The great 10th century Iraqi poet Abu Tayyib al-Mutanabbi once lived, O fated city, in the Emirate of Aleppo. He even led a revolt in Syria which was – familiar stuff, this – put down with great ruthlessness. Al-Mutanabbi actually spent two years in prison before reconciling himself to his loss and was subsequently released. Most Arab children in Syria can quote the man by heart and one of their favourite poems begins with these words: When you see the teeth of a lion, Don’t think that the lion is smiling at you. Read more The search for truth in the rubble of Douma I was reminded of this lion while clambering through the ruins on the side of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre in the Damascus suburb of Barzeh last week. This was the centre – now famous from so many satellite pictures – destroyed by Donald Trump’s missiles when they struck at “the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons programme”. Did they? Anything with a … [Read more...] about What mysteries lie in the ruins of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre in Damascus?
A source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry, as quoted by the Reuters news agency, stated that Western states were trying to obstruct the mission's task and "meddle in its work". Following the reports about the start of the mission, the Russian Foreign ministry reiterated their support to the investigation, saying that country's servicemen in Syria were ready to guarantee the security of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) experts, which are currently heading for Syria to investigate into the alleged chemical weapons incident in the Syrian city of Douma. READ MORE: First Group of OPCW Experts Heads for Syria to Probe Alleged Chemical Attack The day before, the Russian Defense Ministry presented the results of their analysis, carried out on the site of the alleged attack immediately after unverified reports on the issue started to occur in the Syrian opposition media on April 7. The Russian experts questioned local doctors, who said that they … [Read more...] about Damascus to Hold West Responsible for Any Blocking of OPCW Mission
The representative of Iran’s supreme leader to the Quds Force – a special forces unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) – warned on Thursday that “Iran can destroy Israel.” Cleric Ali Shirazi also called on Israel to avoid making "stupid mistakes if it wants to continue its treacherous existence." © REUTERS / Omar SanadikiSyria on Israeli Attack on T-4 Airbase: We Reserve Right to Defend Our SoilThe regional foes have repeatedly accused one another of sponsoring terrorists and destabilizing the region. Two Israeli F-16 warplanes targeted the T-4 airbase in Syria's Homs province earlier this month, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense. Around half of the missiles fired by the warplanes were intercepted by Syrian air defenses before they reached their targets, but the remaining missiles killed seven Iranian military personnel, prompting … [Read more...] about Supreme Leader Representative: Iran Can Destroy Israel
At least two people have died after violence erupted in and around a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital Damascus. The conflict signalled an apparent collapse of a truce and an evacuation deal for opposition fighters to leave the area, state media and opposition activists said. The violence came after almost two weeks of relative peace in eastern Ghouta, the last rebel-held town in the region, after a Russian backed truce allowed the Army of Islam to evacuate the area towards rebel-held regions in the north of the country. Read more US troops will remain in Syria despite Trump comments to contrary Pope Francis calls for end to ‘carnage’ in Syria in Easter message MoD names first British soldier killed in anti-Isis Syria operations Donald Trump orders suspension of $200m in recovery aid for Syria Several air strikes hit Douma after members of the Army of Islam rebel group shelled government-held areas nearby, inflicting casualties, … [Read more...] about Syria civil war: At least two people dead after violence erupts in and around a rebel-held town near Damascus
Russia is demanding an explanation for the death of Sergei Skripal’s cat and two guinea pigs after they were left in his sealed-off house. The animals were "important evidence" said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, adding that they had been destroyed by British authorities, The government confirmed the cat had been found alive but "in a distressed state" at the house in Salisbury. Read more Poisoned spy’s cat and two guinea pigs die in former spy's home Russia pounces on UK admission over novichok nerve agent Skripal relative 'tells Russian state TV Yulia and Sergei are fine' Whether we can prove Moscow’s role in the Skripal case is irrelevant Found extremely malnourished, officials said the long-haired black Persian was taken to the Porton Down chemical weapons laboratory for testing but that it was in so much pain that a vet decided to put it down. The guinea pigs reportedly died … [Read more...] about Russia implies UK destroyed poisoned spy Sergei Skripal’s cat and guinea pigs to ‘remove important witnesses’