HRW said those targeted by the regime included former opposition activists and rebel fighters as well as their family members.
Hundreds of Congress members signed a letter that also urges Trump to increase pressure on Iran and Russia with respect to their activities in Syria and increase pressure on the heavily-armed Hezbollah movement, Iran's Lebanese ally.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's statement comes hours after US President Donald Trump said he was willing to have talks with Iran.
Experts do not think that the Bahrain “economic workshop” could produce anything good to address the Palestinian conflict except galvanising regional cooperation among Israel’s Arab allies.
Clashes between regime forces and militants rage on the edge of the region held by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, following the deadly overnight air raids, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
US President Donald Trump's has tightened economic sanctions against Iran and his administration says it has built up the US military presence in the region. Tehran has described the US moves as "psychological warfare" and a "political game."
The US embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Erbil evacuated non-emergency staff this week.
The warning relayed by US diplomatic posts from the FAA underlined the risks the current tensions pose to a region crucial to global air travel. It also came as Lloyd's of London warned of increasing risks to maritime shipping in the region.
Turkey and Russia form a working group in a bid to bring calm to the recent escalation in Syria's Idlib within the context of Astana and Sochi Agreements.
"Our air defence systems intercepted luminous objects coming from the occupied territories (Israel) and downed several of them," SANA news agency says quoting a regime military source.
The claim to have "liberated" Qatabah city in Yemen’s southern Dhale province comes as fighting escalated in the region over the past few weeks.
Kurdish Regional Government Cabinet Spokesman Sefin Dizayi reiterated the call for the PKK to leave Sinjar district in Mosul province.
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