U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

Aug 20, 2016

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

The U.S. has twice scrambled fighter aircraft to protect American special operations forces and allies after Syrian government warplanes attacked near the northeastern city of Hassakeh, officials said Friday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. has increased combat air patrols in that area ...

Syrian planes bomb Kurdish-held area for first time

Aug 19, 2016

Syrian planes bomb Kurdish-held area for first time

Syrian government warplanes bombed Kurdish-held areas of the northeastern city of Hassakeh on Thursday for the first time in the country’s five-year-old civil war, killing at least 13 people, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and a monitoring group said. The powerful YPG, a crucial ...

Stunned boy symbolizes Aleppo plight; Syria bombs U.S.-backed Kurds

Aug 19, 2016

Stunned boy symbolizes Aleppo plight; Syria bombs U.S.-backed Kurds

A shocked Syrian boy pictured sitting in an ambulance covered in blood and dust after an airstrike became a symbol of civilian suffering in Aleppo Thursday, drawing worldwide attention. As international concern mounted, President Bashar Assad’s key ally, Russia, said it was ready to ...

Aug 18, 2016

Turkish car bombings kill three, wound dozens; Kurdish rebels blamed

Two car bombings targeted police stations in Turkey early Thursday, killing three people and wounding dozens, officials said. A car bombing attack on a police station in the eastern province of Van killed a police officer and two civilians. Dozens of other people, including ...

China seeks closer military ties with Syria

Aug 17, 2016

China seeks closer military ties with Syria

China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern ...