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Kurdish Fighters Push Back ISIS In Syria's Kobani

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-pack...

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

More than than three years into Syria's brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey.

U.N. Extends Syria Aid For Another Year, As 'Devastating' Circumstances Continue

Associated Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-...

Around 180 Soldiers And Jihadis Killed In Battle For Syrian Base

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were killed during a two-day battle in which insurgents took the Wadi a...

ISIS Attacks Last Government Stronghold In Eastern Syria

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants launched an attack overnight on a major military air base in eastern Syria in what looked to be a push to elim...

In Kobani, A Father And Daughter Meet On The Battlefield

AP | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

KOBANI, Syria (AP) — On the front lines of the battle for Kobani, Kurdish female fighters have been playing a major role in helping defend the Syria...

Activists: ISIS Launches Attack On Kobani From Turkey

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 11.30.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey, a Kurdish official and activists ...

Russia Vows Support For Syria's Assad

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2014 | World

By Denis Dyomkin and Gabriela Baczynska SOCHI, Russia, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it would support Presiden...

Inside The Advocacy Group That Keeps Track Of Syria's War Casualties

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

More than three years into Syria's devastating civil war, information about the harrowing costs of violence in the country is getting harder and harde...

Why The Fight For Kobani Is Hurting ISIS

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 11.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to captur...

Activists: Syria Drops Barrel Bomb On Aleppo Town, 13 Dead

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian military airstrike killed at least 13 people, including children, and wounded another 20 in the northern Syrian province of A...

Syria Rebels In South Are West's Last Hope

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2014 | World

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Nov 13 (Reuters) - With moderate rebels facing defeat by al Qaeda in Syria's north, groups holding a co...

Kurds Warn Of New Kobani

Reuters | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

By Jonny Hogg ANKARA, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Western and Arab powers that are have deployed air strikes to prevent the Syrian town of Kobani falling to ...

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Few issues require as urgent attention as America's ISIS strategy. America's multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. The Obama Administration needs to understand that its train-and-equip program is simply too piecemeal and too slow. To remain viable, moderate Syrian rebels need weapons now.

U.S. Says Airstrikes Target 'Khorasan Cell' Of Syria Qaeda Group

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

By Mark Hosenball and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The United States said it conducted air strikes on Wednesday night against the so-...

Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS

AP | RYAN LUCAS and DIAA HADID | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — American aircraft bombed al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria on Thursday, and activists said another radical rebel group also was hit -...

11 Children Killed When Mortars Hit Damascus School

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) - At least 11 children were killed in Damascus when mortars fell on a school in an eastern district of the Syrian capital, a...

Group: ISIS Tortured Kurdish Children Captured In Kobani

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian town of Kobani, beati...

Heavy Fighting In Kobani After Peshmerga Join Battle

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

By Mariam Karouny and Omer Berberoglu BEIRUT/MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish fighters have joined the fig...

Peshmerga Fighters Boost Kurds In Battle For Kobani

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 11.01.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepared Saturday to battle Islamic State group militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, j...

Peshmerga Convoy Enters Syria's Kobani After Delays

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani Friday night where they were expected to join the batt...

Iraqi Kurdish Forces Enter Kobani To Fight ISIS

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

By Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu SURUC, Turkey, Oct 30 (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the...

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani, Sparks Debate on What Is Politics?

James Dorsey | Posted 10.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The dispute over the nature of Dalkurd's support for Kobani raises the question of what the border line is, if there is one, between humanitarian and political aid to groups in distress as a result of conflict as well as the double standards applied by some Western nations.

Free Syrian Army Fighters Enter Kobani To Help Battle ISIS

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way towa...

Iraqi Kurdish Fighters Head To Syria's Kobani

Reuters | Isabel Coles and Dasha Afanasieva | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

ARBIL, Iraq/MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Iraqi peshmerga fighters headed for the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds re...