Top U.S. commander makes secret visit to Syria

May 22, 2016

Top U.S. commander makes secret visit to Syria

On a secret trip to Syria, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing local Arab ...

For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

May 14, 2016

For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

A rebel onslaught on the town of Khan Touman near Aleppo last week delivered one of the biggest battlefield setbacks yet to the coalition of foreign Shiite fighters waging war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Reports put the death toll among ...

Apr 2, 2016

Russia accuses Turkey of arming extremists in Syria

Russia is accusing three Turkish foundations of supplying weapons and military equipment to Islamic State extremists in Syria and says $1.9 million worth of explosives and industrial chemicals were smuggled across Turkey’s border to extremist groups. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said in a ...

Mar 29, 2016

China appoints first special envoy for Syria crisis

China said Tuesday it has appointed its first special envoy to Syria, as part of efforts to increase its diplomatic footprint in the Middle East. China depends on the volatile region for oil supplies but has long taken a back seat in its disputes, ...