Russian jet broke up in mid air - All 224 dead after Russian airliner crashes in Egypt
2015-11-01 16:58:56 UTC
A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula broke up in mid-air, an official of a Moscow-based aviation agency said on Sunday after visiting the disaster site, but stressed it was too early to draw conclusions from this.
Russian authorities also ordered Kogalymavia airline, oper...
German rapper who joined ISIS killed in U.S. strike
2015-10-30 20:08:14 UTC
A prominent German ISIS propagandist was killed by a U.S. strike while he was traveling in a vehicle in Syria earlier this month, a U.S. official told CNN.
The ISIS recruit Denis Cuspert, also known as Abu Talha al-Almani, had once gone by the name "Deso Dogg" in the Berlin rap scene.
Iran could be on track to execute more than 1,000 people this year
2015-10-28 06:40:51 UTC
Iran could be on track to execute more than 1,000 people this year, even as it seems more willing to engage with the United Nations on human rights after a nuclear deal with world powers, a U.N. investigator said on Monday.
U.N. special rapporteur on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, suggested that human r...
Free Syrian Army rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us
2015-10-26 21:21:42 UTC
Free Syrian Army rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us. An alliance of Free Syrian Army-related insurgent groups said on Monday it was skeptical about a Russian proposal to help rebels, and that Moscow must stop bombing rebels and civilians and withdraw its support for President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels
2015-10-25 07:58:47 UTC
Russia ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin wanted Syria to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections, as Moscow intensified its drive to convert its increased clout with Damascus into a political settlement.
Kurdish peshmerga and US forces rescued 70 hostages held by ISIS
2015-10-23 20:10:01 UTC
Kurdish peshmerga and U.S. special operations forces rescued 70 hostages held by ISIS. One member of the U.S. special operations team was killed and four kurdish Peshmerga soldiers were reported wounded.
U.S. special forces who raided a prison compound in northern Iraq were acting on intellige...
Netanyahu: Holocaust Was a Palestinian Idea, Not Hitler's Idea
2015-10-22 09:56:28 UTC
Netanyahu says Holocaust was not Hitler's idea, it was a Palestinian idea.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provoked a Holocaust controversy on Wednesday, hours before a visit to Germany, by saying that the Muslim elder in Jerusalem during the 1940s convinced Adolf Hitler to extermina...
Assad's Army and Putin's Jets Target Rebel-Held Towns North of Homs
2015-10-16 00:57:33 UTC
Assad's army and Putin's jets target rebel-held towns north of Homs.
Syrian troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, attacked rebel-held towns north of the city of Homs on Thursday, targeting a long-held and strategic enclave of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.
Iran: Underground tunnel crammed with ballistic missiles
2015-10-15 20:20:18 UTC
Iran: Underground tunnel crammed with ballistic missiles.
An unusual broadcast by Iranian state television of footage of an underground tunnel crammed with missiles and launchers that appeared to signal Tehran's determination to expand its large missile inventory.
The Islamic Republic's mis...
Message to Washington: Iraq wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States
2015-10-07 19:45:11 UTC
Iraq wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States and send a clear message to Washington: Welcome Russian air strikes on ISIS in Iraq.
Iraq may request Russian air strikes against Islamic State on its soil soon and wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States in the w...
Russia targeting moderate opposition in Syria
2015-10-05 15:27:53 UTC
Russia targeting moderate opposition in Syria.
Russia is escalating Syria's civil war by targeting the moderate opposition, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, comparing Moscow's effort to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to tethering itself to a sinking ship.
Assad allies, backed by Russian air strikes, prepare ground attack
2015-10-01 21:47:34 UTC
Assad allies, backed by Russian air strikes, prepare ground attack. Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told R...
Israel undermines US peace effort: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
2015-10-01 06:36:54 UTC
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday accused Israel of sabotaging U.S. efforts to broker peace and said Israeli security operations at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem could lead to a religious war.
In an address to the United Nations General Assembly before a ceremony for the raisi...
Moscow building up forces to protect President Assad
2015-09-12 06:57:05 UTC
Moscow is building up forces to protect President Assad.
Lavrov blamed Washington for cutting off direct military-to-military communication between Russia and NATO after the crisis in Ukraine last year. Such contacts were "important for the avoidance of undesired, unintended incidents", Lavrov...
Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish PKK targets in northern Iraq
2015-09-08 08:18:38 UTC
Dozens of Turkish warplanes struck militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq overnight, killing tens of the group's fighters, a security source told Reuters on Tuesday.
Two government officials said more than 40 jets took part in the strikes, which came after the PKK kill...
UN confirms Palmyra temple destroyed - Islamic State destroyed ancient temple at Palmyra site
2015-09-01 06:31:09 UTC
UN confirms Palmyra temple destroyed. Islamic State destroyed ancient temple at Palmyra site.
A satellite image confirms that the main temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in northern Syria has been destroyed, the United Nations says.
ISIS took control of Palmyra in May, sparking fears the...
Kurds ask U.S. to clarify its approach regarding Turkish aggression
2015-08-01 20:28:53 UTC
West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) - Kurds ask U.S. to clarify its approach regarding Turkish aggression.
The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) is an important force for the United State-led alliance against Islamic State -ISIS- because it has been the ONLY notable partner on the ground w...
A 'safe zone' plan in Syria is an attempt by Turkey to stop Kurds
2015-07-29 06:12:56 UTC
Selahattin Demirtas, who leads the HDP (People's Democratic Party), told the BBC that Turkey's real intention was to make an incursion into Kurdish areas in Syria so as to stop Syrian Kurds from controlling contiguous territory.
"Turkey doesn't intend to target IS with this safe zone. The Turk...
U.S. and Turkey plan a "Safe zone" along Turkey border
2015-07-28 07:26:45 UTC
Turkey and the United State have negotiated plans to intensify the battle against ISIS, through creation of a de facto "safe zone" along the Turkey-Syria border that will see American warplanes, Syrian insurgents and Turkish forces working together.
The plan would create an Islamic State-free ...
Facts: Turks Want Their Own Military To Intervene On Syrian Soil, Against The Kurdish Fighters- YPG
2015-08-01 20:33:45 UTC
Facts: Turks Want Their Own Military To Intervene On Syrian Soil, Against The Kurdish Fighters- YPG. The battle in the northern Syrian border town of Kobane and Tal Abyad has inflicted a potentially crippling defeat on ISIS that could impede the jihadists’ rampage through Syria and Iraq. ISIS Is ...
U.N. inspectors would have access to suspect Iranian military sites: Iran, major powers reach nuclear deal
2015-07-20 04:44:18 UTC
U.N. inspectors would have access to suspect Iranian military sites.
5+1 major powers, United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and Germany, and Iran have reached a nuclear deal after more than a decade of on-off negotiation, granting Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs o...
US Air Strikes Hit Multiple Targets In Raqqa - Islamic State De Facto Capital
2015-07-05 06:29:29 UTC
US-led coalition forces carried out a series of 16 airstrikes on Saturday on the ISIS in its de facto Capital of Raqqa in Syria, in one of the biggest assaults on the extremists.
"The significant airstrikes tonight were executed to deny Islamic State the ability to move military capabilities t...
Kurdish Leaders Seek An Independent Kurdistan - "Whether the US likes it or not"
2015-07-05 08:00:26 UTC
BAGHDAD - Kurdish leaders say, "they have only one goal, whether the U.S. likes it or not. We are pushing hard in Kirkuk to hold Kirkuk and keep ISIS out and once that is done, we will move forward with plans for our country [Kurdistan]."
Another source directly advising "once that is done,...
Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS
2015-07-02 02:57:24 UTC
ISTANBUL — Turkey is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to 'the daily beast'.
In a speech last Friday, T...
Kurdish YPG Forces In New Offensive Against Islamic State
2015-07-02 03:04:48 UTC
The Kurdish YPG forces, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has driven deep into Raqqa province in the last two weeks, capturing key positions from Islamic State including Tel Abyad at the border with Turkey.
In an apparent bid to seize back the initiative, ISIS wrested positions from the Syrian a...