Syrian farmers fear IS to flood villages near Euphrates

Mar 5, 2017

Syrian farmers fear IS to flood villages near Euphrates

Syrian farmers near the Euphrates river are terrified the Islamic State group will literally open the floodgates to defend its stronghold Raqqa, drowning their tiny villages in the process. Water levels of the Euphrates, which snakes down through northern Syria and east into Iraq, ...

Russia-backed Syria forces fighting Islamic State enter Palmyra

Mar 2, 2017

Russia-backed Syria forces fighting Islamic State enter Palmyra

Syria’s army entered the ancient city of Palmyra late Wednesday after fierce battles against the Islamic State jihadi group, a monitor said. “The army has entered a western neighborhood of Palmyra and has seized control of part of it,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of ...

U.N. vote on Syria sanctions sought; Russia vows veto

Feb 25, 2017

U.N. vote on Syria sanctions sought; Russia vows veto

Nations urging the U.N. to ban helicopter sales to Syria and impose other sanctions over its use of chemical weapons are seeking a Security Council vote, saying the body needs to take action over attacks that the U.S. envoy called “barbaric.” But Russia is ...