U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. will impose "the strongest sanctions in history" on Iran if it does not meet various demands, including ending its nuclear program and leaving the Syrian Civil War.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the city of Deir ez-Zor has largely been cleared of ISIS fighters by the Syrian Armed Forces. Deir ez-Zor was the scene of a three-year-long siege until it was broken in September 2017.
During a failed offensive on the Damascus-Aleppo road, ISIS massacres 52 residents of a village east of Salamiyah, Hama Governorate. [https:--www.morningstaronline.co.uk-a-b7e4-Syria-Isis-massacres-52-people-in-central-Hama#.WR9EOsYlHAQ (" Morning Star Online")]date=August 2019
A United States government source reveals that Barack Obama signed a secret order in early 2012 permitting the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide the rebels in Syria with support in order to overthrow the al-Assad regime.