Syrian refugees reflect on 10th anniversary of conflict that forced them to leave – National

When she came to Canada five years ago, Syrian refugee Nourma Ghamen arrived in Montreal with little more than the clothes on her back. She’s built a home for her family and found work, but still thinks about Syria often. “Every day,” she says, before catching herself. “Every moment.” This month marks a sombre […]

‘Cowardly’: Syria condemns U.S airstrikes on Iran-backed targets – National

Syria said U.S. air strikes against Iranian-backed militias in the east of the country on Friday were a cowardly act and urged U.S. President Joe Biden not to follow “the law of the jungle.” An Iraqi militia official close to Iran said the strikes killed one fighter and wounded four. U.S. officials said they […]

US strikes ‘Iranian-backed militant’ site in Syria: Pentagon

The United States military struck facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed armed groups on Thursday, saying President Joe Biden’s new administration was sending Tehran a message after recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq. In its first military action against Iran-backed groups since Biden became president five weeks ago, the US Defence […]

Whatever happened to… Alan Kurdi and the Syrian refugee crisis – Toronto

On this episode of the Global News podcast Whatever Happened To…?, journalist Erica Vella revisits the story of Alan Kurdi and the Syrian refugee crisis. In early September in 2015, a photo of a young boy lying lifeless on a beach in the Mediterranean captured the world’s attention. The picture showed two-year-old Alan Kurdi […]

Syria equates U.S. sanctions to ‘crimes against humanity’ after UN expert’s remarks – National

Syria on Saturday lambasted the U.S. government for sanctions it has imposed on Damascus, following a U.N. special rapporteur’s statement that called on Washington to remove unilateral sanctions against the war-torn country. The Syrian Foreign Ministry described U.S. sanctions against the country as equal to “crimes against humanity” that impact the life of normal […]

UN chemical weapons watchdog criticizes Syria for failing to declare production facility – National

The global chemical weapons watchdog criticized Syria for failing to declare a chemical weapons production facility and respond to 18 other issues, while Russia accused the watchdog of conducting a “political crusade” against its close ally, the Syrian government. The clash Friday came at the U.N. Security Council’s monthly meeting on Syria’s chemical weapons, […]

Assad says West preventing millions of refugees from returning to Syria – National

The Syrian government is working to secure the return of millions of refugees who fled war in their country, but Western sanctions are hindering the work of state institutions, complicating those plans, President Bashar Assad said Wednesday. His comments came at the opening session of a Russia-organized two-day international conference in Damascus on the […]

EU will not attend Russia-backed event on returning refugees to Syria, official says – National

The European Union said Tuesday that it will not take part in an international conference this week on the return of refugees to Syria, insisting that the first priority should be to make it safe for people to go back to the conflict-ravaged country. The two-day conference, organized by Russia and set to begin […]

Syrian minister accuses Turkey of being one of region’s ‘main sponsors of terror’ – National

TANZANIA, Tanzania — Syria’s foreign minister accused Turkey on Saturday of being “one of the main sponsors of terror” in his country and the region, and said it is guilty of “a war crime and a crime against humanity” for cutting water to more than a dozen towns that resisted Turkish occupation. In unusually […]

Russian jets bomb rebel-held Syria in heaviest strikes since ceasefire six months ago – National

Syrian opposition sources said Russian jets bombed rebel-held northwestern Syria on Sunday in the most extensive strikes since a Turkish-Russian deal halted major fighting with a ceasefire nearly six months ago. Witnesses said the warplanes struck the western outskirts of Idlib city and that there was heavy artillery shelling in the mountainous Jabal al […]