Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra

Mar 23, 2017

Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra

Russia’s force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has disclosed. Eighteen ...

Australia close to resettling 12,000 Syrian refugees

Mar 22, 2017

Australia close to resettling 12,000 Syrian refugees

Australia is close to resettling the 12,000 refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq it promised to urgently take more than a year ago, an official said Wednesday. All 12,000 have been issued visas and more than 10,000 have already been brought from ...

Syrian troops shell, bomb parts of Damascus as rebels renew attack

Mar 22, 2017

Syrian troops shell, bomb parts of Damascus as rebels renew attack

Airstrikes and artillery fire shook Damascus on Tuesday as government forces tried to repel a second rebel attack on the Syrian capital in three days. The military deployed tanks along the city’s leafy Fares al-Khoury Avenue leading to the eastern Jobar and Qaboun neighborhoods, ...

Al-Qaida upping attacks against Assad government's strongholds

Mar 21, 2017

Al-Qaida upping attacks against Assad government's strongholds

Under pressure from fellow insurgents and escalating airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, Syria’s al-Qaida branch is stepping up violence against President Bashar Assad’s strongholds with precise, high-profile attacks, including a surprising breach of the capital in the most serious infiltration in years. Sunday’s attack, ...

Mar 17, 2017

U.S. claims deadly north Syria strike, denies targeting mosque

The U.S. military said Thursday it carried out a deadly airstrike on an al-Qaida meeting in northern Syria and would investigate reports that more than 40 civilians were killed when a mosque was struck in the raid. “We did not target a mosque, but ...