Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo amid regime offensive

Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo amid regime offensive

Government forces retook six rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo over the weekend, forcing nearly 10,000 civilians to flee as they pressed their offensive Sunday to retake Syria’s second city. In a major breakthrough in the push to retake the whole city, regime forces on Saturday captured Masaken Hanano, which had been the biggest rebel-held district […]

US-backed Syrian forces announce start of Raqqa offensive

US-backed Syrian forces announce start of Raqqa offensive

U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces have announced the start of a campaign to retake the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa from the extremist group. The announcement by the Syria Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish, Arab and Christian forces, was made Sunday at a press conference in Ein Issa, north of Raqqa, attended by […]

Trump goes on the offensive as Clinton lead narrows

Trump goes on the offensive as Clinton lead narrows

Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a threat to the country on Monday, saying that if she is elected a probe into her emails could shadow her entire term in office, as the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Clinton’s lead narrowing slightly. “The investigation will last for years. The trial will probably start,” Trump told a rally […]

Mosul offensive kills up to 900 jihadists, US says

Mosul offensive kills up to 900 jihadists, US says

The United States said Thursday that up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq’s Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. Iraqis who fled their homes expressed joy at escaping the IS group’s brutal rule as they were given shelter and assistance, in some […]

Iraqi army drops leaflets over Mosul in preparation for offensive

Iraqi army drops leaflets over Mosul in preparation for offensive

The Iraqi army dropped tens of thousands of leaflets over Mosul before dawn on Sunday, warning residents an offensive to recapture the city from Islamic State was in its final stages of preparation, according to a military statement in Baghdad. The leaflets carried several messages, one of them assuring the population that advancing army units […]

Syrian army presses offensive as UN decries Aleppo’s ‘living hell’

Syrian army presses offensive as UN decries Aleppo’s ‘living hell’

Syrian regime forces advanced Sunday in Aleppo after Russia unleashed dozens of air strikes, as the UN’s top aid official decried the “living hell” suffered by residents in the city’s rebel-held east. The devastating five-year war in Syria has ravaged second city Aleppo, once the country’s economic hub but now torn apart by fighting between […]

Fierce air strikes on Aleppo after Syrian army declares offensive

Fierce air strikes on Aleppo after Syrian army declares offensive

Warplanes launched some of the heaviest air strikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria’s biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire. Residents said the streets were deserted as the 250,000 people still trapped in the besieged opposition-held sector […]

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 […]

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria if it fails to retreat, as Washington said President Barack Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart over the weekend. Turkish forces pressed on with a two-pronged operation inside Syria against Islamic State (IS)jihadists and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection […]

Memorial interfaith Mass urges French to ‘oppose violence with love’

Memorial interfaith Mass urges French to ‘oppose violence with love’

Muslims attended Catholic Mass in cities and towns across France on Monday in a show of solidarity following the grisly murder of an 86-year-old priest at a Normandy church earlier this week for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. In Raincy – an affluent town of around 14,300 people surrounded by Paris’s poor northern […]