Russia is a major global power in outlook and reach, locked in a values-based confrontation with the West. But it still lacks all elements of a developed superpower.
“Turkey never used chemical weapons. We take utmost care about civilians in Operation Olive Branch,” a Turkish diplomatic source said.
The government it is providing indirect help by allowing Kurdish fighters, civilians and politicians to reach Afrin through territory it holds.
A resolution, drafted by Sweden and Kuwait, was circulated to the 15-member council on February 9.
Tharir al-Sham, a jihadist group spearheaded by the former Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for shooting down the plane.
James Mattis said the Syrian government had repeatedly used chlorine as a weapon. He stressed that the US did not have evidence of sarin gas use.
The French President said that he would have a “real problem” with Turkey’s intervention against Kurdish militia in Syria if it turned into an outright “invasion”.
India’s downgrade has been attributed to the “strengthening of right-wing Hindu forces in an otherwise secular country”.
The new data will bolster claims by the US, Britain and other Western powers that Assad’s government still possesses and uses banned munitions.
The opposition dismissed the meeting as an attempt by the Syrian government’s close ally to “sideline” the current UN peace process.
Turkey’s priorities in Syria just don’t match the US’s – and its increasingly authoritarian domestic politics don’t help.
Turkey’s air and ground ‘Operation Olive Branch’ in the Afrin region of northern Syria is now in its fifth day.
The Syrian government said on Wednesday that claims by France and the United States that it was still using chemical weapons were “lies”.
Those who ‘who side with peace’ have been detained across Turkey over their social media posts since Operation Olive Branch began in Syria’s Afrin region.
The three-day-old campaign has opened a new front in Syria’s multi-sided civil war, realigning a battlefield where outside powers are supporting local combatants.
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Idlib has become a focal point of the Syrian war as government forces and allied militia have thrust towards an insurgent-held air base.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion targeted the headquarters of a minor rebel faction in Idlib.
The Syrian president announces new ministers for defence, industry, and information, as reported by the state television.
The US has about 2,000 troops in Syria fighting ISIS. Mattis’ comments are likely to anger Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who has previously called US troops “illegal invader” forces.
Iraq and Syria have both declared victory over ISIS in recent weeks.
Rejecting Russian allegations, the US claimed that its military base at Tanf in Syria is instead being used as a temporary base to train partner forces to fight the ISIS.
The UN had pleaded the Syrian government to allow the evacuation of around 500 patients, including children with cancer.
“They were given 72 hours to surrender with fighters to go to Idlib or those who want to stay have to reach a settlement,” said Ibrahim al-Jebawi, a Free Syrian Army official familiar with the situation on the ground.
After having been taken into captivity by the ISIS militants in an assault on Sinjar on August 3, 2014, the eldest reportedly said that she never thought that she’d see her sisters again.
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”.
The warning comes amid UNHCR’s $4.4 billion appeal to support Syrian refugee aid programmes in surrounding countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt.
Civil defence workers said at least 17 were killed in the town of Hamoriya in an aerial strike on a marketplace and nearby residential area.
The precise number of children bornas a result of sexual violence perpetrated by ISIS fighters is difficult to establish, but in March 2016 it was estimated that there were 31,000 pregnant women living within the caliphate.
Since September, approximately 174,500 people in the town of Douma in the besieged zone have been forced to adopt emergency “coping strategies”.
A confidential State Department “dissent” memo said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided to exclude Iraq, Myanmar and Afghanistan from a US list of offenders in the use of child soldiers.
Since 2000, at least 16 people have died while incarcerated in Canada’s system of immigration detention, with a shocking four deaths since March 2016.
Iraqi forces “liberated Rawa entirely, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings”.
Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted UN Security Council resolution to extend the inquiry by one month.
A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the US, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted.
The mandate for the joint inquiry by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has found the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent sarin in an April 4 attack, expires on Friday.
The attacks, the deadliest on French soil since World War Two, prompted the country to strike back, joining international military operations targeting ISIS and other Islamist militant groups in Iraq, Syria, Libya and elsewhere.
Trump has called allegations of campaign collusion with Moscow a hoax.