BBC, October 22
The Syrian military has stepped up air strikes on rebel areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, opposition activists say.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the raids took place mostly in western areas between midnight on Sunday and noon on Tuesday.
The UK-based group said there were [...]
The Voice of America, By Scott Bobb, October 19
Suruc, Turkey -The offensive by Islamic State militants against the northern Syrian city of Kobani has caused hundreds of thousands of residents to flee to Turkey. They receive help from Turkish authorities and individuals, but say much more is needed.
Morning in Suruc, southeastern Turkey. Rojava [...]
Washington Post, By Dan Lamothe, October 19
The Syrian border town of Kobane is still in danger of falling to the Islamic State, more than a week after the U.S. military began launching airstrikes on militants there regularly. Hundreds of fighters have been killed, the Pentagon’s press secretary said Wednesday, but even more are swarming [...]
McClatchy, By Hannah Allam, October 15
Washington — John Allen, the retired Marine general in charge of coordinating the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State, confirmed Wednesday what Syrian rebel commanders have complained about for months – that the United States is ditching the old Free Syrian Army and building its own local ground [...]
Washington Post, By Liz Sly, October 10
Reyhanli, Turkey — The U.S.-led air war in Syria has gotten off to a rocky start, with even the Syrian rebel groups closest to the United States turning against it, U.S. ally Turkey refusing to contribute and the plight of a beleaguered Kurdish town exposing the limitations of [...]
BBC, October 9
Turkey’s foreign minister says it cannot be expected to lead a ground operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria on its own.
Mevlut Cavusoglu also called for the creation of a no-fly zone over its border with Syria after talks in Ankara with new Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg.
Turkey is under [...]
White House will ‘take action’ against threats as Turkey comes under pressure to halt flow of jihadists across its border
The Observer, By Toby Helm & Martin Chulov, August 23
The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State as Turkey came under mounting pressure to [...]
Militant jihadist group kills dozens of Syrian troops and workers in its largest attack yet on the regime
Reuters, July 19
Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday’s takeover [...]
General Sir David Richards’ bid for 100,000-strong force had support from US heavyweights but was shelved as too risky
The Guardian, By Ewen MacAskill, July 4
The British military drew up a secret plan two years ago to train a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel force aimed at toppling president Bashar al-Assad.
The plan was the brainchild [...]
Program to Train and Equip Moderate Opposition Would Expand U.S. Role in Civil War.
The Wall Street Journal, By Julian E. Barnes, Adam Entous & Carol E. Lee, June 26
Washington — The White House on Thursday proposed a major program to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, in a significant expansion of the U.S. [...]
AP, By Edith M. Lederer, June 21
United Nations – The humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has reached 10.8 million – almost half of Syria’s population of 22 million, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday.
Ban’s monthly report to the U.N. Security Council said the current [...]
We note that the latest news from Iraq is that radical Muslims, the ISIS, ISIL, or whomever, in natty Black uniforms, and Nissan pickup trucks mounted with 50 caliber machines guns, are the latest terrorists in Iraq and fighting Assad in Syria.
This rag-tag bunch of well-uniformed men have defeated the Iraqi army, (which was [...]
Fighters believed to be from ISIL have taken over most of Iraq’s second-largest city and freed 1,400 prisoners
Al Jazeera, June 11
Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on parliament to declare a state of emergency after armed fighters believed to be part of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized [...]
NYT – UNITED NATIONS — The Syrian government is “failing in its responsibility to look after its own people,” the secretary general of the United Nations said in a confidential report to the Security Council, in which he urged it to authorize the delivery of food and medicine to Syria without the government’s consent.
RFI, April 19
Four French journalists are safe and in good health, after being held hostage in Syria since June 2013. The hostages were found overnight Friday by Turkish soldiers on the border between Turkey and Syria, where they had been tied-up and blindfolded.
French President François Hollande declared his huge relief on Saturday, in [...]