Documents detail Islamic State guidelines for beards, concubines

Nov 2, 2016

Documents detail Islamic State guidelines for beards, concubines

After the Islamic State group conquered villages in northern Iraq, it spelled out in minute detail the rules of its self-proclaimed caliphate, from beard length to alms to guidelines for taking women as sex slaves. Islamic State documents and posters, obtained in villages captured ...

U.S. says Syrian regime using starvation as 'weapon of war'

Oct 29, 2016

U.S. says Syrian regime using starvation as 'weapon of war'

The United States on Friday accused the Syrian regime of using “starvation as a weapon of war” — a war crime under the Geneva Conventions — stepping up the rhetoric against President Bashar Assad and his Russian backers. Rejecting the Kremlin’s claims that attacks ...

Oct 29, 2016

Russian jets had mistaken 'near miss' with U.S. planes over Syria

A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. warplane over eastern Syria, U.S. defense officials said Friday, highlighting the risks of a serious mishap in the increasingly crowded airspace. The “near miss” occurred late on Oct. 17 when a Russian jet that ...

IS propaganda arm weakened by military setbacks: study

Oct 12, 2016

IS propaganda arm weakened by military setbacks: study

The IS group’s propaganda machine, largely credited with effectively attracting fresh recruits, has been weakened by military setbacks in Iraq and Syria, a U.S. study said Tuesday. The jihadi group’s photo and video dissemination has been cut drastically year over year, research by the ...

Russia building up forces in Syria, data show

Oct 8, 2016

Russia building up forces in Syria, data show

Russia has built up its forces in Syria since a cease-fire collapsed in late September, sending in troops, planes and advanced missile systems, a Reuters analysis of publicly available tracking data shows. The data point to a doubling of supply runs by air and ...