Dec 7, 2016

Russian colonel dies from Aleppo rebel shelling

Russia said Wednesday that an army colonel working as a military adviser in Syria has died several days after being wounded by rebel shelling in Aleppo. “Ruslan Galitsky passed away in hospital as a result of his serious injuries. Russian army medics fought for ...

No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo collapses

Dec 5, 2016

No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo collapses

The old Aleppo cemetery filled up a year ago. The new one filled up last week. Now the dead are left in the besieged enclave’s streets, buried in backyards and overwhelming the morgues. Medical officials secured yet another plot for the dead. But they ...

Aleppo's fall could tip the balance in Syria

| Nov 28, 2016

Aleppo's fall could tip the balance in Syria

President Bashar Assad is determined to retake Syria’s second city Aleppo to deal a decisive blow to the rebels ahead of a possible change in U.S. foreign policy, analysts say. Assad’s regime has in recent months been pressing a series of offensives to seize ...

Friend or foe? Sometimes hard to tell in war for Mosul

Nov 22, 2016

Friend or foe? Sometimes hard to tell in war for Mosul

He claimed to be a native of Mosul and said he had just escaped his embattled neighborhood. When his cell phone chirped cheerfully, he said it was his mother calling and picked up. But the clean-shaven man seemed to have a Syrian accent, not ...

Nov 13, 2016

Russian warship flotilla now off Syrian coast: military

A flotilla of Russian warships is now in the eastern Mediterranean off the Syrian coast after being sent to reinforce Russia’s military in the area, a naval commander said on state television. The commander of Russia’s flagship Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, Sergei Artamonov, said ...

Iraqi forces battle waves of suicide car bombs in Mosul push

Nov 13, 2016

Iraqi forces battle waves of suicide car bombs in Mosul push

Iraqi forces battled waves of suicide car bombs on Sunday as they attempt to advance deeper into Mosul in the face of heavy resistance from the Islamic State group. Troops are converging from several fronts on the city, Iraq’s second-largest and the extremists’ last ...

Nov 12, 2016

Watchdog slams Syrian regime, Islamic State for chemical arms use

The executive body of the global chemical arms watchdog on Friday took the unprecedented step of condemning Syria and Islamic State jihadis for using toxic weapons, demanding increased inspections. The leading body of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons also voiced concern ...