The defence ministry’s forays into areas long regarded as the preserve of the foreign ministry are raising eyebrows in Russia, where strict protocol means ministers usually hold talks only with their direct foreign counterparts.
UN mediator Staffan de Mistura, however, added that there may be more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage al-Assad’s government to engage.
De Mistura, speaking on Swiss television station RTS, said failure to make peace quickly through United Nations mediation could lead to “a fragmentation of Syria”.
Since September, approximately 174,500 people in the town of Douma in the besieged zone have been forced to adopt emergency “coping strategies”.
Putin met Iranian political leaders in an effort to nurture a warming relationship strengthened since US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon the international nuclear deal with Iran reached in 2015.
ISIS’s looming defeat is to be cheered, but the costs have been huge – loss of civilian life, destruction of ancient cities, increased attacks abroad and brewing conflicts in the region.
Orouba Barakat, an opponent of the ruling Baath party, and her only child, journalist Halla Barakat, were found dead with stab wounds to their neck.
Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers were “tightening the noose” on ISIS in the barren frontier region, the military media unit run by Hezbollah said.
ISIS is losing ground fast in Syria to separate campaigns waged by the Russian-backed Syrian government on the one hand, and to US-backed Kurdish forces and their allies on the other.
There are detailed plans for the old city’s great medieval mosques, souks, bath houses and citadel from an earlier restoration that should allow exact reconstruction.
The respite came as a part of a elaborate ceasefire between Hezbollah and Nusra Front allowing civilians living in refugee camps in the Arsal Area to leave.
Founded in 1911, the Baron Hotel played host to adventurers, writers, kings, aviators, Bedouin chiefs and presidents until the war forced it to close down.
The Syrian government allows Kurdish rule in the Sheikh Maqsoud district of Aleppo, population 40,000, but the relationship is a complicated and potentially problematic one.
Previous similar ceasefires have failed to hold for long and it was not clear how much the actual combatants are committed to this latest effort.
The Syrian government rejected report by international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in April attack.
Trump had criticised the nuclear agreement and threatened to dismantle Obama’s deal, but it appears that he has decided, at least for now, to keep it alive.
Playing down dismissive comments by Bashar al-Assad, UN mediators said Syria peace talks in Geneva should prosper from the recent deal and a tighter format.
Rukban refugee camp new Jordan border attacked, restaurants and markets targeted.
It is a critical week for Turkey-EU relations, as lawmakers will debate ties on Wednesday and the bloc’s foreign ministers will discuss the issue on Friday.
Trump’s policies have not only brought the world to the verge of war, but are also affecting global humanitarian and environmental programmes negatively.
The black listings are the latest action taken by the Trump administration in response to the April 4 chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun.
In a 2013 agreement brokered by Russia and the US, Syria had agreed to destroy its chemical weapons.
If Damascus becomes a battleground for gangs and militias, many more millions of civilians would join the 11.6 million who have already fled their homes in the civil war.
Men of violence are in command in the US and now call the shots in the world’s major ‘trouble spots,’ with diplomacy slowly slipping out of sight.
Thousands of Syrians have been evacuated from besieged areas in recent months under deals between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebels.
The mission of observers from the 47-member Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights body, had said that the referendum was an uneven contest.
Russia says the chemicals that killed civilians last week belonged to rebels, not Assad’s government, and accused the US of illegal aggression on a false pretext.
Trump had previously been disinclined to intervene against Assad and the recent missile attack raised expectations that he might now adopt a tougher-than-expected stance with Russia.
The Kremlin said on Monday Tillerson was not scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit, a move that could point to tensions.
The US missile strike in Syria will unite Russia’s technology with China’s money and muscle and is not good for regional or world peace.
The US strike – ordered less than three days after the gas attack – could make it clear to Russia that the US will hold Moscow accountable for Assad.
The US military’s attack on a Syrian airforce base sets a worrying precedent of brashness and uncertainty in how the Trump administration may handle future crises in international relations.
The question now is how recent critical changes will impact on-the-ground military strategy.
“Assad was warned, repeatedly, by the US and the UN that the intentional targeting of innocent men, women and children is intolerable.” said Ed Royce, chairman, House foreign affairs.
US officials said the military fired dozens of cruise missiles against the base in response to the suspected gas attack in a rebel-held area
Two US warships fired dozens of cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea at the airbase controlled by President Assad’s forces.
Erdogan will apparently stop at nothing to centralise power – and every move that backfires makes him even more desperate.
Moscow offered an alternative explanation: that the poison gas belonged to rebels and had leaked from an insurgent weapons depot hit by Syrian bombs.
President Donald Trump said the suspected “horrible” chemical attack cannot be tolerated and it has crossed “many many lines”.
Western countries blamed Syrian armed forces for the recent gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in a rebel-held area of Idliib.