Chemical weapons watchdog group initially denied access to site of attack in Douma

Chemical weapons watchdog group initially denied access to site of attack in Douma

by WorldTribune Staff, April 18, 2018 A team of independent investigators were reportedly prevented from entering the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria. The investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, were denied access to the site on April 16 by Syrian and […]

Russian reporter who covered deaths of mercenaries in Syria dies in fall from 5th floor apartment

Russian reporter who covered deaths of mercenaries in Syria dies in fall from 5th floor apartment

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian investigative journalist Maksim Borodin of Yekaterinburg has died of injuries sustained on April 12 when he fell from the window of his fifth-floor apartment. Borodin, 32, died on April 15 in a hospital without recovering consciousness. Officially, his death was being investigated as a suicide. […]

Chemical weapons use in Syria posed challenge to U.S./UN credibility

Chemical weapons use in Syria posed challenge to U.S./UN credibility

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Cold War winds swirled throughout the week at the United Nations where a series of emergency meetings brought the fifteen member Security Council into a dangerously confrontational mode in the aftermath of the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons killing 48. Accusations, allegations, and […]

‘Textbook surgical strike’ delivered strategic punishment, or was it a Trump chess move?

‘Textbook surgical strike’ delivered strategic punishment, or was it a Trump chess move?

by WorldTribune Staff, April 15, 2018 The U.S. strike on Syria’s chemical weapons infrastructure was “well planned, well conducted” and “justified,” a former George W. Bush administration defense official said. “There were apparently no casualties and no mistaken hits on Russian forces, and the raid seems to have been a textbook example of a surgical strike,” […]

Putin calls on Netanyahu to avoid ‘destabilizing’ actions in Syria

Putin calls on Netanyahu to avoid ‘destabilizing’ actions in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, April 12, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin in an April 11 phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asked the Israeli leader to avoid taking any steps that would further destabilize Syria. “Putin stressed the fundamental importance of respecting the sovereignty of Syria, called for refraining from any actions that might […]

Yadlin: Israel could ‘topple’ Assad regime alone but joint strategy needed

Yadlin: Israel could ‘topple’ Assad regime alone but joint strategy needed

by WorldTribune Staff, April 11, 2018 Israel has the capability to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad, but if Russia were to join the battle, the United States would have to as well, a former Israeli Air Force general said. “Israel is capable of dealing with many threats on its own – and if necessary, […]

Op-ed: Loopholes in Obama deal on chemical weapons in Syria proved ‘deadly’

Op-ed: Loopholes in Obama deal on chemical weapons in Syria proved ‘deadly’

by WorldTribune Staff, April 9, 2018 Two “deadly loopholes” in a deal the Obama administration struck in 2013 to remove chemical weapons from Syria allowed the Bashar Assad regime to keep a stockpile of sarin and chlorine gas that it has since used several times in attacks that have killed scores of civilians, an op-ed […]

Trump administration calls out Russia and Iran after reported Syria chemical attack

Trump administration calls out Russia and Iran after reported Syria chemical attack

by WorldTribune Staff, April 8, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump warned on April 8 there would be a “big price to pay” for those backing the Assad regime in Syria following a reported chemical attack by Assad’s forces that killed at least 70 people. “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in […]

Russia-Iran-Turkey entente vow ‘calm’ for fractured Syria

Russia-Iran-Turkey entente vow ‘calm’ for fractured Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, April 4, 2018 Saying they are committed to a “lasting cease-fire” in Syria, the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey said after an April 4 summit in Ankara that an end to the conflict can only be achieved “through a negotiated political process.” The  administration of President Donald Trump is reportedly considering […]

Turkey threatens France over plan to deploy troops in support of Syrian Kurds

Turkey threatens France over plan to deploy troops in support of Syrian Kurds

by WorldTribune Staff, April 2, 2018 France could become a “target of Turkey” if it follows through on a pledge to send troops to northern Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Turkish official warned. French President Emmanuel Macron met an SDF delegation on March 29 and gave assurances of French […]