When Islamic State took the Syrian city of Palmyra last May, thousands died. Why did the destroyed historical artifacts — not the people — have such a hold on Larry Cohler-Esses’s emotions?
A Russian diplomat sought to reassure Israel on Tuesday that its security would not be harmed by the winding down of Moscow’s intervention in the Syrian civil war, but Israel’s armed forces chief said the ramifications were not yet clear.
In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a military withdrawal from Syria.
Israel said on Tuesday that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons against civilians since the start of a ceasefire aimed at preparing the way for an end to the five-year civil war.
Israel welcomed the cessation of hostilities in neighboring Syria but hinted on Sunday it could still launch attacks there if it saw a threat.
A day after officials announced a deal between Russia and Israel to cooperate in the war on terror, Moscow was criticized for the civilian toll its bombing in Syria has caused.
Lebanese militant leader Samir Kuntar (Qantar) was killed in an Israeli strike that hit a building in the Damascus district of Jaramana in the early hours on Sunday, the Lebanese Hezbollah group and Syrian government loyalists said.
Israeli jets reportedly struck a Syrian army convoy north of Damascus.
Jewish refugee advocates blasted Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s comments after a visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan for underestimating the scope and complexity of a global crisis.
Jewish groups and lawmakers have mostly united to defend the White House plan to admit some Syrian refugees, with many making emotional comparisons to Jews’ flight from Nazi Germany. Which ones have bucked the trend and why?