Dec 8, 2014

Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus, Syria claims

Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes Sunday near Damascus, one near the city’s international airport and a second outside a town close to the Lebanese border, Syria’s state news agency said. SANA called the attack “an aggression against Syria” and said there were no ...

In Hezbollah children's magazine, fighters instead of fairies

Dec 7, 2014

In Hezbollah children's magazine, fighters instead of fairies

It is aimed at children, but instead of princes and princesses, fairies and magicians, the heroes of Lebanon’s Mahdi magazine are the “fighters who fell resisting the Israeli enemy.” Produced by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement for the last 11 years, Mahdi aims to teach a ...

Syrian-trained Britons  jailed for terror offenses

Dec 6, 2014

Syrian-trained Britons jailed for terror offenses

As British security forces crack down on what they say is a mounting threat from jihadists radicalized by the ongoing Syrian conflict, two British men were sentenced to prison for terrorism offenses Friday. Childhood friends Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both aged 22 and ...

Dec 4, 2014

Kerry says any Iran strikes against Islamic State 'positive'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq as “positive” after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out airstrikes against the group. Kerry, hosting a meeting of an anti-IS coalition in Brussels, said ...

Dec 4, 2014

In Syria, U.S.-trained rebels await more weapons, training

Syrian rebel commander Abdulaziz says U.S. military training helped his men kill at least 15 Islamic State fighters in a recent battle near Aleppo. Three months earlier, a similar engagement had gone the other way, with two of his men slain. But his group, ...

Islamic State's jihadi 'caliphate' has peaked: analysts

Dec 4, 2014

Islamic State's jihadi 'caliphate' has peaked: analysts

The tide is beginning to turn on the Islamic State group, analysts say, with the jihadis losing ground in Iraq and only able to hold on to their positions in Syria. Harassed by airstrikes and facing better coordination among their opponents, the militants have ...

Dec 3, 2014

Islamic State leader's wife, son detained: Lebanon

Lebanese authorities detained a suspected wife and young son of the Islamic State group’s leader, and were questioning the woman and conducting DNA tests on the boy, two senior Lebanese officials said Tuesday. Both officials refused to give further details about the woman believed ...

U.N. suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

Dec 2, 2014

U.N. suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

The World Food Program on Monday suspended food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, blaming a financing crisis caused by unhonored cash pledges. The Rome-based U.N. agency said refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt risk going hungry ...