Syria

The US Is Bombing Syria So Much That Watchdogs Can't Keep Up - Motherboard

Allegations of civilian casualties as a result of United States coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have swelled so much since January that airstrike watchdog Airwars can't keep track. Unable to keep up with the number of bombings by both Russia and the United States coalition, the organization …

Middle East

What's Behind Israel's Diplomatic Flare-Up With Russia

After years of reported airstrikes in Syria, the Israeli ambassador in Moscow was suddenly summoned to explain his country’s recent attack.<p>In the fall of 2015, Russia and Israel held their first talks on “deconfliction,” a disconcerting, vague military arrangement, the aim of which was “preventing …

Middle East

'We're fleshing it out': Trump appears to be taking more aggressive approach to fighting ISIS in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deepening U.S. military involvement against Islamic State militants in northern Syria indicates the Pentagon will likely send even more troops in coming weeks.<p>Their mission won't be to fight on the front lines but to bolster Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces in a coming battle …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Arab autocrats: Exiled, killed or fighting for survival

BEIRUT (AP) — Egypt's ousted former President Hosni Mubarak was released Friday after six years in custody but he is not the only autocratic ruler in the Middle East that was caught up in Arab Spring revolts that swept across the region in 2011.<p>Exiled, killed or fighting for survival, here's a look …

Egypt

More than 200 dead in suspected U.S. airstrike that hits civilians in Mosul

The U.S. military is investigating whether it was responsible for a bombing raid in the Iraqi city of Mosul that killed scores of civilians, making it the most deadly among Iraqi residents since the battle against the militant group Islamic State began more than two years ago.<p>Col. Joseph Scrocca, a …

Mosul

ISIS Executed Muslims for ‘Turning Back on Islam’ in Palmyra Makeshift Court

After defeating the Islamic State group in Palmyra, the Syrian army escorted journalists around the ancient city, revealing ISIS' legacy of death and …

Syrian Army

What’s Happening In Syria? Germany Pledges $253 Million In Funds For Syria, Iraq

Germany announced Thursday its pledge to provide $253 million in funds for relief aid and rebuilding efforts in the war-torn countries of Syria and …

Middle East

Syrian negotiator puts 'terrorism' at center of Geneva talks

| GENEVA<p>Syria's chief negotiator at U.N. peace talks in Geneva on Friday delivered a 40 minute polemic attacking the political and armed opposition and their foreign backers, labeling them all "terrorists".<p>Fresh from a two-hour meeting with U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura, which he said had …

Middle East

The Latest: Clashes erupt near key IS-held dam in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):<p>4:30 p.m.<p>A Syrian monitoring group and a spokeswoman for a U.S.-backed force say intense clashes are ongoing near a major dam held by the Islamic State group on the Euphrates river.<p>Cihan Sheikh Ehmed, the spokeswoman for the Syrian …

Middle East

US Coalition Fights Through ISIS Enemy Lines

The offensive to destroy ISIS in Syria took a big step forward recently with US military advisers, helicopters, and artillery helping position a …

Syrian Civil War

U.S.-led coalition helps train Raqqa police: Syrian Kurdish officials

| BEIRUT<p>The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State is helping to train a police force for the Syrian city of Raqqa in anticipation of its capture from the militants, two Kurdish officials said on Friday.<p>They said the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and …

Middle East

Some Vague Stars to the South

<b>2016 FALL TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST WINNER</b><p>Bakers, Grand Mufti, Bashar al-Assad, Epictetus, Rumi, butchers, lecture halls, Syrians, Battle of Kadesh, …

Bashar al-Assad

IS leaves trail of destruction in Syria's Palmyra

<b>The ancient Roman ruins have been ruined again by so-called Islamic State.</b><p>But Palmyra still takes your breath away.

Palmyra

Isis's losses in Syria and Iraq will make it harder for it to recruit another Khalid Masood

Iraqi forces are stalled and suffering heavy casualties in their assault on the last Isis fighters defending close-packed buildings in the Old City …

Islamic State (ISIS)

As Coalition Forces Beseige Raqqa, ISIS Projects Image of Calm

A daring raid behind enemy lines initiated a new phase in the battle for the Syrian city.

Islamic State (ISIS)

Russian, U.S. defence officials discuss air safety over Syria - Interfax | Reuters

MOSCOW Communication channels between Russia and the United States on flight safety over Syrian airspace are working, Interfax news agency reported …

Russia

Rival fighters in Ukraine are 'within shouting distance' in some places — risking renewed violence

AVDIYIVKA/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian government troops and separatist fighters have drawn closer to each other at several places along the tense front line in eastern Ukraine, monitors say, raising the risk of violent flare-ups that could wreck a shaky ceasefire.<p>At some points, the sides have drawn …

Ukraine

Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence - U.N. | Reuters

GENEVA Russia, Iran and Turkey need to convene more Syrian ceasefire talks as soon as possible to bring the "worrisome" situation on the ground under …

Middle East

UN warns that destroying cultural heritage may be war crime

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and warning the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and other combatants that such attacks may constitute war crimes.<p>The resolution approved by the …

Cultural Heritage

Who is trying to turn Russia and Israel against each other?

A new front has opened in the Middle East, with Syria and Israel shooting at each other. On March 17, Syrian defense forces shot at (according to Tel Aviv) and downed (according to Damascus) an Israeli military plane intending to bomb Hezbollah positions on Syrian territory.<p>Several days later, the …

Golan Heights

Syrian army prepares Hama counterattack ahead of renewed peace talks | Reuters

BEIRUT Jihadists and other rebel groups made advances against the Syrian army north of Hama on Thursday, a monitor said, part of their biggest …

Middle East

US military investigating if airstrikes caused nearly 300 civilian deaths

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The US military is investigating whether it was responsible for the deaths of nearly 300 Syrian and Iraqi civilians in three different sets of airstrikes this month.<p>Civilian casualties have been alleged in all three instances, but each situation is different and complex, a US …

Syrian Civil War

U.S., South Korean troops train for North Korean chemical weapons attack

U.S. and South Korean soldiers finished a two-day drill Wednesday that simulated an assault on North Korean chemical weapons laboratories as …

Chemical Weapons

'Worst is yet to come' with 400,000 trapped in west Mosul: U.N.

| GENEVA/MOSUL, Iraq<p>About 400,000 Iraqi civilians are trapped in the Islamic State-held Old City of western Mosul, short of food and basic needs as the battle between the militants and government forces rages around them, the United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday.<p>Many fear fleeing because …

Iraq

Why the Trump administration is sending more troops to Syria

<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b> United States military involvement in Syria has deepened since President Trump took office. The Pentagon has authorized the deployment …

Foreign Policy

Stoppage time Panenka secures emotional Syria victory

Omar Khribin moved the Asian side closer to a place at Russia 2018 on Thursday with a dramatic winner in their qualifying clash with Uzbekistan<p>Syria kept their remarkable quest for a place at the 2018 World Cup alive on Thursday with a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Uzbekistan to maintain their place …

Soccer

Syrian rebels advance in Hama province

Syrian opposition fighters are advancing in Hama province, as part of their biggest offensive in months. Monitors say the rebels have seized ammunition depots and 11 villages The Syrian government has brought in reinforcements for a counterattack.<p>Syrian opposition fighters are advancing in Hama …

World News

Will the United States Be a Victim of Its Own Success in Syria?

The ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS held in Washington, DC was an important milestone on the path to the Trump team’s …

Middle East

Stories from Aleppo: Medical workers under siege

March 23, 2017 <i>–</i> The stories told by health workers from Syria were heartbreaking.<p>They spoke of making desperate attempts to save people injured in a …

Aleppo

There's something to be said for letting British jihadis go to Syria

The only predictable outcome of yesterday's terror atrocity in Westminster was the appearance of Nigel Farage on the US television networks, urging …

Terrorism