Putin briefs Trump on Syria after surprise Assad talks

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:01 AM

During the phone call with Trump the Kremlin says Putin stressed the 'need to keep Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity intact'

TALKING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.  Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's president Vladimir Putin met with his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Kremlin says

SOCHI MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), meets with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) in Sochi on November 20, 2017. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Syria army, allies retake Albu Kamal from ISIS – military source

Nov 19, 2017 - 9:11 PM

(UPDATED) The loss of Albu Kamal caps the ISIS group's reversion to an underground guerrilla organization with no urban base

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Nov 19, 2017 - 9:21 AM

"Kami jarang bertemu. Jadi kekurangan ide."

Pelatih Timnas U-22 Luis Milla saat memimpin latihan di Stadion Kapten Wayan Dipta, Gianyar, Bali, Selasa (23/5). Foto oleh Fikri Yusuf/ANTARA

Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:08 AM

(UPDATED) It is the 11th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action targeting its ally Syria

A session of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, February 13, 2017. File photo by Eskinder Debebe/UN

Japan in UN bid to save Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Japan presents a draft resolution that would give the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) another 30 days as the United States and Russia work to reach a compromise on the future of the panel

ATTACK. A picture taken on April 4, 2017 shows destruction at a hospital room in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ISIS recaptures last Syrian urban bastion in fierce fightback

Nov 12, 2017 - 12:53 AM

(UPDATED) Across the border, Iraqi forces seize several villages from the jihadists in an offensive to capture the last ISIS-held section of their country

Trump, Putin agree 'no military solution' in Syria: Kremlin

Nov 11, 2017 - 4:34 PM

The two talked and shared a handshake at the summit in Vietnam's Danang after several days of uncertainty over whether a meeting would take place.

DISCUSSIONS. US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the "family photo" during the APEC leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFP

Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating U.S.

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:22 AM

(UPDATED) The United States mocks Syria's arrival in the climate change agreement, side-stepping the charge that it has isolated itself by being the world's sole hold-out

EMPTY SEAT. The seats of the US delegation are pictured prior to the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patirk Stollarz/AFP

ISIS attack killed at least 75 displaced Syrians

Nov 05, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The scale of the attack showed that despite losing vast swathes of territory it held in Iraq and Syria, the group is still capable of mounting deadly attacks

WAR-TORN. A picture shows the damage in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor during a military operation by government forces against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on November 4, 2017. AFP photo

Anti-ISIS forces converge on Syria border town

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) The town lies along the Euphrates river in western Iraq and faces Albu Kamal, which is where many of ISIS's remaining fighters are thought to have regrouped in their debacle

U.S. strikes ISIS in Somalia for first time

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:09 AM

The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed 'several terrorists,' the US military's Africa Command says in a statement

Russia accuses U.S. of blocking humanitarian aid in Syria

Nov 03, 2017 - 5:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'The actions of the US military and the so-called international coalition in Al-Tanf are a gross violation of international humanitarian law and could qualify as a war crime,' Russian defense ministry's Syria reconciliation center says

HARDSHIP. A displaced Syrian woman from Raqa walks at a camp for internally displaced people in Ain Issa on October 21, 2017.  Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

New York attacker was 'soldier' of ISIS, Islamic State says

Nov 03, 2017 - 12:11 PM

'One of the soldiers of the Islamic State attacked a number of crusaders on a street in New York City,' said an article in the latest issue of the group's al-Naba weekly newspaper

PRIME SUSPECT. A picture of suspect Sayfullo Saipov is displayed during a news conference about yesterday's attack along a bike path in lower Manhattan that is being called a terrorist incident on November 1, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Russia wants UN report on Syria sarin attack shelved

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The draft resolution circulated to the UN Security Council also calls for a 6-month extension of the UN-led panel tasked with identifying who is behind chemical attacks in Syria's 6-year war

ON SARIN ATTACK. Russian Foreign Ministry's security and disarmament department head Mikhail Ulyanov (R) along with other attendees hold a briefing to present analysis of the report by UN investigators which blamed a sarin gas attack in Syria's Khan Sheikhun on Bashar al-Assad's regime, in Moscow on November 2, 2017. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Putin arrives in Tehran for official visit

Nov 01, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Included in the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin is a summit with his Iranian and Azerbaijani counterparts, Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliyev

STATE VISIT. Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall to meet with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 30, 2017. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Aid enters besieged Syria region hit by hunger crisis

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:59 AM

Eastern Ghouta was once a prime agricultural region, but the rebel stronghold has been under a tight government siege since 2013, causing shortages of food and medicine

SCRAMBLE FOR HELP. A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent tries to organize Syrians waiting to be seen by a doctor at a hospital in Kafr Batna on October 30, 2017, after a convoy carrying aid for some 40,000 people entered the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria's capital Damascus. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

UN report blames gas attack on Syrian regime

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:16 PM

The expert panel's report and tough remarks by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson overshadows the announcement that UN-sponsored peace talks will resume next month

ATTACK. A picture taken on April 4, 2017 shows destruction at a hospital room in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

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Oct 25, 2017 - 12:48 PM

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U.S. to resume refugee admissions; 11 countries still blocked

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 'high-risk' countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked

WELCOME. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

ISIS 'executed' 116 in Syria town revenge campaign

Oct 24, 2017 - 12:05 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says ISIS fighters massacred more than 100 people in the desert town of Al-Qaryatain this month before they lost it to regime forces

U.S.-backed forces seize major Syria oilfield

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The Al-Omar oilfield in the province of Deir Ezzor had been a key source of income for the ISIS, reaping revenues up to $5.1 million per month

FUNDING. The Al-Omar oilfield in the province of Deir Ezzor produced 30,000 barrels per day before the start of Syria's conflict in 2011 and became a key source of income for the jihadists after they seized it in 2014.

Trump says end of ISIS caliphate 'in sight' after Raqa's fall

Oct 22, 2017 - 1:14 AM

The declaration comes 4 days after US-backed Kurdish-led forces recaptured Raqa, the last major stronghold of ISIS in Syria

RECAPTURED. Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk down a street in Raqa past destroyed vehicles and heavily damaged buildings on October 20, 2017, after a Kurdish-led force expelled Islamic State (IS) group fighters from the northern Syrian city, formerly their "capital". Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Fighters in Syria's Raqa prepare for civilian handover

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Raqa's capture leaves the jihadists with little remaining territory in Syria, most of it in neighboring Deir Ezzor province, where some SDF fighters are already headed to carry on the campaign

Forces comb ghost city Raqa after ISIS ouster

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:24 AM

US-backed forces comb the ruins of Raqa for survivors and bombs after retaking the Syrian city from Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists

SAFETY CHECK. A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) inspects the municipal stadium in Raqa on October 18, 2017, after the US-backed forces retook the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Bulent Kilic/AFP

ISIS loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqa

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:55 PM

The victory caps a battle of more than 4 months for Raqa, and hammers another nail in the coffin of the jihadist group's experiment in statehood

RETAKEN. Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, walks with her group's flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqa on October 17, 2017. Bulent Kilic/AFP

3,000 civilians flee Syria's Raqa under deal – militia spokesman

Oct 15, 2017 - 9:37 PM

'More than 3,000 civilians left on Saturday night as part of a deal and went to areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces,' says militia spokesman Talal Sello

FLEEING RAQA. Displaced Syrians walk at a temporary camp in the northern Syrian village of Ain Issa on June 10, 2017, where many people who fled the Islamic State group stronghold of Raqa are taking shelter. File photo by Delil Souleiman/ AFP

'Final phase' of battle for Raqa as ISIS fighters leave

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:42 PM

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia says the last phase of the fighting would 'end the presence of the terrorist mercenaries inside the city'

UNREST. Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

[ANALYSIS] What Islamic State East Asia looks like post-Marawi

Oct 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The siege of Marawi, in its 143rd day, has opened a door for the Islamic State that the eventual retaking of Marawi by government forces cannot shut

AFTERMATH. Smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on June 6, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Syria demands 'immediate' withdrawal of Turkey troops

Oct 15, 2017 - 12:11 AM

Turkish troops entered Idlib on October 12 as part of efforts to enforce a so-called 'de-escalation zone' agreed by rebel backer Ankara and regime allies Russia and Iran

TURKEY MILITARY. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels are preparing for an operation to oust jihadists from the northwestern province of Idlib. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Dozens of IS fighters surrender as Raqa's fall nears

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The city's loss would be a new blow for IS, which has already been driven from its strongholds in Iraq including second city Mosul

Syrian army, allies capture Mayadeen city from IS – state media

Oct 14, 2017 - 7:41 PM

The capture comes despite IS fighters managing last week to push advancing troops out of the eastern city, just two days after they entered it

CAPTURE. Syrian troops and allies capture the city of Mayadeen from Islamic State forces.

100 ISIS fighters surrender in Raqa in 24 hours

Oct 14, 2017 - 6:13 PM

"Within the past 24 hours, approximately 100 ISIS terrorists have surrendered in Raqa, and were removed from the city," the coalition says.

AFTERMATH. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows the damage in the embattled northern Syrian city of Raqa. Photo by Delil Souleiman / AFP

New York 'plotter' was allegedly doctor to pro-ISIS gunmen

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:15 PM

The Philippine military says Russell Salic had links to the Maute terror group, which since May had been occupying parts of Marawi City

NY PLOT SUSPECT. Filipino orthopedic doctor Russel Salic is a suspect in a foiled New York terror plot. Screenshot from PTV file video

Turkey troops, Syria jihadists clash ahead of expected incursion

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Turkey seeks to oust Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, from the province of Idlib

Turkish tanks are arriving at the Iskenderun train-port on October 7, 2017 at Iskendurun district in Hatay. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 7, 2017 said pro-Ankara Syrian rebels were staging a new military operation in Syria's jihadist-controlled Idlib province. / AFP PHOTO / DOGAN NEWS AGENCY / STRINGER / Turkey OUT

Malaysia arrests 8 suspected militants, including 3 Filipinos

Oct 07, 2017 - 11:16 PM

Police say the group – 4 Malaysians, 3 Filipinos, and one Albanian – were detained between September 27 and October 6 in the states of Sabah, Selangor, and Perak

Philippines 'breeding ground for terrorists,' says Filipino suspect in NY plot

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:32 PM

The US Justice Department says Filipino doctor Russel Salic told others involved in the foiled New York terror plot that terror laws in the Philippines are 'not strict' compared to laws in countries like Australia and the UK

Turkey-backed rebels in new Syria operation – Erdogan

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) The move comes as Turkey along with Russia and Iran prepare to set up a so-called 'de-escalation' zone in Idlib in line with accords in peace talks in Astana aimed at ending the Syrian civil war

NEW SYRIA OPERATION. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says pro-Ankara Syrian rebels are staging a new military operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Syria regime enters ISIS-held town in 'severe blow' to ISIS

Oct 07, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Mayadeen in the oil-rich eastern province of Deir Ezzor is seen as the jihadist group's "security and military capital" in Syria, and its loss would deal "a severe blow" to the jihadists.

CLASHES. A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fires a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) during clashes with ISIS near the central hospital of Raqa on October 1, 2017. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP

Filipino charged for plotting NY attacks in name of ISIS

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Authorities say 37-year-old Russell Salic of the Philippines allegedly provided funds for the planned attacks that were thwarted by an undercover FBI agent

Islamic State: Defeating the virtual caliphate

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Experts and officials say the jihadist propaganda machine will continue to exist in hidden corners of the dark web, inciting sympathizers to action

Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:55 PM

ISIS is no longer present anywhere in the Hama province of Syria for the first time in 3 years

At least 16 dead as suicide bombings hit Damascus police station

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:04 AM

Syria's interior ministry says two suicide bombers had blown themselves up at the police station in the southern district of Midan

A picture shows the site of a double suicide bomb attack which hit the al-Midan police station in Syria's capital Damascus on October 2, 2017. Louai Beshara/AFP

Syria's deadliest month of 2017 claims 3,000 lives

Oct 01, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Some 955 people of the 3,000 killed are civilians

GHOST TOWN. Syrian man rides his bike along a street damaged by shelling in the rebel-held part of Jubar neighborhood, in the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 24, 2016. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP GHOST TOWN. Syrian man rides his bike along a street damaged by shelling in the rebel-held part of Jubar neighborhood, in the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 24, 2016. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

After long silence, ISIS says chief calls on jihadists to 'resist'

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The United States says it is verifying the recording, but also that it has 'no reason to doubt' its authenticity

Erdogan, Putin agree joint push to end Syria war

Sep 29, 2017 - 8:41 AM

President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to push for the creation of a 'de-escalation' zone in Syria's key northern province of Idlib, currently controlled by jihadists

UN's De Mistura wants new round of Syria talks in coming weeks

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The UN special envoy says he intends to convene an eighth round of talks on the bloody more than 6-year conflict no later than the end of October or early November

DESTROYED. In this file photo, Syrians walk down a destroyed street in Aleppo's al-Akroub neighborhood on December 17, 2016. Youssef Karwashan/AFP/File

North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new U.S. travel ban

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:42 AM

(UPDATED) Sudan, one of 6 majority-Muslim countries on the original travel ban, is removed from the list, leaving 8 nations with complete or partial blocks on travel to the United States

AIRPORT ARRIVALS. People walk through international arrivals at terminal four at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP