US Taking Action Over Syria
US Taking Action Over Syria
Swedish Foreign Minister Thanks Palestinians For Helping To Free Swedish Hostages In Syria
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At the president's command, spy planes and drones are flying surveillance over Syria.
A top Palestinian intelligence official has provided first details of the release of two Swedish hostages held in Syria for 17 months, saying the captors drove them to a pre-arranged drop-off point, pushed them out of the car and sped off. The official said Sunday that Nusra Front militants in Syria were not paid for the captives. He says Palestinian intelligence entered Syria twice this month — once to obtain mobile phone footage as proof the hostages are alive and again for their release Friday. The Swedish foreign minister noted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' "crucial role" and also thanked Jordan.
An alliance of Islamist insurgents, including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, captures the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour for the first time in the four-year-old conflict. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria Nusra Front seized the strategic northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, for the first time in the four year conflict. Syrian state media said the army had redeployed to the town's surroundings "to avoid civilian casualties". Opposition fighters and the Syrian Observatory for Human rights said that the town was now totally controlled by the insurgents.
Rustom Ghazali, Syria's last chief of intelligence in Lebanon who was a suspect in the killing of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has died in Damascus, Lebanese media reported. A Lebanese source with ties to Damascus also said that Ghazali had died on Friday. There was no mention of his death on state media and the Syrian government made no statement.
Actress Angelina Jolie pleaded with world powers Friday to help the millions of Syrian refugees, sharply criticizing the U.N. Security Council for being paralyzed by its division over Syria's four-year conflict. Jolie briefed the council as special envoy for the U.N. on refugee issues. Syria's ambassador said simply of her presence, "She's beautiful.
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