US launches cruise missile strike on Syrian air base

US launches cruise missile strike on Syrian air base

President Donald Trump ordered military action against the Assad regime in Syria in response to the horrific Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack believed to have been carried out by government forces. Up to 60 Tomahawk missiles were fired at an air base in Homs where aircraft that carried out the attack, possibly with sarin gas, are thought to have been based. The missile strike was not announced earlier, but strong rhetoric had come out of the administration before the action was taken. Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump said: I call on all civilised nations in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria. Apr 7, 2017
Distraught father cries for entire family killed in Syria gas attack

Distraught father cries for entire family killed in Syria gas attack

Youssef Abdel Hamid, a resident of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, lost more than 20 members of his extended family in the 4 April chemical attack, including his wife Dalal and their two infant children Aya and Ahmed.The use of a chemical agent was confirmed on 6 April by Turkish autopsies of the bodies. Apr 6, 2017
Trump condemns Syria chemical attack: It crossed a lot of lines for me, beyond the red line

Trump condemns Syria chemical attack: It crossed a lot of lines for me, beyond the red line

Speaking at a joint White House news conference with Jordans King Abdullah on Wednesday (5 April), US President Donald Trump declared that his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad had crossed a lot of lines. He said the recent chemical weapon attack on civilians in Syria prompted him to re-evaluate his attitude towards Assad. The attack in the rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 73 people, including 23 children. Apr 6, 2017
Journalist captures moment air strike hits Khan Shaykhun Hospital in Syria

Journalist captures moment air strike hits Khan Shaykhun Hospital in Syria

Following a suspected chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, several media activists entered the town’s hospital to report on the victims being treated before what was described as a “double-tap air strike” on the hospital. This video, captured by a local activist Fadi al-Halabi, was taken from inside the hospital during the moment of the air strike. Apr 5, 2017
Theresa May condems chemical weapons attack in Idlib

Theresa May condems chemical weapons attack in Idlib

British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, and continued calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be removed from power. May also urged the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons to investigate the incident and said there can be no future for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a stable Syria Apr 5, 2017
Dozens killed in ‘chemical weapons attack’ in Syria

Dozens killed in ‘chemical weapons attack’ in Syria

At least 58 people have been killed and dozens injured in a suspected chemical attack on 4 April. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a choking substance had been dropped by Syrian government or Russian jets on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, a pro-opposition town. Damascus has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons. Apr 4, 2017
Assad’s hands are ‘stained with the blood of the Syrian people’ claims opposition

Assad’s hands are ‘stained with the blood of the Syrian people’ claims opposition

The Syrian opposition delegation participating in the fifth round of the Syria peace talks that resumed in Geneva on Friday (25 March), said it will not accept any presence of Bashar al-Assad in the war-torn country’s peace process.The delegations of the Syrian government and opposition groups arrived at the Palace of Nations on 27 March and respectively talked with the Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy. The government delegation’s head, Bashar al-Jaafari, did not issue any statement after the meeting, while the head of the opposition delegation, Nasr al-Hariri, reiterated the opposition’s stance at a press conference after the meeting. Mar 28, 2017
Dozens killed in Damascus after suicide bomber detonates inside judicial building

Dozens killed in Damascus after suicide bomber detonates inside judicial building

At least 25 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on judicial buildings in the Syrian capital of Damascus on 15 March. An attacker detonated a suicide vest inside the Justice Palace, injuring a large number of people as well. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which follows a spate of bombings in areas of Syria controlled by the Assad regime. Mar 15, 2017
Syrias war: The conflict explained

Syrias war: The conflict explained

What started with young men vandalizing the walls of a school with the words “It’s your turn, Doctor Bashar al-Assad” in February 2011 has evolved into six years of bloodshed, violence and destruction. Syria, the Arab Spring’s greatest failure, is fast approaching another anniversary. Newsweek details Syria’s descent into war, one that has transformed a people, a country, and a region, potentially forever. Mar 13, 2017
Boris Johnson: Russia is up to all sorts of no good

Boris Johnson: Russia is up to all sorts of no good

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been invited to Russia to speak with his counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in an attempt to resolve significant differences over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. Speaking in Brussels on 6 March Johnson said he will confront Russia on a number of topics inlcuding the Ukraine and Russian cyber warfare. If the trip goes ahead Johnson it will be the first official visit to Russia by a UK minister since 2011. Mar 6, 2017
Syrian White Helmets miraculously rescue young girl from Damascus rubble

Syrian White Helmets miraculously rescue young girl from Damascus rubble

Dramatic footage from the Syrian Civil Defence, aka the White Helmets, has been released, showing their volunteers finding an young child buried alive underneath the rubble of a building in Damascus. The girl was discovered on 19 February in the Tishreen area of the city, a rebel-held neighbourhood. Feb 21, 2017
Filmmakers behind The White Helmets documentary lament Donald Trump immigration ban

Filmmakers behind The White Helmets documentary lament Donald Trump immigration ban

The filmmakers behind a documentary about the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, have criticised the US immigration ban implemented by President Donald Trump. The film, which documents the efforts of Syrian volunteers who act as rescue workers in the war-torn country, has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Oscars. However, a number of people involved in the film, including White Helmets founder Raed Saleh, may not be able to attend the ceremony due to the visa ban on people coming in from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. Feb 8, 2017