Feb 7, 2016

Aleppo, crossroads of civilizations, now is center of fighting in Syria

A look at Aleppo, Syria’s key northern city: Syria’s largest city and once its commercial center, Aleppo was a crossroads of civilization for millenniums. It has been occupied by the Greeks, Byzantines and multiple Islamic dynasties. As one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited ...

Feb 6, 2016

Bahrain says it is ready to commit ground forces to Syria

Bahrain is ready to commit ground troops to Syria as part of a U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, the Persian Gulf island state said on Friday, a day after its larger neighbor and close ally Saudi Arabia announced a similar pledge. Bahraini ...

Pentagon releases vetted batch of Mideast detainee abuse photos

Feb 6, 2016

Pentagon releases vetted batch of Mideast detainee abuse photos

The Pentagon on Friday released a small portion of photographs showing injuries suffered by detainees allegedly at the hands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan over a decade ago. Many of the 198 carefully vetted images are close-ups showing cuts, bruises, swollen joints ...

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee Russian airstrikes

Feb 6, 2016

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee Russian airstrikes

Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Turkey, an ally of the Syrian opposition, promised humanitarian help for the displaced civilians, including food and shelter, but it did ...

Feb 5, 2016

World powers pledge $10 billion at London aid conference for Syria

World leaders pledged over $10 billion on Thursday to help conflict-hit Syrians at a London conference overshadowed by the breakdown of peace talks in Geneva. The European Union, Germany, Britain and the United States were among the biggest donors to provide food, education and ...

Houthi shells rain down on Taiz museum

Feb 4, 2016

Houthi shells rain down on Taiz museum

Shelling by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels in the heavily contested western city of Taiz struck a museum housing rare manuscripts and the possessions of a deceased ruler, activists said Wednesday. Activist Reham al-Badr, who inspected the National Museum in Taiz, told The Associated Press ...