Jan 20, 2016

Kurds destroyed thousands of Arab homes in Iraq, Amnesty says

Kurdish forces have destroyed thousands of homes in northern Iraq in an apparent attempt to uproot Arab communities, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The rights group said the destruction took place after Kurdish forces captured areas from the Islamic State group, which overran swaths of ...

Assad's battlefield gains cast cloud on upcoming Syria talks

Jan 20, 2016

Assad's battlefield gains cast cloud on upcoming Syria talks

Syrian peace talks due next week are looking increasingly moot as a string of recent battlefield victories by government troops have bolstered President Bashar Assad’s hand and plunged the rebels into disarray. The government’s advances add to the obstacles that have scuttled chances of ...

Jan 16, 2016

U.N. agency: Starving Syrian teen died 'in front of our eyes'

The U.N. children’s agency said Friday that it witnessed the death of a teenager who died of starvation “in front of our eyes,” as well as several cases of severe malnutrition among children trapped in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya near Damascus. Doctors ...

New constitution first step to solution for Syria, Putin says

Jan 12, 2016

New constitution first step to solution for Syria, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria needs to start working on a new constitution as a first step to finding a political solution to its civil war, though he acknowledged the process was likely to be difficult. Putin, who has thrown Russia’s support behind ...

Aid convoys reach three Syria communities besieged for months

Jan 12, 2016

Aid convoys reach three Syria communities besieged for months

Aid convoys delivered long-awaited food, medicine and other supplies to three besieged communities Monday, part of a U.N.-supported operation to help tens of thousands of civilians cut off for months by the war in Syria. Reports of starvation and images of emaciated children have ...

Jan 11, 2016

Aid convoys head toward besieged Syria cities

Syria’s official news agency and activists say aid convoys meant to relieve besieged cities in northern Syria and near the Lebanese border are on their way. SANA said the humanitarian aid was moving Monday toward the adjacent Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya in ...

Jan 9, 2016

IS militant kills his mother in public for apostasy in Syria

An Islamic State fighter shot and killed his mother before onlookers at a public square in the Syrian city of Raqqa after he was told that she was not a true believer, activists reported Friday, the latest in IS’s brutal public killings over the ...