U.S. and Russia fail to close deal on ending violence in Syria

Aug 27, 2016

U.S. and Russia fail to close deal on ending violence in Syria

The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation and a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, saying they still have issues to resolve before an agreement could be announced. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and ...

Aug 24, 2016

Turkey launches operation to free Syrian town from Islamic State group

Turkey’s military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces on Wednesday launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, Turkey’s prime minister’s office said. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the operation, which began hours after Turkey indicated it would step up ...

Aug 23, 2016

U.S. commander skeptical of cooperation with Russia in Syria

The top U.S. commander for the fight against the Islamic State group said Monday that he is skeptical of any additional military cooperation with Russia in Syria. And he said he believes he can get the mission done without it, outlining new plans to ...

Pentagon claims exclusion zone in Syria is not a 'no fly zone'

Aug 23, 2016

Pentagon claims exclusion zone in Syria is not a 'no fly zone'

Syria has been warned not to fly warplanes in areas where American troops are advising Kurdish and Arab forces fighting the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said on Monday. But it insisted this does not amount to a “no fly zone.” Reporters pushed press ...

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

Aug 20, 2016

U.S. sends jets to protect coalition forces from Syrian regime strikes

The U.S. has twice scrambled fighter aircraft to protect American special operations forces and allies after Syrian government warplanes attacked near the northeastern city of Hassakeh, officials said Friday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. has increased combat air patrols in that area ...

China seeks closer military ties with Syria

Aug 17, 2016

China seeks closer military ties with Syria

China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern ...