Tag: Syria

Islamic State group pushed out of Syria’s Kobani

Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group entirely out of a key Syrian town on Monday, marking a major defeat for the extremists whose hopes for an easy victory when they pushed into Kobani last year dissolved into a bloody, costly and months-long siege.   As their victory neared, the […]

Iran and Hezbollah are planning an ‘imminent’ joint invasion of Israel’s northern Galilee region

Senior Iranian and Hezbollah figures killed in an airstrike in Syria this weekend were likely planning an ‘imminent’ attack on Israel, security sources have claimed.   Six Iranian army chiefs died alongside five Hezbollah militants after an Israeli helicopter fired rockets at a convoy in the Golan Heights region on Sunday.   Among those killed […]

Syria, allies condemn Israeli airstrikes

Russia on Monday demanded an explanation for Israeli airstrikes on two areas near Damascus, while the Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers called it an act of aggression that proves Israel is “in the same trench” with extremist groups fighting the Syrian government. Israeli warplanes struck near Damascus’ international airport on Sunday, as well as outside […]

Islamic State suffering setbacks in Syria and Iraq

For a force that has built its reputation on an aura of momentum and invincibility, the Islamic State group is now dealing with a series of military setbacks in Iraq and a prolonged stalemate in the small Syrian border town of Kobani.   Gone are the days when Islamic State, also known as ISIS, was […]

Islamic State crisis: ‘3,000 European jihadists join fight’

The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the EU’s anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC.   Gilles de Kerchove also warned that Western air strikes would increase the risk of retaliatory attacks in Europe.   US-led forces have launched more than 200 air strikes against […]

UN says 70,000 Syrian refugees cross into Turkey

KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey –  The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group’s advance across northeastern Syria has hit 100,000, Turkey said Sunday as clashes broke out on the border between Turkish security guards and Kurds.   The head of Turkey’s AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure relates […]

ISIS Sets Eyes on Lebanon for Its Caliphate

Four civilians are dead. Soldiers surrounded the town of 40,000 residents and continue to shell it in an effort to liberate the people from IS. Residents have fled, but the people stuck in the middle are the refugees who fled Syria during the civil war. The United Nations said that “More than a third of […]

UN Security Council approves another draft resolution on Syria

The UN Security Council unanimously approved another draft resolution on Syria’s humanitarian situation on Monday, authorizing UN humanitarian agencies “and their implementing partners” to have access across conflict lines at four disputed border crossings to deliver humanitarian assistance, without having to notify Syrian authorities. The resolution also declares that “all Syrian parties to the conflict” […]

Militants try to tighten their grip in Iraq, Syria

Fresh from success in Iraq, a Sunni extremist group tried to tighten its hold Wednesday on territory in Syria and crush pockets of resistance on land straddling the border where it has declared the foundation of an Islamic state. Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that the entire region is endangered by the Islamic […]

UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

The spiraling refugee crisis from Syria’s civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon’s security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 percent of the $3.74 billion needed for emergency needs, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said Thursday. The estimate of how much money will be needed […]