Putin: Political process in Syria will accelerate foreign troop withdrawal

Screen grab showing President Vladimir Putin greets Syrian President Bashar Assad in Sochi, Russia, May17, 2018. (Syrian Alikhbariyah)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Putin: Political process in Syria will accelerate foreign troop withdrawal

SOCHI: Russian President Vladimir Putin met Thursday with Syria's Bashar Assad in the city of Sotchi in southern Russia, the Kremlin said.
"There were detailed discussions" between the two leaders, who last met in December at a Russian military air base in the Syria's coastal province of Latakia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.


Iraqi warplanes hit Daesh targets in Syria, killing 28

Updated 17 August 2018
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Iraqi warplanes hit Daesh targets in Syria, killing 28

IRBIL, Iraq: Iraqi security officials say Iraq’s air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Daesh group inside Syria, killing at least 28 Daesh militants.
They say one of the two airstrikes by F-16s targeted a meeting of would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next week’s Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday.
About 20 militants were killed in that airstrike, while eight died in the second one. Both targets were inside Syria near the Iraqi border.
Iraq announced the strikes on Thursday but details on targets and casualties only emerged on Friday. The statement said the targets were identified by the Eagles Cell, Iraq’s top counterterrorism agency.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.