Talks on Syria's civil war off to a rocky start

Jan 24, 2017

Talks on Syria's civil war off to a rocky start

Talks between the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions got off to a rocky start Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan that marked a major shift in the war’s dynamics and confirmed Russia’s role as regional heavyweight. The gathering in Astana, ...

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 ...

Iraq makes swift territorial gains against IS in Mosul

Jan 15, 2017

Iraq makes swift territorial gains against IS in Mosul

Iraqi forces have won a string of swift territorial gains in Mosul in the fight against the Islamic State group after months of slow progress, with a senior officer on Saturday laying claim to a cluster of buildings inside Mosul University and another edge ...

Jan 15, 2017

Islamic State assault on eastern Syrian city leaves 30 dead

The Islamic State group on Saturday launched one of its fiercest assaults yet on the besieged Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, leaving more than 30 regime fighters and jihadis dead. The brutal attack — on a day that saw many outbreaks of violence across ...

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 ...