The Syrian Crisis

2018-04-14 13:46 GMT+8

Syria's government retook control of Eastern Qalamun Wednesday after the last rebels and civilians were bused out of the region near Damascus under an evacuation deal, state media said. 

2018-04-25 18:18 GMT+8

Aid officials called Tuesday for urgently needed monetary funds to help civilians and refugees caught up in the conflict in Syria, amid warnings of a new impending humanitarian disaster in the country.

2018-04-25 13:01 GMT+8

Inspectors from the global chemical arms watchdog on Saturday took samples in the Syrian town of Douma after an alleged poison gas attack, the organisation said. 

2018-04-21 21:06 GMT+8

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the United States had no intention to leave Syria despite Washington saying it had such plans, the RIA state news agency said.

2018-04-24 14:22 GMT+8

Syrian rebels began withdrawing from an enclave northeast of Damascus on Saturday and will go to northern Syria, both state TV and a rebel official confirmed, in a surrender agreement that marks another victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

2018-04-21 19:50 GMT+8

A Russian media outlet claims the alleged chemical attack in Syria on April 7 was staged by the West-backed White Helmets. It said the five-year-old NGO – which claims to be Syria's Civil Defense – fabricated the scene and coaxed young children to play along.  

2018-04-21 21:23 GMT+8

Phan Thanh Hung Duc lies there, silently. To be exact, he is immobile. His mouth is “agape” and his hands and feet “locked in gnarled deformity,” as the New York Times recorded.

2018-04-20 19:53 GMT+8

US assessments following US, British and French joint missile strikes on Syria last weekend showed they had only a limited impact on Assad's ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks.

2018-04-20 08:02 GMT+8

The Syrian government on Thursday stepped up its efforts to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as one group of rebels prepared to withdraw and another one reportedly given ultimatum to do the same.

2018-04-19 22:32 GMT+8

A New York Times report that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had unsuccessfully urged President Donald Trump to seek congressional approval ahead of last week's airstrikes in Syria has been shot down by Mattis.

2018-04-19 09:39 GMT+8

Accessing Douma has proven to be challenging, but more obstacles await the OPCW personnel once they begin their work in the town near Damascus.

2018-04-19 18:50 GMT+8

Iraqi air force conducted airstrikes on ISIL positions inside Syria in coordination with Syrian government on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing Iraqi military spokesperson. 

2018-04-19 19:40 GMT+8

Members of a UN security team came under fire while doing reconnaissance for inspectors to visit areas in Syria where a chemical weapons attack allegedly took place, officials said.

2018-04-19 09:28 GMT+8

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday faced opposition inside and outside parliament to her decision to join US-led missile strikes against Syria.

2018-04-17 12:28 GMT+8

The United States accused Russia on Monday of blocking international inspectors from reaching the Syrian city of Douma and said Russians or Syrians might have tampered with evidence on the ground. Moscow denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory US-led missile strikes on Syria.

2018-04-19 09:22 GMT+8

‍Europe's foreign ministers assembled in Luxembourg on Monday after Saturday’s coordinated missile strikes on Syria by the US, France and Britain in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, near Damascus, earlier this month.

2018-04-17 13:07 GMT+8

Seven years on, the Syrian civil war has mushroomed into a destructive crisis that has drawn in multiple stakeholders.

2018-04-17 13:02 GMT+8

Russia has said it expects investigators with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to reach the site of a suspected chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus on Wednesday, amid accusations from Western diplomats that Moscow has been blocking inspectors' access to Douma.

2018-04-17 10:56 GMT+8

Syrian state media on Tuesday retracted reports of an overnight missile attack on the central province of Homs, saying its air defenses had been activated after a false alarm. 

2018-04-17 07:40 GMT+8

The children of Syrian refugees in Jordan are showing the effects of being robbed of peace and stability during their formative years. 

2018-04-17 21:42 GMT+8

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said the U.K.’s decision to attack Syria was not based an order from U.S. President Donald Trump, “but because it was the right thing to do."

2018-04-17 01:26 GMT+8

Gold and oil traded slightly lower as markets opened for the first time since Western powers launched a missile attack on Syria, but equities are unlikely to experience big losses unless the West strikes again or Russia retaliates.

2018-04-16 08:47 GMT+8

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a phone conversation on Sunday in regard to the latest missile strikes on Syria which were launched by the United States, France and Britain on Saturday, Russian news agency Sputnik reported citing Kremlin. 

2018-04-15 22:12 GMT+8

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

2018-04-15 22:22 GMT+8

After the Syrian army gained control over the Eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus, they decided to send reinforcements toward a new battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in an area south of the capital, a monitor group reported on Sunday.

2018-04-16 11:19 GMT+8

The US-led airstrikes on Syria were against the United Nations Charter, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing on Monday, calling the operation irresponsible.

2018-04-16 21:44 GMT+8

The three Western countries behind the airstrikes on Syria defended their actions on Sunday, arguing the move was a necessary and legitimate warning to the Syrian government.

2018-04-16 10:34 GMT+8

Mission Accomplished, exclaimed US President Donald Trump in the wake of a quick run of missile attacks against Syria. But what was the mission? And where's the evidence of a chemical attack? What happened to obtaining authorization from the United Nations to launch attacks against another sovereign nation? Too many questions remain unanswered. But what is clear is that international law was violated.

2018-04-16 11:08 GMT+8

China on Friday upgraded its travel warning for its citizens visiting Syria, asking them to cancel their plans after the recent US-led military strikes.

2018-04-16 11:56 GMT+8

As the dust settles on Saturday’s pre-dawn joint missile raids on Syria by the United States, Britain and France, many global experts and lawmakers contend that the unilateral strikes, without an authorization from the UN Security Council (UNSC), are an outright violation of the UN Charter and existing international law, with some saying the action amounted to a “war crime.”

2018-04-15 17:35 GMT+8

Syrian state television showed images of a destroyed research center in Barzeh, north of Damascus, they say was hit by strikes on early Saturday. 

2018-04-15 15:26 GMT+8

The United Nation Security Council has voted to reject Russia's resolution condemning aggression against Syria by the U.S. and its allies.

2018-04-15 01:59 GMT+8

Experts from the world's global chemical arms watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), are continuing their mission to probe an alleged gas attack in Douma despite the US-led air strikes in Syria, the organization said in a statement on Saturday.

2018-04-14 19:42 GMT+8

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western strikes on government military installations Saturday only made him keener to fight back against his opponents, in comments published by his office.

2018-04-14 18:19 GMT+8

The coordinated military action by Britain, France and the United States in Syria has sent a clear message against the use of chemical weapons, which will not be tolerated by the international community, said British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday.

2018-04-14 16:43 GMT+8

US President Donald Trump announced on Friday evening that the US, along with France and Britain, has launched precision strikes against the Syrian government. Dong Manyuan, senior research fellow of China Institute of International Studies told CGTN that the actual reason for the attacks was actually the Syrian government's momentum on the battlefield. 

2018-04-14 18:42 GMT+8

US President Donald Trump on Saturday talked with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May via phone over the three nations' collective strikes on Syria Friday.

2018-04-15 09:12 GMT+8

A Russian-drafted resolution, which would have condemned the military strikes on Syria carried out by the United States, France and Britain, failed to be adopted by the UN Security Council on Saturday.

2018-04-15 10:58 GMT+8

On April 13, US President Donald Trump said he had ordered precision attack against Syria's chemical weapon programs in the wake of a suspected gas attack in Syria’s opposition-held town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus. 

2018-04-14 09:55 GMT+8

A political settlement is the only way out of the Syrian issue and a military solution is not the correct approach to solve the situation, China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ma Zhaoxu said on Friday at a UN Security Council meeting in New York.

2018-04-13 22:58 GMT+8