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Russia claims to have eliminated 28,000 IS militants in Syria

May 25, 2016

Russia claims to have eliminated 28,000 IS militants in Syria

Russian Air Force claims to have eliminated over a third of IS fighters in the country, the deputy head of Russia’s top security body revealed. #Syria #NewsTracker #Russia #military #Moscow #Sergey Lavrov #militants #John Kerry #IS
U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance begins offensive to seize territory north of Raqqa - spokesman | Reuters

May 25, 2016

U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance begins offensive to seize territory north of Raqqa - spokesman | Reuters

AMMAN An alliance of Kurdish-led armed groups fighting Islamic State in northern Syria said they had launched an offensive on Tuesday to seize countryside north of the militants' de facto capital Raqqa, their spokesman said. #United States #Business #Syria #markets #United Kingdom #Turkey #article
U.S. charges New York man for providing support to Islamic State | Reuters

May 24, 2016

U.S. charges New York man for providing support to Islamic State | Reuters

NEW YORK A New York City man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with providing material support to Islamic State by trying to help an undercover law enforcement employee travel to Syria to fight with the militant group. Sajmir Alimehmeti, a 22-year-old from the Bronx borough, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, which said that he had also since mid-2015 made multiple purchases of knives and military-type equipment #United States #Syria #markets #United Kingdom #New York
Syrian air base used by Russia damaged in Islamic State attack: US report

May 24, 2016

Syrian air base used by Russia damaged in Islamic State attack: US report

Satellite imagery appears to show extensive damage to an air base in Syria used by Russian forces following an attack by fighters from the Islamic State group, US intelligence company Stratfor said #US #Syria #NewsTracker #Russia #islamic-state #Russian Forces
Gulf Nations and Canada to cooperate in the fight against IS

May 24, 2016

Gulf Nations and Canada to cooperate in the fight against IS

Gulf Arab foreign ministers have agreed with their Canadian counterpart to strengthen "cooperation" in the fight against the Islamic State group. #Syria #NewsTracker #Yemen #Iraq #Saudi Arabia #Gulf Cooperation Council #Canada #Tehran #Sunni #islamic-state #Daesh
UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemns Islamic State bombings in Syria

May 24, 2016

UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemns Islamic State bombings in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in two Syrian coastal cities and voiced concern about the military escalation in and around Damascus. #Syria #Ban Ki-moon #US State Department #Bashar al-Assad #Mark Toner #John Kerry #islamic-state #IS
Italy helps rescue 2,600 migrants from sea in 24 hours | Reuters

May 24, 2016

Italy helps rescue 2,600 migrants from sea in 24 hours | Reuters

ROME Italian vessels have helped rescue more than 2,600 migrants from boats trying to reach Europe from North Africa in the last 24 hours, the coastguard said on Monday, indicating that numbers are rising as the weather warms up. Some 2,000 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast from 14 rubber dinghies and one larger boat in salvage operations by the Italian navy and coastguard, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres and an Irish navy vessel, the coastguard said. Another 636 migrants were rescued from two boats in Maltese waters, in operations involving Maltese and Italian vessels, it said. #India #Syria #Africa #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #indian
U.N. worried about Falluja civilians ahead of Iraqi offensive | Reuters

May 24, 2016

U.N. worried about Falluja civilians ahead of Iraqi offensive | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations expressed concern about some 50,000 people still in Falluja as Iraqi government forces clashed with Islamic State militants near the city, a U.N. spokesman said on Monday. #Syria #Argentina #Iraq #crisis #Foreign policy
World leaders meet in Istanbul to fix broken aid system | Reuters

May 24, 2016

World leaders meet in Istanbul to fix broken aid system | Reuters

ISTANBUL Global leaders met in Istanbul on Monday to tackle a "broken" humanitarian system that has left 130 million people in need of aid, a near insurmountable task for a two-day summit that critics say risks achieving little. Billed as the first of its kind, the United Nations summit aims to develop a better response to what has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two, mobilise more funds and agree to better care for displaced civilians. #United States #Syria #Europe #Argentina #Turkey #Entertainment #article
My baby has no future: Trapped in Greece, Syrian women give birth in Idomeni refugee camp

May 23, 2016

My baby has no future: Trapped in Greece, Syrian women give birth in Idomeni refugee camp

Trapped by the closure of the Macedonian border, dozens of women have brought their children into the world in refugee camps in Greece #Syria #NewsTracker #Greece #refugees #balkan #Idomeni refugee camp