Syrian Islamists, courting West, say they will protect minorities

Jul 22, 2015

Syrian Islamists, courting West, say they will protect minorities

A conservative Islamist rebel group said on Tuesday it would protect Syria’s minorities, pressing a campaign in Western media to address concerns about one of the most powerful insurgent forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad. Ahrar al-Sham is an ultra orthodox Salafist group and part ...

Syria regime, Kurds join to fight IS in Hasakeh

Jul 20, 2015

Syria regime, Kurds join to fight IS in Hasakeh

In two districts of Syria’s Hasakeh city, Kurdish fighters and regime forces rest before returning to battle the Islamic State group, a shared enemy being fought jointly for the first time. Although the two forces are fighting in different parts of the northeastern city, ...

Jul 15, 2015

Syria rebel chief killed in IS-linked suicide bombing

A senior member of the Syrian Ahrar al-Sham rebel group was killed along with six other fighters Tuesday in a double suicide bombing in northwestern Syria, a monitor said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ...

Jun 8, 2015

Syrian PM urges youth to fulfill their military obligation

Syria’s prime minister has called on young Syrians to fulfill their mandatory military service obligation, promising better pay for troops on the front lines. Wael al-Halqi told a parliament session Monday, “Today we must unite more than ever in backing our army.” His comments ...

Jihadis get paid honeymoon in 'New York' of Islamic State

May 27, 2015

Jihadis get paid honeymoon in 'New York' of Islamic State

The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed caliphate, Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting ...