Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrender as imminent defeat looms

Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over. The besieged enclave of Baghouz is the last shred of territory held by the jihadists who have been driven from roughly… Read More Hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrender as imminent defeat looms

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announces resignation following withdrawal of troops from Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned on Thursday, effective February 28, 2019, over disagreements in policy following President Donald Trump’s recently announced decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. The following are the key highlights from his resignation letter: “One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably… Read More U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announces resignation following withdrawal of troops from Syria

U.S. likely to end air campaign against ISIS in Syria

The United States will likely end its air campaign against Islamic State in Syria when it pulls out troops, U.S. officials said, sealing an abrupt reversal of policy which has alarmed Western allies as well as Washington’s Kurdish battle partners. NATO allies France and Germany warned that Washington’s sudden change of course on Syria risks… Read More U.S. likely to end air campaign against ISIS in Syria

Hundreds killed as ISIS militants launch coordinated attacks in southwestern Syria

​Islamic State militants killed more than 200 people in a coordinated assault on a government-held area of southwestern Syria on Wednesday, local officials and a war monitor said, in the group’s deadliest attack in the country for years. Jihadist fighters stormed several villages and staged suicide blasts in the provincial capital Sweida, near one of… Read More Hundreds killed as ISIS militants launch coordinated attacks in southwestern Syria