"Jamil was dismissed because he left his center of work without prior permission and did not follow up on his duties .... Additionally, he undertook activities outside the nation without coordinating with the government," a statement posted on Syria TV said.
UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Damascus Monday to seek support for a Syria peace conference, as Russia slammed rebels for threatening those planning to attend the so-called Geneva II talks.
Brahimi, who travelled overland to the Syrian capital after flying in to Beirut airport from Tehran, arrived at the Sheraton hotel accompanied by Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Moqdad.
The Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad provided a detailed plan of its chemical weapon stockpiles days before a vital deadline, an international watchdog group said Sunday.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, which is managing the initiative to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, said it received a destruction plan from Damascus earlier this week.
“The virus is the kind of virus that finds vulnerable populations,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, the assistant director general for polio and emergencies at the World Health Organization, told the New York Times.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish militants seized a Syrian border post on the frontier with Iraq early on Saturday, fighters and monitors said, after three days of clashes with an Al Qaeda-linked group which had held the crossing since March.
The armed Kurdish group YPG told Reuters fighting carried on through the day and a senior security official on the Iraqi side of the crossing said he could hear gunshots, mortar fire and shelling.
Abu Mohammad al-Golani – leader of a powerful rebel organization linked to Al Qaeda and operating in Syria – is dead, Syrian state television reported late Friday.
The claim could not be independently verified.
Golani is leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, a group branded terrorists by both the United States and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
It has carried out dozens of attacks against government and pro-Assad targets in Syria since the uprising began in 2011.
SOFIA — Bulgarian officials appear to have been taken by surprise last August when more than 1,000 asylum seekers crossed the border from Turkey in just a few weeks, surpassing the annual arrivals from the previous year.
Sections of Syria were shrouded in darkness late Wednesday after a blast reportedly severed a gas line, the state news agency reported.
According to SANA, blackouts happened after “terrorists” attacked gas lines that supply fuel for power plants.
“Electricity Minister Imad Khamis on Wednesday said that a terrorist attack on the gas pipelines which feed the electricity generating stations has causes electricity break off in a number of Syrian cities,” SANA reported online.