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U.S. says its warning appears to have averted Syrian chemical attack


BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad appeared so far to have heeded a warning this week from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons attack.


U.S.-led coalition envoy visits Syria to discuss Raqqa aftermath 1:41pm BST

BEIRUT Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State visited north Syria on Wednesday and met the council planning to run Raqqa after its capture from the jihadists to assure it of support, one of its members said.


Turkey returns fire on YPG in Syria, warplanes hit militants in Iraq 1:15pm BST

ISTANBUL Turkish forces retaliated with an artillery barrage overnight and destroyed Kurdish YPG militia targets after the group's fighters opened fire on Turkey-backed forces in northern Syria, the military said on Wednesday.

Syrian Observatory says 30 killed in east Syria air strike 11:41am BST

BEIRUT The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an air strike early on Wednesday killed at least 30 civilians and injured dozens more in a village held by Islamic State in eastern Syria.


U.S. says it saw preparations for possible Syria chemical attack 2:19am BST

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW A U.S. warning to Syria's leadership against staging a chemical weapons attack was based on intelligence about what appeared to be active preparations at a Syrian airfield used for such an attack in April, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. | Video


Islamic State orders businesses to use its currency 27 Jun 2017

BEIRUT/CAIRO Islamic State ordered shopkeepers and traders to price goods in its currency, the dirham, as of Tuesday and set the value at 1,000 Syrian pounds (1.41 pounds) per dirham, seeking to steer its own monetary policy even as its territorial grip is shaken.

Macron, Trump agree to work together if new Syria chemical attack - Elysee 27 Jun 2017

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump in a phone call on Tuesday that they would work together to find a common response in case of a new chemical attack in Syria, the French presidency said in a statement.


Syria's Assad visits Russian air base 27 Jun 2017

BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a Russian air base at Hmeymim in western Syria on Tuesday, his first visit to the base from which Russian jets have played a crucial role in support of his war effort.

Syrian Observatory: dozens killed in air strike in Islamic State-held town 27 Jun 2017

BEIRUT The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday dozens of people were killed in an air strike believed to have been carried out by the U.S.-led coalition on an Islamic State prison in the eastern Syrian town of al-Mayadeen.


U.S. eyes arms for YPG fighters in Syria even after Raqqa's fall 27 Jun 2017

MUNICH U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State.

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