More than 100 suspected Muslim rebels have stormed a jail in the southern Philippines, killing a guard and allowing 158 inmates to escape, officials said. Six of the inmates were killed in firefights with pursuing police and army troops, while eight others have been caught and were being returned to[…]
Russia said the Syrian army was suspending fighting in Aleppo to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and rebels reported no let-up in bombing and shelling of the opposition’s ever-shrinking territory. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking in Germany after talks with US Secretary[…]
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday that the Syrian army’s capture of Aleppo, which has come under renewed bombardment in an effort to seize its rebel-held sector, would be “a very important springboard” to pushing “terrorists” back to Turkey. Rescue workers said that Syria’s military backed by Russian warplanes[…]
Syrian rebels have rejected claims that government forces and allies, including fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, have taken back parts of Aleppo recently captured by rebels. Hassan al-Eshra, a fighter in the Jaysh al-Islam armed group, said it and other rebel groups were still in control of the flashpoint[…]
Syria’s army and its allies have broken a three-year rebel siege of two Shia towns in northwest Syria, the government and rebel groups said, cutting off a main supply route to nearby Turkey. The breakthrough comes after days of rapid military gains north of the major city of Aleppo, with[…]
Syria’s main political opposition body and representatives of the armed opposition have not been invited to international talks on the country’s war, an opposition politician and a rebel leader said. The Syrian government in Damascus has meanwhile yet to issue any official comment on the meeting in Vienna on Friday[…]
Russian President Vladimir Putin said his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad had told him he was ready to talk to armed opposition groups if they are genuinely committed to dialogue and to combating Islamic State. Speaking a day after Assad made a surprise visit to Moscow for talks with Putin —[…]
Two US citizens, one British national and three Saudis held for months by Yemen’s Houthi group, have been freed and have arrived in Oman, according to British and Omani officials as well as Houthi sources. Their release appeared to be a goodwill gesture before talks between Houthis and the UN[…]
The United States and Turkey have agreed “in principle” to give air support to some forces from Syria’s mainstream opposition, Turkey’s foreign minister said, in what if confirmed could mark an expansion of US involvement in the conflict. There was no immediate comment from US officials on the assertion —[…]
Houthi forces pulled back from positions in central Aden after air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, residents of the southern Yemeni port city said. They said a unit of Houthi and allied fighters, who had advanced in tanks and armoured vehicles through Aden’s Khor Maksar district 24 hours earlier, pulled[…]
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