Qassem Soleimani’s final journey: How it happened minute-by-minute

Qasem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian military commander who wields enormous influence in Iraq, returning from a visit to Syria and Iraq. (ISNA) January 27, 2020 On January 2, 2020, bad weather conditions meant that the Baghdad-bound Sham Wings Airlines flight 501 was delayed for nearly 3 hours. The plane was carrying 156 passengers, [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, North America, Syria, USA|

US measures on Syria-Iraq border to confront Iran

US troops in northeast Syria. (AFP) January 25, 2020 The administration of US President Donald Trump is looking to enhance its military presence on the Syrian-Iraqi border for a range of reasons, mainly to “confront Iran." The US presence in Iraq was a main item on the agenda of two separate meetings held [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

Iran’s offer to reconstruct schools in Syria resented by critics

Destruction in Homs city, Syria. (Reuters) January 24, 2020 The Islamic Republic Minister of Education's comments on Tehran helping to reconstruct Syrian schools destroyed in the war-torn country has triggered a widespread negative response on Iranian social media. The Minister, Mohsen Haji Mirzaei, who arrived last Tuesday for an official three-day visit in [...]

By |January 24th, 2020|Syria|

General admits Soleimani’s role in Syria’s civil war long before jihadists emerged

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami (right) meets with his Syrian counterpart Abdullah Ayoub in Damascus, August 26, 2018. (AFP) January 23, 2020 The Syrian Defense Minister has implicitly admitted that the Islamic Republic of Iran's military was closely involved in stopping the uprising against the Assad regime, long before the emergence of jihadists [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|Syria|

Israeli official threatens IRGC with ‘deadly campaign’ in Syria

Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS) January 16, 2020 The circumstances that followed the assassination of the commander of al-Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, should be used to launch a “deadly offensive campaign against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria,” said a [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Isreal, Syria|

Suspected Israel strike kills 3 Iran-backed fighters in Syria

An explosion, reportedly during Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, Syria, on January 21, 2019. ( YouTube) January 15, 2020 A missile strike on a Syrian air base that Damascus blamed on Israel killed at least three Iran-backed militiamen, a monitor said on Wednesday. Four missiles hit the T4 base in Homs province, north of [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Isreal, Syria|

Air strike kills eight Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitaries in east Syria

Popular Mobilization Forces members stand by a burning truck after a drone attack blamed on Israel near Qaim border crossing, in Anbar province, Iraq, August 25, 2019. (AP) January 10, 2020 An airstrike in eastern Syria killed eight fighters from the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Unit militias, known as the Hashed al-Shaabi, a war [...]

By |January 10th, 2020|Iraq, Syria|

What do Syrians think about the assassination of Ghasem Soleimani?

Syrian people distributed sweets to celebrate Qassem Suleimani's killing in Idlib, Syria, Jan 3, 2020. (Twitter) January 8, 2020 The assassination of Iranian commander Ghasem Soleimani took place on Iraqi soil, and was carried out by forces from the United States, so automatically, three countries were directly affected by the event. But there [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|Syria|

Syria: Mixed reactions over Soleimani’s killing

Leaders of Syrian opposition groups hailed the death of a man they blame for thousands of deaths in the nearly nine-year-old civil war. (Supplied) January 4, 2020 Syrians had on Friday mixed reactions to the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike in Baghdad. Leaders of Syrian opposition groups [...]

By |January 4th, 2020|Syria|

US bombings in Iraq and Syria targeted a key Iranian unit

Destroyed headquarters of Kataib Hezbollah militia group are seen after in an air strike in Qaim, Iraq, December 30, 2019. (REUTERS) January 1, 2020 The US bombings of Kataib Hezbollah bases in Iraq and Syria have been criticized by Iran, Russia, and Iraq itself, which has said it would review its relationship with [...]

By |January 1st, 2020|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|