Talal Anthony Yordi

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US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria

GENEVA (AP) — Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with …

Devastating photos offer a glimpse inside Syria's fiercest battleground — one of the 3 oldest cities in human history

The epicenter of Syria's brutal civil war shifted decisively last week to the country's largest city, Aleppo, which remains divided between regime loyalists in the west and rebel forces in the east.<p>Since April 22, 250 people have been killed— 140 of them in airstrikes and 96 by rebel shelling, …

Report: Sons of Hezbollah commanders sent to Europe to evade Syria fighting

Opposing Hezbollah's war in Syria and fearing for their sons' lives, many Hezbollah militiamen send their sons to seek refuge in Europe.<p>><p>The son of …

FSA rejects local ceasefires, supports halt in Syria peace talks

The Free Syrian Army has refused to recognize partial ceasefires or local lulls in violence, claiming that if the UN-backed truce is not implemented …

Islamic State boosts attacks in response to territorial losses: IHS

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State attacks have increased this year, particularly in Iraq and Syria as the group responds to substantial territorial losses, a U.S.-based analysis firm IHS said on Sunday.<p>A flag belonging to the Islamic State fighters is seen on a motorbike after forces loyal to …

Middle East

Islamic Jihad terrorist killed in 'training accident'

An Islamic Jihad terrorist was killed during a "training session" in northern Gaza Monday, while "carrying out combat duties."<p>The group identified …

Analysis: Syria - a war waiting to spill over

Israel and pragmatic Sunni states preparing for the day radical sub-state groups target them.<p>Smoke rises during fighting in the village of Ahmadiyah …

Middle East

Australian man arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of belonging to terrorist group, says report

Australia’s foreign affairs department is seeking confirmation a dual Australian-Syrian national has been arrested in Tripoli, northern Lebanon<p>Embassy staff in Beirut are seeking to confirm reports an Australian man was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group.<p>Voix du Liban …

The 22 Most Beautiful Places in the World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to …

11 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

One writer discovers a country of dizzying contradictions.<p>In the words of a local artist and friendly guide I met on a recent trip to Cuba, “The only way to understand Cuba is to be irrational.” The island nation is a place of paradoxes: one where you're at once in awe of Havana's history and …

U.S. Marine Killed, Three Others Injured By ISIS Rocket in Iraq

An American Marine was killed and three others were injured in Iraq by indirect fire, a U.S. military official said Saturday.<p>The casualty near Mahmour, south of Mosul, was the result of ISIS firing a rocket at a small outpost where U.S. military service members are advising Iraqi security forces, …

Syrian troops push toward Palmyra, with Russian support

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by Russian aircraft, Syrian troops pushed Friday toward the historic central town of Palmyra in an offensive to recapture it …

Hezbollah attacks Israeli troops on Lebanon border

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese militant group Hezbollah struck an Israeli armored patrol with a roadside bomb at the border on Monday and Israel responded by …

Latest Islamic State execution video features new 'Jihadi John'

A new Islamic State video purports to show the death of five alleged British spies at the hands of a man speaking English with a British accent. And, though the video was not yet authenticated, news outlets were already comparing the grisly spectacle to the work of Jihadi John.<p>John, unmasked as …

Islam

The U.S., Israel, and a little espionage among friends

If online chatter is any indication, a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report published last night on U.S. surveillance programs and Israeli Prime Minister …

Citing terror threats, Brussels cancels its New Year’s Eve fireworks

Authorities in Belgium announced today (Dec. 30) that the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Brussels has been canceled due to threats of terrorism during the event. Evidently, the recent arrests of two men suspected of planning one such attack in the city did not assuage safety concerns. …

Extremism

US warns Russia over civilian deaths in Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry says the US is concerned that hundreds of residents have been killed by Russian air raids. He conveyed Washington's …

Middle East

Syria, Trump, and terrorists: Vladimir Putin’s 2015, in his own words

It’s been quite a year for Russian president Vladimir Putin, who went from international persona non grata for Russia’s involvement in the conflict in Ukraine to top dog in decisions concerning Syria’s civil war.<p>To conclude the eventful year, which also marks Putin’s 15th in power, the Russian …

Russia

ISIS' major loss in Iraq is 'a vindication' for US strategy against the terror group

Iraqi Security Forces supported by the US-led coalition retook the city of Ramadi from ISIS, a key victory against the group also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, or Daesh.<p>"We congratulate them on this important operational achievement," said Gen. Lloyd Austin, the head of US Central Command, …