Islamic State in Syria

April 2, 2016
April 2, 2016

Mass grave of victims of IS found in Syria's Palmyra

Syrian troops find a mass grave containing about 40 bodies in the city of Palmyra following its recapture from IS group.

February 13, 2016
February 13, 2016

Russia 'must stop Syria civilian bombing'

French PM Manuel Valls urges Russia to stop bombing civilians while carrying out airstrikes in Syria - but Moscow denies harming them.

November 17, 2015
November 17, 2015

Unlike any that came before

Evidence emerged in 2014 that the IS' success in the battlefield had a lot to do with the disenfranchised Ba'ath party members of Iraq.

November 7, 2015
November 7, 2015

The Assad Dead End

Forget principles and morality. Forget, or try to forget, the quarter-million deaths for which Bashar al-Assad is responsible, directly or indirectly, since choosing to respond with violence to a peaceful uprising of the Syrian people.

October 29, 2015
October 29, 2015

'Islamic State': Let it not be a red herring

The quick 'acknowledgment' of the killings by the IS, the method of which does not fit the IS footprint, raises doubts about the veracity of the post. However, let the IS issue not be a red herring.

October 12, 2015
October 12, 2015

Turkish PM blames Ankara bombing on IS

The Islamic State (IS) group is the prime suspect in the Ankara bombings that killed nearly 100 on Saturday, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu says.

October 8, 2015
October 8, 2015

IS or not, how does it matter?

While it is essential to eliminate IS link without dismissing outright the possibility of their existence in this country, it is also essential to identify and nab the perpetrators, keeping our mind open to all the possible motives for the killings.

October 6, 2015
October 6, 2015

Turkey summons Russia envoy again

Turkey again summons the Russian ambassador after a second violation of its airspace by a Russian warplane operating in Syria in two days.

October 5, 2015
October 5, 2015

Syria conflict: Turkish jets 'intercept Russian plane'

Turkish F-16 fighter jets are scrambled after a Russian warplane violates Turkey's air space on Saturday, the foreign ministry says.

October 2, 2015
October 2, 2015

Syria strikes 'will fuel extremism'

Members of the US-led coalition against Islamic State call on Russia to cease air strikes they say are hitting the Syrian opposition and civilians.