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May 16, 2018 12:02 PM Chlorine likely used in Syrian town of Saraqeb, watchdog says

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—The international chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday that chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the Syrian town of Saraqeb in early February, the latest report of poison gas being unleashed in Syria’s civil war. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released details of a report into the chlorine 12

May 12, 2018 2:23 PM Where does Syria go from here?

The CBC's Margaret Evans reports from Damascus, accompanied by Syrian government representatives She took questions Saturday about the ongoing conflict and the country's future. The conflict playing out in Syria between Iran and Israel left 42 people dead this week, including 19 Iranians, according to a Syria war monitor. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory 19

May 10, 2018 7:26 PM Israel bombards Iranian military positions in Syria

Israel and Iran have long fought each other through proxies, but U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this week has emboldened Israel to make a direct attack. In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “the Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems 10

May 8, 2018 9:43 PM Syrian media report Israeli attack near capital Damascus

No comment from Israel, which almost never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria Syrian state-run media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital Damascus on Tuesday, saying its air defences intercepted and destroyed two of the incoming missiles. The reported attack came shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing 21

April 21, 2018 5:25 PM Chemical weapons inspectors head to Syria to probe gas attack

The U.S. and Britain have accused the Syrian government and Russia of delaying the investigation in Douma to stage a cover up. Images that emerged from Douma in the hours after the attack showed lifeless bodies collapsed in crowded rooms, some with foam around their noses and mouths. Medical workers and activists in Douma at the time said at least 40 people 23

April 15, 2018 8:00 AM Call me radical, but journalists should be able to pledge support for Palestinian journalists: Neil Macdonald

Apparently, though, taking such a position in Canada can damage our credibility, and should be avoided. At least in certain circumstances. I can draw no other conclusion from the uproar over a statement by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), a laudably titled group that regularly denounces suppression of speech and journalism in countries 17

April 15, 2018 4:39 AM 'Completely accomplished': U.S. vice-president touts success of Syria strikes

Mike Pence stressed President Donald Trump made clear U.S. 'prepared to sustain this effort' Vice-President Mike Pence say the United States did the morally right thing when it attacked Syrian chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for an attack on civilians. Pence credited the strong leadership of President Donald Trump and U.S. allies for conducting 22

April 14, 2018 6:41 PM UN Security Council rejects Russia’s call to condemn U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria

The UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the “aggression” by the United States and its allies against Syria on Saturday. The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites but it also demonstrated again the paralysis of the UN’s most powerful body in dealing with the Syria conflict 17

March 30, 2018 10:26 AM Roadside bomb in Syria kills 2 coalition troops and wounds 5 near Turkey

Explosion occurred near town's security headquarters just before midnight, local official says The U.S. military said Friday that two coalition personnel were killed and five were wounded by a roadside bombing in Syria. The military did not say where the incident occurred but it came hours after a local Syrian official said that a roadside bomb has exploded 17

March 26, 2018 2:08 PM Canada expels Russian diplomats in response to spy poisoning

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the move is in solidarity with Britain in the wake of a nerve agent attack in that country which left a former Russian spy and his daughter in hospital. OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is expelling four Russian diplomats and will deny permission for three others to bolster 10