Middle-East Desk


Russia and Israel Establish Syria ‘Hotline’

MOSCOW—The Russian military has set up a “hotline” with the Israeli military to avoid an inadvertent clash in Syrian airspace, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said Thursday. In a statement released Thursday, the Russian military said…


Two more Iranian commanders killed in Syria

Damascus, Two senior commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have been killed in Syria, according to Iranian media. Hamid Mokhtarband and Brigadier General Farshad Hassounizadeh died while assisting the Syrian government’s battle against…






France bombs IS a second time in Syria

Paris, France has conducted its second set of airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. “French Rafale planes dropped bombs on an [Islamic State ] training…