Dec 10, 2016

U.S. allies in Europe caution Trump over Syria strategy

Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s approach to Syria, warning that his pledge to work more closely with Russia, Damascus’ main backer, will do little to diminish the terrorist threat emanating from Syria. The diplomatic persuasion ...

Dec 7, 2016

Russian colonel dies from Aleppo rebel shelling

Russia said Wednesday that an army colonel working as a military adviser in Syria has died several days after being wounded by rebel shelling in Aleppo. “Ruslan Galitsky passed away in hospital as a result of his serious injuries. Russian army medics fought for ...

Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

Dec 4, 2016

Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave. After four years of holding nearly half of the divided city, rebel fighters have been increasingly squeezed ...

IS making 'last stand' in Libyan city: Pentagon

Dec 2, 2016

IS making 'last stand' in Libyan city: Pentagon

Islamic State group jihadis are making a “last stand” in their former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, where they now control only around two blocks, the Pentagon said Thursday. The IS group had held all of the Mediterranean port city as recently as early this ...

2,000 Iraqi forces killed in month's fighting to retake Mosul

Dec 2, 2016

2,000 Iraqi forces killed in month's fighting to retake Mosul

The scope of the toll the six-week old battle for Mosul has taken on Iraqi forces emerged Thursday, with U.N. figures showing that around 2,000 had been killed in fighting last month alone. While high casualty tolls were expected for what has been Iraq’s ...