*Kurdish-led forces control about one quarter of Syria. *U.S. strategy in Syria has flipflopped in past year. BEIRUT, Oct 3- President Donald Trump's announcement in April that he wanted to pull U.S. troops out of Syria left the country's Kurds fearing they would be abandoned by their most important military ally.
LONDON, Oct 2- Iran has struck a deal with Damascus to build a 400 million euro power plant in Syria's coastal city of Latakia, a potentially lucrative deal for Tehran to deepen its economic role after years of fighting in the Syrian conflict. Since at least 2012, Iran has provided critical military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assads government,...
LONDON, Oct 2- Iran's minister of energy said on Tuesday that Tehran has reached an agreement with Damascus to build a 400 million euro power plant in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia.
The Ahvaz National Resistance, an Iranian ethnic Arab separatist movement, and the Islamic State have both claimed responsibility for last week's attack, which killed 25 people.
Global poverty has fallen to a record low. The World Bank says 10 percent of the world's population lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2015.
The Russian defense ministry blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.
Tensions ramped up between Tehran and Washington after President Donald Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month.
On top of simmering regional turmoil and political gridlock as officials fight over the composition of their yet-unformed government, the numbers are warning that the country is headed for a banking crisis.
BEIRUT, Aug 28- Thousands of Syrians began returning to Daraya on Tuesday, state media said, for the first time since government forces clawed back the Damascus suburb from rebels two years ago. The town was one of the major centres of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and suffered massive damage during the fighting, forcing most of its people to...
Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda operation.
Iran's engagement in Syria is of particular concern to U.S. ally Israel, which sees the country's attempt at gaining a foothold on its border as an existential threat.
BEIRUT, Aug 14- Syrian authorities, seeking to attract foreign currency deposits, outlined terms on Tuesday for new certificates of deposit the government this month allowed the central bank to issue. Banks in Syria can now place surplus foreign currency in euros and dollars into certificates of deposit in the central bank, the central bank's Credit and...
Poor U.S.-Turkey relations, most recently manifested in the announcement of U.S. sanctions on two Turkish ministers, is the latest hammer blow to the lira, which has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions on a NATO ally have significant geopolitical ramifications, but stem from one domestic priority: the evangelical vote. And they send a message to Ankara that its alliance with the U.S. is far from sacrosanct.
Israel claimed Syria's long-running civil war had effectively come to an end Thursday and predicted the Golan Heights frontier between the two countries would be much quieter over the coming months.
Iran has a range of non-conventional tools at its disposal to harm U.S. interests, many of which have long been in play and whose deployment is now likely to intensify.
Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace on Tuesday, as Syrian forces reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in seven years.
BEIRUT, July 20- Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon's caretaker economy minister said on Friday. Raed Khoury said it was vital that Lebanese exporters be able once again to send their produce...
President Trump and Russian President Putin hold a joint press conference following a two-hour meeting in Helsinki, Finland.
President Trump and Russian President Putin hold a joint press conference following a two hour meeting in Helsinki, Finland.