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 ...

Feb 7, 2017

Syria's Assad sees Trump's Islamic State view as promising

Syrian President Bashar Assad said U.S. President Donald Trump prioritizing the fight against jihadis by the Islamic State group was promising although it was too early to expect any practical steps, state news agency SANA reported Tuesday. Trump has indicated he might cut U.S. ...

Iraqi forces wage psychological war using jihadi corpses

Feb 7, 2017

Iraqi forces wage psychological war using jihadi corpses

The flyblown corpses of Islamic State group militants have been rotting along a main street in north Mosul for two weeks, a health risk for passers-by. Suicide bombers’ belts beside the fighters can still explode, killing anyone nearby. But the Iraqi Army has no ...

Power brokers endorse Syria cease-fire after two days of talks

Jan 25, 2017

Power brokers endorse Syria cease-fire after two days of talks

Russia, Iran and Turkey presented a united front at the conclusion of two days of talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and the armed opposition, pledging support for the country’s shaky cease-fire and a joint mechanism to ensure compliance. They did not specify ...

Talks on Syria's civil war off to a rocky start

Jan 24, 2017

Talks on Syria's civil war off to a rocky start

Talks between the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions got off to a rocky start Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan that marked a major shift in the war’s dynamics and confirmed Russia’s role as regional heavyweight. The gathering in Astana, ...

Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

Jan 14, 2017

Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect President Bashar Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to a document seen by Reuters. A joint inquiry for the United Nations and ...

Blast in Syrian town on Turkish border kills nearly 50

Jan 8, 2017

Blast in Syrian town on Turkish border kills nearly 50

A car bomb ripped through a busy commercial district in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border Saturday, killing nearly 50 in a huge explosion that damaged buildings and left rescuers scrambling to find survivors amid the wreckage, opposition activists said. Rescuers and ...