US-backed forces begin assault on Isil-held Raqqa as scores of jihadis surrender.
US-backed forces have commenced their assault on the last Isil-held districts of Raqqa after hundreds of Isil fighters and their families surrendered or fled the group's self-proclaimed capital. In the hours preceding Sunday's final push on Raqqa, some 275 militants and their families surrendered to the Syrian Democratic ...
Turkey is expanding its latest military intervention in Syria rapidly, sending more special forces and commandos into Idlib as part of a high-risk effort agreed to with Moscow and Tehran to establish a de-escalation zone in the northwest Syrian province that is mainly controlled by an al-Qaida offshoot. The intervention is ...
US forces kill dozens of Daesh militants in Yemen: Pentagon.
Oct 17 : U.S. forces killed dozens of Daesh militants in a strike on two of its training camps in Yemen's al Bayda governorate, the Pentagon said on Monday."ISIS used the camps to train militants to conduct terror attacks using AK-47s, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and endurance training," Anadolu quoted ...
Syrian fighters celebrate in Raqqa after driving out ISIS.
Time is just about up for ISIS in Raqqa. There's been no official declaration of victory, but U.S.-backed fighters aren't waiting for one. They say ISIS is finished in the city. Holly Williams has more.
U.K. praises Hamadeh's work on Lebanese, Syrian education.
U.K. International Development Secretary Priti Patel Monday praised Lebanese Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh's commitment to education, hours after he announced that prices of vocational school enrollment would be reduced.
Assad's return to Lebanon a red line, Geagea warns.
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Monday said that the return of Syrian President Bashar Assad's influence over Lebanon was a red line, in comments made following a Mass for Maronite youth in Australia's Sydney.
Aoun appeals to world leaders on Syria refugee crisis
Declaring that Lebanon can no longer cope with the presence of Syrian refugees, President Michel Aoun Monday appealed to the international community for help in securing their safe return to their homeland.
British piers, Alabama buildings named among 25 at-risk monuments
NEW YORK, Oct 17 — Historical gems around the globe, ranging from a Syrian bazaar and the last active synagogue in Alexandria to England's Blackpool Piers and Alabama civil rights buildings, are threatened by war, disasters and urbanisation, a...
What Russia's Middle East strategy is really about
Thomson Reuters A new balance of power is solidifying in Syria. Iran, Turkey and Russia have all played a role in the conflict there – jockeying for position and even agreeing in September to set up zones of control. But Russia in particular has deftly managed the game up to this point, and it is emerging from the ...
From a Syrian bazaar and the last active synagogue in Alexandria, to England's Blackpool Piers and Alabama civil rights buildings, historical gems around the globe are threatened by war, disasters and urbanization, a monument conservation group said yesterday.Days after the United States and Israel said that they were ...
End of siege exposes Deir al-Zour to complicated conflict
Key Points The breaking of the siege of Deir al-Zour is a significant step for the Syrian government, but underlined its dependence on a range of foreign and foreign-backed militant groups to achieve military effect. The Islamic State is likely to seek to hold out in the city, making use of the
A United States-backed Kurdish-led force battling Daesh in Syria will be in control of Raqqa within a few days after attacking the last militant-held pocket of the city, a spokesman for the force said Monday.
Fight hunger while you play mobile games this week
You can help get food to children in need this week, and maybe even have fun at the same time. In honor of World Food Day, which raises awareness every Oct. 16 about global hunger and the fight to end it, Google Play is joining forces with the World Food Programme , the food assistance branch of the United Nations. SEE ...
Israel struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday after missiles were fired at Israeli reconnaissance planes earlier, the military said. "Earlier today, an anti-aircraft missile was launched from Syria towards IDF aircraft during a routine flight over Lebanon. No hits confirmed," the army tweeted. "In ...
Israel says attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon
JERUSALEM - The Israeli air force attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft battery on Monday that Israel said had fired a missile at its planes while they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon.
U.S.-backed forces in final push against Islamic State Raqqa
RAQQA, Syria - U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month offensive for the city to the brink of victory.
Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under 'fire'
According to Israel's military, it struck the Syrian anti-aircraft battery after an Israeli aircraft was targeted over Lebanon. Israel has carried out dozens of attacks on suspected arms shipments to Hezbollah.
Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria
The Israeli military said it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria on Monday after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — a rare incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.
Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria
The Israeli military said it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria on Monday after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.
US-backed Syrian force expects Raqqa victory in 'a few days'
A U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force battling the Islamic State group in Syria will be in control of Raqqa "within a few days" after attacking the last militant-held pocket of the city, a spokesman for the force said Monday.
Lebanon's president says the country can't handle Syrian refugees anymore and wants them to return home
Stephane Mahe/APBEIRUT - Lebanon's president said on Monday his country could no longer cope with hosting huge numbers of Syrian refugees and called on world powers to help them to return to calmer areas of their troubled homeland. Michel Aoun told international envoys he wanted to work out ways to help refugees return ...
Israeli military strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery it says fired at jets while flying over Lebanon
Israel's military said Monday it carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country. Israeli planes were on what the military described as a routine reconnaissance mission over neighbouring Lebanon when an ...
Philippine troops kill IS leader during battle to reclaim Marawi
Isnilon Hapilon, known to security analysts as the leader of the militant Islamic State group in Southeast Asia, was killed in the battle to reclaim a rebel-held Philippines city, the defence minister said on Monday.' were able to get Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. They were both killed,' Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ...
North Korea Is Selling One Super Strange Gun All Over the World
Joseph Trevithick Security, Asia The Type 73 is in Syria and many other places. Between February and March 2016, Australian and French sailors in the Arabian Sea seized small ships — or dhows — smuggling weapons, most likely to militants in Somalia and Yemen. These caches aboard the dhows included examples ...
Israeli Military Strikes anti-Aircraft Battery in Syria
JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said on Monday that it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.
U.S.-backed militias in final push against Islamic State in Raqqa
RAQQA, Syria - U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month campaign for the city to the brink of victory.
Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria amid tensions
The Israeli military said on Monday that it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon -- the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.
'Toughest fighting yet' to oust Islamic State from Syria's Raqqa
RAQQA, Oct 16 — The US-backed force fighting to oust the Islamic State group from its former Syrian stronghold Raqqa said today it was waging its toughest battles yet', as the city's capture neared. The Syrian Democratic Forces, an...
Key Points Russian Su-25s appear to be using Tiyas Air Base as a forward arming and refuelling point Syrian L-39s are now deployed at Tadmur Air Base Russian Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' strike aircraft appear to be using Tiyas Air Base in Syria's Homs province as a forward
How do refugee journalists find their new lives in Germany? DW's video series "Dear Germany" brings you their impressions. In this video, Syria's Bilal Eid tells how he sees Germany, where many things don't fit together.
Return of Assad's influence to Lebanon a red line: Geagea
Lebanese Forces chief Dr. Samir Geagea Monday said that the return of Syrian president Bashar Assad's influence in Lebanon was a red line, in comments made after a mass for Maronite youth in Sydney, Australia.