Jihadis mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

| May 23, 2016

Jihadis mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

Jihadi militants in Syria including al-Qaida are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce. Al-Qaida’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, was excluded ...

Russian planes pound rebel-held areas of Aleppo

May 23, 2016

Russian planes pound rebel-held areas of Aleppo

Airstrikes hit the only road into rebel-held areas of Aleppo city on Sunday in the heaviest bombing since February, a rebel official and monitors said, jeopardizing access where around 300,000 Syrians live. Russian warplanes carried out the attacks on the Castello road, which was ...

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

May 18, 2016

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

Russia has built a military encampment inside a zone that holds the UNESCO world heritage site in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, where Islamic State militants were driven out recently by pro-government forces. The Russian military described the camp Tuesday as “temporary,” saying ...

For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

May 14, 2016

For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

A rebel onslaught on the town of Khan Touman near Aleppo last week delivered one of the biggest battlefield setbacks yet to the coalition of foreign Shiite fighters waging war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Reports put the death toll among ...

Aleppo residents return as truce extended

May 8, 2016

Aleppo residents return as truce extended

Displaced families returned home and schools reopened in rebel-held districts of Syria’s Aleppo on Saturday after a truce was extended for 72 hours in the battleground northern city. More than 300 civilians were killed in two weeks of fighting in the divided city before ...