Powerful lobbies are behind the US rush for Syria’s natural resources, and the Americans are carrying on where Islamist groups left off by “stealing and selling” them, President Bashar Assad has said. In October, Donald Trump made headlines by ordering all US troops out of Syria, leaving the devastated country[…]
Thursday’s attack on an Aleppo refugee camp could have been carried out by Al-Nusra Front militants, Russia’s Defense Ministry says. The damage pattern suggests rocket artillery use, and air control data show no sorties in the area at the time. “Considering the fracture pattern, seen in the pictures and videos[…]
Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen on Tuesday in exchange for the release of jailed radicals including the ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Nusra Front seized the Lebanese 16 months ago during an attack on the Lebanese border town of Arsal mounted[…]
The UN agency for Al-Nusra Front announced it has captured a major airbase in northwestern Syria after a two-year siege by the group. The group also announced on Wednesday that it killed at least 100 government forces and captured 60 others, in addition to capturing large quantities of weapons. In a[…]
Fighters of Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate and its allies have overrun the last major government-held city in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to the monitoring group. The fighters launched their attack on Jisr al-Shughur on Thursday, seeking to capitalise on their capture of the provincial capital last month and open[…]
An air strike by Syrian government forces has killed a senior commander of al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the group and state media have said. The SANA state news agency said Abu Hammam al-Shami, also known as al-Farouq al-Suri, was killed in a special army operation in Idlib[…]
A large explosion struck a Syrian intelligence building in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, setting off heavy clashes between insurgents and government troops, two activist groups said. The Aleppo Media Center and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the massive blast hit a branch of the[…]
The Syrian army has lost control of two strategic bases in the northwestern province of Idlib to al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and other rebel factions following heavy fighting, a monitoring group said. Al-Nusra Front, in coordination with rebel groups of Jund al-Aqsa and Ahrar al-Sham, seized Hamidiyeh and Wadi al-Deif army[…]
Syrian rebels and Al-Qaeda seized the southern town of Nawa Sunday from troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad after months of intense fighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Both local rebel groups and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front claimed credit for the opposition advance. Nawa is in Daraa province[…]
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