Middle-East Desk

Syria conflict: Russia defends air strikes

Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has defended his country’s air strikes in Syria, saying they were targeting the same “terrorist” groups as the US-led coalition. He rejected suggestions that Russian action was to bolster…






France airstrikes hit ISIL targets in Syria

Paris, France says it has launched its first air strikes against ISIL militants in Syria, expanding its bombing campaign from neighbouring Iraq against the group. France had up until now abstained from intervening militarily in…



Let’s talk to Syria’s Assad, Merkel says

Berlin, In a statement that surprised many, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said early Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be part of negotiations with the West. “We have to speak with many actors, this includes…