Terrorism is being exported to the Middle East from Europe, especially from France, said Syria’s President Bashar Assad in an interview to French media. He also criticized Western states for politically supporting terrorists in the region.
Aleppo province is locked in ongoing fighting between a mix of hardline Islamists with so-called moderate opposition, and Syrian govt forces. Yet, RT’s Maria Finoshina found that combatants are still making profit off Syria’s former industrial center.
While publicly maintaining a long-standing US policy of not negotiating with terrorists or paying ransoms, the White House has quietly ordered a review of relevant policies following a series of executions of US citizens by Islamic State militants.
Four Australian boys, aged from 17 to 28, are likely to have joined 60 other Australians fighting for the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. The local Muslim community has blamed social media for its role in their recruitment.
Five Syrian nuclear scientists have reportedly been killed by unknown assailants while riding a bus north of Damascus, near the research center where they worked, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports.
President Barack Obama authorized the US military to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq on Friday. That would nearly double the American military presence in the country. He also requested $5.6 billion for the fight against the Islamic State
US airstrikes have targeted a Syrian rebel group with connections to Nusra Front, a Syrian watchdog reported. Syrian rebels, however, are reportedly upset with the change of strategy, saying it strengthens President Assad’s grip on power.
United States and coalition airstrikes in Syria over the last month have killed more than 500 jihadists, of both Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliated groups, and 32 civilians, according to a human rights monitor.