Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

May 18, 2016

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

Russia has built a military encampment inside a zone that holds the UNESCO world heritage site in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, where Islamic State militants were driven out recently by pro-government forces. The Russian military described the camp Tuesday as “temporary,” saying ...

For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

May 14, 2016

For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

A rebel onslaught on the town of Khan Touman near Aleppo last week delivered one of the biggest battlefield setbacks yet to the coalition of foreign Shiite fighters waging war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Reports put the death toll among ...

Aleppo residents return as truce extended

May 8, 2016

Aleppo residents return as truce extended

Displaced families returned home and schools reopened in rebel-held districts of Syria’s Aleppo on Saturday after a truce was extended for 72 hours in the battleground northern city. More than 300 civilians were killed in two weeks of fighting in the divided city before ...

Fighting rages in Aleppo; other parts of Syria calm

May 1, 2016

Fighting rages in Aleppo; other parts of Syria calm

The Syrian government launched new airstrikes Saturday on insurgent-held neighborhoods in Aleppo while rebels shelled government-held parts of the northern city as a truce in other parts of the country appeared to be holding on its first day. Contested Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and ...

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to “freeze” fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence. Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians ...