Obama says new troops in Syria will be essential

Apr 25, 2016

Obama says new troops in Syria will be essential

President Barack Obama announced Monday the deployment to Syria of an additional 250 U.S. special operations forces to assist local troops who are trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists, significantly broadening the American presence in the war-torn country. The move will bring the number ...

Under fresh truce, Kurd forces look to keep areas taken from Syria regime

Apr 25, 2016

Under fresh truce, Kurd forces look to keep areas taken from Syria regime

Kurdish security forces will keep territory taken from pro-government forces during a rare three-day outbreak of violence in a city in northeastern Syria, a truce announced by Kurdish authorities on Sunday indicated. The fighting in Qamishli, near the Turkish border, disturbed a largely peaceful ...

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Apr 23, 2016

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Syria’s fragile cease-fire is in grave peril, U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.N.’s special envoy warned Friday, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country’s second city Aleppo. The truce “is still in effect, but it is in great trouble if we don’t act ...

Truce teeters as aid trickles into besieged Syria town; Russian buildup seen

Apr 22, 2016

Truce teeters as aid trickles into besieged Syria town; Russian buildup seen

The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Thursday there was “real but modest” progress in the country’s humanitarian situation despite a stumbling cease-fire, as one of the largest international aid convoys made it into a government-besieged opposition stronghold. NATO said an increasingly fragile cease-fire ...

500 join humanitarian evacuations from besieged Syrian towns

Apr 21, 2016

500 join humanitarian evacuations from besieged Syrian towns

The humanitarian evacuation of 250 people from two Syrian towns besieged by pro-government forces and another 250 from two towns blocked off by rebels began on Wednesday, coordinated by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The towns blockaded by pro-government forces are Zabadani and Madaya, ...