Middle East


Russia accuses US of backing terrorists in Syria after airstrike

Beirut/Moscow (dpa) – A US-led coalition airstrike on Syrian government forces highlights the US’ willingness to back terrorists attempting to overthrow Syria’s ruling regime, charged Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday as he condemned the attack. In making the statement, Lavrov rushed to support Syria, a major Russian ally, a week after his meeting […]

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Russia Set For Rocket Fire Off Libya

Russian warships are planning to carry out live rocket tests in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya later this month, prompting the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to warn aircraft passing through the airspace of the war-torn north African nation. The FAA has warned that the tests could be carried out by the Russian […]


US-led Coalition Strikes Pro-Syrian Government Forces

The U.S.-led coalition has conducted airstrikes against pro-Syrian government forces near Syria’s border with Jordan. A U.S. defense official told VOA Thursday pro-Syrian government forces were operating in an “established deconfliction zone” near al-Tanf border crossing when a coalition commander on the ground deemed the force a threat to his troops. The coalition-backed troops used […]

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Possible US Troop Increase in Afghanistan Aimed at Breaking Stalemate

U.S. President Donald Trump is considering whether to send up to 5,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, a decision expected to come before a NATO summit on May 25. But the question being asked is what can the U.S. achieve with such a small number of extra troops in a country where 350,000 Afghan security forces […]


US Sanctions Iranians, Chinese Network Over Ballistic Missile Program

The United States Treasury says it has designated seven targets in connection with Iran’s ballistic missile program, including a defense official who facilitated the sale of explosives and provided other support to Syria. The Office of Foreign Assets Control said Wednesday that another of the seven targets is the director of the organization responsible for […]