Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Aug 26, 2015

Assad opposes alliance of Syrian rebels against Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that he is open to the idea of a coalition against Islamic State but indicated there is little chance of it happening among his enemies, casting further doubt on a Russian plan to forge an alliance against the ...

Aug 24, 2015

Turkey's Erdogan expected to call new elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was expected on Monday to formally call new elections for Nov. 1 and reappoint Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form an interim administration, a day after the deadline passed for establishing a government following Turkey’s inconclusive election in June. ...

Al-Qaida in Syria leaves area where Turkey seeks buffer

Aug 11, 2015

Al-Qaida in Syria leaves area where Turkey seeks buffer

The al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front says it has quit frontline positions against the Islamic State group north of Aleppo and ceded them to other rebels, leaving an area of northern Syria where Turkey wants to set up a buffer zone. A Nusra Front statement dated ...

Aug 10, 2015

U.S. consulate in Turkey targeted as wave of attacks kills nine

Two women fired guns at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants. The NATO ...