Syrian Democratic Forces

US-led coalition responsible for civilian death toll 'not seen since Vietnam' in fight against Isil

The US-led coalition killed as many as 9,600 civilians in the battle against Isil, a death toll from Western military action “not seen since the Vietnam war”, a monitoring group has found.<p>The coalition is responsible for more than a third of the estimated 25,000 civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq …

Middle East

As ISIS targets disappear in Iraq and Syria, US military shifts focus back to Afghanistan

As the war against the Islamic State terror group winds down in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military is increasingly turning its attention to Afghanistan.<p>In April 2017, American and allied jets dropped over 3,000 bombs on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.<p>But a year later, aircrafts dropped just 254 bombs, a …

Middle East

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Three US army troops were killed and several others were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Hasaka province, a media outlet reported …

Middle East

As special ops conference opens in Tampa, CentCom works to ease commandos’ burden

TAMPA — As thousands of people flock to Tampa for the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, the general in charge of U.S. forces …

National Security

Catastrophic destruction as Syrian regime pounds Palestinian refugee camp

There have been intermittent attempts to get the ISIS fighters to leave, but it’s not entirely clear where they would go.<p>><br>• ><p>Smoke rises from the …

Middle East

Monitor: 11 killed in blasts inside Syria weapons warehouse

Blasts set off by an explosion at a weapons warehouse in central Syria killed 11 people and wounded dozens Friday, a war monitor said, amid soaring …

Middle East

Photo Of Secretive French Spy Plane Supporting Campaign Against ISIS Slips Out Online

France typically gives out few official details and photos regarding the operations of its two C-160G Gabriel signals intelligence aircraft.<p>CJTF-OIR<p>A …

Military

Defeated in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is rebuilding in countries like Indonesia

Even after the recent arrests and deaths of dozens of its members, the Islamic State-linked network of militant groups in Indonesia organised under …

Middle East

US Reportedly Sets Up New Military Base in Syria's Deir ez-Zor

The US build-up of its military presence in Syria comes amid reports of the creation of new military bases across the war-weary Arab nation.<p>Iran’s …

Middle East

IS Vows to Fight to Death in Battle for Areas Near Deir el-Zour

Islamic State (IS) militants pledged to fight to the death after U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the start of the final push to …

Middle East

Syrian forces battling Assad seek unity through the National Army

In the seven years he has fought to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, opposition forces Col. Haitham Afisi's beard has turned white and his voice has become a deep rumble.<p>The tall, muscular colonel, however, remains familiar to many Syrians, and someone to admire for those who oppose the Assad …

Middle East

Trump administration struggles to deal with US enemy combatant

The Trump administration is weighing how to proceed with a U.S. citizen it has held as an enemy combatant since September in a unusual case that …

National Security

Justice Dept. leaders reluctant to bring ISIS fighters to U.S. for trial, even as prosecutors push to make a case

Justice Department leaders are reluctant to recommend U.S.-based criminal trials for two Islamic State militants captured and detained in Syria, according to American officials who said that, even though federal prosecutors believe they can win in court, it is unclear whether there is sufficient …

News

US Air Power Aids Push To Eliminate ISIS

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) released the details Friday of its latest strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.<p>Not only has the U.S. …

Middle East

U.S.-backed troops in Syria attacked by unknown force

American-backed paramilitaries battling the Islamic State terror group in Syria came under attack by an “unknown aggressor” Friday, a day after …

Middle East

Iraqi forces capture 5 Islamic State leaders

May 10 (UPI) -- Iraqi forces captured five senior Islamic State leaders at the culmination of a three-month operation, Iraqi officials said.<p>The New …

Iraq

Canadian ISIS executioner who admitted to killings on podcast has Conservatives worried

<i>WARNING: Contains graphic content</i><p>A self-proclaimed executioner for ISIS, reportedly living in Toronto has federal Conservative MPs worried.<p>In the New …

Islam

Supporting the west? No, Syria's White Helmets are about saving lives

For years, Syria’s civil defence workers have been subjected to a vicious online propaganda campaign by the “electronic armies” of the Assad regime and Russia. The digital offensive accelerated following a 2016 Netflix documentary that was cited as evidence of “western bias in the Syrian …

Middle East

'I wanted to show Raqqa like any normal city'

Back in early 2014, the Islamic State group turned Raqqa into its regional capital, as their caliphate spread across Syria and neighbouring Iraq. For three years, they imposed their extreme version of Islamic law on the city, until the Syrian Democratic Forces took back full control in October last …

Middle East

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Burst dam sweeps away dozens in Kenya

Islam

What Iran Really Wants in Syria

In the wake of recent Israeli airstrikes against the T-4 airbase in Syria and the shooting down of an Israeli F-16 fighter in February, …

Middle East

Iraqi forces capture 5 top IS leaders in cross-border raid

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement.<p>The arrest was a "significant blow to Daesh," coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon said, using the Arabic …

Middle East

What is Jaish al-Islam’s Role After Being Moved North?

With Jaish al-Islam deploying in the Aleppo countryside, a discussion has begun about its future.<p>Within this context, the military analyst Col. Ahmed …

Middle East

U.S. set up base in Syria's Manbij after Turkish threats: local official

MANBIJ, Syria (Reuters) - U.S. forces set up a new base in Manbij in northern Syria some three months ago after Turkish threats to march on the town, a U.S.-backed militia official there said on Wednesday.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to send troops to Manbij after they …

Middle East

Fighting Between U.S.’ Allies Reveals 'Mines' East of the Euphrates

An armed clash occurred in the Deir-ez-Zor countryside over the last two days, which contained many indicators of the likely ethnic, tribal and …

Middle East

Why a US defence bill seeks a halt to arms sales to Turkey

Proposed military policy bill calls for a temporary halt to weapon sales to Turkey, threatening already strained ties.<p>A draft bill on US military spending is calling for a temporary halt of American weapons sales to Turkey, a key Middle East ally of Washington.<p>Clauses on Turkey in the annual …

Middle East

U.S. court blocks transfer of American detainee held in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from immediately transferring an American citizen accused of being an Islamic State member from military custody in Iraq to an unidentified country, apparently Saudi Arabia.<p>The man, who holds dual …

Law

U.S. warplanes resume ISIS strikes in Syria after brief operational lull

American warplanes are once again carrying out airstrikes against remaining pockets of Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria, resuming full-scale …

Middle East

Elusive ISIS leader al-Baghdadi believed hiding out in Syrian frontier

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - still the world's most wanted man, with a $25 million bounty on his head - is believed to be very much at large, quite possibly in a desert area of Syria.<p>That's the assessment of multiple officials who say Baghdadi - whose real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim …

World News

Turkey’s Syrian occupation may be self-defeating

Chris Doyle<p>May 07, 2018 16:38<p>In the northern Syrian city of Jarablus, Syrian police are training. New forces — not answerable to the Syrian regime in …

Middle East