Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

BEIRUT –  Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international “de-escalation” agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive, prompting a warning from the U.S. of “serious repercussions” for the… Continue Reading

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

AL-BAB, Syria –  A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Cobanbey to its Syrian sister, al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on government buildings are in Arabic and Turkish.… Continue Reading