Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month

Dec 26, 2014

Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month

Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The talks are set to take place sometime after Jan. 20, ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a briefing. The first stage of ...

Dec 26, 2014

Dozens of jihadists killed as Syria Kurds retake ground: monitor

At least 44 members of the Islamic State group were killed in clashes with Kurdish forces in Syria on Thursday, a monitoring group said. Thirty of the jihadists were killed fighting against members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the village of ...

Islamic State downs warplane in Syria, captures Jordanian pilot

Dec 25, 2014

Islamic State downs warplane in Syria, captures Jordanian pilot

The Islamic State group captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down his warplane over Syria, Jordan said Wednesday, in the extremists’ first successful downing of an aircraft from the international coalition waging an air campaign against the extremists. The show of the extremists’ capabilities ...

Dec 24, 2014

Report: At least 60 journalists killed in 2014

At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday, making the past three years the deadliest for journalists since the organization began keeping track more than ...

Dec 21, 2014

Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said. In ...

Iran's support for Syria tested by steep fall in oil revenues

Dec 20, 2014

Iran's support for Syria tested by steep fall in oil revenues

Syrian businessmen and trade officials are worried that the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices despite public messages of support from Syria’s strongest regional ally. Syrian President Bashar Assad has relied on oil-producing Iran to help him fight ...

Dec 18, 2014

Islamic State jihadists kidnap two Kurdish reporters in Syria

Militants from the Islamic State group have abducted two reporters working for the Iraq-based Kurdish TV channel Rudaw in northeastern Syria, the network announced Wednesday. Rudaw said Farhad Hamo and Massoud Aqeel were kidnapped Monday on the road between the city of Qamishli and ...

Dec 15, 2014

Rebels advance on two government bases in northwestern Syria

Rebels and al-Qaida militants took over at least three government checkpoints Sunday around a pair of military bases in northwestern Syria, activists said. The positions that fell to opposition fighters in heavy fighting are located around the Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh bases outside the ...

Dec 15, 2014

Syrian army recaptures territory north of Aleppo in fierce fighting

Syria’s army seized an area north of Aleppo on Sunday and killed insurgents as fierce battles raged over the strategic territory, a group monitoring the war and state media reported. Syria’s second city is at the heart of clashes between pro-government forces and a ...