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Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said "neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence."

The Taliban rejected a report claiming their fighters had received incentives from Russia to carry out attacks against US troops in Afghanistan.

Trump slammed for inaction over 'Russian bounties' in Afghanistan

The New Arab Staff

Trump slammed for inaction over 'Russian bounties' in Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has been slammed for failing to respond to intelligence accusing Russia of offering rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan.

US thinks Russia spies aided Taliban attacks: report

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US thinks Russia spies aided Taliban attacks: report

The Trump administration believes Russian spies aided attacks against US forces in Afghanistan by offering bounties to the militants.

Protect and punish: Can sanctions avoid harming Syrians, too?

Sam Hamad

Protect and punish: Can sanctions avoid harming Syrians, too?

Comment: The Caesar Act's purpose is noble, but with the economy in ruins and Russia waiting in the wings, more sanctions risk entrenching ...

Sam Hamad

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Comment: Sisi's counter-revolutionary track record and Haftar's war on Tripoli put their overtures to peace on very shaky ground, writes Sam Hamad.

Kareem Chehayeb

Lebanon weighs impact of Caesar Act as economy nosedives

Cash-strapped Lebanon is weighing its response to a new US sanctions law targeting the Syrian regime.

Sam Hamad

UN failures put fate of Syrians in Assad's hands

Comment: The UN's imbalanced and unjust structure is allowing Assad to weaponise aid to vulnerable Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for Assad

Paul McLoughlin

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for Assad

Foreign intervention has marked Syria's war. Now it could lead to Assad's downfall.

The New Arab

Israel claims Iran pulling out of Syria amid strikes

The most recent Israeli strikes have targeted Iran-backed militia fighters and a Hezbollah arms depot in Syria.

Israeli missiles target Syrian military and '<em>chemical</em> research lab'

The New Arab

Israeli missiles target Syrian military and 'chemical research lab'

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria during the war.

Libya's Sarraj denounces EU arms embargo monitoring operation

The New Arab

Libya's Sarraj denounces EU arms embargo monitoring operation

The GNA leader said the EU's operation IRINI to clamp down on arms imports to Libya is not sufficiently monitoring airspace and borders in ...

Haftar supporters rally despite heavy losses in Libya offensive

The New Arab & agencies

Haftar supporters rally despite heavy losses in Libya offensive

Despite suffering major setbacks in his campaign to capture Tripoli, Haftar presented a plan for drafting a constitution and holding elections, ...

Libya government accuses Russia's Wagner mercenaries of '<em>chemical</em> attack'

The New Arab

Libya government accuses Russia's Wagner mercenaries of 'chemical attack'

Russian private firm Wagner helped mobilise an alleged nerve gas attack by Haftar's forces in the Libyan capital, the GNA said.

Sam Hamad

Assad's henchmen in the dock, Syrians inch towards justice

Comment: Assad's torturous regime prevails, but the trial in Germany that puts his accused henchmen in the dock is a step closer to justice for Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

The New Arab & agencies

In UN session, Syria denounced over chemical weapons

Britain, Estonia and Germany slammed Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons in a closed door Security meeting held ...

The New Arab

Turkish forces storm protest camp on strategic Syrian highway

Turkish forces have stormed a protest camp aimed at preventing Russian forces patrolling on the strategic M4 highway.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Assad regime finally acknowledged as chemical culprit

The OPCW for the first time attributed blame for Syria chemical attacks, but activists are sceptical about its significance.

Watchdog 'explicitly blames' Syria regime for <em>chemical</em> <em>weapons</em> attacks

The New Arab & agencies

Watchdog 'explicitly blames' Syria regime for chemical weapons attacks

For the first time since the Syria conflict erupted in 2011, the global chemical weapons watchdog explicitly blamed President ...

Sam Hamad

Report on Assad chemical attacks, too little, too late

Comment: For the victims of Assad's chemical warfare, the damage inflicted by these attacks, and by the Russian propaganda surrounding ...

OPCW to explicitly accuse Syrian regime of <em>chemical</em> attacks

The New Arab

OPCW to explicitly accuse Syrian regime of chemical attacks

An investigation by the OPCW's new unit is likely to trigger counter accusations and denials from Syria and its allies, Iran and Russia.

Syrian regime soldiers killed, injured in Israeli strike

The New Arab

Syrian regime soldiers killed, injured in Israeli strike

Israeli strikes on a regime military airport in central Syria and a position near the occupied Golan Heights have killed one soldier and wounded ...

Violent scenes on Greek islands as refugee arrivals spike

Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Arash Yousufi and Qusay Noor

Violent scenes on Greek islands as refugee arrivals spike

Chaotic scenes of families choking over plumes of tear gas, and grizzly images of the death of one Syrian refugee have brought the plight of ...

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