Russia says U.S. strikes on Syrian army would harm fight against Islamists


DOHA - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that any U.S. military strikes against the Syrian government army would complicate attempts to fight Islamic State and other groups.

First U.S.-trained Syria rebel believed killed in fighting - sources 03 Aug 2015

WASHINGTON - A member of a new Syrian force trained by the U.S. military was believed to have been killed in clashes last week with al Qaeda's Syria wing, in what would be the fledgling force's first battlefield casualty, U.S. officials said in an interview on Monday.


Syrian jet crashes into market in rebel-held area, 27 killed 03 Aug 2015

BEIRUT - At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, residents and witnesses said. | Video


In Turkish villages facing Islamic State, doubt hangs over U.S. strategy 03 Aug 2015

KARKAMIS, Turkey - Packets of cigarettes and tea gathering dust in his one-room store, Mustafa Karatas doubts a joint U.S.-Turkish plan to flush Islamic State militants from the Syrian border will make much difference to his business any time soon.


U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad 03 Aug 2015

WASHINGTON - The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials said on Sunday.


Kurdish militia in Syria accuses Turkey of 'provocative' attacks 01 Aug 2015

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL - Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week, calling the attacks provocative and hostile.

Syrian Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham mourns Taliban leader 01 Aug 2015

BEIRUT - A conservative Islamist rebel group in Syria, which has contested its hardline image in Western newspapers, mourned the death of the leader of the Taliban in a statement distributed online on Saturday.


Syrian army advances on plain after rebel offensive: monitor 01 Aug 2015

BEIRUT - The Syrian army and allied militia have regained control over several northwestern villages from insurgents on a plain crucial for defending costal areas that Damascus holds, a group monitoring the war said on Saturday.


Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels 31 Jul 2015

BEIRUT - Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. training, in a direct challenge to Washington's plan to train and equip insurgents to combat the hard-line Islamic State group.


Early poll prospects grow as Turkish air strikes muddy coalition talks 31 Jul 2015

ANKARA - Turkey looks increasingly likely to face an early election as its air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Islamic State in Syria stir nationalist sentiment and coalition talks make little apparent progress.

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Nearly 30 killed after Syrian jet crashes into market

At least 27 people, mostly civilians, are reported killed after a Syrian army jet crashes into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held town of town of Ariha. Gavino Garay reports.