Assad loyalists celebrate as rebel defences collapse in Aleppo

Assad loyalists celebrate as rebel defences collapse in Aleppo

The Syrian army and its allies said they were poised to declare victory in Aleppo after rebel defences collapsed on Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground. Reporters in the government-held zone said the bombardment of rebel areas of the city had continued non-stop on Monday, and a civilian trapped there […]

Two hospitals bombed in rebel-held Aleppo

Two hospitals bombed in rebel-held Aleppo

An air strike and artillery fire hit the two largest hospitals in rebel-held parts of Syria’s Aleppo on Wednesday, in what rights groups said was a deliberate strategy of targeting civilian infrastructure. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and his ally Moscow have carried out a barrage of air strikes on opposition-controlled eastern Aleppo since Syria’s regime […]

More than a dozen Indian soldiers killed in rebel attack in Kashmir

More than a dozen Indian soldiers killed in rebel attack in Kashmir

Militants attacked an Indian army brigade headquarters near the de factor borde with Pakistan on Sunday, killing 17 soldiers in one of the most deadly attacks in the northern region of Kashmir in a quarter-century-old insurgency. Four “fidayeen” – or commando-style gunmen willing to fight to the death – were confirmed killed after penetrating the […]

Top commander of former Nusra Front rebel group ‘killed’ in Syria

Top commander of former Nusra Front rebel group ‘killed’ in Syria

The top military commander of the militant group Jabhat Fateh al Sham, the former al Qaeda offshoot in Syria, was killed in an aerial raid that targeted a meeting of the group’s leaders, both the group and rebel sources said on Thursday. The commander Abu Hajer al Homsi, whose alias is Abu Omar Saraqeb, was […]

Scores killed in air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria

Scores killed in air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria

Syrian and Russian warplanes have launched a wave of air strikes in northern Syria, killing dozens in areas held by a rebel alliance battling to take control of second city Aleppo. The strikes, which began on Saturday and were continuing on Sunday, killed at least 45 civilians inAleppo and west of the city and 22 […]

Hollande warns rebel Economy Minister Macron to ‘respect rules’ or leave govt

Hollande warns rebel Economy Minister Macron to ‘respect rules’ or leave govt

French President François Hollande threatened Thursday to sack Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, who has hinted at a bid for the presidency, unless he respects the “solidarity” of the government. “In a government, there cannot be any personal initiatives and even less presidential ones,” Hollande said in a TV interview to mark the Bastille Day national […]

Why France’s Hollande holds on to ‘rebel’ minister Macron

Why France’s Hollande holds on to ‘rebel’ minister Macron

Emmanuel Macron’s first political rally on Tuesday evening is widely viewed as a prelude to a run for the presidency – as well as a distraction from his job as economy minister. So why does his mentor, François Hollande, let him get away with it? Harbouring a passion for nimble start-ups, geeky gadgets and all […]

Rebel-held Aleppo faces food shortages after regime advance

Rebel-held Aleppo faces food shortages after regime advance

Residents of rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo on Saturday faced food and fuel shortages after a Syrian government advance cut the opposition’s last supply route into the city. The army, for its part, said it was extending a 72-hour nationwide truce that began on Wednesday but has produced little respite in fighting. About 200,000 people […]

Rebel US diplomats won’t be heard on Syria, ex-ambassador says

Rebel US diplomats won’t be heard on Syria, ex-ambassador says

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford explained why 51 American diplomats have slammed President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria as “unsustainable” and called for US airstrikes against the Syrian regime. On Thursday, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal revealed that 51 American diplomats had […]