U.S. airstrikes pile pressure on al-Qaida's Syria wing

Sep 28, 2014

U.S. airstrikes pile pressure on al-Qaida's Syria wing

Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, is facing mounting pressure from its own members to reconcile with its main rival, the Islamic State group, and confront a common enemy after U.S.-led airstrikes hit both groups last week. But that move would require pledging ...

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. House approves arms for Syrian rebels

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic ...

Suicide bombing kills head of leading Syrian rebel group

Sep 10, 2014

Suicide bombing kills head of leading Syrian rebel group

The leader of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing along with other of its top officials, its allies said, weakening the ranks of the country’s already shaky armed opposition. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the ...

Sep 2, 2014

Pro-government Syrian activist arrested over rare public defiance

Syrian authorities have arrested a pro-government activist who launched a social media campaign calling on officials to provide information about hundreds of missing soldiers, residents and activists said Monday. The arrest on Friday has fueled an already unusually bold push by some government supporters ...

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

Aug 30, 2014

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained “very, very fluid” Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day. Some radio contact has been made with the 72 peacekeepers from the Philippines who ...

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said Tuesday. “We were ...

Islamic State militants seize key Syrian air base, trove of weaponry

Aug 25, 2014

Islamic State militants seize key Syrian air base, trove of weaponry

Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadist group, activists and state media said. Tabqa airfield — home to several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery, ...

Britain says it's close to identifying beheading suspect

Aug 25, 2014

Britain says it's close to identifying beheading suspect

Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State militants last week, the British ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. With Islamic State fighters now in control of vast ...

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000: U.N.

Aug 23, 2014

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000: U.N.

The death toll from three years of Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the U.N.’s human rights office since ...