As many as 160,000 Syrians have fled the war zone to the Jordanian and Israeli borders, where neither country is prepared to let them in.
"Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War."
The downing of the plane came as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air support and Iranian infantry, have intensified their offensive in Idlib, one of the last rebel-held bastions in Syria.
Russian Ambassador to Iran said a visiting delegation is discussing "certain practical aspects of the project to reconfigure the Fordow reactor."
On Tuesday, the US Treasury announced the expansion of sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guards, which were originally imposed on October 13 because the Iranian group was "supporting terrorism."
Residents in Japan were warned to take shelter, as the missile passed over Hokkaido.
Monday saw an awkward turn in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's and President Donald Trump's "friends for ever" relationship, and a turn on a dime by Trump in his relationship with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
The parties also signed a protocol of consultations between the two countries’ foreign ministries for 2018 and 2019.
The Russians accuse Washington, Paris and Berlin that their announcement of investing millions of dollars in the restoration of Raqqa is, in reality, an attempt "to hide evidence of the barbarian bombing."
Last week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared that Turkish forces would enter Syria, with Russia's consent, to "vanquish" the Kurdish militia that control Afrin, along the Turkish border.
“We know that the jihadis have a lot of money . . . Would Kim Jong-un sell deadly VX for $40 million a kilogram? I think absolutely they would.”
The Trump Administration's urgent warnings against Kurdish independence convinced the Iranian-backed militias and the Iraqi government they had a green light from Washington to invade Kurdistan without fear of American intervention.
"I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an instinct for self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such a negative scenario."
The civilian death toll from the current Russian campaign against ISIS has increased to at least 987, including 392 children and women, since September 10, 2017
On Wednesday, the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria conducted air and artillery attacks on pro-regime forces in Syria, killing an estimated 100 pro-regime fighters.
The Israeli Air Force on Saturday launched an attack on the Syrian Air Force's Tiyas Military Airbase, a.k.a. T-4 Airbase, west of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmor), destroying the main observation tower, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Today the Jordanian airbase is operating at “four to five times what the space was originally intended to support.”
Russia appears to be preparing for a propaganda pushback, blaming the attack on Syrian rebel groups.
We should be clear on at least one crucial point: PM Hariri has no plan to use his new US military equipment to launch a war against Hezbollah, nor will he engage in an effort to stop this terror army from moving in and out of Syria.
Le Drian walked on eggshells regarding Turkey's offensive against the Kurdish militia in northern Syria, because of the arrest of "a few hundred " French-national jihadists who had been captured by the Kurds.
The report suggests that should Israel decid to attack the S-300s’ locations, the consequences "would be catastrophic for all sides."
Russia is ready to deal a new blow to terrorists if they again try to break peace in Syria, Putin said.
"North Korea is a nuclear state now. As far as Iran is concerned it isn’t too late."
"This interference satisfies the interests of Israel and runs counter to those of the Syrian people."
Incoming US National Security Adviser John Bolton coordinated over the phone with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat prior to the attack.