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 ...

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

Apr 2, 2016

U.S. may deploy many more special forces to Syria, officials say

The U.S. administration is considering a plan to greatly increase the number of American special operations forces deployed to Syria as it looks to accelerate recent gains against the Islamic State group, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, with direct knowledge of the proposal’s ...

Iraqi Christians fear extinction in wake of Islamic State onslaught

Mar 28, 2016

Iraqi Christians fear extinction in wake of Islamic State onslaught

Iraqi Christians gathered in Baghdad over the weekend to mark Easter, but celebrations were tempered by fears the Islamic State group would eradicate their shrinking community, even as the army launched a U.S.-backed offensive to retake Mosul, their ancestral homeland. In mid-2014, Christians in ...

Syrian troops push toward Palmyra, with Russian support

Mar 19, 2016

Syrian troops push toward Palmyra, with Russian support

Backed by Russian aircraft, Syrian troops pushed Friday toward the historic central town of Palmyra in an offensive to recapture it from the Islamic State group whose fighters have damaged some of the world’s most precious archaeological sites since they overran the town last ...

As old as the war: 5-year-old Syrians grow up away from home

Mar 16, 2016

As old as the war: 5-year-old Syrians grow up away from home

They are as old as the Syrian war: 5-year-old Syrian children growing up as refugees in foreign, unfamiliar places far away from home. They are the silent victims of a horrific war, innocent of the violence that surrounds them yet already familiar with grown-up ...

U.S., Russia pull the strings as Syria war enters sixth year

| Mar 14, 2016

U.S., Russia pull the strings as Syria war enters sixth year

The United States and Russia are pulling the strings in Syria’s five-year war, experts say, pressuring opposing sides and leveraging rival regional powers to reach a settlement. As the conflict enters its sixth year, the embattled regime and fractured opposition are in Geneva for ...

A look at how the Syrian conflict has changed the world

Mar 14, 2016

A look at how the Syrian conflict has changed the world

The Syrian conflict has had outsized impact on global politics. Five ways the world has changed: Rise of the Islamic State It was in the vacuum of the deteriorating Syrian conflict that a little-known and horrifically violent branch of al-Qaida grew into the foremost ...