An estimated 2,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Raqqa, Syria

Aug 5, 2017

An estimated 2,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Raqqa, Syria

About 2,000 Islamic State fighters are estimated to remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa, fighting for their survival in the face of an offensive by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Brett McGurk, U.S. special envoy for ...

Fragile economy stays Putin's hand in standoff with U.S.

/ | Aug 2, 2017

Fragile economy stays Putin's hand in standoff with U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to risk escalating tit-for-tat sanctions with Washington because the only measures that would hurt the United States would also endanger Russia's fragile economic recovery. After U.S. lawmakers backed a new round of economic sanctions on Moscow, Russia last week ...

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in war-torn country's northwest

Jul 26, 2017

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in war-torn country's northwest

Syrian rebels and activists are warning that an al-Qaida-linked jihadi group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, after the extremists seized control of the opposition-held regional capital, Idlib, last weekend. With the jihadis cementing their ...

Lone clinic in Syria's rebel north tackles civil war's mental toll

Jul 24, 2017

Lone clinic in Syria's rebel north tackles civil war's mental toll

At an austere mental health clinic in northern Syria, male patients with shaved heads squat barefoot in a courtyard, some dressed in uniforms and others in T-shirts and tracksuit trousers. One man screams at those around him, while another laughs to himself. A third sings ...