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

Iraq used torture to extract confessions from convicts, Amnesty says

Amnesty International on Monday condemned the hanging in Iraq of 36 men convicted of a mass killing of soldiers, saying some of their confessions were extorted under threats and torture. The watchdog called on the Iraqi authorities to establish a moratorium on executions and ...

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 ...