Islamic State destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra, Syria

Jan 21, 2017

Islamic State destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra, Syria

Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria’s historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday. It was the extremist group’s latest attack on world heritage, an act that ...

Jan 21, 2017

U.S. says airstrike killed over 100 members of al-Qaida in Syria

U.S. warplanes bombed an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, killing more than 100 militants, marking the second major U.S. counterterrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obama’s presidency, the Pentagon said Friday. A Pentagon spokesman, navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the camp in ...

Dangerous uncertainty surrounds Taiwan Strait

Jan 15, 2017

Dangerous uncertainty surrounds Taiwan Strait

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The world’s most dangerous flash point got much more dangerous last Wednesday when China sent its lone aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait and Taiwan scrambled fighter jets in response. This is how accidental wars start: provocation and counter-provocation in an environment with too ...

Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

Jan 14, 2017

Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect President Bashar Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to a document seen by Reuters. A joint inquiry for the United Nations and ...