Iran says it will keep forces in Syria, threatens Israel with missiles

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks at a conference in Tehran, October 31, 2017. (AP) January 16, 2018 Iran will keep military forces in Syria, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, defying Israeli threats that they might be targeted if they do not leave [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Netanyahu tells Iran to get out of Syria ‘fast’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Tel Aviv, Israel, May 30, 2018. (Reuters) January 15, 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged Iran to quickly remove its forces from neighboring Syria or face continued attacks on them by Israel. “Yesterday I heard the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman saying ‘Iran has no military [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

No US assistance on Syria reconstruction until Iran is out: top US diplomat

Brian Hook, special representative for Iran, leaves the podium after speaking about the creation of the Iran Action Group at the State Department, in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP) By Natasha Turak January 15, 2019 Top U.S. diplomats are stridently pledging the Trump administration's determination to drive Iran out of Syria, even as [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|North America, Syria, USA|

Netanyahu confirms weekend strike by Israel on Iran target in Syria

Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018. (REUTERS) January 14, 2019 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel had at the weekend carried out an air strike on Iranian weapons in Syria, a rare public confirmation of such attacks. "Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Iran-backed Hezbollah’s gains from Syria war equal its losses

Hezbollah members carry the coffin of top Hezbollah commander. (Supplied) By Paula Astih January 12, 2019 Nearly seven years have passed since Hezbollah got practically engaged in the Syrian war – the movement’s biggest challenge since its establishment in 1982. Today, as the battles calm down, the party has returned to the political work [...]

By |January 12th, 2019|Lebanon, Syria|

The US wants to counter Iran in Syria. It may leave some troops behind to do that.

Iran's army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looks into binoculars as he visits and other senior officers from the Iranian military a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP) By Alex Ward January 11, 2019 Contradicting President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to completely withdraw [...]

By |January 11th, 2019|North America, Syria, USA|

New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

Huawei, U.S. authorities assert, retained control of Skycom, using it to sell telecom equipment to Iran and move money out via the international banking system. (Getty) By Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh and James Pomfret January 8, 2019 The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|East Asia, Syria|

US to be ‘very supportive’ of Israeli strikes against Iranian targets in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with visiting US national security adviser John Bolton in Jerusalem on August 20, 2018. (AFP) January 7, 2019 The White House has sent national security adviser John Bolton on a mission to allay Israel’s concerns about US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|Isreal, North America, Syria, USA|

Has Tehran achieved victory in Syria?

Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces during fighting in Aleppo, Syria. undated. (Fars) By Majid Rafizadeh January 7, 2019 This week, Iran’s state-controlled Persian news outlets dedicated significant coverage to the latest developments in Syria. Tehran appears to be investing significant capital in promoting a narrative that it and Syrian President Bashar Assad have achieved victory [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|Syria|

Pompeo says cooperation with Israel over Syria and Iran to continue

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Reuters) January 1, 2019 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the United States would continue to cooperate with Israel over Syria and in countering Iran in the Middle East, even as President Donald Trump plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Israeli Prime [...]

By |January 1st, 2019|Isreal, North America, Syria, USA|