Syria’s army and its allies retook a village near Hama on Saturday as the government tries to turn back a major insurgent offensive.
The Raqqa campaign appears to be gathering steam as an overlapping US-backed effort in Iraq is drawing closer to driving ISIS from the city of Mosul.
A year ago on March 22 ISIS suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels, four months after bombings and shootings in Paris that killed 130 people.
Physicians for Human Rights, in a report, said authorities removed dialysis supplies from several convoys headed to rebel-held Douma last year.
Analysts who follow Syria have predicted that as jihadist rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad suffer military reverses, they will increasingly turn to guerrilla attacks in territory controlled by the government.
Many foresee, at best, a ceasefire observed much of the time over much of a territory that will be effectively partitioned between competing forces.
The government detains 87% of those in custody, or 92,000 of the total 106,000, said Fadel Abdul Ghani, executive director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights.
The study found a “weaponisation” of healthcare in Syria in which people’s need for it was used against them by denying access.
‘Hitting Rock Bottom’, a study by UNICEF, found that there was a 20% increase in the number of children killed in Syria from 2015.
The decision to not attend the talks was taken as a result of Russia’s failure to end what the opposition says are widespread violations of a Turkish-Russian brokered ceasefire last December.
The Syrian war monitor that released the numbers said that government forces and their allies had killed more than 83,500 civilians since the war started.
A US district judge barred the enforcement of the policy to deny US entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the country.
Iraqi forces battled ISIS militants in their stronghold of Mosul and took control of the last major road leading west from the city, before bomb blasts ripped through a wedding party near Tikrit, killing more than 20 people.
Syrian refugees have been banned from the US for the next 120 days. Whatever happens next, the country they are fleeing will never be the same again.
At the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan, women with little or no formal education can learn livelihood skills and play a leadership role in their communities.
Trump’s initial order caused chaos at airports and was hit with more than two dozen lawsuits, many that claimed it discriminated against Muslims.
A Syrian air force pilot who bailed out as his warplane crashed on Turkish territory has been found by a Turkish rescue team and is being treated at a hospital in the Hatay region, a hospital spokeswoman said on Sunday.
Staffan de Mistura said that the parties had agreed to return later in March to discuss four key issues – governance, a draft constitution, elections and counter-terrorism.
ISIS is on the back foot in Syria after losing territory in the north to an alliance of US-backed, Kurdish-led militias and to Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups.
ISIS has captured Palmyra, whose ancient ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, twice during Syria’s six-year conflict, last in December 2016.
Syrian activists called on Sunday for the Assad government to engage in serious talks on political transition and for the UN to strengthen the fragile ceasefire as violence engulfed parts of the country.
Several thousand militants are believed to be holed up in the city with nowhere to go, which could lead to a fierce standoff amid a population of 750,000.
The US military estimates that ISIS drew 45,000 foreign fighters from more than 100 nations around the world and is a trans-regional threat.
Why did the Druze come to the Middle East? DNA technology and modern day genetics may offer insight into origins of the esoteric Druze people- a mystery yet unsolved.
Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers.
Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin was regarded highly by President Vladimir Putin and was always a pugnacious defender of Russian policy, notably its intensive bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo last year to crush rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.
Trump’s original order which he said was meant to head off attacks by Islamist militants, barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries and sparked worldwide protests.
Syrian warplanes bombarded a besieged rebel-held district of Homs, southern Deraa and insurgent areas in Damascus’s outskirts on Saturday.
Caught out by the side effects of the Syrian civil war and deteriorating relations with the EU and the US, Turkey now appears to be in search of South-South cooperation.
A round of Syria peace talks sponsored by Russia ended on Thursday with no joint communique, and saw opposing Syrian groups exchanging angry tirades at each other and the brokers.
Donald Trump’s executive order triggered chaos at some US and overseas airports, led to international protests, complaints from US businesses and drew more than a dozen legal challenges.
A new round of UN-backed negotiations is due to begin in Geneva where the main Syrian opposition body wants to be face-to-face with the Damascus government.
Aleppo is one of the Middle East’s great historic centres, its ancient citadel and mosques, damaged during the ongoing war are a source of Syrian pride.
Syria and its ally Russia, who helped state troops in the retaking of Aleppo have repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.
The next round of UN-sponsored talks on the conflict, now in its sixth year, has been scheduled for February 20.
Vladimir Putin called Tayyip Erdogan and expressed his condolences, while the Kremlin blamed the incident on poor coordination between Moscow and Ankara.
The Amnesty report had said that 5000-13,000 people were executed at the Sednaya prison in four years, after a popular uprising had descended into war.
An Amnesty report based on interviews with 84 witnesses including former guards, officials, detainees, judges and lawyers says mass hangings were implemented.
The Syrian army’s advance towards al-Bab risks triggering a confrontation with the Turkish military and its allies.
A slew of protests erupted across the country after details about an acrimonious phone call between Trump and Australian PM regarding refugee settlement emerged.