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Oil markets tense after strikes on Syria

Oil fell 1% today as markets opened following western air strikes in Syria over the weekend, while a rise in US drilling for new production also dragged on prices. Brent crude oil futures were at $71.85 per barrel at 0547 GMT, down 73 …

US weighs more robust military strike against Syria

US President Donald Trump and his advisers weighed a more robust retaliatory strike against Syria than last year’s missile attack, reasoning that only an escalation of force would look credible and possibly serve as a …

Mattis sees larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday that he expected to see a larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria, including contractors and diplomats, as the fight against Islamic State militants nears its end and the focus turns toward …

US: Assad's fate up to Syrian people

It is up to the Syrian people to decide if Bashar al-Assad should stay in power, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said. "We remain committed to the Geneva process. We believe that …

Damascus reminds US that Raqqa is part of Syria

Syria considers the claims of the United States and its alliance about the liberation of Raqqa city from ISIS to be lies aiming to divert international public opinion from the crimes committed by this alliance in Raqqa province, an official …

Russia's Lavrov and U.S. Tillerson Discuss Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a phone call on the Syria crisis with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson, the ministry said in a statement on Friday, US News reports with a reference to Reuters. Lavrov and Tillerson …

Is US army waiting for order to strike Assad?

The US military has ships and aircraft in place to strike Syria if ordered to do so by President Donald Trump. For now, Syria's Shayrat airbase remains under constant overhead surveillance by the US for further …

US starts providing weapons to Syrian Kurds - media

The United States said it started distributing arms to Syrian Kurdish militia battling to help retake the city of Raqqa from ISIS. Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said the Kurdish fighters received …

US orders imagery from Iran and North Korea

The geospatial intelligence startup Planet Labs Inc has been contracted to supply US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency with imagery from Syria and Iraq, Iran and North Korea. The Agency also plans to request imagery from …