Syria

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in eastern Syrian town kill 35

BASEL, Switzerland — Syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group are reporting that airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in an eastern town …

Middle East

US-led coalition airstrikes in eastern Syrian town kill 35

Syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group are reporting that airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in an eastern town held by the Islamic State group have killed at least 35 people.<p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 26 people were killed when a four-story building …

Middle East

American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member died after being hurt when a vehicle rolled over in northern Syria, the U.S. military said on Friday.<p>No further details were immediately available, according to a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force that oversees the U.S.-led coalition in the …

Middle East

US-led coalition airstrikes in eastern Syrian town kill 35

Syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group are reporting that airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in an eastern town held by the Islamic …

Middle East

Hezbollah says Saudi on path to more bloodshed in Iran struggle

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah said on Thursday Saudi Arabia was on a losing path to more bloodshed in its struggle with Iran and instead urged Riyadh to seek dialogue and negotiations with Tehran.<p>Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Iran-backed group, said Riyadh aimed …

Middle East

The Syrian Airfield The US Hit Is Back In Business

Syria has begun moving planes scattered across regime-controlled territory back to the Shayrat airfield, the target of 59 US Tomahawk missiles.<p>Posted on May 25, 2017, 22:10 GMT<p>U.s. Navy / Getty Images<p>The Syrian military has begun moving planes back to the airfield struck by US Tomahawk missiles …

World News

Philippine president urges IS-linked rebels to halt siege, start talks

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to Islamist militants on Friday to abandon hostilities and start dialogue in an effort to end their bloody occupation of a southern city that experts called a major blow to regional security.<p>Duterte said the presence …

Philippines

Coalition Syria strike kills 35 civilians

At least 35 civilians have been killed in US-led coalition air strikes on an Islamic State-held town in eastern Syria, a monitoring group says.<p>The …

Middle East

Air strike in east Syria kills 35 civilians: Observatory

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An air strike on Thursday evening killed at least 35 civilians, including family members of Islamic State fighters, in al-Mayadin, a town held by the jihadists near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported.<p>A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State …

World News

Attacks on Health Workers in War Zones Continue, Despite U.N. Resolution

UNITED NATIONS — A string of blatantly illegal attacks on clinics and ambulances in war zones around the world prompted the Security Council last year to demand protection for health workers and accountability for their attackers.<p>It made no difference whatsoever. In conflict zones, attacks on …

World News

Meet Roni Saslove, Israel's pioneering female winemaker

<b>(CNN) —</b> With a Mediterranean climate not unlike Italy or Spain and a national faith that requires drinking "the fruit of the vine" on the Sabbath, it's not surprising that Israel has invested heavily in cultivating its wine industry.<p>But when it comes to individual winemakers putting Israeli wine on …

Golan Heights

Yet another video shows U.S.-funded white helmets assisting public-held executions in rebel-held Syria

The shocking regime change scandal mainstream media refuses to touch<p>Syria Civil Defense, popularly known as the White Helmets, can be seen in a new video assisting in a public execution in a rebel-held town in Syria. It is at least the second such execution video featuring members of the Nobel …

Middle East

US-backed forces are roughly 1 mile away from the ISIS capital — and thousands of civilians are already fleeing

AMMAN — With United States-backed ground forces two kilometers away from Raqqa city, thousands of civilians are already fleeing ahead of the battle for the heart of Islamic State territory in Syria, while nearby displacement camps brace for an even greater influx in the days to come.<p>As of …

Middle East

Syrian army advances south toward rebel-held area

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said it had retaken a swathe of territory from Islamic State in southern Syria on Thursday in a rapid advance near areas held by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq.<p>The Syrian government said earlier in May that it was a priority to …

Free Syrian Army

The Latest: 31 militants killed in besieged Philippine city

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on the siege of a southern Philippine city by militants linked to the Islamic State group (all times local):<p>11:30 p.m.<p>Philippine army generals say 31 Islamic State group-linked extremists have been killed in two days of fighting in a southern city that has been …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Forces Fighting ISIS Turning on Each Other as Iran Opens Land Corridor to Syria

The plight of the Yazidis brought the United States back into the Iraq War when Obama moved to save them on Mount Sinjar. But three years on, they've got little hope of going home.<p>SINJAR, Iraq—The bombed-out military base atop Mount Sinjar offered a clear if distant view of the battle unfolding on …

Iraq

How has Trump cozied up to Russia? Coons: intel sharing

Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware told Jake Tapper that he's encouraged President Trump has stood up to Bashar Al Assad and hasn't embraced Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Bashar al-Assad

'Every year, I give birth': why war is driving a contraception crisis in Sudan

An aid ban is exposing women to risky births and their children to disease in Sudan’s Nuba mountains, where a million people are sheltering from conflict<p>Under a huge baobab tree in Sudan’s Nuba mountains, I met Sebila, a 27-year-old mother of three. In March last year, her village had been attacked …

Africa

After Bailing Out Assad, the Russian Military Risks a Syria Quagmire

It has been well over one year, seven months since Russia’s military intervened in Syria’s civil war. From the get-go the Kremlin brushed aside …

Syrian Civil War

U.S. airstrike set off explosion that killed at least 105 civilians in Mosul, Pentagon finds

A two-month investigation into a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq that caused some of the worst civilian casualties in decades found that the attack inadvertently set off explosives that gutted a sprawling apartment block and killed at least 105 civilians — far fewer than survivors and other …

Islamic State (ISIS)

On the Syrian border, Haley confronts civil war's reality

BAB AL-HAWA, Turkey-Syria Border (AP) — President Donald Trump's U.N. envoy set foot Wednesday in the no-man's-land between Syria and Turkey, witnessing the precarious transfer of aid supplies into a seemingly interminable conflict. That reality is far removed from America's years-old hope for …

Middle East

Trump Is Not Pro-Russia, Despite What the Media Says

Politically, no story is hotter than the one about President Donald Trump and the Russians.<p>Last week’s appointment of a special counsel to …

Russia

Rebel parts of Syria revive beloved Arabian horse races

Dozens of men and young children, their faces enveloped in red checkered keffiyehs, watch as about 20 horses race each other in the northern Syrian desert. Video provided by AFP Newslook

Horses

'I've Treated Exactly the Same Wound in Syria': UK Surgeon Sees Disturbing Coincidence in Manchester Attack

In the wake of the horrible events that took place in Manchester, England, on Monday night, stories of heroism emerged.<p>From taxi drivers shuttling …

Syrian Civil War

Google Explains One Of Humanity’s Most Complex Issues

To put it bluntly, the refugee crisis is incredibly complex. Right now, the world is experiencing the highest levels of displacement on record, with …

Good News

Syrian army says senior Islamic State militant killed

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had killed Islamic State's military commander in Syria during operations in the north of the country, where the Russian-backed government forces are seizing more territory back from the jihadist group.<p>If confirmed, this would represent a major …

Free Syrian Army

Aleppo After the Fall

<b>O</b>ne morning in mid-December, a group of soldiers banged on the door of a house in eastern Aleppo. A male voice responded from inside: “Who are you?” A soldier answered: “We’re the Syrian Arab Army. It’s O.K., you can come out. They’re all gone.”<p>The door opened. A middle-aged man appeared. He had a …

World News

Are the U.S. and Iran on a Collision Course in Syria?

With Iran and its Shiite proxies determined to thwart American influence in Syria, Washington could soon find itself fighting a second front.<p>A U.S. …

Syrian Civil War

U.S. and Russia boost dialogue about Syria operations to include generals

The U.S. military and Russia have stepped up their communication about operations over Syria to include dialogue between U.S. and Russian generals in the Middle East, said the top Air Force general in the region.<p>Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, the commander of Air Forces Central Command, told …

War

Facebook struggles with 'mission impossible' to stop online extremism

Social media giant faces criticism for doing too little to prevent extremist content as terrorists find ways of bypassing its rules<p>Facebook moderators identified more than 1,300 posts on the site as “credible terrorist threats” in a single month and face a “mission impossible” to control the amount …

Free Syrian Army