May 31, 2016

Air strikes pummel rebel-held city of Idlib in Syria: Human rights group

A wave of airstrikes on a rebel-held stronghold in northwest Syria Monday night caused mass casualties and sparked fresh clashes. The flare-up in violence came a day after the opposition’s chief negotiator resigned in frustration over the stalled Geneva peace talks with the government ...

Islamic State terrorist attacks in Iraq undermine faith in government

May 25, 2016

Islamic State terrorist attacks in Iraq undermine faith in government

Even as Iraq slowly claws back territory from the Islamic State group, faith in the government is crumbling among many Iraqis — particularly Shiites — who are angered by political disarray and the continual militant bombings in Baghdad. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi triumphantly announced ...

Jihadis mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

| May 23, 2016

Jihadis mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

Jihadi militants in Syria including al-Qaida are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce. Al-Qaida’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, was excluded ...

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

May 18, 2016

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

Russia has built a military encampment inside a zone that holds the UNESCO world heritage site in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, where Islamic State militants were driven out recently by pro-government forces. The Russian military described the camp Tuesday as “temporary,” saying ...

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 ...