A U.S. strike killed at least 22 pro-Iran militia fighters on Thursday close to the Iraq-Syria border.
U.S. forces struck Iranian-backed militia targets in Syria Thursday in retaliation for a deadly rocket attack on an Iraqi military base earlier this month.
The U.S. attacked Iranian-backed militias in Syria on Thursday in retaliation for attacks on U.S. and allied troops in Iraq earlier this month.
"At President Biden's direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement sent to Newsweek.
Syria's U.N. mission told Newsweek that "repeated Israeli attacks on the Syrian sovereignty are not only a technical issue related to the safety of civil air traffic in Syrian airspace, but rather an act of aggression that violates the 1974 ceasefire agreement."
A rare winter storm blanketed swathes of the Middle East, from Saudi Arabia to Syria and Libya to Lebanon, in snow.
Newman School of Journalism's Peter Beinart fears that, to appease political rivals at home, President Joe Biden is "accepting policies like sanctions that enjoy bipartisan support, even if they are morally indefensible and endanger American power."
A senior U.S. intelligence official told Newsweek that, amid recent Israeli strikes in Syria, "the airspace was saturated above daily norms, presenting an elevated opportunity of miscalculation or perhaps the misidentification of targets by all entities."
The Biden administration needs to establish with Moscow early on that the U.S. will not allow Russia to exploit the principle of state sovereignty to override international humanitarian law and put millions of Syrians and regional stability at further risk.
"In the case that the US administration is ready to abandon these policies, Syria does not object to meaningful and purposeful communications," Syria's permanent mission to the United Nations told Newsweek.
Russia, Iran and Turkey issued a joint statement as guarantors of an oft-stalled peace process in Syria, where President Joe Biden is looking to recalibrate U.S. strategy.
A camp in Syria hosting family members of ISIS fighters has experienced a wave of murders, the U.N. said.
"The new U.S. administration must stop acts of aggression and occupation," Syrian permanent representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari said.
Newsweek spoke exclusively with four Israeli security officials charged with frontiers facing Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the southern borders with Egypt and Jordan, revealing their primary security concerns for 2021.
Biden should maintain and strengthen the broad U.S.-Israel diplomatic, military and intelligence relationship.
"The events in the Capitol in Washington today are very regrettable, but they could have been worse if there was an American embassy in that city," former Cuban ambassador José Ramón Cabañas wrote.
Newsweek looks at five of the most-affected nations by the Arab Spring—Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen—on the anniversary of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi's death that helped spark a regional revolt with mixed results.
"The problem in the region is not Iranian activities," Russian ambassador to Anatoly Viktorov said. "It's a lack of understanding between countries and noncompliance with U.N. resolutions in the Israel-Arab and Israel-Palestinian conflict."
As newly appointed Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Makdad met senior Iranian officials, he sought to shore up backing from the Islamic Republic, which is also on the defense against the United States and Israel.
Unlike Donald Trump, Joe Biden will be a predictable interlocutor for most countries in the Middle East, including those not particularly glad to see him in the White House.
In a statement sent to Newsweek, the Syrian mission to the United Nations accused President Donald Trump's administration of having "disdain and contempt of international law and the UN Charter."
The Delaware senator said he was "gravely concerned" about an "abrupt" withdrawal from the countries at a think tank event in 2019.
Russia and Iran support Syria's efforts to bring back refugees, but President Bashar al-Assad said sanctions and insurgents are making it difficult, especially as the country's economy suffers a deep crisis compounded by COVID-19.
Up to 78 members of the Turkey-backed Faylaq al-Sham insurgent group were reportedly killed in a Russian attack in the renegade northwestern province of Idlib.
The international community has been exposed to ample evidence that Assad prioritizes his grip on power in Syria over compliance with international norms and law.
Two days after Newsweek reported that Syria asked for sanctions relief and troop withdrawal from the Al-Tanf garrison, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would "compartmentalize" working to recover Austin Tice and Majd Kamalmaz from regional policy.
Lebanese General Security director Major General Abbas Ibrahim brought to Washington a list of demands for Damascus including sanctions relief and closing Al-Tanf garrison in exchange for help on returning Austin Tice and Majd Kamalmaz, Newsweek has learned.
Azerbaijan's ambassador to the United States Elin Suleymanov told Newsweek his country "appreciates every offer to help with reaching the much needed peace in our region."
Turkey is involved in conflicts in Syria, Libya and between Armenia and Azerbaijan, but has of far avoided a direct clash with fellow NATO member Greece over energy reserves in the Mediterranean Sea.