump says 'missiles coming' against syria, 'new and smart'


washington — defying russian warnings against u.s. military strikes in syria, president donald trump said wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to syria's suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 people."russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at syria," trump tweeted. "get ready russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' you shouldn't be partners with a gas killing animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"defense secretary jim mattis, however, indicated that evidence of what happened in saturday's suspected attack near damascus is still being studied. at a photo-taking session during a meeting with his dutch counterpart, mattis was asked by a reporter whether he had seen enough evidence to blame the syrian government."we're still






mattis faces questions from allies on islamic state strategy


helsinki (ap) — as the islamic state group loses its remaining strongholds in iraq and syria, defense secretary jim mattis is facing a growing chorus of questions from nato allies and partners about what the next steps will be in the region to preserve peace and insure the militants don’t rise again.heading into a week of meetings with nordic countries and allies across europe, mattis must begin to articulate what has been a murky american policy on how the future of syria unfolds.speaking to reporters traveling with him to finland, mattis said the main question from u.s. allies is: what comes next? and he said the key is to get the peace process on track.“we’re trying to get this into the diplomatic mode so we can get things sorted out,” said mattis, who will meet with nato defense minist






the campaign against the nra is the result of years of scheming


if you’re not an organizer, and you’re not the kind of weirdo who reads lefty organizing manuals so you can write book reports on twitter, it’s easy to get the impression that the current campaign against the nra and gun manufacturers came together on the fly. but it didn’t. these campaigns never do.the strategy has been carefully researched, and it’s being executed now because the political moment is favorable. but the tendency of the press to write about activism as if it’s magic doesn’t help the public understand what’s happening. it’s as if a bizarro edition of the gallic wars didn’t mention caesar much and just noted gauls dropping dead for apparently no reason at all.organizing isn’t magic, but it doesn’t work the way conspiracy theorists think it does, either. the decisions of delta






u.s. presses allies to back a military strike on syria


u.s. presses allies to back a military strike on syriapresident trump and aides confer with international counterparts as american and french warships armed with cruise missiles move within firing range of syriaan error has occurred, please try again later.






russia, iran vow continued military support for assad | syria news


the army chiefs of russia and iran have vowed to continue the fight against "terrorists" and their supporters in syria days after the us navy launched a barrage of cruise missiles against a syrian goverment airbase. syria’s war: evacuation of rebels in al waer resumesspeaking by phone on saturday, major general mohammad bagheri of iran and general valery gerasimov of russia "condemned the american operation against a syrian airbase which is an aggression against an independent country", iran's state news agency irna reported.the us strikes "aim at slowing the victories of the syrian army and its allies, and reinforcing terrorist groups", the two chiefs of staff said in a statement.they vowed to continue their military cooperation in support of syrian president bashar al-assad "until the to






officials: u.s. airstrike hits pro-assad forces in syria


u.s. officials say an american airstrike has hit pro-syrian government forces in southern syria as they were setting up fighting positions in a protected area.the officials say the strike near tanf hit a tank and a bulldozer and forces there, but it was not clear if they were syrian army troops or other pro-government allies.one official says the pro-regime forces had entered a so-called "de-confliction" zone without authorization and were perceived as a threat to u.s.-allied troops there. the officials say the strike was a defensive move to protect the u.s. allies. it wasn't clear if u.s. forces were there.the officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymi






the campaign against the nra is the result of years of scheming


if you’re not an organizer, and you’re not the kind of weirdo who reads lefty organizing manuals so you can write book reports on twitter, it’s easy to get the impression that the current campaign against the nra and gun manufacturers came together on the fly. but it didn’t. these campaigns never do.the strategy has been carefully researched, and it’s being executed now because the political moment is favorable. but the tendency of the press to write about activism as if it’s magic doesn’t help the public understand what’s happening. it’s as if a bizarro edition of the gallic wars didn’t mention caesar much and just noted gauls dropping dead for apparently no reason at all.organizing isn’t magic, but it doesn’t work the way conspiracy theorists think it does, either. the decisions of delta






what are you playing this weekend?


look at geralt’s feet. look at them. the weekend is for taking a shower that’s longer than 10 minutes because you have to run out the door to work. it’s also for playing games!advertisementi have not been able to play the witcher 3 all week long because i’ve been very busy. last weekend i finally made it to skellige but it was really desolately pretty and the sad made me cry a little and then i stopped for a bit. but not this weekend!what about you? what are you playing this weekend?