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Israel carries out deadliest airstrike in Syria, kills 57 people
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Israel carries out deadliest airstrike in Syria, kills 57 people

(STL.News) In one of the deadliest attack in years, Israel strikes East-Syria, killing 57 people.  Israel conducted 18 over-night air raids at multiple positions.  Strike claims lives of 14 Syrian forces, 16 Iraqi fighters as well. Wikipedia page - Israel-Syria relations ? YouTube video provided courtesy of WION News
Rayburn Travel to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria
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Rayburn Travel to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria

Special Envoy Rayburn Travel to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, and Northeast Syria (STL.News) Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn traveled to Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, and northeast Syria from November 28-December 8. In Israel, Turkey, and Egypt, Special Envoy Rayburn met with senior officials to discuss the situation in Syria.  Key topics included the need to address common threats and to work together to achieve a lasting, peaceful, political resolution to the Syrian conflict in line with UNSCR 2254. On December 4-5, Special Envoy Rayburn attended the IISS Manama Dialogue.  On the margins of the conference, he held consultations on Syria with various counterparts, including the foreign ministers of Bahrain, Iraq, and Jordan. On December 7, Special Envoy Rayburn traveled...
Rayburn Travel to the United Arab Emirates and Jordan
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Rayburn Travel to the United Arab Emirates and Jordan

Special Envoy Rayburn Travel to the United Arab Emirates and Jordan (STL.News)  Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn will travel to the United Arab Emirates and Jordan from January 4-7 for discussions with government and civil society leaders, as well as U.S. implementing partners, on the situation in Syria. In his meetings, Special Envoy Rayburn will underscore the importance of our collective efforts to achieve a permanent, peaceful, and political solution to the Syrian conflict in line with UNSCR 2254.  The Special Envoy will also reaffirm the United States’ commitment to work with international partners on the economic and political pressure campaign against the Assad regime and its enablers, with the goal of bringing an end to violence against the Syrian people and stopping the ob...
The West Asia Post | Syrian Kurds long for home | Turkish Offensive in Syria
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The West Asia Post | Syrian Kurds long for home | Turkish Offensive in Syria

(STL.News) The Kurdish people were once considered allies in the war against ISIS.  But it has been a year since the Turkish offensive in Syria.  With more than 300,000 displaced, the Kurds have become refugees.  For more such stories, keep watching the West Asia post with Ghadi Francis every Friday at 8:30 PM IST, only on WION. YouTube video provided courtesy of WION News
US Department of State: Joint Statement by Foreign Ministers of Small Group on Syria
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US Department of State: Joint Statement by Foreign Ministers of Small Group on Syria

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Following is the text of a Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of the Small Group on Syria. Begin text: We, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States continue to strongly support a political resolution of the Syrian crisis on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254. We support the efforts of United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen to move forward with the political process.  A political solution as set out in UNSCR 2254 is the only way to bring a sustainable peace, stability, and security to the Syrian people, and would facilitate the withdrawal of all foreign forces that came into Syria after 2011.  Suc...
US Department of State: Terrorist Attack in al Bab, Syria
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US Department of State: Terrorist Attack in al Bab, Syria

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack near a crowded traffic circle in al Bab yesterday, which according to initial reports killed more than 20 innocent people and injured scores more.  We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of all the victims of this senseless tragedy. We are deeply troubled by the rise in such terrorist attacks in recent months, and we again remind all parties that violence impedes the hope for a lasting political resolution to the conflict in Syria as called for by UNSCR 2254.  We reiterate our strong support for UN Secretary General Guterres’ and Special Envoy Pedersen’s calls for an immediate nationwide ceasefire and efforts by Special Envoy Pedersen t...
U.S. Commends Italy for Repatriating its Citizens from Syria
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U.S. Commends Italy for Repatriating its Citizens from Syria

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Repatriating and prosecuting terrorists is the most effective way to keep them from returning to the battlefield.  Italy has demonstrated its continued commitment to this approach by repatriating an Italian citizen, who is an alleged ISIS supporter from Syria, to stand trial in a court of law.  The United States commends the Government of Italy for the important example it continues to set and encourages all nations to repatriate and prosecute their citizens who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to support ISIS.  The United States further commends the Government of Italy for repatriating the Italian citizen’s four children, who now have a chance for a better life in Italy.  The United St...
US Department of State: Syria Sanctions Designations on Anniversary of Assad’s Attack
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US Department of State: Syria Sanctions Designations on Anniversary of Assad’s Attack

Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of Assad’s Attack Against the People of Armanaz, Syria Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Three years ago yesterday, on September 29, 2017, Assad regime forces, backed by Russia, killed at least 34 Syrians in the town of?Armanaz. Since then, thousands of Bashar al-Assad’s bombs have been dropped on schools, hospitals, and markets across Syria.  ?Too many lives have been lost in Assad’s futile search for a military conquest over his own people. Today, the United States is announcing 17 Syria sanctions designations as part of the Administration’s continuing campaign to achieve the goals of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 and hold Assad and his enablers acco...
United States Announces Humanitarian Help for Syrian People
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United States Announces Humanitarian Help for Syrian People

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary Of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Today, at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting, “A Dialogue with the World’s Top Ten Donors on Global Humanitarian Needs,” hosted by the United States, we announced more than $720 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria both inside Syria and across the region.  It includes more than $419 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance and more than $301 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.  This brings the total U.S. humanitarian response since the start of the crisis to more than $12 billion. Reflective of our long-standing commitment, the United States con...
US Department of State: Syria Sanctions Designations
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US Department of State: Syria Sanctions Designations

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: Tomorrow will mark the seventh anniversary of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack in Ghouta which killed over 1,400 Syrians. Today, in memory of the victims that brutality, the United States is announcing six sanctions against the Assad regime’s military, government, and financial supporters.  As we continue to implement the goals of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, we reaffirm our commitment to not stand by idly while Assad prolongs this conflict and the suffering of the Syrian people.  We will continue pressure against the Assad regime to compel it to end its attacks against the Syrian people. We are imposing sanctions on Assad’s henchman, Yasser Ibrah...
US Department of State: 8th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Austin Tice
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US Department of State: 8th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Austin Tice

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: On August 14, 2012, three days after his 31st birthday, Austin Tice disappeared in Damascus, Syria.  Except for a video released a few weeks later, he has not been heard from again.  Soon he will mark his 3,000th day in captivity. The U.S. government has repeatedly attempted to engage Syrian officials to seek Austin’s release.  President Trump wrote to Bashar Al-Assad in March to propose direct dialogue.  No one should doubt the President’s commitment to bringing home all U.S. citizens held hostage or wrongfully detained overseas.  Nowhere is that determination stronger than in Austin Tice’s case. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens single-min...
Secretary Pompeo Travels to the Czech Republic For Consultations With Valued Ally and Partner
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Secretary Pompeo Travels to the Czech Republic For Consultations With Valued Ally and Partner

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Our friendship reflects our shared commitment to a more prosperous, secure, and peaceful world.  The United States is a dedicated Ally of the Czech Republic.” – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, October 25, 2019 Secretary Pompeo will travel to the Czech Republic on August 11-13, 2020, where he will meet President Zeman, Prime Minister Babis, Foreign Minister Petricek, and other senior politicians.  While in the Czech Republic, the Secretary will also visit the “Thank You America” Memorial and the Patton Museum in Pilsen. THE CZECH REPUBLIC IS AN IMPORTANT ALLY AND PARTNER The strength of the U.S.-Czech relationship is reflected in our common approach to many challenges facing the world. A member ...
The United States Designates Two ISIS Facilitators
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The United States Designates Two ISIS Facilitators

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Today, the United States continued its efforts to disrupt the financial and logistical support networks that sustain ISIS operations in the Middle East and around the world by designating two ISIS facilitators.  As co-lead of the Counter ISIS Finance Group, a working group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the United States has worked closely with our partners to restrict ISIS’s ability to generate and transfer funds and other material to conduct its operations. Faruq Hamud operated the Tawasul hawala in Syria that served ISIS members and transferred payments for ISIS from outside Syria.  The United States designated Hamud pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, fo...
US Department of State: Syria Sanctions Designations
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US Department of State: Syria Sanctions Designations

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo released the following statement: Today,?the State Department and Treasury Department continued the United States’ sanctions campaign against the?Assad?regime?by releasing 14?new designations under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and other authorities.  This campaign began last month with the first round of Caesar Act designations. We have named today’s tranche of designations the Hama and?Maarat?Al-Numan?sanctions.  These names are meant to memorialize the victims of two of the Assad regime’s most notorious atrocities, both of which occurred in this week in 2011 and 2019.?  Nine years ago, Bashar al-Assad’s troops carried out a brutal siege of the city of Hama, killing scores of peaceful protesters in a shoc...
US Department of State: Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria
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US Department of State: Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack near a marketplace in Sudju, near Azaz and the Bab al Salam crossing.  Initial reports indicate the attack killed eight and injured over 80, some of whom are in critical condition.  We extend our deepest sympathies to all those harmed in this senseless tragedy. As we have stated in the past, such acts are unacceptable by any side in this conflict, and attacks against civilians are never justified. We again remind all parties that violence impedes the hope for a lasting political resolution to the conflict in Syria in line with UN Security Council resolution 2254.  We also reiterate our support for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, as called for b...
US Department of State: Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections
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US Department of State: Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections

Washington, DC (STL.News) Press Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson: Yesterday, the Assad regime held so-called Parliamentary Elections in Syria.  Bashar Al Assad is seeking to present this dubious election as a success against alleged Western plotting, but in reality it is simply another in a long line of Assad’s stage-managed, unfree votes in which the Syrian people have no real choice. Syria has seen no free and fair elections since Assad’s Ba’ath party came to power, and this year was no exception.  We have seen credible reports of polling staff handing out ballots already filled in with Ba’ath party candidates.  Reports of citizens being pressured to vote were common, and voter privacy was not guaranteed. In addition, Syrians residing outside the country – comprisin...
Syria aid deal: UNSC manages to keep only one crossing open
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Syria aid deal: UNSC manages to keep only one crossing open

(STL.News) Millions of displaced Syrians will now have only one Turkish border crossing to receive aid after several attempts to keep a second crossing open failed to pass at the United Nations Security Council.  Russia, backed by China, had been pushing to shut down one of the two border crossings that were still open. Al Jazeera's James Bays reports from the UN headquarters in New York. YouTube video courtesy of Al Jazeera News