Syrian peace talks resume as violence surges

Apr 13, 2016

Syrian peace talks resume as violence surges

A new round of peace talks to end Syria’s five-year civil war is set to begin in Geneva on Wednesday as a surge in violence in northern Aleppo province threatens a fragile truce. The United Nations-brokered talks are aimed at forming a transitional government ...

Apr 12, 2016

Russian attack helicopter crashes in Syria, two dead

A Russian Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter crashed in Syria in the early hours of Tuesday morning killing both pilots, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the helicopter, which crashed in Homs province, had not been shot down, but the cause of the ...

Apr 6, 2016

'Heart-eating' al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel killed: report

A Syrian fighter who appeared in a gruesome video cutting out the heart of a regime soldier and eating it has been shot dead by rival rebels, a monitoring group said. Known by his nom de guerre “Abu Sakkar,” the rebel reportedly joined the ...

Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month

Apr 6, 2016

Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month

Rebels shot down a second Syrian warplane in less than a month on Tuesday and a monitoring group said they captured its pilot in an area near Aleppo where heavy fighting has erupted in recent days despite a cessation of hostilities agreement. The Syrian ...

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

Apr 2, 2016

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

The U.S. administration is considering a plan to greatly increase the number of American special operations forces deployed to Syria as it looks to accelerate recent gains against the Islamic State group, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, with direct knowledge of the proposal’s ...

Russia, despite drawdown, shipping more to Syria than removing

Mar 31, 2016

Russia, despite drawdown, shipping more to Syria than removing

When Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of most of Russia’s military contingent from Syria there was an expectation that the Yauza, a Russian naval icebreaker and one of the mission’s main supply vessels, would return home to its Arctic Ocean port. Instead, three days ...