U.S. only training 60 Syrian fighters, about 1 percent of goal


WASHINGTON - The United States said on Tuesday it was falling far behind plans to build a Syrian opposition force to battle Islamic State, disclosing that just 60 fighters were in training after U.S. vetting thinned the number of recruits. | Video

Turkish army says detains almost 800 trying to cross illegally from Syria 2:16pm BST

ISTANBUL - Turkey's army said on Tuesday it had detained almost 800 people trying to cross illegally from Syria, including three suspected Islamic State militants, after bolstering security in border areas near where the radical Islamists hold ground.


Syrian Kurds retake northern villages from Islamic State - monitor 11:53am BST

BEIRUT - Syrian Kurdish fighters have recaptured more than 10 villages seized by Islamic State north of its de facto capital of Raqqa city, aided by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday. | Video


Islamic State takes ground from Syrian Kurds after air strikes 06 Jul 2015

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters stormed a Syrian town held by Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city on Monday, part of a wider offensive by the militants two days after their de facto capital was hit by some of the heaviest U.S.-led air strikes in the conflict. | Video

Obama says U.S. to increase support for Syria opposition 06 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged to increase U.S. support for the moderate opposition in Syria's civil war on Monday and said the United States needed to do more at home to prevent attacks and combat Islamic State efforts to recruit followers.

Syria's al-Qaeda offshoot Nusra stages suicide bombing in Aleppo - monitor 06 Jul 2015

BEIRUT - A suicide bomber from Syria's al Qaeda offshoot the Nusra Front blew himself up in a Syrian army outpost in a contested neighbourhood in the divided northern city of Aleppo and killed at least 25 soldiers and allied militia and injured scores, a monitor said.


U.S. says Syria strikes aimed at hampering Islamic State response to Kurdish advances 06 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday a flurry of U.S. air strikes around Raqqa, Syria, over the weekend were aimed at disrupting the ability of Islamic State rebels to respond to ground advances by Syrian Kurdish forces north of the city.

Cash urged for schools in crisis zones as refugee numbers surge 06 Jul 2015

OSLO - Cash for educating children caught up in disasters, ranging from the war in Syria to the earthquake in Nepal, needs to rise sharply to cope with a surge in the number of young refugees, a U.N. envoy said on Monday.


Inside the Saudi prison that's home to new wave of jihadis 06 Jul 2015

RIYADH - The man visible on the block's control room monitor, pacing his small cell in uniform grey robe, is one of a rising number of security prisoners in Saudi Arabia, where the wars in Syria and Iraq have led to a surge in domestic jihadist activity.


On nervous border, Turks welcome army but fear incursion into Syria 05 Jul 2015

KARKAMIS, Turkey - From his fields in Turkey, farmer Huseyin Ozdemir can see Islamist militants digging trenches and planting mines as they ready for battle around the northern Syrian town of Jarablus.

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Carter: U.S. only training 60 Syrian fighters

Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells Congress the U.S. was only training about 60 Syrian opposition fighters to battle Islamic State as of July 3, far below expectations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).