Syrian Islamists, courting West, say they will protect minorities

Jul 22, 2015

Syrian Islamists, courting West, say they will protect minorities

A conservative Islamist rebel group said on Tuesday it would protect Syria’s minorities, pressing a campaign in Western media to address concerns about one of the most powerful insurgent forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad. Ahrar al-Sham is an ultra orthodox Salafist group and part ...

Spanish journalist trio missing in Aleppo

Jul 22, 2015

Spanish journalist trio missing in Aleppo

Three Spanish freelance journalists who traveled to Syria to report amid the country’s long-running civil war have gone missing around the embattled northern city of Aleppo, a Spanish journalism association said Tuesday, the latest ensnared in the world’s most dangerous assignment for reporters. The ...

Syria regime, Kurds join to fight IS in Hasakeh

Jul 20, 2015

Syria regime, Kurds join to fight IS in Hasakeh

In two districts of Syria’s Hasakeh city, Kurdish fighters and regime forces rest before returning to battle the Islamic State group, a shared enemy being fought jointly for the first time. Although the two forces are fighting in different parts of the northeastern city, ...

'Freedom will come' say U.S.-led coalition leaflets dropped over Raqqa

Jul 20, 2015

'Freedom will come' say U.S.-led coalition leaflets dropped over Raqqa

A U.S.-led coalition dropped new leaflets over the de facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, promising those below that “freedom will come” to the region, activists said Sunday. An anti-Islamic State group called Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered and the Britain-based ...

Jul 19, 2015

Czech Foreign Ministry says five nationals are missing in Lebanon

Five Czechs and their Lebanese driver are missing in Lebanon, a spokeswoman for the Czech Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Lebanese media and a security source had reported earlier Saturday that five Czech nationals were missing after their abandoned vehicle was found near Kefraya in ...

Anger in Iraq after marketplace suicide attack toll jumps to 115

Jul 18, 2015

Anger in Iraq after marketplace suicide attack toll jumps to 115

An attack by the Islamic State group on a crowded marketplace in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province has killed 115 people, including women and children, in one of the deadliest single attacks in the country in the past decade. The mostly-Shiite victims were gathered to ...

Jul 18, 2015

Islamic State suicide car bomb kills over 100 in Iraq

More than 100 people were killed in a suicide car bombing at a busy market in an Iraqi town on Friday, one of the deadliest attacks carried out by Islamic State militants since they overran large parts of the country. The blast brought down ...