Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Mar 21, 2015

Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Nearly 650,000 Syrians are living in besieged communities in the country’s civil war, more than three times the U.N. estimate, according to a new report that offers a graphic account of hundreds of deaths in areas the world has struggled for years to reach. ...

U.S. loses drone; Syria claims to have brought it down

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. loses drone; Syria claims to have brought it down

The United States lost one of its Predator drone aircraft over northwest Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, as Syrian state media reported its air defenses brought down the spy plane in the government-controlled Latakia province. If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces took down ...

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Mar 17, 2015

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Abu Azrael — Father of the Angel of Death — is the black-bearded, blade-wielding embodiment of the retribution many Iraqis want against brutal jihadis who seized swaths of their country. A Facebook page dedicated to the fighter in the Shiite Imam Ali Brigades militia ...

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

Mar 16, 2015

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad for a political transition in Syria and was exploring ways with other countries to pressure him into agreeing to talks. But State Department spokeswoman Marie ...

Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Mar 12, 2015

Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Over the four years that researcher Xi Li has watched Syria’s civil war unfold through nighttime satellite imagery, he has seen the pinpricks of light that dotted the north and east fade and the Mediterranean coast darken until 83 percent of the country’s lights ...

Graphic torture photos from Syria on display at United Nations

Mar 11, 2015

Graphic torture photos from Syria on display at United Nations

Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States are holding an exhibit at the United Nations of graphic photos taken in Syria by a former military police photographer that show what appear to be evidence of brutal torture. About two dozen of ...

Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Mar 10, 2015

Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Abed Hakawati spends his days in a devastated, rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, writing graffiti on the walls to remind residents and rebels alike of the original goals of the uprising that erupted four years ago: “Freedom, dignity and social equality.” The 37-year-old, once an ...