Drone war over Syria: Israel mum on claims air defense systems repelled its spy planes

Drone war over Syria: Israel mum on claims air defense systems repelled its spy planes

by WorldTribune Staff, February 15, 2018 Syria on Feb. 14 claimed its air defenses have forced Israeli surveillance planes to vacate Syrian airspace. “Syrian air defenses have repelled Israeli surveillance planes over Quneitra, forcing them to leave Syrian airspace,” the official SANA news agency said. Israel did not comment on the report, which came days […]

Israel warns Assad: Do not allow Iran to attack Israel from Syria

Israel warns Assad: Do not allow Iran to attack Israel from Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, February 13, 2018 Israel would not hesitate to act against the Bashar Assad regime should Assad allow Iran a military base from which to attack Israel from Syria, an Israeli security official said. “Assad and Hizbullah are the same, and if there will be an attack against us, we will not be […]

Hizbullah hails downing of Israel F-16; Netanyahu warns Iran and Syria ‘playing with fire’

Hizbullah hails downing of Israel F-16; Netanyahu warns Iran and Syria ‘playing with fire’

by WorldTribune Staff, February 11, 2018 Hizbullah said the downing of an Israeli F-16 on Feb. 10 marked a “new strategic era,” while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel inflicted a “heavy blow” on Iranian and Syrian forces in a series of airstrikes and warned the two nations were “playing with fire.” “This is the […]

Kurdish fighters capture last two British ISIS ‘Beatles’

Kurdish fighters capture last two British ISIS ‘Beatles’

by WorldTribune Staff, February 9, 2018 The last two members of a group of British jihadists who carried out torture and executions for Islamic State (ISIS) have been captured by Kurdish fighters in Syria, a report said. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, part of a group of four ISIS jihadists known as the “Beatles” […]

Turkish drone obliterates massive portrait of PKK’s founder

Turkish drone obliterates massive portrait of PKK’s founder

by WorldTribune Staff, February 1, 2018 A huge portrait of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) founder Abdullah Ocalan in northern Syria was destroyed by a Turkish air force drone, reports say. The attack on the portrait, which was part of a monument built on a 53-meter concrete pedestal in Afrin, is part of Turkey’s so-called Operation […]

U.S. warns Syria enhancing chemical weapons; 20 dead in new attack

U.S. warns Syria enhancing chemical weapons; 20 dead in new attack

by WorldTribune Staff, February 2, 2018 Syria has “evolved” its chemical weapons arsenal and is developing new ways to use the weapons, U.S. officials say. Reports from Arab news outlets on Feb. 5 said a chemical weapons attack, believed to be chlorine gas, killed 20 people in a town in Idlib province. The forces of […]

Nikki Haley: Russia ‘complicit in Assad regime’s atrocities’

Nikki Haley: Russia ‘complicit in Assad regime’s atrocities’

by WorldTribune Staff, January 24, 2018 Russia for years “has looked the other way” as its ally Syria has used chemical weapons on its own citizens, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said at a UN Security Council meeting on Jan. 23. Calling Russia “complicit in the Assad regime’s atrocities,” Haley cited reports […]

Analyst: Turkey’s Erdogan cruising for a bruising with operations against Kurds

Analyst: Turkey’s Erdogan cruising for a bruising with operations against Kurds

by WorldTribune Staff, January 24, 2018 As Turkish forces began their offensive in Syria’s Kurdish-governed district of Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised victory within “a very short period of time.” “That may be a fatal miscalculation, one which could cripple Turkey,” former Pentagon official Michael Rubin wrote in an op-ed for the Washington […]

Mattis praises Kurdish fighters, confirms Turkey gave advance notice of attacks in Syria

Mattis praises Kurdish fighters, confirms Turkey gave advance notice of attacks in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, January 22, 2018 Turkish military leaders informed the United States prior to bombing positions of U.S.-allied Kurds in northern Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Jan. 21. “They warned us before they launched the aircraft that they were going to do it,” Mattis said. Turkish warplanes on Jan. 20 launched […]

Tillerson: U.S. troops staying put in Syria to counter Assad, Iran

Tillerson: U.S. troops staying put in Syria to counter Assad, Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com By Christopher Sparks, January 18, 2017 The U.S.’s ultimate objectives in Syria include ensuring ISIS is fully defeated, “post-Assad leadership” and preventing Iran from bolstering its position. Therefore, the U.S. will “maintain a military presence” in the country, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Jan. 17. “A total withdrawal of American […]

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