Russia’s Lavrov to hold talks with U.N. Syria envoy

By Middle East Affairs Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he will hold talks Friday with the United Nation's Syria peace envoy Staffan de Mistura, according to the foreign ministry. "I confirm that these talks are planned for Friday," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. De Mistura, Reuters reported, is carrying out an

Syria chemical weapons inspection postponed after gunfire

By Middle East Affairs International chemical weapons inspectors will have to delay their visit to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria after a U.N. security experienced gunfire during its visit Tuesday, Reuters reported. The news agency said the U.N. security team had entered Douma to assess its situation

Syrian army declares victory over Eastern Ghouta

By Middle East Affairs The Syrian army declared Saturday to have defeated all anti-regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, and that the rebel groups had left, AFP reported. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began an offensive in the rebel enclave nearly two months ago - Feb. 18 - which had been under rebel control