This photo released on Wednesday March 7, 2018 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government soldiers advancing during a battle against Syrian rebels, in eastern Ghouta, Syria. The International Committee of the Red Cross said a second convoy that was supposed to carry aid to the besieged …

Largest Syrian Rebel Group Starts Leaving Damascus Enclave

BEIRUT — The most powerful Syrian rebel faction on the fringes of Damascus began abandoning its stronghold in the once rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on Monday, opening the way for government forces to secure full control of the area, after seven years of revolt.

Syrian children and adults receive treatment for a suspected chemical attack at a makeshift clinic on the rebel-held village of al-Shifuniyah in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus late on February 25, 2018. A child died and at least 13 other people suffered breathing difficulties …

Russia-Ordered ‘Pause’ Goes into Effect East of Damascus

A Russia-ordered “humanitarian pause” has gone into effect to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, giving a brief respite to the residents of the besieged area that has been under intense attack by the Syrian government for weeks.

This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his …

Hamas Ups Rhetoric Against Islamic State Loyalist Group In Gaza

TEL AVIV, Israel – Hamas has pledged to crush the Army of Islam, a Gaza-based Salafi group that has openly threatened Hamas and labelled it heretical and its policies “anti-Islamic.”  Earlier this month, the group released a video accusing Hamas of straying

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Syrian Rebels Use Caged Hostages as Human Shields to Deter Airstrikes

Caged prisoners believed to be former army officers from dictator Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect were paraded through streets of a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, apparently used as human shields to deter further bombardments in the area, according to video clips and images posted on social media.

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Report: Gaza Jihadist Group Pledges to ISIS

The Gaza-based terrorist group Jaysh al Islam [Army of Islam] has reportedly pledged its services to the Islamic State terror group’s branch in the Sinai Peninsula, according to a message that circulated jihadist Internet networks this week.