US says Iran directed convoy targeted by US air strike in Syria

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, May 20 : The United States said it believed Iran was directing an advancing convoy in southern Syria on Thursday targeted by military aircraft, a possible sign of increased tension between Washington and Tehran in the Syrian war. Yesterday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US […]

UN sees ‘incremental progress’ after Syria talks

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 19 : UN envoy Staffan de Mistura ended four days of Syria talks today, saying there had been “incremental progress” and he planned to reconvene negotiations in June. But the warring sides still showed no sign of wanting to be in the same room, let alone on the same page […]

US strikes Syria militia threatening U.S.-backed forces -officials

By Phil Stewart and Suleiman Al-Khalidi WASHINGTON/AMMAN, May 19 : The US military carried out an air strike against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to US and US-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s south, US officials told Reuters. The militia, who numbered in the dozens and drove a tank and […]

Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries seize air base from IS

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 18 : Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries captured an air base from Islamic State militants on Thursday, gaining a strategic foothold in the western desert as they push towards the Syrian border. While regular Iraqi security forces engage in gruelling urban combat inside Mosul, the paramilitaries have been advancing against Islamic State […]

Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries seize air base from IS

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 18 : Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries captured an air base from Islamic State militants today, gaining a strategic foothold in the western desert as they push towards the Syrian border. While regular Iraqi security forces engage in gruelling urban combat inside Mosul, the paramilitaries have been advancing against Islamic State through […]

Ceaseless Middle East wars forcing change in approach to medical care

By Angus McDowall and Ayat Basma BEIRUT, May 15 : The Middle East’s protracted conflicts have caused a region-wide health crisis that goes beyond war wounds to heightened resistance to antibiotics and a collapse in vaccination drives, leading to a resurgence of diseases tamed in peacetime. Health threats are so varied that one of the […]