Jul 23, 2016

U.N. says Islamic State was behind 393 attacks during Ramadan

The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says the Islamic State group committed or indirectly inspired at least 393 attacks in 16 countries during the month of Ramadan. The executive director of the U.N. Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, Jean-Paul Laborde, said Friday that despite having its ...

Syria regime bombardments claim 51 civilians: monitor

Jul 22, 2016

Syria regime bombardments claim 51 civilians: monitor

At least 51 civilians, including 15 children, were killed in bombardment of several rebel-held areas across Syria on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. The group said at least 13 people, including three children, were killed in government airstrikes and shelling ...

Allies finalize plans to defeat Islamic State

Jul 21, 2016

Allies finalize plans to defeat Islamic State

The United States gathered its allies in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group Wednesday and agreed on a plan to corner the jihadis in their final bastions. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters that an accelerated military effort would soon see the ...

U.S., Russia agree to take 'new steps' toward ending Syrian civil war

Jul 16, 2016

U.S., Russia agree to take 'new steps' toward ending Syrian civil war

The United States and Russia agreed Friday on new steps they said could make a difference in Syria’s relentless civil war, hinting at an improbable military partnership that has been the subject of intense negotiation. Underscoring the extreme fragility of their effort, neither of ...

Islamic State claims downing of Syrian fighter, pilot's death

Jul 15, 2016

Islamic State claims downing of Syrian fighter, pilot's death

The Islamic State group claimed its fighters shot down a Syrian regime warplane near the eastern city of Deir Ezzor and killed its pilot, in statements on jihadi websites. The extremist group said the MiG fighter jet was downed over the south of Deir ...