Syrian war killed 1.5% of its population: UN human rights office

A total of 306,887 civilians had been killed in Syria during the conflict since March 2011, or about 1.5% of its prewar population, the United Nations’ human rights office said Tuesday, in what it said was the highest estimate yet. Syria’s conflict sprang out of peaceful protests against Syrian regime leader Bashar Assad’s rule in … Read more

US-led coalition detains senior Daesh leader in Syria

United States-led coalition forces detained a senior leader of the Daesh terrorist group in Syria during an early-morning operation on Thursday. The coalition conducts raids and strikes targeting members of the group, which has been waging insurgent attacks since its defeat on the battlefield three years ago. “The detained individual was assessed to be an … Read more

Blinken voices US’ opposition as Turkey mulls operation in Syria

The United States opposes Turkey’s possible military operation targeting the YPG/PKK terrorist group in Syria, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday, citing instability concerns. The top US diplomat told a joint news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that “any escalation there in northern Syria is something that we would oppose,” underlining Washington’s support … Read more

Turkey’s National Security Council hints at new ops on southern border

Turkey’s top security body hinted Thursday at a new military operation on the country’s southern border following recent statements from Turkish officials and clashes with PKK terrorists. “Current and future military operations being conducted on Turkey’s southern borders do not target the territorial integrity of its neighbors, but stem from national security needs and will … Read more

‘Time running out’: UN urges for renewal of last Syria border gate

The UN Syria Commission of Inquiry warned on Thursday of serious consequences if the mandate for the last border crossing into Syria, a lifeline for millions of people, is not extended as “time is running out” and the mandate expires on July 10. “As the country faces its worst economic and humanitarian crisis since the … Read more