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Over 17,000 detainees have died in Syrian government custody in the past five years from torture and disease, according to Amnesty International. Forced disappearances and horrific prisoner abuse are also widespread.
Russia has said it launched strikes against the so-called “Islamic State” from air bases in Iran. It’s a noticeable change of strategy for Moscow as it continues to aid the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The Mediterranean Sea has become a gateway to Europe for refugees and economic migrants
An Arab-Kurdish alliance with support from US air strikes has retaken the strategic town of Manbij near the Turkish border. The fate of some of the 2,000 civilians who fled the crumbling ‘IS’ stronghold remains in doubt.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has decried Russia’s “high level of responsibility” for the “catastrophic situation in Aleppo.” Humanitarian access has to be assured by the UN, the minister said.
An alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces have liberated the city of Manbij from the militant group. But some “IS” fighters fled the city, reportedly using hundreds of kidnapped civilians as “human shields.”
The terror organization ‘Islamic State’ (IS) has suffered serious losses in Syria, and even more in Iraq. It can no longer count on public support. Yet, it still has a few aces up its sleeve.
Many eastern European countries supply arms to the Middle East. The trade is said to be worth more than a billion euros, with the majority of goods going to Saudi Arabia. But the weapons don’t stay there.
Weekend airstrikes by unspecified belligerents have destroyed a hospital in northern Syria, Doctors Without Borders reports. Elsewhere, recent attacks by Russia have flattened opposition areas of Aleppo.
El-Imam was the first Egyptian in the YPG to be killed in the fight against IS
The Syrian government has confirmed its participation in the latest talks aimed at a political solution to the conflict. A UN official said he spoke with Damascus about the need for a UN-backed transition.
A senior al-Qaeda figure has urged the group to do what is necessary to protect the “holy struggle of the Syrian people.” Washington voiced skepticism over the split, saying it could be an exercise in rebranding.
Her black hair and captivating eyes are nothing compared to her enchanting voice. From old Arabic poems to traditional songs, Faia Younan is a Syrian talent who has managed to take the world by storm in a relatively short period of time. This charming talent spent the majority of her life in Sweden and, accordingly, …
Activists have accused a supposedly moderate rebel group of beheading a boy on camera. Secretary of State John Kerry said the US is “very concerned” about the report.
A UK-based observer group says Syrian regime fighters have seized the only road into the rebel-held area of Aleppo. More than 30 civilians were killed in the besieged city on Saturday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of an effort to salvage the stalled Syria peace process. The pair discussed cooperation against Islamic State and other militant groups.
We aim to help people overcoming their everyday struggles, says organiser
Damascus has extended a ceasefire for 72 hours, marking the second of its kind since the end of Ramadan. The US’ top diplomat is expected in Moscow as the international community pushes to revive stalled peace talks.
If Islamic State (IS) was serious about attacking Euro 2016, its plans clearly never materialised. Leaked transcripts of the interrogation of one of the attackers of Brussels Airport in March leave little doubt however that soccer is featured prominently on the group’s target list. So does this month’s beheading of four Syrian players in Raqqa. …
Helicopter pilots called in action by the Syrian allies were shot down by “IS” militants. The aircraft ran out of ammunition while flying near Palmyra.
The Syrian army has extended a nationwide ceasefire for three days as pro-Assad forces continue to advance against rebels in the north. Observers have called the truce mostly ineffective since its declaration last week.
UN cultural agency UNESCO will gather in Istanbul on Sunday to review candidates to join its prestigious World Heritage List, ranging from 350-million-year old fossils to works by Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier.
The Syrian regime troops have announced a unilateral three-day ceasefire coinciding with the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The truce applies to the whole country, according to the army’s statement.
In Syria and Iraq, the ‘Islamic State’ group has been losing ground for months, but worldwide, its attacks are becoming more effective. Middle East expert Udo Steinbach detects change within the terrorist militia.
“The discussion was about the options for settling the Syrian conflict, including the possibility of Russian-US cooperation in the fight against terrorist groups active in Syria,” the Russian statement read
Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, has met with Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss ties after Turkey downed a Russian jet at the Syrian border last year.
Attacks on children in Syria have become “commonplace,” the UN body said. It called for the conflicts’ parties to protect children, saying at least 6 million of them were in dire need of assistance.
Russian and Syrian government planes have targeted rebel-held areas of Aleppo in a bid for the rebel’s last supply line. Meanwhile, hundreds have fled “Islamic State”-held areas of northern Syria amidst mass abductions.
Hundreds of young people choose to go to Syria, despite their vastly more comfortable lives in Europe. But why does “Islamic State” attract so many Europeans? Radicalization expert Maarten van de Donk explains.
The Jordanian army said that a car bomb targeting a military location early on Tuesday came from the refugee camp in Al Rakban area.