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Russia Blames Israeli ‘Provocation’ for Warplane Downed by Syrian Missile

MOSCOW — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.

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Syrians Approach Israeli Border to Escape Regime Offensive

Some 200 displaced Syrians approached the Israeli border on Tuesday, some of them waving white flags, in an apparent effort to reach out to the Jewish state for assistance as forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad moved into the area as part of a military operation against rebel-held areas in the country’s southwest.

his Thursday, July 5, 2018 photo provided by Nabaa Media, a Syrian opposition media outlet, shows people who fled from Daraa province, gathering in the Quneitra countryside, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Syrian state media and a war monitor said Friday that government forces have captured new areas along the …

Report: Israel Strikes Assad Regime Weapons Depots in Syria

Large explosions were heard in the Deraa district of south Syria on Tuesday in an area in which ammunition warehouses belonging to the Assad regime and pro-Assad militias are located, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 photo Two Israeli air force F-15s of the Knights of the twin tail 133 squadron fly over Ovda airbase near Eilat, southern Israel, during the 2017 Blue Flag exercise. Israel's military is holding the largest ever air drill of its kind with pilots from …

Israel Preps for Possibility of Syrian Refugees Flooding Border

Israel is preparing for the possibility that an onslaught by the forces of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad could see tens of thousands of Syrian refugees heading for the Israel border. The IDF is gearing up to prevent a mass breach of the frontier, but also to provide humanitarian aid to the displaced, military sources said Thursday.

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Syrian Government Vows to Defy U.S. and Fight Rebels

BEIRUT — A Syrian state-run newspaper says Damascus will keep fighting the country’s rebels — or “terrorists” as the government calls opposition fighters — despite U.S. warnings against a new offensive in southern Daraa province.

This photo released on Wednesday March 7, 2018 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government soldiers advancing during a battle against Syrian rebels, in eastern Ghouta, Syria. The International Committee of the Red Cross said a second convoy that was supposed to carry aid to the besieged …

Report: Islamic State Surrendering in Syria’s Capital

BEIRUT — A Syrian war monitoring group said Sunday a cease-fire between government forces and Islamic State militants in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus has held for 24 hours, and that some of the fighters have been allowed to leave.

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Klein: Iran Is Entirely to Blame for Open War with Israel

TEL AVIV — The ongoing proxy war that Iran has been waging on Israel for years exploded into open, direct confrontation last night when Iranian forces reportedly fired a volley of about 20 rockets aimed at IDF positions in the Golan Heights.

Iranian women hold anti-Israeli placards at a protest after Friday prayer service in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Hundreds of worshipers staged an anti-Israeli protest for its response to Palestinians protest against unusual numbers of Jewish visitors at Al-Aqsa mosque compound in recent days. Chanting “Death to Israel” and …

Trump Puts Off Syria Strike Decision, Will Consult with Allies

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump on Thursday put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen “very soon or not so soon at all.” The White House said he would consult further with allies.

US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Syria from the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. Trump ordered a massive military strike against a Syria Thursday in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack they blame on President Bashar al-Assad. A US official said 59 …

Assad Adviser: Syria Is Ready for War

Claiming that “the rules of the games have changed,” a political and media adviser to President Bashar Assad claimed Thursday that Syria was ready for war with international forces if hostilities were to break out.

Syrian volunteers and their relatives wave the national flag and portraits of President Bashar al-Assad as they celebrate at the end of a paramilitary training conducted by the Syrian army in al-Qtaifeh, 50 kms north of the capital Damascus on February 22, 2016.

Report: U.S. Officials Confirm Israel Hit Syrian Air Base

US officials have reportedly confirmed that Israel carried out a predawn missile strike on an air base in central Syria that reportedly killed 14 people on Monday, while Russia protested that it had not been informed ahead of time.

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On Mideast Trip, Putin Orders Partial Withdrawal from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia’s troops from the war-torn country.

In this Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 photo a Russian soldier guards as a military helicopter flies over Palmyra, Syria. Government troops and their allies intensified an offensive Friday against Islamic State militants in central Syria, trying to consolidate their control on the area. Backed by Russian warplanes and fighters from …