Iranians pour onto the streets to mourn soldier beheaded in Syria

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, Sept 27 : Thousands of people took to the streets of Tehran on Wednesday to bury a soldier whose beheading by Islamic State has come to symbolise the righteousness of Iran’s military involvement in Syria. In what has become an iconic image on Iranian media, 25-year-old Revolutionary Guard Mohsen Hojaji is […]

Russia, Syria intensify bombing of rebel-held Idlib, witnesses say

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, Sept 24 : Russian and Syrian jets escalated strikes on rebel-held Idlib and Hama provinces, several days after jihadist rebels opened an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday. The bombing campaign in heavily populated civilian areas shattered six months of relative calm. Russian-inspired ceasefires […]

US allied Syrian groups form civilian council to run Deir al-Zor

By Rodi Said Deir al Zor, SYRIA, Sept 24 : US-allied militias in northern Syria announced on Saturday the formation of a civilian council to govern the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor where they are racing with the Syrian army to capture territory held by Islamic State. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), […]

U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria’s Deir al-Zor – senior commander

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, Sept 24 : U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river. Commander Ahmed Abu Khawla told Reuters […]

Few ideas, less hope leave Syria crisis on back burner at UN

By John Irish and Yara Bayoumy UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 : At the entrance to the United Nations building in New York a sign advertises an upcoming party to celebrate the end of the annual gathering of world leaders. Next to it a weathered box with crumpled papers urges people to donate for Syrian refugees. […]

Syrian rebels say US allies push for retreat from southeast Syria

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, Sept 10 : Two Western-backed Syrian rebel groups fighting the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias in southeastern Syria have been asked by their Western and Arab backers to pull out of the area and retreat into Jordan, rebels and diplomatic sources said on Sunday. Both Usoud al-Sharqiya and Martyr Ahmad Abdo, […]