US says senior al Qaeda leader killed in Syria strike

US says senior al Qaeda leader killed in Syria strike

The US military said Wednesday that it had killed eleven Al-Qaeda operatives, including a veteran leader and suicide-bombing pioneer, in a bombing raid in Syria. The Pentagon said Abu Hani al-Masri, the Qaeda veteran, was one of those killed in the precision airstrikes near Idlib carried out on February 3-4. Al-Masri was an early official […]

French jihadist charged and held on return from Syria

French jihadist charged and held on return from Syria

A high-profile French jihadist was charged with terrorist offences and remanded in custody on Saturday, a day after being transferred to France from Turkey, where he had turned himself in to authorities. Kevin G., a 24-year-old who converted to Islam 10 years ago, was one of the UN’s most wanted jihadists and had been placed […]

Russia to scale back military presence in Syria

Russia to scale back military presence in Syria

Russia announced on Friday that it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and some other Russian warships from the waters off Syria as the first step in a drawdown of its forces in the war-torn Mideast country. According to Russian General Staff chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier and accompanying ships are to be […]

Clashes erupt near Damascus despite Syria truce

Clashes erupt  near Damascus despite Syria truce

Syrian government forces and their allies clashed with rebels near Damascus on Friday, disrupting a nationwide ceasefire that otherwise appeared to hold, monitors and a rebel official said. The clashes took place in a rebel-held valley northwest of the Syrian capital, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has been monitoring the country’s […]

Russian military jet crashes en route to Syria with more than 90 people on board

Russian military jet crashes en route to Syria with more than 90 people on board

A Russian military plane crashed Sunday on its way to Syria with no sign of survivors among the 92 people on board, including 64 members of the famed Red Army Choir who were en route to celebrate the New Year with troops. Russian news agencies cited defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying the Tu-154 […]

UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday agreed to set up a panel to gather evidence on war crimes in Syria, taking a first step toward prosecuting those responsible for atrocities in the nearly six-year war. A resolution on establishing the investigative mechanism was adopted in the 193-nation assembly by a vote of 105 to 15, […]

Suspects in foiled terror attack ‘took orders’ from IS group in Iraq, Syria

Suspects in foiled terror attack ‘took orders’ from IS group in Iraq, Syria

Paris Prosecutor François Molins said Friday that five men arrested in weekend raids in Strasbourg and Marseille had received orders from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq or Syria and were planning a terror attack for next week. “An imminent attack was thwarted,” Molins told a news conference. “A Strasbourg commando team and a […]

Daily life in Aleppo, Syria: A doctor’s story

Daily life in Aleppo, Syria: A doctor’s story

Nabil Antaki, a Syrian doctor living in regime-controlled western Aleppo, describes his work in a war zone. Unlike rebel-held eastern Aleppo, the western districts are not under heavy aerial bombardments, although there are sporadic rocket attacks. Since the summer of 2012, the northern Syrian city of Aleppo — once a teeming metropolis, which was Syria’s […]

Iraqi forces cut off IS group stronghold of Mosul from Syria

Iraqi forces cut off IS group stronghold of Mosul from Syria

  Forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group said they had trapped the jihadists inside their stronghold of Mosul on Wednesday, when allied militias linked up west of the city. Paramilitary fighters with the Iranian-backed Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation units cut off the road between the towns of Tal Afar and Sinjar, blocking the […]

Children killed in air strike on Syria school

Children killed in air strike on Syria school

  Air strikes by Syrian or Russian warplanes on Wednesday killed at least 26 people, most of them schoolchildren, in a village in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, rescue workers and a monitoring group said. The raids hit a residential area and a school in Haas village, the Syrian Civil Defence rescue workers’ network said on […]

France seeks sanctions over chemical attacks in Syria

France seeks sanctions over chemical attacks in Syria

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday asked the UN Security Council to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and urged that those behind the attacks be placed under sanctions. “I want… a clear condemnation of these crimes in a resolution from the UN Security Council… that places the perpetrators under sanctions,” Ayrault […]

US, UK consider new sanctions against Syria, Russia

US, UK consider new sanctions against Syria, Russia

  With military options all but eliminated, the United States and Britain on Sunday said they were considering new sanctions to pressure the Syrian and Russian governments to halt an offensive against rebel-held parts of Aleppo. While the close allies said diplomacy was their primary focus, the tone was tougher than Saturday’s message from U.S. […]

Syria is top priority, new UN Secretary-General Guterres tells FRANCE 24

Syria is top priority, new UN Secretary-General Guterres tells FRANCE 24

Newly appointed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told FRANCE 24 on Saturday that resolving Syria’s five-and-a-half-year civil war would be his top priority. This war “became not only a tragedy for the Syrian people, but a big threat for the stability of the region, and a threat to the security of everybody everywhere”, the former UN […]

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. […]

France warns Russia that ‘nothing can justify’ assault on Syria’s Aleppo

France warns Russia that ‘nothing can justify’ assault on Syria’s Aleppo

France’s foreign minister told Russia Friday there was no justification for the fierce assault on Syria’s Aleppo, as Moscow said it was ready to “work on” a French-drafted UN resolution seeking to allow aid into the besieged city. “What is happening in Aleppo is without precedent – nothing can justify such a deluge of fire […]

Russia sends advanced missile system to Syria as Aleppo battle rages

Russia sends advanced missile system to Syria as Aleppo battle rages

Russia said Tuesday it has sent an advanced missile system to the Syrian port of Tartus, as tensions escalate between Moscow and Washington over the five-year conflict. The announcement came after Washington said it was suspending talks with Moscow aimed at reviving a ceasefire deal over Russia’s support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar […]

UN opens probe into Syria aid convoy attack

UN opens probe into Syria aid convoy attack

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced he is setting up a board of inquiry to investigate the bombing of an aid convoy in Syria last week that killed 18 people. US officials have said that Russian planes carried out the air strikes on September 19 that hit the 31-truck convoy bringing aid to a […]

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo. Moscow and Damascus launched a campaign to recapture the rebel-held sector of Syria’s biggest city this […]

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

France has accused Moscow and Damascus of “war crimes” in Aleppo, comparing Russian and Syrian air raids on Syria to Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and to the carpet bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President […]

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

France has accused Moscow and Damascus of “war crimes” in Aleppo, comparing Russian and Syrian air raids on Syria to Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and to the carpet bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President […]

Deadly airstrikes pound Syria’s Aleppo as UN holds emergency meeting

Deadly airstrikes pound Syria’s Aleppo as UN holds emergency meeting

  At least 23 civilians were killed in renewed government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria. At the start of that meeting the U.N’s top envoy to Syria accused the government of unleashing “unprecedented […]

Bid to revive Syria truce fails as new Aleppo offensive announced

Bid to revive Syria truce fails as new Aleppo offensive announced

The United States and Russia ended any pretenses Thursday of their cease-fire for Syria remaining in force after days of increased violence and the Syrian military’s announcement of a new offensive in Aleppo. “We can’t go out to the world and say we have an agreement when we don’t,” Secretary of State John Kerry said […]

UN says it is ready to resume Syria aid convoys

UN says it is ready to resume Syria aid convoys

The UN said Wednesday it was ready to resume humanitarian convoys in Syria after an attack on aid trucks and a warehouse, which left 20 people dead, triggered a suspension of deliveries. “The preparation for these convoys has now resumed and we are ready to deliver aid to besieged and hard-to-reach areas as soon as […]

France’s Hollande tells UN General Assembly on Syria: ‘Enough is enough’

France’s Hollande tells UN General Assembly on Syria: ‘Enough is enough’

French President François Hollande on Tuesday appealed for an end to the carnage in Syria, telling the United Nations: “Enough is enough”. “The Syrian tragedy will be seen by history as a disgrace for the international community if we do not end it quickly,” he told the General Assembly. The French leader described Aleppo, which […]

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