Aug 29, 2015

Web campaign raises $67,800 for Syria refugee family in a day

An online fundraiser has raised more than $67,800 for a refugee from Syria and his daughter after a campaigner based in Norway shared moving pictures on social media of the man selling pens in the streets of Beirut. Gissur Simonarson, founder of Conflict News, ...

Aug 28, 2015

Austrian officials say 71 migrants likely suffocated in truck

Police arrested several people believed to be part of a human smuggling operation in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants who likely suffocated in a refrigerated truck found abandoned on Austria’s main highway, law enforcement officials said Friday. Austrian police said three people ...

Aug 26, 2015

Iran recruits Afghan refugees as fighters to bolster Syria

The fate of two brothers from Kabul, one grievously wounded, the other killed fighting in Syria, spotlights Iran’s covert but active recruitment of Afghan refugees to buttress President Bashar Assad’s steadily depleting forces. Shiite Iran, Assad’s key military and financial patron, denies enlisting Afghan ...

Aug 26, 2015

First man from Ghana joins IS, family says

A 25-year-old Muslim from Ghana has traveled to an Islamic State training camp, becoming the first known recruit from the West African nation to join the militant group, his family said on Tuesday. The decision by university graduate Nazir Nortei Alema is likely to ...

Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Aug 26, 2015

Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that he is open to the idea of a coalition against Islamic State but indicated there is little chance of it happening among his enemies, casting further doubt on a Russian plan to forge an alliance against the ...

Islamic State publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

Aug 26, 2015

Islamic State publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

The Islamic State group on Tuesday published images showing the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s Palmyra. The images showed militants placing barrels and small containers, presumably containing explosives, into the temple, as well as similar containers placed on parts of its ...