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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.


Trudy Rubin: Syrian Kurds may provide solution

The Syrian Kurds haven’t been invited to peace talks in Geneva because the Turks are opposed to their presence. This is nuts.


U.S. slaps ‘genocide’ label on Islamic State attacks against minorities in Iraq, Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday labeled the Islamic State’s merciless persecution of religious minorities as genocide, a long-awaited determination that resonates politically but doesn’t compel the United States …


Kerry to miss deadline on Islamic State genocide question

A State Department spokesman says Secretary of State John Kerry will miss Congress’s deadline for deciding whether atrocities by the Islamic State against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and …


Britain doubts Russia’s announced Syria pullout

Britain’s foreign minister says he is skeptical about Russia’s announced military withdrawal from Syria.


UNICEF: More than 80 percent of Syria children harmed by war

More than 80 percent of Syria’s children have been harmed by the country’s conflict, including growing numbers of those who were forced to work, join armed groups or marry young …


Syria war at critical juncture five years after the spark

After five years of bloodshed – after a quarter of a million deaths, and the flight of millions of refugees – Syria has arrived at a critical juncture: A diplomatic …


Islamic State detainee tells U.S. about chemical weapons plans

The U.S. military is questioning an Islamic State militant who allegedly has helped lead the extremist group’s nascent effort to acquire and use illicit chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria, …


Trudy Rubin: Syrian mess awaits next president

If the nascent cease-fire collapses, it’s hard to see what Plan B the administration can come up with. The whole Syria mess seems likely to land front and center on …


Syria cease-fire holding despite some fighting, U.N. envoy says

A U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire in Syria, now in its sixth day, is largely holding despite sporadic clashes in some areas, a U.N. envoy said Thursday, raising expectations ahead of next week’s …


Syria truce holding despite growing breaches, U.N. chief says

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that a shaky cease-fire in Syria is holding “by and large” despite sporadic fighting that continued across Syria and growing accusations of violations that …


Russia grounds its warplanes in Syria

Russia has grounded its warplanes in Syria to help secure a cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Washington that entered into force Saturday, a top military official said.


Obama fiddles as global barbarians storm the gates

The barbarians are at the gates and pushing hard knowing they will enjoy but 11 more months of minimal American resistance.


US, Russia-brokered cease-fire goes into effect across Syria

A cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia came into effect across Syria on Saturday, marking the biggest international push to reduce violence in the country’s devastating conflict, but …


Nusra Front leader rejects Syria truce

The leader of al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has rejected a U.S.-Russian sponsored truce, saying the real negotiations are on the battle field.


Analysis: Putin can cash in on Syria gains with cease-fire

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a chance to cash in on his gains in Syria by scaling down his bombing blitz when a cease-fire takes effect Friday night so he …


Putin confers with Assad as civil war cease-fire nears

BEIRUT – Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Wednesday with key players in the Syria conflict, including President Bashar Assad, ahead of a U.S.-Russia-engineered cease-fire, as the opposition voiced concerns about …


Syria government, opposition accept US-Russia proposed truce

DAMASCUS, Syria – The Syrian government and the main umbrella for Syrian opposition and rebel groups announced on Tuesday they both conditionally accept a proposed U.S.-Russian cease fire that the …


Escalating Syrian war fueled by major powers, U.N. says

In a swipe at the U.S., Russia and their allies, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said the international powers and regional countries ostensibly pushing for a peaceful …


Syria cease-fire set for Saturday under new US-Russia plan

The United States and Russia agreed Monday on a new cease-fire for Syria that will take effect Saturday, U.S. officials said, even as major questions over enforcing and responding to …


Germany revives calls for no-fly zone in northern Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday renewed her proposal for a no-fly zone in Syria where civilians would be protected, a suggestion that was promptly rebuffed by Moscow that said …


Airstrikes hit “hundreds of millions” in ISIS cash, U.S. says

A series of U.S. airstrikes in recent months have destroyed “hundreds of millions” of dollars in Islamic State cash as part of a broader campaign aimed at squeezing the extremist …


U.S. to Russia: ‘Put up or shut up’ on Syrian ceasefire

The Obama administration, frustrated by Syria’s ongoing violence, told Russia on Tuesday to “put up or shut up” about implementing a ceasefire in the Arab country, even as the U.S. …


Airstrikes in northern Syria hit 2 hospitals, school

Airstrikes hit two hospitals and a school in northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens of people on Monday, according to opposition activists, who said the strikes were carried out by …


Cease-fire in Syria announced by world powers

The United States, Russia and other world powers agreed to implement a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war to start in one week in an effort to stop …