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Massive explosion at Damascus airport blamed on Israeli air raid.

The blaze engulfed Damascus International Airport and the Mezzeh army base.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Syria conflict: 'Huge explosion' rocks Damascus airport.

A massive explosion followed by a fire has hit near the international airport in Syria, activists say.

- BBC - UK

Explosion hits near Damascus Airport - media.

An explosion has hit the area of Damascus International Airport and Mezze military air base followed by a fire in the same place, Al Jazeera reported citing activists' networks.

- UNIAN - UA

Large Blast and Fire at Damascus Airport: Syrian Observatory.

A large explosion hit in the area of Damascus International Airport followed by a fire in the same place early on Thursday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said, Reuters agency reports. The cause of the blast was not clear, it added.

- Novinite - BG

Blast near Syrian airport thought to be Israeli strike.

An Israeli strike has hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport in Syria, according to a regional intelligence source.

- RTE - IE

Large blast and fire at Damascus airport.

Likely cause was an Israeli air strike, says Lebanon's al-Manar, a TV channel affiliated with Syrian government ally Hezbollah.

- The Hindu - IN

France: tests show Assad regime was behind sarin gas attack.

The manufacturing process of the sarin that was sampled is typical of the method developed in Syrian labs: Ayrault

- The Hindu - IN

Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits.

This is another sign of the greater authority Trump appears comfortable giving his military commanders The post Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Observers: Large explosion rocks Syrian capital.

- Townhall.com - US

Ivanka Trump says letting Syrian refugees into US must be considered.

Ivanka Trump says letting Syrian refugees into the United States "has to be part of the discussion" on how to deal with people fleeing conflict in the war-torn country.

- Global News - CA

Nerve Gas Attack: New Treatment Cleared, But More Drugs Are Needed.

After a deadly nerve agent attack in Syria earlier this month, the U.S. government has approved a new type of injector for a drug that treats these lethal chemicals.

- Livescience.com - US

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Observers: Large explosion rocks Syrian capital

A large explosion rocked the Syrian capital early Thursday, followed by a fire near the Damascus airport, Syrian opposition activists and a monitor said.

- Stars and Stripes - US

As ISIS loses ground, more and more foreign fighters are surrendering

Foreign fighters are leaving the Islamic State in droves, with many surrendering to or being caught by Turkish border police over the last few weeks, The Guardian reports. People who sympathized with the terrorist group are also fleeing, as ISIS loses ground in its stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. Last week, Kary Paul Kleman, a ...

- The Week - US

Israeli strike hits Iranian arms supply depot in Damascus: source

AMMAN - An Israeli strike on Thursday hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes, a regional intelligence source said.

- Reuters - US

DJI adds much of Iraq and Syria to its list of no-fly zones for its drones

Drone maker DJI has updated their software to turn huge expanses of Syria and Iraq into no-fly zones. DJI usually prevents users from navigating their drones over sensitive areas like military bases and airports, but its new no-fly zones cover a much wider breadth and includes most of the northern half of both countries , ...

- TechCrunch - US

News24.com | 'Huge' explosion near Damascus Airport

A massive explosion hit near the Damascus International Airport in the early hours of Thursday morning, a monitoring group says, without specifying the cause.

- News24.com - ZA

Explosion hits near Damascus International Airport

Large explosion followed by fire hits area of Syria's main airport and Mezze army base, witnesses and monitor say.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

WASHINGTON — The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.

- Billings Gazette - US

Ivanka Trump calls Syrian refugees a 'global humanitarian crisis'

Ivanka Trump, a top adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, went further than he has when it comes to support for allowing Syrian refugees to enter the US in the face of their country's ongoing humanitarian crisis.

- Billings Gazette - US

It Wasn't Just Alex Jones -- Smears Against Chobani Were Also Driven By Fake News And The “Alt-Right”

A Greek yogurt company has filed a lawsuit against a prominent fringe conspiracy outlet influential among the "alt-right" and its founder for baselessly connecting the company and its owner to an assault on a young girl in Idaho and to the spread of tuberculosis in that area. While the lawsuit specifically targets ...

- Media Matters for America - US

France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

France said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the...

- Deseret News - US

French Intel Report: Obama Deal Failure, Syria Maintains Chemical Weapons Arsenal

A declassified French intelligence report showing the April 4 sarin attack in Syria was carried out by the Assad regime also underscores the failure of the Obama administration chemical weapons deal.The Syrian government was supposed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal...

- Newsmax - US

Report: Trump Restores Troop-Level Authority to Pentagon

President Donald Trump has reportedly given Secretary of Defense James Mattis the authority to determine troop levels for the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

- Newsmax - US

U.S. says raised deep concerns with Turkey over air strikes

The United States on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over Turkish air strikes against Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq and said they were not authorized by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State. The raids in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria killed at least 20 in a campaign against groups linked to the ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Ivanka Trump Parts Ways With Her Father on Syrian Refugees

In a pointed departure from one of President Trump’s bedrock populist positions, Ms. Trump said the United States might need to admit more refugees.

- New York Times - US

Explosion Near Airport Rocks Damascus

Syrian opposition activists and a monitor say a large explosion has rocked the Syrian capital, followed by a fire near the Damascus airport.    The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, said the explosion early Thursday was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake. He says the ...

- Voice of America - US

Two jihadists linked to Islamic State arrested in Spain

Spanish authorities said Wednesday that they had arrested an Egyptian suspected of facilitating the return of jihadists from Iraq and Syria and a Spaniard who allegedly recruited people for the Islamic State group.

- The Local - ES

Israel will not let Iranian, Hizballah buildup on Syrian border

April 26, 2017, 10:28 PM Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman arrived in Moscow Tuesday for a two-day international conference on Security. After meeting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Lieberman said that Israel would not stand for Iranian or Hizballah concentrating military forces on the Syrian-Israeli ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Prospects for Peace and Stability in the Middle East

Members 10 May 2017 - 17:00 to 18:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London HE Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, Secretary-General, The League of Arab States Register Register The Middle East has, for the past six years, been exposed to an unprecedented level of intra-state violence, political turmoil and ...

- Chatham House - UK

US Missile Strikes Expose the Untenable Status Quo in International Law

26 April 2017The strikes on Syria, in response to chemical weapons attacks on civilians, were politically well-received but contrary to international law – raising difficult questions about the adequacy of the law to prevent atrocities, and how to pursue meaningful reform. Professor Ben Saul Twitter Associate Fellow, ...

- Chatham House - UK

Donald Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist US-backed local troops as they move to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group.

- Zee News - IN

Ivanka Trump draws line with father on Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON: First Daughter Ivanka Trump is contradicting her father, the US president, insisting that allowing Syrian refugees to immigrate to the United States has to be part of the discussion' over ending Syria's years old civil war.I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that's happening, and we have to come ...

- DAWN - PK

Pentagon gets power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits

The Pentagon, however, said no change has yet been made to US troop limits. It also stressed the US strategy in Iraq and Syria still was focused on backing local forces to fight Islamic State - a tactic that has averted the need for a major US ground force.

- Times Of India - IN

Large blast and fire at Damascus airport: Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT - A large explosion hit in the area of Damascus International Airport followed by a fire in the same place early on Thursday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said.

- Reuters - US

US slams Turkey for unapproved airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

Erdoğan defends strikes that killed Kurdish fighters battling Isis.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

US: Turkey gave less than 1 hour notice before Syria strikes

The Pentagon on Wednesday criticized Turkish airstrikes in northern Syria and Iraq that the United States said put American forces on the ground at risk.

- Stars and Stripes - US

'Even the stones reek with sadness' in Aleppo

Before the war, Aleppo was an engine of wealth, a hub for tens of thousands of factories and workshops. However, although peace has returned, the neighborhoods of Aleppo remain largely ghost towns.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Tensions rise after Turkish attack on Syrian Kurds

Russia on Wednesday criticized Turkey's airstrikes against Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq, saying they hindered efforts to combat the Islamic State group, as Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters traded fire across the increasingly tense frontier.

- FOX News - US

As ISIS loses ground, more and more foreign fighters are surrendering

Foreign fighters are leaving the Islamic State in droves, with many surrendering to or being caught by Turkish border police over the last few weeks, The Guardian reports. People who sympathized with the terror group are also fleeing, as ISIS loses ground in its stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. Last week, Kary Paul Kleman, a ...

- The Week - US

Syria: UN aid officials urge end to airstrikes on hospitals

Following reports of airstrikes that damaged hospitals in northern Syria, two senior United Nations humanitarian officials today called for an end to such attacks.

- UN - INT

France blames Syrian regime for chemical weapons attack

French intelligence services say they have scientific proof that Syrian regime was responsible for April 4 chemical weapons attack.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Tensions rise after Turkish attack on Syrian Kurds as Russia lashes out at Ankara

Russia on Wednesday criticized Turkey's airstrikes against Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq, saying they hindered efforts to combat the Islamic State group, as Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters traded fire across the increasingly tense frontier. The Turkish airstrikes on Tuesday killed 20 members of the People's ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Ivanka Trump says Syrian refugees should be allowed into U.S.

First daughter Ivanka Trump is contradicting her father, the U.S. president, insisting that allowing Syrian refugees to immigrate to the United States “has to be part of the discussion” over ending Syria's years old civil war. “I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that's happening, and we have to ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real number of U.S. forces.

- Reuters - US

How North Korea nuke crisis affects Israel

Israeli intelligence believes that North Korea, Syria and Iran are collaborating on the development of missile systems and nuclear programs.

- Al-Monitor - EG

MPs say government 'not transparent' over Syria drone strike on British Isis member

Reyaad Khan had been linked to seven thwarted UK terrorist attack plots.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Drone strike that killed Reyaad Khan 'not transparent'

Intelligence and Security Committee says government did not disclose key documents over killing of Reyaad Khan in Syria.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Samples from Syria's deadly sarin attack bear Assad's 'signature,' France says

It is the strongest evidence yet linking his regime to the attack that killed dozens and prompted a U.S. missile strike.

- Washington Post - US

Pentagon expands rebuke of Turkey over Iraq, Syria strikes

- Washington Post - US

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