Syrian forces defeat Islamic State, capture final enclave of self-proclaimed caliphate

U.S.-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State’s last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz on Saturday, ending the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate after years of fighting. “Baghouz has been liberated. The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished,” Mustafa Bali, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman, wrote on Twitter, declaring the total elimination… Read More Syrian forces defeat Islamic State, capture final enclave of self-proclaimed caliphate

Scores killed as U.S. military conduct missile attacks on Syrian airbase

The United States fired cruise missiles on Friday at a Syrian airbase from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched, the first direct U.S. assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. In the biggest foreign policy decision of his presidency so far, Trump… Read More Scores killed as U.S. military conduct missile attacks on Syrian airbase

Sixteen dead as airstrike hits prison in Syria

At least 16 people died after a Friday night air strike on a prison in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province including both prisoners and staff, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Saturday. Idlib is one of the most important strongholds of rebels, including jihadist factions, who seek to overthrow President… Read More Sixteen dead as airstrike hits prison in Syria

Syrian forces surround Hama Prison as inmates riot

Government forces have encircled a prison in the central Syrian city of Hama as prisoners reportedly took captive the warden and several guards during heavy clashes. The prison uprising broke out in response to the government’s plans to forcibly transfer several detainees to Sednaya, an infamous prison near Damascus, sources inside the jail said. Government… Read More Syrian forces surround Hama Prison as inmates riot

27 dead as airstrikes hit hospital in Syria

Air strikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of Syria’s Aleppo and killed at least 27 people, including three children and the city’s last pediatrician, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. The al-Quds hospital was supported by international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which said it was destroyed after being… Read More 27 dead as airstrikes hit hospital in Syria

At least 15 dead, dozens injured as car bombing hits army checkpoint in Syria

A car bombing at an army checkpoint has killed at least 15 people and left 50 others injured in in a suburb of Damascus, the capital city of Syria. The explosion occurred in the town of al-Diyabiyah, which serves as one of the gateways for the many foreign pilgrims who visit Sayeda Zainab shrine, a… Read More At least 15 dead, dozens injured as car bombing hits army checkpoint in Syria