France, Britain Dismiss Calls to Renew Relations With Syria’s Assad

PARIS— France and Britain dismissed on Friday any suggestion of restoring relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying this likely would end all hope of a political transition and push moderates into the arms of radical Islamist [...]

Kurdish Fighters Seize Key Islamic State Stronghold

Kurdish fighters say they have “liberated” a northeastern Syrian town that has been a key stronghold of Islamic State militants. A spokesperson for the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, confirmed to VOA that the Kurdish fighters [...]

Report: Islamic State Funds Will Dwindle Without New Territory

The Islamic State extremist group will see its sources of funding dwindle if it is not able to seize additional territory, according to a new report by a French group that studies terrorism financing. The report by the Financial Action Task [...]

Iran Nuke Deal Could Help It Mend Fences With Saudi Arabia

After years of mutual mistrust and jockeying for regional power, Saudi Arabia and Iran may be on their way to mending fences, analysts say. Mutual concerns over the emergence of the so-called Islamic State group in the region and Iran’s impending [...]

IS Militants Kidnap 220 Assyrians

LONDON— At least 220 Assyrian Christians have been abducted in northeastern Syria in recent days, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Thursday. Observatory Director Rami Abdurrahman told VOA Islamic State fighters [...]

Iran’s IRGC Attacks Mock US Carrier in War Games

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards staged a large-scale military exercise in the Persian Gulf this week, official state media reported. During its “Great Prophet 9” war games on Wednesday, the IRGC launched hundreds of rockets targeting a mock [...]

IS Militants Kidnap 220 Assyrians

LONDON— At least 220 Assyrian Christians have been abducted in northeastern Syria in recent days, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Thursday. Observatory Director Rami Abdurrahman told VOA Islamic State fighters [...]

Masked IS Killer in Beheading Videos Identified

Media reports said the masked Islamic State militant who appeared in several videos of hostage beheadings has been tentatively identified — but security sources caution that the reports may not be accurate. Reports Thursday quoted friends [...]

Assyrian Forces Request International Support After IS Offensive

Local forces battling Islamic State militants in northeast Syria are asking the international community for military equipment “capable of changing the balance of power on the ground,” as hundreds of area residents remain missing [...]

Syrian Kurds Cut IS Supply Line Near Iraq

BEIRUT/AMMAN— Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group that recently [...]




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