Aug 6, 2014

Saddam's tomb damaged in Iraq fighting

The tomb of Iraq’s deceased dictator Saddam Hussein was damaged in clashes between militants from the Islamic State radical group and government soldiers in his hometown, according to local officials Tuesday. The tomb only suffered minor damage in the battles according to a local ...

Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, capture troops

Aug 3, 2014

Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, capture troops

Rebels fighting in Syria’s civil war crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town Saturday, killing and capturing security force members in the most serious incursion into the tiny country during its neighbor’s 3-year-old conflict. The rebels, who included foreign fighters, demanded to trade ...

Aug 1, 2014

Deadly geopolitical games

by Brahma Chellaney

The destabilization of Ukraine, Syria and Libya is a result of the geopolitical games that big powers continue to play when they target specific regimes. This destabilization in turn contributes to the rise of dangerous extremists and terrorists.

Aug 1, 2014

Witness testifies in U.S. Congress about atrocities in Syria

Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he witnessed. Codenamed “Caesar,” the man appeared before the House Foreign Affairs ...

Jul 27, 2014

Nusra Front video shows smiling American suicide bomber in Syria

An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country’s civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. The Nusra Front released the new video late ...

Islamic State eyed for war crimes list

Jul 26, 2014

Islamic State eyed for war crimes list

The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are “good candidates” to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators. Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the Islamic ...

Jul 25, 2014

Syrian forces stepping up attacks on hospitals: U.N.

Syrian government forces have stepped up attacks on hospitals and clinics, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, and is denying the delivery of medicine and medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas. Ban told the U.N. Security Council in a report that all sides in the ...

Jul 25, 2014

GSK corruption allegations spread to Syria

GlaxoSmithKline faces new allegations of corruption, this time in Syria, where the drugmaker and its distributor have been accused of paying bribes to secure business, according to a whistleblower’s email reviewed by Reuters. Britain’s biggest drugmaker said Thursday it was investigating the latest claims ...

Malaysia Airlines flew over Syria

Jul 22, 2014

Malaysia Airlines flew over Syria

Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe. After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air missile in ...

Jul 21, 2014

In Damascus, semblance of normal life returns

Each evening, Zakaria Orchi has been meeting up with friends at a favorite cafe to lounge away the hours, just as they used to during Ramadan nights in Syria’s capital before war broke out. “We get together to chat, smoke a hookah (water pipe), ...

Jul 20, 2014

Iraq's ancient Christian population of Mosul flees ISIL

The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave. The ultimatum by the ...