Iraqi forces push into town near Mosul after IS group assault on Kirkuk

Iraqi forces push into town near Mosul after IS group assault on Kirkuk

Iraqi forces pushed into a town near the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul Saturday after a wave of militant attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk set off more than 24 hours of heavy clashes. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter meanwhile arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to meet with Iraqi […]

France in fresh diplomatic push to end fighting in Syria’s Aleppo

France in fresh diplomatic push to end fighting in Syria’s Aleppo

The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on a draft resolution that demands an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s Aleppo city, but the measure appears doomed to be vetoed by Russia. The 15-member council has been negotiating for a week on the text drafted by France and Spain. […]

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

The United States and France pushed Tuesday for aid to reach Syria’s battlefront city of Aleppo before plans for a new round of talks can move forward. Russia, however, maintained that there should be no pre-conditions for the talks that the United Nations is hoping to reconvene in Geneva at the end of the month. […]