Iran nuclear deal opens diplomatic channels for Syria

| Aug 8, 2015

Iran nuclear deal opens diplomatic channels for Syria

The nuclear deal with Iran was widely expected to affect other Middle East issues, and that may already be happening with Syria: A series of recent diplomatic maneuvers suggest a growing willingness to at least engage with the Iranian-backed government of Bashar Assad on ...

Aug 4, 2015

459 civilian deaths laid to U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq, Syria

U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting ...

Turkey takes in Uighur refugees; angers China

Aug 2, 2015

Turkey takes in Uighur refugees; angers China

The folded piece of paper with a photo of a 4-month-old baby tells a story that likely loomed over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Chinese hosts during his visit to Beijing last week. Baby Arife is a Uighur, one of thousands of ...

Despite bombing campaign, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

Aug 1, 2015

Despite bombing campaign, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

American intelligence agencies have concluded that despite billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago. U.S. military commanders on the ground ...