Aleppo's fall could tip the balance in Syria

| Nov 28, 2016

Aleppo's fall could tip the balance in Syria

President Bashar Assad is determined to retake Syria’s second city Aleppo to deal a decisive blow to the rebels ahead of a possible change in U.S. foreign policy, analysts say. Assad’s regime has in recent months been pressing a series of offensives to seize ...

Iraq legalizes Shiite militias

Nov 27, 2016

Iraq legalizes Shiite militias

Rekindling sectarian rivalries at a sensitive time, Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to fully legalize state-sanctioned Shiite militias long accused of abuses against minority Sunnis, adopting a legislation that promoted them to a government force empowered to “deter” security and terror threats facing the ...

Friend or foe? Sometimes hard to tell in war for Mosul

Nov 22, 2016

Friend or foe? Sometimes hard to tell in war for Mosul

He claimed to be a native of Mosul and said he had just escaped his embattled neighborhood. When his cell phone chirped cheerfully, he said it was his mother calling and picked up. But the clean-shaven man seemed to have a Syrian accent, not ...