Top US General Confirms End of CIA Covert Program in Syria

US Special Operations Forces Commander General Raymond Thomas has confirmed reports about the end of the CIA’s years-long covert program to arm and train armed groups, which Washington called "moderate opposition" in Syria.

General Thomas told a security forum in Colorado on Friday that the decision by the administration of President Donald Trump was not intended to please Russia, Press TV reported.

Lavrov Asserts Details on Syria’s Southern De-Escalation Zone in Final Stages

MOSCOW- Work on the southern de-escalation zone in Syria will be completed in the near future, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, according to Ita Tass.

"I believe the experience of establishing the southern de-escalation zone with the participation of Russia, the US and Jordan, which is being implemented right before our eyes, is the best confirmation of the fact when we deal with specific matters rather than speculations, we can achieve good results," Lavrov noted.

Trump Cabinet Classified Briefing on Daesh Shows 'Renewed Focus' on Wiping Out Terror Group

WASHINGTON— A classified briefing led by US President Donald Trump's cabinet officials demonstrates the administration's revitalized "commitment" to destroy Daesh terrorist group, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker said in a press release, Sputnik reported.

The briefing was conducted behind closed doors on Wednesday by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Most Americans Fear a Major War during Trump’s Presidency

An overwhelming majority of Americans are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years during the presidency of Donald Trump, according to a new poll, according to Press T.V.

According to the survey, released on Tuesday by NBC News/SurveyMonkey, 76 percent of people in the US said they were worried about military conflict, an increase on 10 points since February.

Russia Sending 2nd Humanitarian Aid Flight to Yemen

Russia says it is sending a new humanitarian aid flight to Yemen, where people have been dealing with famine and an outbreak of cholera following a months-long Saudi-led war.

"The Russian Emergencies Ministry has started loading the Il-76 aircraft with more than 23 tons of humanitarian supplies to be delivered to Yemen," the ministry told Russia’s TASS news agency on Wednesday.

Carrying tents and other necessities for the people of the war-torn country, the cargo plane was slated to arrive in Yemen later in the day.

French Military Chief Upbraided by Macron Quits

France’s military chief resigned on Wednesday after he was rebuked by President Emmanuel Macron for protesting defense spending cuts.

General Pierre de Villiers, said in a statement he no longer felt able to command the sort of armed forces “that I think is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people”.

The row between the president and De Villiers, 60, blew up last week when the chief of the defense staff told a parliamentary committee he would not allow the armed forces to be “screwed” by plans to cut 850 million euros ($980 million) from the budget.

Blacklisting Iran’s IRGC to Cost US Dear, Says Ali Ja’afari

A top Iranian commander has warned against the repercussions of Washington’s possible designation of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, saying the move would cost the US dear.

IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Ja’afari said in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Wednesday that the US bases in the region would be insecure if Washington blacklisted the IRGC or imposed sanctions on Iran over its defense program. 

US Attacks in Syria 'Rude Violation' of UN Charter-Czech Analyst

Czech Political analyst has underlined that US attacks in Syria are rude violation of UN Charter and international security system.

Karel Kluz said in an article published by the Czech Communist Youth Union (KSM) that the United States exploits its military superiority and power to go ahead with its attacks in Syria.

"The US attacks on sites of Syrian army aims to support terrorist groups which are called 'moderate opposition' by Washington,"  the analyst said, asserting that the U.S.contributed to the foundation of ISIS, which is an active tool achieving U.S. interests.