Hezbollah battles Nusra Front, captures Syrian village on Lebanon border

May 6, 2015

Hezbollah battles Nusra Front, captures Syrian village on Lebanon border

Hezbollah fighters captured a Syrian village Tuesday near the border with Lebanon after intense fighting with Islamic militants, the group’s television station said, while an activist said battles are concentrating near a strategic Syrian hill. The battles come amid reports in Lebanon that Hezbollah ...

As Syrian rebels make gains, Assad weaknesses  laid bare

May 2, 2015

As Syrian rebels make gains, Assad weaknesses laid bare

In the span of a month, Syrian insurgents have routed government forces across the country’s northwest, flushing them out of strongholds in a string of embarrassing defeats for President Bashar Assad. The first to go was the city of Idlib, which fell to opposition ...

Apr 30, 2015

Syrian opposition, activists report chemical attack in Idlib

Syrian activist groups on Wednesday reported another suspected chemical attack in the northwestern province of Idlib, with one group tweeting that a dozen people were “suffocating.” Several Idlib-based groups said government helicopters dropped at least two barrel bombs containing chlorine on the town of ...

U.S. plan for Syria rebels already mired in doubt

| Apr 28, 2015

U.S. plan for Syria rebels already mired in doubt

Hundreds of Syrian rebels will soon start U.S. training to battle the Islamic State group without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid on the battlefield. The U.S. plan to train and arm a force that is expected to eventually total ...

Two Swedish hostages held in Syria fly home

Apr 27, 2015

Two Swedish hostages held in Syria fly home

Two Swedish men held hostage by Syrian jihadists have been reunited with their families in Sweden, the country’s foreign ministry said on Sunday. The hostages, named in the Swedish media as Thomas Olsson, 50, and Martin Reen, 33, were freed with the help of ...

Airstrike on Syrian border targeted militants with bombs: Israel

Apr 27, 2015

Airstrike on Syrian border targeted militants with bombs: Israel

Israel’s military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Israeli-held Golan Heights. The military said it carried out the strike after troops saw “a group of armed terrorists” approach the border with ...

Rebels seize northwest Syrian town as government retaliates

Apr 26, 2015

Rebels seize northwest Syrian town as government retaliates

Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen the opposition take nearly all of a crucial province. The takeover prompted retaliatory government air raids in the town center — as ...

Apr 22, 2015

Church attack foiled in France, says minister

A man allegedly planning an attack on “one or two churches” has been arrested in Paris, France’s interior minister announced Wednesday, adding that the individual is also thought to have been involved in an apparently motiveless murder of a woman near the French capital. ...

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

U.S. forces have no reason to think Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike against an Iraqi target last month, the Pentagon said Tuesday. British daily The Guardian had earlier reported that the militant, who styles himself caliph of the ...