• Syria Mar 16, 2020

    ‘There Is Nothing Now': Syrians in Idlib Fear End Nearing

    The city of Idlib is the last urban area still under opposition control in Syria, located in a shrinking rebel enclave in the northwestern province of the same name.

  • Iraq Nov 5, 2019

    Turkey Says It Captured Slain IS Leader's Sister in Syria

    Turkey captured the elder sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence “gold mine.” Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Turkish official said the 65-year-old known as Rasmiya Awad is suspected of being affiliated with the...

  • Daniel Macht Oct 31, 2019

    Islamic State Group Names Successor to Al-Baghdadi

    The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria. In its audio release by the ISIS central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, a new spokesman for ISIS identifies the successor as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi — tracing his lineage, like al-Baghdadi, to...

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    Syrian Kurdish Forces Say They Killed Close Al-Baghdadi Aide, Security Increased at ISIS Prisons

    Syrian Kurdish forces said Monday they are increasing security at prisons and detention facilities holding tens of thousands of Islamic State militants and supporters, including foreigners, following the death of the extremist group’s leader in a U.S. military raid. The heightened security also comes as Kurdish forces said they are continuing operations to hunt down IS leaders in Syria. Hours...

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    President Trump Says Islamic State Leader Is Dead Following US Raid in Syria

    The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world’s most wanted man, is dead after being targeted by a U.S. military raid in Syria, President Donald Trump said Sunday. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” Trump announced at the White House, saying the U.S. had “brought the world’s number one terrorist...

  • Air Force Sep 3, 2019

    Syrian Father Who Lost Twins to Poison Gas Uprooted Again

    When Abdel Hamid al-Yousef lost his 9-month-old twins in the poison gas attack that hit the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017, the world witnessed his heartbreak and grief in the video of him cradling their lifeless bodies in his arms, bidding them farewell in the chaotic aftermath of the attack. Determined to continue with his life despite...

  • army Aug 13, 2019

    Syria's Aleppo Symbol of Assad's Wins and of Enduring War

    Members of the al-Ali family were walking home from shopping when several shells slammed into the busy street on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The blast tore through them, killing 2-year-old Salam and one of her cousins, and incinerated a car nearby with a woman and her infant daughter inside. It was one of multiple attacks...

  • Associated Press Nov 25, 2018

    Russian Warplanes Strike Rebel Areas in Syria After Alleged Gas Attack

    Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for what they allege was a poison gas attack by rebels in the northern city of Aleppo. Russian military spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters in Moscow that Russian warplanes destroyed...

  • Israel Sep 30, 2018

    Syria FM: Victory Over ‘Terrorism' Is Near, US Must Leave

    Declaring that victory over “terrorism” is almost at hand after more than seven years of civil war, Syria’s foreign minister took to the world stage Saturday and demanded that “occupation” forces from the U.S., France and Turkey leave the country immediately. Walid al-Moallem told the General Assembly’s high-level meeting that the situation on the ground “is more stable and secure...

  • Donald Trump Jul 16, 2018

    Syrian Government Targets Rebels Near Israel-Occupied Golan

    Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to clear southern Syria of insurgents. The government’s push came after it had secured control of most of Daraa province in an offensive that began in June. On Sunday, the first batch of armed...

  • social media Feb 3, 2018

    Syrian Militants Down Russian Fighter Jet, Kill Pilot

    Al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria downed a Russian fighter jet on Saturday and killed its pilot after he ejected from the plane and landed on the ground in the embattled northwestern province of Idlib. The pilot resisted being captured and fired at the militants who then shot and killed him, according to one of the militants and Syrian monitors. The Russian...

  • Governor Jan 17, 2018

    4 Years on, Ancient Heart of Homs Still Abandoned Ruins

    Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent’s apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city. The 38-year-old English-language teacher who works in the capital Damascus comes to Homs by bus once a week to spend...

  • Donald Trump Nov 21, 2017

    Syria in Ruins But Assad's Hold on Power Looks Firm

    His nation is a smoldering ruin, much of it held by rival armed factions, domestic or foreign. Half the population is displaced, hundreds of thousands have died and much of the West regards him as a tyrant and human rights abuser. But Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to have survived the war and is likely to hold onto power for...

  • Associated Press Aug 7, 2017

    Russia Ready for More Engagement With US, Despite Sanctions

    Russia’s top diplomat said Sunday his country was ready for more engagement with the United States on North Korea, Syria, Ukraine and other pressing matters, even as Moscow braced for new sanctions from the Trump administration. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for the first since the U.S. imposed the additional penalties, said...

  • Facebook Apr 27, 2017

    Israeli Strikes Inside Syria Pick Up Tempo in Proxy War

    Syria’s military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors. Apparently seeking to interrupt weapons transfers to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon, Israel has struck inside Syria with increasing frequency in recent weeks, making the war-torn country a proxy theater...

  • Associated Press Apr 11, 2017

    Autopsies Show Sarin Gas Used Against Syrian Town: Turkey

    Turkey’s health minister said Tuesday that test results confirm sarin gas was used in an attack on a northern Syrian town earlier this month and the Russian military said the Syrian government is willing to let international experts examine its military base for signs of chemical weapons. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy of the Russian General Staff said in televised remarks...

  • Donald Trump Apr 8, 2017

    US Threatens More Pressure on Syria After Missile Strikes

    The United States is vowing to keep up the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave of missile strikes from U.S. ships, despite the prospect of escalating Russian ill will that could further inflame one of the world’s most vexing conflicts....
    Standing firm, the Trump administration on Friday signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon...

  • Donald Trump Apr 8, 2017

    Warplanes Strike Syrian Town Hit by Chemical Attack

    Warplanes on Saturday struck the Syrian town where a chemical attack had killed scores of people earlier this week, as Turkey warned that a retaliatory U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base would only be “cosmetic” if greater efforts are not made to remove President Bashar Assad from power. The airstrikes on the opposition-held northern town of Khan Sheikhoun,...

  • Donald Trump Apr 7, 2017

    US ‘Prepared to Do More' After Airstrike on Syria: UN Ambassador

    World leaders and U.S. lawmakers on Friday rallied around President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to launch a missile strike against a Syrian air base, the most significant military action of Trump’s young presidency. However, Russia, one of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s most important patrons, condemned the move as an act of “aggression.” Trump, who has long warned against the U.S....

  • Donald Trump Apr 7, 2017

    US Launches Missile at Syria After Chemical Attack; Syrian Officials Say 7 Killed

    The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was Syria’s use of banned chemical weapons that killed at least 100 people, U.S. military officials told NBC News. Two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles intended for a single target: Shayrat Airfield in Homs...

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