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US, allies ‘examining’ Syrian buffer zone as IS fight deepens

US, allies ‘examining’ Syrian buffer zone as IS fight deepens

A proposal to create a protected buffer zone in Syria is worth study, the United States and two European allies said Wednesday as American-led airstrikes appeared to push back Islamic State fighters trying to overrun a border town. The Western statements are a clear attempt at outreach to Turkey, which strongly backs carving out...

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

As the US-led airstrikes target Islamic State (IS) strongholds in eastern Syria, reports emerged that Syria’s air force has intensified its airstrikes on rebel positions in the west. Opponents of the US strikes argue that they have given an indirect boost to Syrian regime forces, helping them focus their attacks on rebel positions outside...

ISIS, Iraq, and the war in Syria: Military Outlook

ISIS, Iraq, and the war in Syria: Military Outlook

Events on the battlefield will reveal the true effects of the crisis, but the ISIS campaign in Iraq could ultimately help the Syrian opposition and hurt the Assad regime. The stunning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in northern and western Iraq over the past week has significant military implications...

US begins air strikes on IS in Syria

US begins air strikes on IS in Syria

The US and allies said to include Arab nations have launched the first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon says. Spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said fighter and bomber jets and Tomahawk missiles were used in the attack. The strikes were expected as part of President Barack Obama's pledge to "degrade and destroy" IS, which has taken huge swathes of Syria and Iraq. The US has already launched 190 air strikes in Iraq since August. However, Monday's action expands the campaign against the militant group across the national border into Syria. Rear Adm Kirby confirmed the strikes, saying "US military and partner nation forces" were undertaking military action in Syria - but did not give details.

Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against IS

Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against IS

President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorised US airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group. Obama's decision to launch attacks inside Syria, which is embroiled in a three-year civil war, marked a turnabout...

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than three million Syrians are now registered as refugees and the desperate crisis is only getting worse, the UN's refugee agency says. The UNHCR says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes. The majority of refugees have fled to countries...

Assad sworn in as Syria president for third term

Assad sworn in as Syria president for third term

Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a third seven-year term as president of Syria, after an election last month that opponents dismissed as a "farce". State television broadcast what it said was a live ceremony from the presidential palace in Damascus. Assad vowed to fight "terrorism" until security was restored to all of the...

Syria votes amid raging war

Syria votes amid raging war

Syrians voted as fighting raged in a presidential election in which Bashar al-Assad is looking to tighten his grip as his forces battle rebels in a devastating three-year war. Assad is facing two little-known challengers and is expected to win, despite a massive rebellion and a war which the UN has warned is likely...

Mortars 'kill 20' at pro-Assad rally in Deraa

Mortars 'kill 20' at pro-Assad rally in Deraa

Mortar fire has hit an election rally in support of President Bashar al-Assad in southern Syria, killing at least 20 people, state media and activists say. The attack happened as Assad supporters gathered in a tent in the city of Deraa on Thursday evening. President Assad was not at the event. At least 30 people...

Iran invite to Syria talks withdrawn

Iran invite to Syria talks withdrawn

The UN has withdrawn its invitation to Iran to join this week's peace conference on the Syria crisis. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky criticised Tehran for failing to back the plan to form a Syrian transitional government, which is the basis of the conference.

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