Syrian troops shell, bomb parts of Damascus as rebels renew attack

Mar 22, 2017

Syrian troops shell, bomb parts of Damascus as rebels renew attack

Airstrikes and artillery fire shook Damascus on Tuesday as government forces tried to repel a second rebel attack on the Syrian capital in three days. The military deployed tanks along the city’s leafy Fares al-Khoury Avenue leading to the eastern Jobar and Qaboun neighborhoods, ...

Al-Qaida upping attacks against Assad government's strongholds

Mar 21, 2017

Al-Qaida upping attacks against Assad government's strongholds

Under pressure from fellow insurgents and escalating airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, Syria’s al-Qaida branch is stepping up violence against President Bashar Assad’s strongholds with precise, high-profile attacks, including a surprising breach of the capital in the most serious infiltration in years. Sunday’s attack, ...

Mar 17, 2017

U.S. claims deadly north Syria strike, denies targeting mosque

The U.S. military said Thursday it carried out a deadly airstrike on an al-Qaida meeting in northern Syria and would investigate reports that more than 40 civilians were killed when a mosque was struck in the raid. “We did not target a mosque, but ...

Somali militants let drought-hit civilians roam for food

/ Mar 17, 2017

Somali militants let drought-hit civilians roam for food

Somali Islamists are letting civilians in drought-hit regions under their control move with relative freedom to find food, the group and a U.N. official said on Thursday, but they are continuing to restrict the access of international aid groups. Somalia, struggling to recover from ...