Syria

Syria has not fully complied with chemical weapons agreement

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 29, 2015

The Syrian regime has not fully complied with the agreement it signed two years ago to join the international Chemical Weapons Convention and dismantle its entire chemical weapons programme.

The Russian-brokered deal was signed in 2013 after the US threatened to attack the Assad regime in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.

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Jewish peer organising rescue mission for Christians in Syria and Iraq

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2015

Lord Weidenfeld is funding a rescue mission of up to 2,000 Christian families from Syria and Iraq.

Weidenfeld's Safe Havens Fund flew 150 Syrian Christians who were fleeing Daesh (sometimes known as Isis) to Warsaw on Friday to seek refuge in Poland.

But the project has faced criticism over Lord Weidenfeld’s decision not to include Muslims in the rescue effort.

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Memorial planned in journalist's honour

July 9, 2015

A permanent memorial to American Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff is set to be created by the Florida community in which he grew up.

He was murdered by Daesh terrorists last year after being kidnapped in Syria.

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Plight of Druze threatens to draw Israel deeper into Syria’s civil war

By Tim Marshall, June 17, 2015

From an Israeli military base in the Golan Heights, you can look down onto Syria's glorious ancient heritage, its terrible present, and its troubled future.

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Royal snub signals US disarray on Iran

May 14, 2015

Last Saturday, White House officials were boasting about the significance of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's presence at a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David, Maryland.

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Israel playing nuanced game in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2015

for the past four years, report after report has emerged attributing air strikes on Syrian military targets to Israel. The Israeli government has not acknowledged a single one - not even when the remnants of bombs with labels in Hebrew were found on the scene. However, Israeli officials have developed a way of taking indirect responsibility that - theoretically - serves the country's interests.

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On a lush plateau, jihadis swirl along Israel’s border

By Orlando Radice, April 1, 2015

Bright green fields stretch down the hill towards the Syrian border from the Quneitra Lookout Point in the Golan. The twitter of birds is interspersed with the pop of machine-gun fire.

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Border clashes as IDF pair killed in ambush

January 29, 2015

Israel has reinforced its units on the northern borders with Syria and Lebanon after a missile attack on army vehicles killed two soldiers on Wednesday.

Hizbollah fired at least five anti-tank missiles at an IDF convoy outside the village of Ghajar, killing Captain Yohai Klangel, 25 and Sergeant Dor Nini, 20. Seven others were wounded.

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‘Syria building new nuclear reactor’

By JC Reporter, January 12, 2015

Syria is reportedly building a secret nuclear facility with the help of Iran and North Korea.

According to German magazine Der Spiegel, the facility is located close to the Syria-Lebanon border and is believed to contain a nuclear reactor.

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Iran drones smashed in Syria air strike

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

On Sunday, fighter jets attacked two depots near the Syrian capital of Damascus that were being used to store arms destined for Hizbollah.

The Syrian government blamed Israel for carrying out the attack while Israel, as in previous cases, refused to comment.

The two targets for the strike were buildings near Damascus International Airport and a military base close to the Syria-Lebanon border

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