Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to “freeze” fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence. Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians ...

Obama says new troops in Syria will be essential

Apr 25, 2016

Obama says new troops in Syria will be essential

President Barack Obama announced Monday the deployment to Syria of an additional 250 U.S. special operations forces to assist local troops who are trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists, significantly broadening the American presence in the war-torn country. The move will bring the number ...

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Apr 23, 2016

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Syria’s fragile cease-fire is in grave peril, U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.N.’s special envoy warned Friday, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country’s second city Aleppo. The truce “is still in effect, but it is in great trouble if we don’t act ...

Apr 19, 2016

Syrian regime says Assad's future not up for discussion

The Syrian government’s chief negotiator said President Bashar Assad’s future was not up for discussion at peace talks, underlining the bleak prospects for reviving U.N.-led negotiations postponed by the opposition. Bashar Ja’afari, speaking to Lebanese TV station al Mayadeen, also said his team was ...

Syrian peace talks resume as violence surges

Apr 13, 2016

Syrian peace talks resume as violence surges

A new round of peace talks to end Syria’s five-year civil war is set to begin in Geneva on Wednesday as a surge in violence in northern Aleppo province threatens a fragile truce. The United Nations-brokered talks are aimed at forming a transitional government ...

Apr 12, 2016

Russian attack helicopter crashes in Syria, two dead

A Russian Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter crashed in Syria in the early hours of Tuesday morning killing both pilots, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the helicopter, which crashed in Homs province, had not been shot down, but the cause of the ...

Apr 6, 2016

'Heart-eating' al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel killed: report

A Syrian fighter who appeared in a gruesome video cutting out the heart of a regime soldier and eating it has been shot dead by rival rebels, a monitoring group said. Known by his nom de guerre “Abu Sakkar,” the rebel reportedly joined the ...

Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month

Apr 6, 2016

Rebels shoot down second Syrian jet in a month

Rebels shot down a second Syrian warplane in less than a month on Tuesday and a monitoring group said they captured its pilot in an area near Aleppo where heavy fighting has erupted in recent days despite a cessation of hostilities agreement. The Syrian ...