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Twin blasts near Damascus kill 12, wound dozens

Two suicide bombers struck close to the Syrian capital Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens more in the latest attack to hit the predominantly Shiite area in …


IS loses ground in Syria, Iraq, Libya

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria converged from three sides on an Islamic State stronghold near the Turkish border Thursday, while Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Fallujah, one of the last …


Syria attacks to cut off Islamic State’s capital

BEIRUT – Syrian troops launched an offensive Saturday aimed at cutting off Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa from the Turkish border, a monitoring group said. Troops and militiamen backed by …


IS increasingly focused on international attacks, UN reports

The Islamic State group is entering a new phase with an increased emphasis on attacking international civilian targets, according to a United Nations report circulated Thursday.


No food in first aid convoy to reach Syrian town since 2012

A humanitarian convoy reached a starved suburb of Syria’s capital for the first time since 2012 on Wednesday but did not bring any food, as the opposition called for a …


U.S. colleges offer Syrian refugees scholarships

Colleges in the U.S. are opening their doors – and their financial aid – to Syrian refugees.


Shock, fear in Syrian government bastions after bombings

Convoys of coffins streamed through the streets and mourners fired guns in the air Tuesday as two Syrian coastal towns – government strongholds that had gone relatively untouched throughout the …


Women giving birth in Greek refugee camp lack hope for children’s future

Trapped by the closure of the Macedonian border, dozens of women have brought their children into the world in refugee camps in Greece, of which the largest is the sprawling, …


Hospitals a deadly target in Middle East conflicts

Thousands of attacks in recent years on medical facilities in conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere have killed hundreds in brazen violation of humanitarian norms.


Scores killed in Syria as Islamic State bombs government strongholds

A series of coordinated blasts hit bus stations, an electricity plant and a hospital across two Syrian cities Monday, killing at least 80 people in the first major security breach …


Russia urges joint action with U.S. against Syria’s al-Qaida

The Russian defense minister proposed on Friday that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition launch joint action against al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front.


U.N. forms refugee education fund, saying 20 million children are out of school

Former British Prime Minster Gordon Brown on Monday announced the creation of the United Nations’ first humanitarian fund for the education of refugee children.


As Islamic State loses ground, fewer Americans trying to join, FBI says

The number of Americans trying to join Islamic State overseas has dropped substantially since last summer, FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday, as the terrorist group has come under …


Syrian rebels shell west Aleppo

BEIRUT – Syrian rebels Saturday shelled government-held districts in the northern city of Aleppo Saturday, casting doubts on the future of a temporary local cease-fire announced by Russia, the government’s …


Spain: 3 journalists missing since July have been freed

Three Spanish journalists who went missing while working in Syria in July have been freed from captivity, the Spanish government said Saturday.


Russian, Syrian officials deny their planes hit refugee camp

Russian and Syrian officials denied Friday that their aircraft struck a camp for people displaced by fighting in an airstrike that killed 28 the previous evening. The denials came as …


Russian orchestra plays in Palmyra ruins as strikes kill 28

DAMASCUS, Syria – An airstrike hit a crowded refugee camp in Syria on Thursday close to the border with Turkey, killing at least 28 people, according to Syrian pro-opposition activists. …


Deal reached to extend Syria truce to Aleppo, US officials say

The United States and Russia have persuaded Syria’s government and moderate rebels to extend the country’s fragile truce to the northern city of Aleppo, although sporadic clashes continue, U.S. officials …


Trudy Rubin: Trump’s foreign policy is meshugaas

As his remarks made clear, Trump views the world through the prism that defines his entire campaign – the politics of grievance.


Aleppo descends into chaos following cease-fire collapse

Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, as Syria’s largest city was turned …


Trudy Rubin: How to solve Saudi problem?

So how do you solve a problem like Saudi Arabia? For starters, it’s time to get the problem out into the public sphere. Obama should release the 28 redacted pages, …


Obama: New U.S. troops in Syria will be essential

President Barack Obama on Monday announced the deployment of up to 250 U.S. military personnel to Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops trying to dislodge Islamic State …


ISIS abducts 300 workers near Damascus, fighting worsens

In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants abducted 300 cement workers and contractors from their workplace northeast of Damascus on Thursday, as fighting against the extremist …


Syria cease-fire at risk as heavy fighting erupts

Syria’s partial cease-fire appeared to be unraveling Saturday as fierce fighting between government forces and opposition fighters erupted outside the country’s second largest city of Aleppo and other parts in …


Syrian activists: Airstrikes hit east of Damascus, kill 23

Airstrikes hit near a school and a hospital east of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people in one of the deadliest incidents involving civilians …


Syria’s Assad rejects ‘transitional body’ demanded by rebels

Syrian President Bashar Assad has proposed a national unity government and rejected a key opposition demand for a transitional ruling body with full powers, in remarks published Wednesday that could …


Trudy Rubin: Uprooting ISIS’ territorial power more crucial than ever

Syrian Kurds are the only fighters willing and able to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State. The United States should work to clear the political obstacles that prevent this.


UN envoy: Syria peace talks to resume April 9

The U.N.’s Syria envoy on Thursday set April 9 as a “target date” for indirect peace talks to resume in Geneva, saying he is encouraged by the fact that “no …


Syrian forces enter IS-held Palmyra

Backed by Russian airstrikes, Syrian government forces on Thursday pushed into the ancient town of Palmyra that has been held by the Islamic State group since May, state TV reported, …


Brussels mourns, Belgium on alert as police hunt suspect

Belgian authorities searched Wednesday for a man pictured at the Brussels airport with two apparent suicide bombers.