U.S. backed Kurds seek to normalize relations with Damascus

Kurdish-led groups who were part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State and control swathes of northern Syria have revived contacts with the regime in Damascus in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from the war-torn-country. These groups are keen to stave off any Turkish attack, after Turkish Foreign … Read more

Damascus reaches major understanding with Arab states

Syrian President Bashar Assad revealed that Syria has reached a “major understanding” with Arab states after years of hostility over the country’s civil war. In his first interview since 2011, the Syrian leader stated to a Gulf-Arab newspaper ‘the years long conflict in his country was nearing its end,’ a fact that brought most of … Read more

Russia to equip Syria with S-300 amid Israeli objections

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Defense Ministry in Moscow to bolster Syria’s capabilities against foreign air-strikes, that includes, supplying Damascus with advanced S-300 surface-to-air missile systems within two weeks. The announcement, which was made by Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, comes a week after his ministry accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of … Read more

Israel destroys Iranian weapons shipment in Damascus

This week, on Wednesday, Israel will come to a standstill as most of the country will join Jews from around the world in marking, through fasting and prayer, ‘Yom Kippur’, Hebrew for the ‘Day of Atonement’. In addition to a Jewish plead for redemption of sins, many Israelis will also mark the 45th anniversary of … Read more

Damascus turns its attention to the last rebel-stronghold of Idlib

After Assad’s forces successfully reasserted their control on most of the southwest of the war-torn-country; all eyes are directed to the last major rebel stronghold to the north, the Islamist controlled Idlib region, which borders Turkey. While most of the agreements reached with Damascus on rebels surrendering territories comprised, among others, the transfer of Islamist … Read more

Damascus claims there are no Iranian forces in Syria

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muallem announced in a press conference that the Syrian army is preparing to recapture the southern territories of the war-torn-country, which are adjacent to the border with Israel and Jordan and remain under the control of Islamist organizations. The Syrian top diplomat emphasized that while the Syrian army would use all … Read more

Syria’s Arab Army enters last Islamic State-held bastion in Damascus area

The Syrian Arab Army, together with its allies, entered the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood and the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp – that after seven years since the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front and the Islamic State have captured those territories. The capture of those territories effectively ends any control the Islamic State had in the Damascus surrounding … Read more

The Assad regime recaptures all of Damascus after seven years of war

The Syrian government announced that the last extremist stronghold in southern Damascus, the al-Hajar al-Aswad District, has been recaptured – marking the complete control by Assad’s forces over Damascus and all of its suburbs after seven years of fighting. Syrian army Colonel Ahmad Ezzeldin said in a statement that “in the last period (of the … Read more

Syrian army’s advances deeper into IS-held southern Damascus

The Syrian military continues to make gains across its war-torn-country. The Syrian Defense Ministry released footage that shows its forces advancing in al-Hafar al-Aswad, an area of southern Damascus. The two last strongholds in southern Damascus, include Al-Hafar al-Aswad, which is currently controlled by the Islamic State, as well as Yarmouk, which is a Palestinian … Read more