US says Russia ‘responsible’ for attack on Syria aid convoy

US says Russia ‘responsible’ for attack on Syria aid convoy

The United States believes two Russian aircraft attacked an aid convoy near Aleppo in a strike that shattered a one-week truce, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, but Russia denied involvement. The United States believes two Russian aircraft attacked an aid convoy near Aleppo in a strike that shattered a one-week truce, U.S. officials said on […]

Attack on Indian Check Posts

Attack on Indian Check Posts

  A U.N. humanitarian aid convoy in Syria was hit by airstrikes Monday as the Syrian military declared that a U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire had failed, and U.N. officials reported many dead and seriously wounded. The U.S. initially brushed off Damascus’ assertions and said it was prepared to extend the agreement, while Russia — after blaming […]

US Special Forces to back Turkish troops in Syria

US Special Forces to back Turkish troops in Syria

Dozens of US Special Operations Forces have been deployed to Syria’s border with Turkey to fight the Islamic State (IS) group there, in support of the Turkish military and “vetted” Syrian rebels, the Pentagon said Friday. Last month, Ankara launched an ambitious military offensive in northern Syria dubbed “Euphrates Shield”, sending in tanks and special […]

Humanitarian aid stuck as rising violence in Syria undermines fragile truce

Humanitarian aid stuck as rising violence in Syria undermines fragile truce

Both the United States and Russia said on Friday they wanted to extend the four-day-old ceasefire in Syria, even while an aid convoy for the city of Aleppo was stuck on the Turkish border and violence was increasingly undermining the truce. The provision of aid to what was Syria’s largest city before the war is […]

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Two convoys of aid for the Syrian city of Aleppo were waiting in no-man’s land on Wednesday after crossing the Turkish border, held up by security fears and disagreements between combatants on the third day of a ceasefire. The convoys, each of around 20 trucks carrying mostly food and flour, set off from the Turkish […]

Scores killed in fresh Syria air strikes ahead of ceasefire

Scores killed in fresh Syria air strikes ahead of ceasefire

A barrage of airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria have killed scores of people, just hours after the government in Damascus approved a US-Russian plan to halt fighting in the country’s suppurating civil war. It was not immediately clear who carried out the raids, which hit the key northern cities of Idlib and Aleppo. But […]

White House confirms Kerry to meet Lavrov for Syria peace talks

White House confirms Kerry to meet Lavrov for Syria peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russia’s foreign minister in Geneva about a ceasefire deal for Syria, the State Department said on Thursday in a sudden about-face after saying it did not believe a meeting was worthwhile. Less than an hour after the U.S. State Department said it had no travel to announce […]

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 […]

Dozens killed in wave of Islamic State group suicide bombings in Syria

Dozens killed in wave of Islamic State group suicide bombings in Syria

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks across Syria on Monday that left dozens dead in mostly government-controlled territory. The suicide blasts killed Syrian troops, including several officers, as well as some Kurdish fighters, the jihadist group said via its official press agency, Amaq. Amaq reported the so-called IS […]

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels expelled the Islamic State group from the last strip of territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border on Sunday, effectively sealing the extremists’ self-styled caliphate off from the outside world. Also on Sunday, Syrian pro-government forces backed by airstrikes launched a wide offensive in the northern city of Aleppo, […]

Turkish tanks roll into Syria, opening new line of attack

Turkish tanks roll into Syria, opening new line of attack

Turkey and its rebel allies opened up a new line of attack in northern Syria on Saturday as Turkish tanks crossed the frontier from Kilis province, making a western thrust in an operation to sweep militants from its border. The incursion from Kilis – an area repeatedly targeted by Islamic State rocket fire over the […]

IS group’s voice of global jihad ‘killed’ in Syria

IS group’s voice of global jihad ‘killed’ in Syria

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the official spokesman for the Islamic State (IS) group who gained notoriety for his frequent calls for jihad, has been killed in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, the militant group’s media outlet announced Tuesday. In a statement released on jihadist media sites, the IS group said Adnani was “martyred while surveying […]

Clashes between Turkey and Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’, says US

Clashes between Turkey and Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’, says US

Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are “unacceptable,” the Pentagon said Monday, asking all sides to stand down. “We’ve called on both sides to not fight with one another, to continue to focus the fight on ISIL,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, using an acronym for the […]

Turkey shells Kurdish and IS group positions in Syria

Turkey shells Kurdish and IS group positions in Syria

The Turkish army has shelled Kurdish as well as Islamic State (IS) group positions in northern Syria, according to Turkish media reports Tuesday, in a bid to open up a corridor for a major rebel assault. In a double-pronged approach, Turkish artillery shells on Tuesday hit positions held by the Kurdish YPG militants in the […]

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

  France on Sunday launched a fresh wave of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, destroying an arms depot and combat positions in the group’s stronghold of Raqqa, the French foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said four Rafale and four Mirage 2000 fighter jets as well as an […]

Syria regime flies jets over Hasakeh despite US warning

Syria regime flies jets over Hasakeh despite US warning

Syrian government warplanes were again in the air over the mainly Kurdish-held city of Hasakeh early Saturday despite a US warning against any new strikes that might endanger its military advisers, a monitor said. It was not immediately clear whether the aircraft, which were in the skies throughout the night, had carried out any bombing […]

Syria bombs Kurdish stronghold of Hasaka for first time

Syria bombs Kurdish stronghold of Hasaka for first time

Syrian government warplanes on Thursday bombed Kurdish-controlled areas of the city of Hasaka in northeastern Syria for the first time in the five-year-old civil war, the spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and a monitoring group said. YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said the air strikes had hit Kurdish districts of the city, which is […]

Amnesty: ‘Nearly 18,000 dead’ in Syria prisons

Amnesty: ‘Nearly 18,000 dead’ in Syria prisons

  Syrian authorities are committing torture on a “massive scale” in government prisons including beatings, electric shocks, rape and psychological abuse that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said Thursday. More than 17,700 people are estimated to have died in custody in Syria since the country’s conflict began in March 2011, an average of […]

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 […]

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. […]

Relative of Charlie Hebdo attacker arrested en route to Syria

Relative of Charlie Hebdo attacker arrested en route to Syria

A relative of one of the jihadist killers of journalists at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been arrested in Bulgaria after trying to get to Syria, a judicial source said Sunday. Mourad Hamyd, brother-in-law of Cherif Kouachi who was behind the January 2015 attack in Paris that killed 12, was first detained in Turkey […]

Lebanese arts festival rocks on despite Syria war

Lebanese arts festival rocks on despite Syria war

The Baalbeck arts festival in eastern Lebanon is welcoming revellers for its 60th edition this year, despite the venue’s relative proximity to war-ravaged Syria. The summer festival – which has been headlined by Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Baez and other music giants – has historically been hosted in the ancient Roman ruins in the […]

US military confirms more civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

US military confirms more civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

The US military Thursday confirmed 14 new civilian deaths resulting from the bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, bringing the total official toll to 55 killed. The announcement from the US Central Command (Centcom) — which oversees US military operations in the Middle East — followed an internal investigation into six US airstrikes between […]

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

The head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State in Syria while reports of dozens of civilian deaths from air strikes around the northern city of Manbij are investigated. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 56 civilians were killed in […]

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