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September 18, 2018 3:29 PM Israel blames Syria for Russian aircrew deaths but 'expresses sorrow'

Israel says Syria is to blame for the deaths of 15 Russian aircrew shot down by Syrian forces after Israel launched an air raid on the city of Latakia. Israel "expressed sorrow" for the deaths but blamed "extensive and inaccurate" Syrian anti-aircraft fire. The Il-20 plane was downed over the Mediterranean Sea on Monday evening. Russia initially blamed 10

September 18, 2018 8:25 AM Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Russia has said Syria shot down one its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel. The defence ministry said Israeli jets forced the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets. The Il-20 disappeared off the radar 11

September 18, 2018 5:27 AM Russia blames Israel after plane shot down in Syria 'friendly-fire' incident

The aircraft was coming into land at a base in Syria when it is said to have been downed by air defence missiles. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences". Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria 11

September 18, 2018 1:02 AM BREAKING: Russian military aircraft 'SHOT DOWN' over Mediterranean during assault in Syria

A RUSSIAN il-20 aircraft carrying 14 Russian soldiers has gone off radar in Syria during an attack by Israel in the Latakia province, the Russian Defence Ministry has claimed. The Russian MOD confirmed in a report that air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane on Monday evening. It stated: "On September 17, at about 11 pm Moscow time (9pm BST), the communication 6

September 15, 2018 1:01 PM Former UK soldier Joe Robinson, who fought Islamic State, jailed in Turkey

Joe Robinson, 25, fought alongside the People's Protection Units of Syrian Kurdistan (YPG). Turkey is hostile to the YPG because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey. Mr Robinson, who used to live in Accrington, Lancashire, was detained with his girlfriend and her mother while the trio were on holiday 7

September 3, 2018 11:12 PM Trump draws RED LINE on Syria in threat to Putin and Assad

DONALD TRUMP has warned Syria’s President Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to launch a “reckless attack” to the Idlib province, as the assault would result in hundreds of thousands of people killed. The Syrian province of Idlib and surrounding areas are the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a close 29

August 24, 2018 7:09 AM Invite to step inside in exhibition at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

It is called A Mile In My shoes and will be there from September 14 to 23 to coincide with the university’s Welcome Week. Visitors will be invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally – while listening to their story and going on a physical and empathetic journey. From a Syrian dentist to an Australian sex worker, a florist to a sheep farmer 10

August 23, 2018 2:14 AM John Bolton sends WARNING to Syria ahead of offensive

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton hit out at Damascus on Wednesday, stating the US would respond “very strongly” if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to retake the Idlib province. Mr Bolton was speaking at a news conference in Jerusalem when he sent the stark message to Syria ahead of its imminent 17

August 14, 2018 11:46 PM Terror group ready for WAR with 30,000 fighters according to UN report

RUTHLESS terror group ISIS has gathered 30,000 fighters and could be preparing for a wave of offensives around the world, according to a ominous new report by the UN. The past 18 months have seen ISIS suffer a stunning series of defeats, with the group loosing much of its self-styled state. In July 2017 Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by Western airpower 10

July 16, 2018 1:56 AM Syria accuses 'ENEMY' Israel of launching 'MISSILE ATTACK' on military outpost in Aleppo

SYRAIN STATE media has accused Israel of bombing a military position in Aleppo province on Sunday evening, in what would be a rare Israeli attack so far north in Bashar al Assad’s war-torn nation. State news agency SANA, citing a military source, said the missile hit near a strategic air base. They said in a statement missiles struck near Neirab military 16