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Iran commands 25,000 fighters in Syria as part of massive power play for the region

Avi Dichter, chair of Israel's foreign affairs and defense committee, told members of the Swiss parliament the Iranian-backed force was focused on fighting Sunni rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, not Islamic State.<p>"This is a foreign legion of some 25,000 militants, most of whom …

Middle East

Syrian rebels use children's balloon bombs to try to bring drown Russian jets in Aleppo

For years Syrian rebel fighters have pleaded with their foreign backers for sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons to use against Russian jets and regime helicopters.<p>The answer has always been no, out of fear that the weapons would eventually fall into the hands of jihadists.<p>And so rebels in Aleppo …

Middle East

Syria War - Battle of Aleppo: Fierce Fighting and Firefights Between Rebels and SAA