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 ...

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Mar 15, 2015

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Kurdish authorities in Iraq said Saturday they have evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, the latest alleged atrocity carried out by the extremist organization now under attack in Tikrit. The allegation by the Kurdistan ...

Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Mar 12, 2015

Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Over the four years that researcher Xi Li has watched Syria’s civil war unfold through nighttime satellite imagery, he has seen the pinpricks of light that dotted the north and east fade and the Mediterranean coast darken until 83 percent of the country’s lights ...

Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Mar 10, 2015

Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Abed Hakawati spends his days in a devastated, rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, writing graffiti on the walls to remind residents and rebels alike of the original goals of the uprising that erupted four years ago: “Freedom, dignity and social equality.” The 37-year-old, once an ...

Mar 10, 2015

'Britain's white jihadi' a teen from Australia: report

A Westerner pictured alongside Islamic State group fighters and dubbed “Britain’s white jihadi” is in fact an Australian teenager who converted to Islam, a report said Monday. A photo of the meek-looking youth, holding a rifle and sitting in between two jihadis with a ...

Mar 10, 2015

Syria's 4-year march toward destruction

It began in March 2011 with a few words spray-painted on a schoolyard wall: “Your turn is coming, doctor.” The doctor in question was Syrian President Bashar Assad, a trained ophthalmologist whose family has ruled the country for more than 40 years. Inspired by ...

Mar 10, 2015

Sponsor nations hope to shame Syria with graphic photo exhibit at U.N.

With the U.N. Security Council blocked from taking strong action against Syria, the United States and other nations are hoping to shame Damascus by sponsoring a graphic photo exhibit of detainees who have died in President Bashar Assad’s prisons since the country’s conflict began ...

Mar 3, 2015

Watchdog: Two Syrian chemical weapons facilities destroyed

The global chemical weapons watchdog said in a new report that it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of all 12 facilities to be completed this summer. Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, ...