Syria

We're Getting a Little Too Close to Starting WWIII in Syria

Weapons are dropping on US and Russian soldiers in Syria, setting up the dominoes for a conflict that could spread far beyond that country.<p>If ISIS is on the run, that's a good thing, right? Not entirely—especially if it means the troops of the United States and Russia, two nations with nukes …

War

U.S. and Russia Battle Last of ISIS Amid Reports of Fires and Floods in Syria

Two rivals are battling ISIS in the jihadists' final stronghold of Deir Ezzor. One seeks to return Syria to its former self, the other wants more …

Middle East

Syrian opposition activist and her US citizen daughter murdered in Istanbul

A senior member of the Syrian opposition and her US citizen daughter have been found stabbed to death in their Istanbul flat in what their family says was an assassination.<p>Orouba Barakat, 60, was reportedly a former member of the Syrian National Council opposition group while her 23-year-old …

Middle East

Rockets hit Damascus airport area in probable Israeli attack - report

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Two rockets hit near Damascus airport at dawn on Friday, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported, in an attack it said had probably been carried out by Israeli warplanes from outside Syria’s borders.<p>Al-Mayadeen gave no further details in the report carried in a news flash on …

Middle East

Israeli jets said to strike weapons convoy outside Damascus

Israeli warplanes on Friday morning struck Hezbollah targets outside Damascus, reports in Syrian and Lebanese media outlets said.<p>According to the …

Israeli Air Force

The Alt-Right Is In Love With A Brutal, Muslim Dictator

“I support Assad because he's the defender of Middle Eastern Christianity," one member of the alt-right tells BuzzFeed News, giving just one reason why he and other like him back the Syrian president.<p>The brutal leader at the center of Syria’s five-year-long war has found support in one of the least …

Long-form Journalism

American journalist and her mother, friends of Kayla Mueller, killed in Turkey

An American-born journalist and her mother, who were active in opposition to the Syrian regime, were found murdered in Istanbul yesterday.<p>Halla …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Civilians trapped as IS mounts last stand in Syria's Raqa

Among the ruins of a street in Syria‘s Raqa, an anti-jihadist fighter’s call echoes from a loudspeaker: “Civilians, we are waiting for you to leave …

Middle East

The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus

A group of Iraqi fighters loyal to Iran's Supreme Leader is trying to forge a land route from Iran to Syria. It threatens to exacerbate tensions in the region.

Iran

Hospital that treated Syrian chemical attack victims bombed in widespread air strikes

Russian or Syrian regime warplanes have bombed three hospitals in northwest Syria, including one that treated victims of the Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapons attack earlier this year, opposition activists said Tuesday.<p>Rebel groups in Idlib, one of the last major rebel-held areas in Syria, said the …

Middle East

Iraqi Christians at Odds with World on Kurdish Independence Referendum

A referendum that could lead to the establishment of an independent Kurdish nation is set for September 25.<p>Upwards of 35 million Kurds—a …

Middle East

Russian sub fires cruise missiles at militants in Syria

A Russian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea has fired cruise missiles at militant positions in north-western Syria, Moscow has said.<p>The defence …

News (Ireland)

Alaa Houd: Going back to Syria is not an option

Alaa Houd came to Germany as a refugee in late 2014, when the massive influx of asylum seekers into Europe had not yet begun. Nearly three years …

World News

Drone footage shows scale of destruction in Syria’s Daraa

Watch Full Video<p>After six years of fighting Syria’s southern most city Daraa sits in ruins. Aerial images filmed by an AFP correspondent in Daraa …

Middle East

Federal Workers Who Made a Difference

The federal government gets a bad rap: it is constantly described as bloated and clunky, its workers as inefficient and ineffectual. Yet by and …

Syrian Civil War

US announces 700M in aid for Syria

The State Department announced on Thursday the U.S. is providing over $697 million in humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians caught in the crosshairs …

Middle East

U.S. announces near $700 million in humanitarian aid to Syria | Reuters

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.<p>Published Date: Sep 22, 2017 06:17 am | Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 …

Middle East

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.<p>The …

Middle East

850 Jihadists Killed as Russian Warplanes Help Syrian Army Repel Idlib Offensive – Moscow | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>Featured image: ussian Su-25 attack aircraft take off from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria (Source:Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik)</i><p><i>Russian warplanes and</i> …

Middle East

Mattis Said US Would Use 'Annihilation Tactics' To Retake Raqqa. He Was Right.

In August, the US dropped 10 times more bombs on ISIS's de facto capital in Syria than it did in Afghanistan, according to the monitoring group Airwars.<p>US-backed forces said Wednesday that they've captured 80 percent of Raqqa, ISIS's de facto capital in Syria. But the advance has come at a huge …

World News

Why Russia is threatening US forces in Syria, and what Trump should do about it

On Thursday, Russia told the U.S. it "will not tolerate any shelling from the areas where the SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] are stationed, fire from …

Middle East

Foul play questions surround the mysterious death of Hezbollah bodyguard

Arab media suspects Musa Muhamad Wahabi, personal bodyguard to Hezbollah leader Nasralla, was killed because he knew too much.<p>Was Hezbollah behind …

Middle East

Hezbollah has 10,000 fighters in Syria ready to confront Israel, commander says

Hezbollah has more than 10,000 fighters in southern Syria ready to confront Israel, a commander for the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group has said.<p>…

War

Syria's Kurds to hold historic vote in 'message' to Assad

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish-led regions of northern Syria will hold elections on Friday, a historic expression of free will and a message to President Bashar al-Assad as he seeks to reassert control over the whole country, a senior Syrian Kurdish politician said.<p>As Kurds in neighboring Iraq prepare …

Middle East

The Frantic Fight to Stop Kurdish Independence

On Sunday, Kurds in Iraq are expected to vote overwhelmingly for independence. This as the war to crush the so-called Islamic State is almost won. Can anything hold Iraq together?<p>The foreign minister of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, Falah Mustafa, was in New York this week listening intently to …

Middle East

Turkish military prepares for Idlib operation

ANKARA: Turkey’s military deployment along its southern border suggests an imminent operation in Syria’s Idlib province alongside the Ankara-backed …

Middle East

UN creates team to investigate IS war crimes in Iraq as 'caliphate' crumbles

The so-called "Islamic State" has been repeatedly accused of committing atrocities in Iraq. The UN is now ready to make sure evidence of potential …

World News

US-backed force 'mopping up' last IS holdouts in Raqa

Syrian fighters backed by US special forces battled Thursday to clear the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists holed up in their crumbling …

Middle East

Jihadist paralysed fighting in Syria spared jail after fleeing to Germany

A jihadist who was paralysed while fighting in Syria before migrating to Germany has escaped jail time.<p>A court in Munich, the capital of the German …

Al-Nusra Front

Tillerson: Trump declined to tell world leaders his Iran deal decision

Having just emerged from what he called an "open and candid exchange" with the parties to the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson …

Iran