Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

The Saudi-led military coalition declared a 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen on Saturday, on the condition that Shiite rebels abide by it and allow humanitarian assistance into besieged cities, particularly the city of Taiz. However, minutes after it went into effect, activists in Taiz said that rebel shelling continued in the city while a rebel-affiliated military […]

US-led coalition preparing to ‘isolate’ IS group’s Syrian bastion Raqqa

US-led coalition preparing to ‘isolate’ IS group’s Syrian bastion Raqqa

The alliance battling the Islamic State (IS) group is “laying the groundwork” for the isolation of Raqqa, the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday after talks with coalition ministers in Paris. The meeting, hosted by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, was designed to review the war on the IS group […]

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul faced stiff resistance from the Islamic State (IS) group on Monday as the US-led coalition unleashed an unprecedented wave of air strikes to support the week-old offensive. Federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters were moving forward in several areas around the IS group’s Iraqi stronghold in the north of the […]

Turkey, US-led coalition launch major operation in northern Syria

Turkey, US-led coalition launch major operation in northern Syria

Turkish special forces units and jets supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria to wipe out Islamic State militants along the Turkey-Syria border, Turkish officials said. The Turkish army began firing artillery rounds into the Syrian border town of Jarablus at around 0100 GMT and Turkish and U.S. warplanes […]

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 […]

US-led coalition strike kills 56 civilians in Syria

US-led coalition strike kills 56 civilians in Syria

Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said. The civilians had apparently been mistaken for jihadists and were bombed while fleeing fighting in Al-Tukhar in Aleppo province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for […]