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 ...

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 6, 2015

Islamic State working to develop chemical weapons: Australia

The Islamic State group has shown it is prepared to use chemical weapons and is likely to have among its recruits the technical expertise to develop them, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. In a speech late Friday, Bishop said Australia had no doubt ...

Weapons inspectors find traces of undeclared sarin and VX in Syria

May 9, 2015

Weapons inspectors find traces of undeclared sarin and VX in Syria

International inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at a military research site in Syria that had not been declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources said on Friday. Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition ...

As Syrian rebels make gains, Assad weaknesses  laid bare

May 2, 2015

As Syrian rebels make gains, Assad weaknesses laid bare

In the span of a month, Syrian insurgents have routed government forces across the country’s northwest, flushing them out of strongholds in a string of embarrassing defeats for President Bashar Assad. The first to go was the city of Idlib, which fell to opposition ...

Apr 30, 2015

Syrian opposition, activists report chemical attack in Idlib

Syrian activist groups on Wednesday reported another suspected chemical attack in the northwestern province of Idlib, with one group tweeting that a dozen people were “suffocating.” Several Idlib-based groups said government helicopters dropped at least two barrel bombs containing chlorine on the town of ...