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Wave of Islamic State-claimed bombings in Syria kill at least 48

Near-simultaneous bombings claimed by the Islamic State group struck in and around strongholds of the Syrian government and Kurdish troops Monday, killing at least 48 people in a wave of …


U.S.-Russia trust issues hinder Syria talks, Obama says

Lack of trust between the U.S. and Russia is getting in the way of possible cooperation to stop the violence in Syria, President Barack Obama said Sunday.


Turkey: IS has lost all territory along Syria-Turkey border

BEIRUT – Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels expelled the Islamic State group from the last strip of territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border on Sunday, effectively sealing the …


Russia says it killed IS spokesman al-Adnani in Syria strike

Russia’s Defense Ministry says its airstrike killed the Islamic State group’s spokesman and chief strategist.


Clashes subside in Syria between Turkish, Kurdish forces

Clashes between Turkey’s military and Kurdish-backed Syrian forces subsided Tuesday evening after days of fighting between the two had frustrated efforts by a U.S.-led coalition to drive the Islamic State …


U.S. urges halt to Turkish, Kurdish clashes in northern Syria

The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey’s president …


U.S. meets target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees

The United States on Monday met President Barack Obama’s goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, the White House announced.


Turkey makes first major foray into Syria with assault on IS

Turkey on Wednesday launched its first major ground assault into Syria since the country’s civil war began, sending in tanks and special forces backed by U.S. airstrikes to help Syrian …


Biden heads to Turkey on fence-mending trip

Vice President Biden faces a stiff challenge Wednesday on a one-day visit to Turkey, a key NATO ally that is reeling from terrorist attacks and a failed military coup and …


U.N. warns Aleppo risks ‘catastrophe,’ urges 48-hour truce

The U.N. humanitarian chief on Monday urged all combatants in Aleppo to agree to a 48-hour pause to allow delivery or desperately needed aid, warning that otherwise the world risks …


Charles Krauthammer: The price of powerlessness

The reordering of the Middle East is proceeding apace. Where for 40 years the U.S.-Egypt alliance anchored the region, a Russia-Iran condominium is now dictating events.


Iran acknowledges Russia using its air base to strike Syria

A prominent Iranian lawmaker confirmed Wednesday that Russia is using an Iranian air base for airstrikes in Syria, as Moscow said another wave of airstrikes launched from the Islamic Republic …


In a first, Russia uses Iran base to bomb targets in Syria

Russian warplanes took off on Tuesday from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters and other militants in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, widening Moscow’s bombing campaign in …


Blast at Turkish border crossing kills 10 Syrian rebels

A bomb blast at a border crossing between Syria’s opposition-held Idlib province and Turkey killed at least 10 Syrian rebel fighters on Sunday, activists said, as a wave of airstrikes …


U.S.-backed Syrian force captures key IS stronghold of Manbij

On the streets of Manbij, men chanted slogans against the Islamic State group or clipped their beards and women walked with their faces uncovered for the first time in over …


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Strikes on Islamic State-held city in Syria kill at least 20

Syrian activists said airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa on Thursday killed at least 20 civilians, as neighboring Turkey called for greater cooperation with Russia …


Syrian rebels breach government-imposed siege on Aleppo

Rebels breached the Syrian government siege on opposition neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo, opening a corridor in the south and marking a major military breakthrough. The push prompted an …


U.S. poised to hit Obama’s target of 10,000 Syrian refugees

After a slow start, it appears increasingly likely that the Obama administration will hit its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States before the end of September.


Aid dropped by crane reaches 75,000 Syrians on Jordan border

Cranes hoisted huge white bags with rice, lentils and dates from Jordan into tent camps on the Syrian side of a border berm – an unprecedented way of delivering U.N. …


U.N. ‘extremely’ concerned for children in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT – The United Nations Children’s Fund said Wednesday it is “extremely” concerned for the safety and well-being of children caught up in the violence engulfing the northern Syrian city …


Russian helicopter shot down in Syria, killing all 5 on board

Rebels in Syria shot down a Russian combat helicopter Monday amid fierce fighting around Aleppo, killing all five people on board in the deadliest single incident for the Russian military …


Syrian rebels launch push aimed at breaking Aleppo siege

Syrian rebels launched an offensive aimed at breaking the government’s siege of eastern Aleppo on Sunday, where the U.N. estimates some 300,000 people are trapped with dwindling food and medical …


U.N. envoy in Syria tells Russia: Leave Aleppo corridors ‘to us’

The U.N. special envoy for Syria on Friday urged Russia to leave the creation of humanitarian corridors around Aleppo to the United Nations and its partners, issuing a gentle snub …


Russia, Syria blockade Aleppo, offer corridors out

MOSCOW – Russia and the Syrian government said they will open humanitarian corridors in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo on Thursday and offer a way out for opposition fighters wanting …


Syrian troops tighten Aleppo siege, urge gunmen to give up

GENEVA – Syrian government forces on Tuesday called on opposition fighters in Aleppo to drop their weapons and surrender to authorities as they captured new ground on the northwestern edge …


Israeli warplanes hit Syrian target after mortar fire

JERUSALEM – The Israeli military said its warplanes have hit a position in Syria from where mortars were fired into the Israeli-held Golan Heights. The army said Monday that the …


Colorado mother: Son killed while fighting ISIS in Syria

A Colorado man who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria, his mother said Thursday.


Defense, foreign ministers to plan next steps against IS

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. – Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday urged a gathering of defense leaders to do more in the fight against Islamic State group in Iraq and …


Child beheading in Syria triggers backlash against rebels

BEIRUT – A U.S.-supported Syrian rebel group said Wednesday it will open an investigation into the beheading of a Syrian boy on spy accusations, calling it an “individual mistake” that …


Activists: Airstrikes on IS-held villages in Syria kill 56 civilians

BEIRUT – Airstrikes on Islamic State-held villages in northern Syria killed at least 56 civilians on Tuesday as intense fighting was underway between the militants and U.S-backed fighters, Syrian opposition …