CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack: sources

Feb 22, 2017

CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack: sources

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar Assad. Rebel officials said that no official explanation had ...

Islamic State's 'business model' is near collapse, report says

Feb 18, 2017

Islamic State's 'business model' is near collapse, report says

The Islamic State group is hemorrhaging money with every piece of territory it loses, according to a new analysis that found that the group’s “business model” is on the path to failure. The analysis, released Saturday by the International Centre for the Study of ...

Damascus denies using chlorine gas during Aleppo battle

Feb 16, 2017

Damascus denies using chlorine gas during Aleppo battle

Syria’s government on Wednesday fiercely denied accusations by Human Rights Watch that it used chemical weapons in its battle for Aleppo, shrugging off the group’s report as “unprofessional and unscientific. In a major report released Monday, Human Rights Watch said Syrian government forces had ...

World Press Photo award goes to AP image of Turkish assassin

Feb 14, 2017

World Press Photo award goes to AP image of Turkish assassin

As an off-duty policeman who had just assassinated Russia’s ambassador to Turkey stood in front of Burhan Ozbilici waving a gun, the veteran Associated Press photographer summoned the composure to stand his ground and keep taking pictures. “I immediately decided to do my job ...