China envoy says no accurate figure on Uighurs fighting in Syria

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Aug 20 : There is no accurate figure of the number of ethnic Uighurs who have gone to fight with militant groups in Syria, China’s special envoy for the Syrian issue said on Monday, adding he hoped to return to Syria to gain a clearer picture. China is worried that Uighurs, […]

In a Syrian village, Turkish forces seen as shield from attack

By Khalil Ashawi AL-SURMAN VILLAGE, Syria, Aug 7 : The red Turkish flag fluttering on the outskirts of the Syrian village of al-Surman has been seen by residents as a shield against government attack since Turkish troops arrived in February. But their fears of an offensive are growing. The village is situated in rebel-held territory […]

Israel shoots down Syrian warplane as Golan frontier heats up

By Dan Williams and Lisa Barrington JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, July 24 : Israel said it shot down a Syrian warplane that crossed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, but Damascus said the jet was fired on as it took part in operations against rebels on Syrian territory. The incident added new fuel to weeks of tensions […]

Israel “intercepts” Syrian warplane as Golan frontier heats up

By Dan Williams and Lisa Barrington JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, July 24 : Israel launched Patriot missiles in what it described as a successful interception of a Syrian warplane that penetrated its airspace on Tuesday, but Damascus said the jet was fired on as it took part in operations against rebels on Syrian territory. The incident took place […]

Islamic State makes comeback in Iraq with switch to guerrilla tactics

By Ahmed Aboulenein BAQUBA, Iraq, July 24 : Months after Iraq declared victory over Islamic State, its fighters are making a comeback with a scatter-gun campaign of kidnap and killing. With its dream of a Caliphate in the Middle East now dead, Islamic State has switched to hit-and-run attacks aimed at undermining the government in […]

Syrian ‘White Helmets’ flee to Jordan with Israeli, Western help – officials

By Dan Williams and Suleiman Al-Khalidi Jerusalem/Amman , July 22 : Hundreds of members of Syria’s “White Helmet” civil defence group and their families fled advancing government forces and slipped over the border into Jordan overnight with the help of Israeli soldiers and Western powers, officials said. Israel’s military said on Twitter that Washington and […]