ISIS’s self-declared caliphate effectively collapsed in July, when US-backed Iraqi forces re-took Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, after a gruelling nine-month battle.
Hospitals, schools and people fleeing violence have been “targeted by direct air strikes” that may amount to war crimes, the UN said.
The March 30 air strike in the northern Syrian town of Latamneh injured around 70 people who suffered nausea, foaming at the mouth and muscle spasms.
The ‘Lion of Al-Lat’ statue was one of several ancient monuments damaged by ISIS at Palmyra, the ancient city in central Syria.
Older generations of Iraq’s Kurds suffered during Hussien’s Anfal campaign, and want to see their struggle for national independence come to fruition.
Orouba Barakat, an opponent of the ruling Baath party, and her only child, journalist Halla Barakat, were found dead with stab wounds to their neck.
Citing “frustration” with the probe as her reason, Carla del Ponte said the Security Council could not pass a resolution to set up a tribunal to prosecute war crimes in seven years.
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Authorities believe Islamic State has more than 1,200 followers in Indonesia while about 500 Indonesians have left to join the group in Syria.
This marks the first time ISIS has publicly agreed to a forced evacuation from territory it held in Syria.
The heavy fighting to drive out ISIL, led by the United States coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has come under attack for its relentless air raids, which has killed hundred of civilians since June.
Islamic State agreed to surrender its enclave and depart for eastern Syria on Sunday after a week-long offensive by the Lebanese army on one front and the Syrian army and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah group on the other front.
France is a main partner in the US-led coalition helping Baghdad fight the militants who seized parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.
A six-year civil war that has claimed well over 400,000 lives could deprive future Syrians, and the world at large, of this long-standing heritage.
Though both are fighting ISIS, Moscow backs the Syrian government, whereas the US military backs a collection of Kurdish and Arab forces.
ISIS is losing ground fast in Syria to separate campaigns waged by the Russian-backed Syrian government on the one hand, and to US-backed Kurdish forces and their allies on the other.
About 2,000 ISIS fighters are estimated to remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa, fighting for their survival in the face of an offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a senior US official said on Friday.
There are detailed plans for the old city’s great medieval mosques, souks, bath houses and citadel from an earlier restoration that should allow exact reconstruction.
Syria’s ambassador to India Riad Kamel Abbas said an Indian delegation has made several trips to Syria and Iraq in the past to seek information about them.
Founded in 1911, the Baron Hotel played host to adventurers, writers, kings, aviators, Bedouin chiefs and presidents until the war forced it to close down.
The Syrian government allows Kurdish rule in the Sheikh Maqsoud district of Aleppo, population 40,000, but the relationship is a complicated and potentially problematic one.
The US, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and other nations are demanding the UN Security Council takes action to ensure aid convoys reach millions of needy Syrians as violence diminishes.
In eastern Aleppo, bodies still lie under the rubble, graveyards are full and children take classes in mosques because their schools have been ruined by war.
The ceasefire has halted all fighting in areas near the Lebanese border town of Arsal where Hezbollah launched its assault on Nusra Front militants last week.
In its war against ISIS, the Trump administration has escalated its military intervention in the Middle East from extermination to straight up annihilation.
An over-emphasis on environmental stress overlooks the role of politics and economics in shaping the socio-economic landscape of the war in Syria.
Repatriating the dead militants to their home countries is a sensitive issue for governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
The campaign for Syrian refugees has been launched in an attempt to foster friendships across a border hostile for decades.
Trump halts CIA’s covert programme to equip and train rebel groups fighting the government of the Syrian President, a move sought by Assad ally Russia.
Fakhri Hassan Al Issa, however, said that he could not confirm the presence of 39 Indian hostages in Iraq or if they were even alive.
Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri said the army would carry out an operation in a Syrian border area that has been a base for militants including jihadist groups.
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mitsura adopted a neutral tone describing the talks, claiming there was “no breakthrough, no breakdown and no one walking out”.
Earlier the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had “confirmed” that Baghdadi had been killed, but Western and Iraqi officials have been sceptical.
The bomber rammed a car full of explosives into a gathering of Hayat Tahrir al Sham rebels affiliated with al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, at a textile factory.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said: “It doesn’t make sense not to have some kind of relationship.”
A Syrian artist has created images to show world leaders what they would look like if they weren’t born with the privileges they have.
The United States, Russia and Jordan reached the “de-escalation agreement,” at the G20 summit, ahead of the UN-based peace talks set to open this week.
Previous similar ceasefires have failed to hold for long and it was not clear how much the actual combatants are committed to this latest effort.
Catherine Marchi-Uhel was appointed by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres to lead a panel called the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism.
By running amok in conflict zones since taking power, Trump might have finally inspired lawmakers to revoke the post-9/11 congressional war authorisation.