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Syria: Israeli Strike Destroyed Part of Iran's Embassy

Airstrike killed senior Iranian military adviser, according to Syrian state media

(Newser) - An Israeli airstrike has destroyed the consular section of Iran's embassy in Syria, killing a senior Iranian military adviser and several other people, Syrian state media said Monday. The strike on the Iranian consulate building in Damascus could mark an escalation of the Israeli military's ongoing targeting of...

Report: Biden Settles On His Iran Retaliation

US will reportedly strike Iranian targets, but not those inside the country itself

(Newser) - The US has approved a series of strikes in response to the drone attack that killed three service members in Jordan last weekend, CBS News reports, citing US officials—but the plan is to hit Iran-linked facilities in Iraq and Syria, not targets in Iran itself. The officials say the...

Biden Promises Response After Drone Strike Kills 3 US Troops

President blames Iran-backed militias for attack that wounded 34 Americans based in Jordan

(Newser) - A drone attack killed three US soldiers stationed in Jordan, near the Syrian border, and at least 34 were injured, US Central Command reported Sunday. President Biden said the attack was carried out Saturday night by Iran-backed militia groups. He called the three Army troops "patriots in the highest...

Iran Threatens Israel After Fatal Airstrike

US fires again on Houthi target, and American troops are injured in Iraq

(Newser) - Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi blamed Israel on Saturday for an airstrike that killed five senior members of his nation's security forces and warned of retaliation. Syrian civilians also died in the attack on Damascus, with the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying that 10 people in all were...

France's Arrest Warrant for Assad May Mark a First

Syrian president is accused of war crimes in connection with 2013 chemical attack

(Newser) - French investigative judges have issued an international arrest warrant for Syrian President Bashar Assad and those close to him. The warrants for Assad, his brother, and two army generals accuse them of complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with August 2013 chemical attacks on rebel-held Damascus...

'Deconfliction Phone' Used Before Latest US Airstrike on Syria

Russian forces in Syria were alerted to the attack

(Newser) - The US carried out an airstrike on a weapons warehouse in eastern Syria used by Iranian-backed militias, in retaliation for what has been a growing number of attacks on bases housing US troops in the region for the past several weeks, the Pentagon said. In Wednesday's strike, two US...

Pentagon Says Strikes Hit Iran-Linked Targets in Syria

Austin says 'narrowly tailored' airstrikes were response to attacks that injured US forces

(Newser) - The Pentagon says it launched airstrikes early Friday against targets in eastern Syria linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and militias it supports. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the strikes were in response to drone and missile attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria and the action...

US: Downing Turkey's Drone 'Regrettable'

Pentagon says armed drone came close to American troops in Syria

(Newser) - Pentagon officials said several warnings were issued before a US fighter jet shot down an armed drone belonging to Turkey on Thursday. The drone was flying close to American ground forces in northeast Syria, US officials said. Fearing the downing will increase the already rising tensions between the two nations,...

China Warmly Welcomes Leader Shunned by the US

Syria's Bashar al-Assad visits as Beijing tries to strengthen its influence in the Mideast

(Newser) - Syrian President Bashar Assad arrived in China on Thursday on his first visit to the country since the start of Syria's 12-year conflict, one in which Beijing has been one of his main backers. China's Foreign Ministry said Assad would join other foreign leaders attending the opening ceremony...

Highly Addictive Drug Used by Militants May Be Bound for US
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'Poor Man's Cocaine' May Be Headed for US

Officials fear spread of highly-addictive captagon amid crackdowns in Middle East

(Newser) - US officials are increasingly concerned about the likelihood of an illegal, highly-addictive drug wreaking havoc in the US as its Middle East producers, hungry for cash, face roadblocks in trafficking the drug at home. Produced and distributed by groups tied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the allied Hezbollah in...

US: Harassed Drones Later Killed ISIS Leader

Usamah al-Muhajir was riding a motorcycle near Aleppo, official says

(Newser) - A US drone strike killed an Islamic State group leader in Syria hours after the same MQ-9 Reaper drones were harassed by Russian military jets over the western part of the country, the Defense Department reported Sunday. Three Reapers had been flying overhead searching for the militant on Friday, a...

US: Russia's Third Harassment Went On for Almost 2 Hours

Follow the standards of a professional air force over Syria, general again urges

(Newser) - The Defense Department said Russian fighter jets harassed US drones over Syria for nearly two hours on Friday, the third time this week the nations' forces had a close encounter. "Russian aircraft flew 18 unprofessional close passes that caused the MQ-9s to react to avoid unsafe situations," US...

22 US Troops Injured in Syria Helicopter 'Mishap'

Enemy fire was not involved, US military says

(Newser) - A helicopter accident in northeastern Syria over the weekend left 22 American service members injured, the US military said Tuesday, adding that the cause of the accident was under investigation and that no enemy fire was involved. The military statement said the service members were receiving treatment and 10 were...

Arab League Welcomes Outcast Assad, Syria Back

Secretary-general says decision doesn't signal an end to the crisis

(Newser) - The Arab League agreed Sunday to reinstate Syria, ending a 12-year suspension and taking another step toward bringing Syrian President Bashar Assad, a longtime regional pariah, back into the fold. Some influential league members remain opposed to reinstating Syria, chief among them Qatar, which did not send its foreign minister...

They Were Foraging for Truffles When Militants Killed 26

Truffle hunting has become increasingly dangerous in Syria

(Newser) - Islamic State militants killed at least 26 people who were foraging for wild truffles in Syria's Hama region, opposition and state media reported Sunday. Amid the economic devastation of Syria’s yearslong war, foraging for truffles can help people earn money, as the seasonal delicacy fetches a high price,...

US Strikes Syria After Drone Kills Contractor

Pentagon says suspected Iran drone injured 5 soldiers

(Newser) - A strike Thursday by a suspected Iranian-made drone killed a US contractor and wounded five American troops and another contractor in northeast Syria, the Pentagon said. American forces said they retaliated soon after with "precision airstrikes" in Syria targeting facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard,...

US Commander: Russia Is Ignoring Syria Protocols

He says armed jets are flying over US outpost almost every day

(Newser) - The Black Sea, where Russian jets forced down an American drone last week, is far from the only potential flashpoint between US and Russian forces. Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich at US Central Command says armed Russian jets have flown over the Al-Tanf base in southeast Syria almost every day this...

4 US Troops, and Dog, Wounded in Syrian Raid

Helicopter strike killed a senior member of the Islamic State

(Newser) - The US military said Friday that a helicopter raid led by its forces in northeast Syria left a senior leader with the Islamic State group dead and four American service members wounded. The operation was conducted Thursday night in partnership with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which is allied with...

200 Hours After the Quake, the Improbable: Survivors

Yet the combined death toll stands at nearly 40K

(Newser) - The New York Times puts the count of "improbable rescues" at nine: people finally freed from the rubble roughly 200 hours after devastating earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria. One of those rescues involved two brothers who survived on protein powder and by drinking their own urine; the men, ages...

Gunmen Storm Hospital of Baby Pulled From Rubble

Hospital denies it was an attempt to kidnap baby Aya

(Newser) - Gunmen stormed a hospital in north Syria where a baby girl is receiving care after being born under the rubble of her family’s earthquake-shattered home, a hospital official said Tuesday, adding that the attackers beat the clinic's director. The official denied reports on social media claiming that the...

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