Russian Navy To Hold Drills Off Syria

by Tom Balmforth, Andrew Osborn (Reuters) - Russia will begin a major naval exercise in the Mediterranean on Saturday, the Ministry of Defense announced, a move the Kremlin said was justified by a failure to deal with militants in Syria’s Idlib province. Idlib and areas surrounding it are the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, … [Read more...]

Russia Setting Up Direct Shipping Line to Syria – TASS

MOSCOW, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Russia is setting up a direct shipping line to Syria and wants its companies to help build an economic recovery in the war-torn Middle Eastern country, the TASS news agency quoted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as saying on Tuesday. The report did not specify what a direct shipping line would entail, but any increase in agricultural … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Practiced Missile Strike Before Trump Gave Go-Ahead

by Anthony Capaccio (Bloomberg) Sailing in the eastern Mediterranean, a pair of U.S. destroyers twice rehearsed firing a fusillade of million-dollar missiles toward a Syrian airbase before President Donald Trump signed the order to launch. Three hours after the president’s “execute order” on Thursday, the USS Ross and USS Porter fired 59 Tomahawk missiles built by Raytheon … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Ships Launch Tomahawk Missiles Into Syria

The United States fired 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria Thursday from two U.S. Navy ships in what President Trump says in direct retaliation for the Bashar Assad regime's April 4 chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians in Syria. President Trump ordered the strikes on the Al-Shayrat Air Base, the base from which the chemical attack on Syria’s Idlib province was … [Read more...]

U.S. Ship Destroys Syrian Chemical Weapons

By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - A specially equipped U.S. ship has finished neutralizing all 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons components surrendered to the international community this year to avert threatened air strikes, the Pentagon said on Monday. It said the Cape Ray, equipped with the U.S.-developed Field Deployable … [Read more...]