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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 …


Syrian troops besiege rebel-held parts of Aleppo

Syrian government forces closed the only road leading into and out of rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, besieging hundreds of thousands of people and giving …


U.S., Russia agree on ‘steps’ in Syria, but won’t say what

The United States and Russia agreed Friday on new steps they said could make a difference in Syria’s relentless civil war, hinting at an improbable military partnership that has been …


Two Russian soldiers die after helicopter shot down in Syria

Russia’s military said two of its airmen have died in Syria after their helicopter was shot down in Syria by fighters of the Islamic State group.


U.N. warns of starvation in Syrian towns, demands access

The top U.N. official in Syria on Monday demanded immediate and unconditional humanitarian access to tens of thousands of people trapped in four towns, warning of starvation.


Syrian activists say airstrikes on rebel-held area kill 25

Suspected government airstrikes on a rebel-held part of Syria killed at least 25 people on Saturday, in what appeared to be retaliation for the capture and killing of a fighter …


Kerry meets diplomats who dissented on Syria policy

Secretary of State John Kerry has met with a number of U.S. diplomats who want the Obama administration to expand its military role in Syria.


Russia’s defense minister visits Syria, meets Assad

Russia’s defense minister visited Syria on Saturday to meet the country’s leader and inspect the Russian air base there, a high-profile trip intended to underline Moscow’s role in the region.


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 …