Mar 27, 2015

Syria's Assad says he's open to dialogue with U.S.: CBS interview

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to having a dialogue with the United States, but there can be no “pressuring of the sovereignty” of his country, he said in an excerpt of an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired on Thursday. Asked about ...

Nusra Front quietly rises in Syria as Islamic State targeted

| Mar 25, 2015

Nusra Front quietly rises in Syria as Islamic State targeted

The Nusra Front, Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and forcibly converting minorities using tactics akin to its ultraconservative rival, the Islamic State group. But while the Islamic State ...

Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Mar 21, 2015

Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Nearly 650,000 Syrians are living in besieged communities in the country’s civil war, more than three times the U.N. estimate, according to a new report that offers a graphic account of hundreds of deaths in areas the world has struggled for years to reach. ...

U.S. loses drone; Syria claims to have brought it down

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. loses drone; Syria claims to have brought it down

The United States lost one of its Predator drone aircraft over northwest Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, as Syrian state media reported its air defenses brought down the spy plane in the government-controlled Latakia province. If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces took down ...

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Mar 17, 2015

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Abu Azrael — Father of the Angel of Death — is the black-bearded, blade-wielding embodiment of the retribution many Iraqis want against brutal jihadis who seized swaths of their country. A Facebook page dedicated to the fighter in the Shiite Imam Ali Brigades militia ...

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

Mar 16, 2015

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad for a political transition in Syria and was exploring ways with other countries to pressure him into agreeing to talks. But State Department spokeswoman Marie ...