Syrian regime fighting IS on edge of Palmyra: rights observers
Dec 10, 2016
Beirut (AFP) - Islamic State jihadists battled Syrian regime forces on Friday on the outskirts of Palmyra, the ancient town from which they were chased out eight months ago, rights observers said.Read More
Horror In Aleppo: Civilians Trapped As Syrian Government Tightens Siege
Civilians are trying to flee a tightening siege in the rebel-held parts of Syria's northern city of Aleppo, as government forces and their Russian allies continue to seize territory while trying to take full control of the city. They're taking aim at the final major urban area still held by rebel forces. A new U.N. report suggests that hundreds of men have disappeared upon entering government-controlled areas of the city. The men are being separated from women and children, the report states, and "family members say they lost contact with the men, between the ages of 30 and 50, after they fled opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo around a week or ten days ago." Many other residents have chosen
Turkey-backed rebels close in on Islamic State-held Syrian city al-Bab
By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey-backed rebels closed in on an Islamic State-held city in northern Syria on Friday, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, with Turkish tanks and warplanes supporting the assault. The city is of strategic importance to Turkey, partly because Kurdish-dominated militias have also been trying to take it from the jihadists. Turkish state media said late on Thursday that Ankara had sent 300 commandos to northern Syria to reinforce "Euphrates Shield", the operation it launched three and a half months ago to push both Islamic State and Kurdish fighters back from the border.
Photos of the day - December 9, 2016
A Christian Iraqi girl holds her mothers hand during the celebration of Santa Barbara in Om Al-Auna church in Irbil, Iraq; Tibetan Buddhist monks perform a dance called ‘cham’ wearing traditional masks, at the Sherabling monastery; and Russian artist Maria Gasanova adjusts her make-up as she finishes “The Siberian Beauty” body art work from her “The Alive Painting” series before the opening ceremony of the Cultural Universiade in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
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ISIS Hostage Video Shows Mosul War
ISIS is estimated to have up to 6,000 fighters in Mosul. The operation to retake Mosul from ISIS began in October.
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US airstrike kills ISIS leader linked to Charlie Hebdo attack
An Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attacks at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, U.S. military officials said Friday. Officials said Boubaker el Hakim was killed in Raqqa on November 26. He is believed to have played a role in IS attack planning. The officials weren't authorized to discuss the strike publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. El Hakim, a 33-year-old French Tunisian, was a mentor to the brothers who gunned down cartoonists at the French paper in January 2015. He was arrested in Syria and sent to France, where he was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to seven years in prison. He was considered at the time to be among the
Military: 50,000 ISIS fighters killed
The official noted that after the May 2015 raid in Syria that killed ISIS operative Abu Sayyaf and led to the capture of his wife, the US got valuable information on Baghdadi from the wife after two days of interrogation. At the time, she told them "last week we were with Al Baghdadi in Raqqa," the official said. "We had been tracking them in Raqqa, so we went back frantically to try to figure out where he (Baghdadi) was in Raqqa." But the official said communications that were being monitored dried up which the official blamed news stories that were published about intelligence learned from the raid. The senior military official also disclosed that earlier this week when President Barack Obama