Trapped civilians slow Iraqi Army's battle against IS in Hit

Apr 3, 2016

Trapped civilians slow Iraqi Army's battle against IS in Hit

As ground forces push west across Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group, civilians are increasingly caught in the crossfire. Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces say an estimated 20,000 civilians are trapped in the small western town of Hit, where Iraqi forces have ...

Syrian cease-fire unraveling as fighting erupts near Aleppo

Apr 3, 2016

Syrian cease-fire unraveling as fighting erupts near Aleppo

Syria’s partial cease-fire is unraveling as fierce fighting between government forces and opposition fighters, including members of the al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front, erupted Saturday outside the country’s second-largest city, Aleppo. At least 25 pro-government and 16 opposition fighters died in clashes south of Aleppo, ...

Apr 2, 2016

Russia accuses Turkey of arming extremists in Syria

Russia is accusing three Turkish foundations of supplying weapons and military equipment to Islamic State extremists in Syria and says $1.9 million worth of explosives and industrial chemicals were smuggled across Turkey’s border to extremist groups. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said in a ...

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

Apr 2, 2016

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

The U.S. administration is considering a plan to greatly increase the number of American special operations forces deployed to Syria as it looks to accelerate recent gains against the Islamic State group, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, with direct knowledge of the proposal’s ...

Paris suspect Abdeslam 'wants to cooperate;' fresh raid in Belgium

Mar 31, 2016

Paris suspect Abdeslam 'wants to cooperate;' fresh raid in Belgium

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam wants to cooperate with French authorities once he is extradited from Belgium, his lawyer said Thursday, as Belgian police carried out a raid linked to a foiled French terror plot. Soldiers and police combed through a wooded area by ...

Russia, despite drawdown, shipping more to Syria than removing

Mar 31, 2016

Russia, despite drawdown, shipping more to Syria than removing

When Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of most of Russia’s military contingent from Syria there was an expectation that the Yauza, a Russian naval icebreaker and one of the mission’s main supply vessels, would return home to its Arctic Ocean port. Instead, three days ...