U.S. Senate authorizes Obama plan to train moderate Syrian rebels

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. Senate authorizes Obama plan to train moderate Syrian rebels

Congress on Thursday passed President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy to smash the militants. The Senate voted 78-22 to authorize the first step in Obama’s move to degrade ...

Sep 19, 2014

Assad broke chemical arms pact with chlorine gas this year: Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of breaking the terms of a global pact on chemical weapons by unleashing chlorine gas this year. “We believe there is evidence of Assad’s use of chlorine, which when you use ...

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. House approves arms for Syrian rebels

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic ...

Islamic State jihadists downed Syria warplane, rights monitor says

Sep 17, 2014

Islamic State jihadists downed Syria warplane, rights monitor says

Jihadists shot down a Syrian warplane conducting strikes on the Islamic State group stronghold of Raqa on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. “IS fighters fired on a military aircraft which crashed,” the Britain-based group said. “It is the first ...

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. would hit back against Assad attack on aircraft: officials

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. Officials said the U.S. has a good sense of where the Syrian air ...

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

Sep 15, 2014

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

The leaders of France and Iraq on Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants, with President Francois Hollande warning there was “no time to lose” as he opened an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition. “The fight of the Iraqis against ...

U.S. strikes could weaken ability of Assad to survive

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. strikes could weaken ability of Assad to survive

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried that once the United States has crossed the Rubicon ...

Suicide bombing kills head of leading Syrian rebel group

Sep 10, 2014

Suicide bombing kills head of leading Syrian rebel group

The leader of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing along with other of its top officials, its allies said, weakening the ranks of the country’s already shaky armed opposition. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the ...

Sep 2, 2014

Pro-government Syrian activist arrested over rare public defiance

Syrian authorities have arrested a pro-government activist who launched a social media campaign calling on officials to provide information about hundreds of missing soldiers, residents and activists said Monday. The arrest on Friday has fueled an already unusually bold push by some government supporters ...