US Begins Troop Withdrawal From Syria - Text + Audio - 11 January 2019
"A spokesman for the coalition said it "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria."
The spokesman added said to protect security the coalition would not provide details on troop movements."
MATTIS QUITS OVER DIFFERENCES WITH TRUMP- with a video - 20 December 2018
"Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned over differences with President Donald Trump on China and Russia, as well as his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan."
Administration officials brace for Trump announcement on Afghanistan- with a video - 20 December 2018
"Officials throughout the Trump administration are bracing themselves for the President to make an announcement about the US presence in Afghanistan,
similar to his declaration Wednesday that the US will withdraw the military from Syria, informed administration sources tell CNN.
The sources cautioned that the President has not yet made a final decision, but officials are concerned and convinced that he might do so, and soon."
BACKLASH OVER TRUMP TROOP WITHDRAWAL - with a video - 19 December 2018
"The White House unexpectedly announced President Donald Trump has ordered all U.S. forces to leave Syria, ending the campaign to retake territory once held by the Islamic State. The pullout raised significant doubts in Washington, with lawmakers concerned it could lead to a resurgence of the militant group, undercut U.S. leverage in the region and undermine diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian civil war. Even Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of Trump staunchest backers, called the move “a huge Obama-like mistake.”
France targets three top Syrian security chiefs with international arrest warrants - 5 November 2018
"France has issued international arrest warrants for three top Syrian security chiefs for alleged collusion in war crimes, according to legal and judicial sources...
The warrants - which cite charges including collusion in torture, forced disappearances, crimes against humanity and war crimes - were issued on October 8
but made public only on Monday, according to the International Federation for Human Rights advocacy group (FIDH). "
SYRIAN AIR STRIKES:
Israel Hits Iranian Targets inside Syria- Text + Audio- 10 May 2018
"The Israeli military said its airstrikes centered on intelligence bases, weapons storage and logistics centers.
Officials said the planes also destroyed several Syrian air defense systems."
Belgian firms prosecuted over Syria chemical exports - 18 April 2018
"Summons says firms sent 168 tonnes of isopropanol, which can be used to make sarin, to Syria.
Three Belgian companies are being prosecuted for exporting chemicals to Syria, one of which could be used in the production of sarin gas."
100 years of chemical weapons - BBC News
"Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the former commander of the UK Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Regiment, takes us through the history of chemical weapons
- starting with chlorine, a choking agent that was first used in battle a century ago."
US Strike on Syria Sends Mixed Messages to North Korea- Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 April 2018
"The recent United States missile strikes against Syria could increase pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
Or the missile strikes could show North Korean officials the need for nuclear arms to keep the country safe from attack."
Syria: western allies launch diplomatic offensive in wake of strikes- 16 April 2018
"Pressure grows on Russia to stop protecting Assad as US, UK and France press for inquiry into chemical weapons stockpiles" + What you need to know about the Syria strikes – video report + Boris Johnson: Syria strikes 'right thing to do' to deter chemical weapons use – video
Missile attack on Syria – in pictures- 14 April 2018
"US, UK and French forces launch missile strikes aimed at reducing the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities
after last weekend’s attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma"
Trump Threatens Missile Strike to Answer Attack in Syria- Text + Audio + Pictures- 10 April 2018
"The U.S. president said Russia should be ready for a missile strike in Syria. It strike will answer a suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma.
Earlier, Russia warned it would shoot down U.S. missiles aimed at the area." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Presidents of Russia, Turkey, Iran Meet on Syria- Text + Audio + Pictures- 4 April 2018
"Leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran met in Ankara and called for greater efforts to end fighting to Syria.
The meeting comes after US President Trump has suggested that he is thinking about withdrawing US troops from the country."
Syria: Seven years of war explained - BBC News- 9 March 2018
"The war in Syria has now lasted for seven years.
Although its roots lie in peaceful protests against the government, it has become something much more complex.
Joe Inwood explains who is fighting whom and why."
Erdogan: NATO Must Take Stance against US- Text + Audio + Pictures- 16 January 2018
"Turkey’s president has called on the country’s defense allies to take a stance against an American plan for a Kurdish-led border security force in Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, should oppose such a force."
US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane - 19 June 2017
"A US-led coalition fighter jet has shot down a Syrian military plane in Raqqa province, the US has confirmed." + Video: Tens of thousands have left Raqqa as fighting intensifies
+ Video: CCTV footage of the IS attack on Tehran's parliament building
US Allies Support Airstrikes on Syrian Military Targets- Text + Audio + Pictures - 8 April 2017
"American allies have praised the United States for launching airstrikes against Syria military targets.
The raids came days after a chemical weapons attack in a town controlled by Syrian rebels."
Trump Denounces Chemical Attack in Syria- Text + Audio + Pictures - 5 April 2017
"President Donald Trump is now facing multiple foreign policy challenges carried over from the Obama administration.
Several of these challenges became clear this week."