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 ...

'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

| Aug 16, 2016

'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

The jihadi employment form asked the new recruits to rate their knowledge of Islam on a scale of one to three. And the Islamic State group applicants, herded into a hangar somewhere at the Syria-Turkey border, turned out to be overwhelmingly deemed ignorant. The ...

Aug 14, 2016

Islamic State frees hundreds of 'human shields' in Syria

Islamic State group jihadis have released hundreds of civilians they used as human shields while fleeing a crumbling stronghold in northern Syria, but the fate of others remained unknown Saturday. On another front, scores of civilians were killed on Saturday in air raids by ...

Aug 13, 2016

U.S.-backed Syrian force captures key IS stronghold

U.S.-backed fighters have seized a key Islamic State stronghold in northern Syria after two months of heavy fighting and freed hundreds of civilians the extremists had used as human shields, Syrian Kurdish officials and an opposition activist group said Saturday. Nasser Haj Mansour, of ...