ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, Oct 3 – Syrian rebels backed by Turkey and a U.S.-led coalition are closing in on the Daesh-held village of Dabiq, the site of an apocalyptic prophesy central to the militant group’s ideology. Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel groups have been pushing southwards into Daesh’s territory in an operation backed by Turkey since Aug.
By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN, May 19 – Jihadi militants in Syria including al Qaeda are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar Al Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce. Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front,
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lisa Barrington AMMAN/BEIRUT, May 17 – Rebel fighters and officials in a besieged Syrian town on the outskirts of Damascus believe government forces are preparing an assault after they turned back an aid convoy last week. Daraya, situated close to a large air base and just a few kilometers (miles) from
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, April 5 – Syrian rebels were closing in on a town near the Turkish border held by Daesh on Tuesday after seizing numerous villages from the group in the area, rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The rebels involved in the offensive include factions fighting under the banner
By Tom Perry and Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Feb 28 – Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids stopped on Saturday, the first day of a cessation of hostilities that the United Nations has described as the best hope for peace in five years of civil war. Under the U.S.-Russian accord accepted by
By Lesley Wroughton MOSCOW, Dec 15 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to try and narrow differences with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the role of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad in any political transition and which rebel groups should be part of peace talks. Kerry will seek to
BEIRUT (Reuters) Neither Syria‘s main political opposition body nor representatives of the armed opposition have been invited to international talks on the country’s war, an opposition politician and a rebel leader said. The Syrian government in Damascus has meanwhile yet to issue any official comment on the meeting in Vienna on Friday that will bring
Reuters/Staff 10/25/2015 MOSCOW/BEIRUT – Shortly after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Kremlin last week, he is ready to call for parliamentary and presidential elections if necessary, according to Russian lawmakers. Moscow said Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry twice at the weekend, and spoke to his Iranian and