An Iranian general has been killed by militants in Syria, reports say, the latest high-profile casualty of Tehran’s efforts to prop up President Bashar al-Assad.
Brigadier General Mohsen Ghajarian of the elite Revolutionary Guards was killed in the northern province of Aleppo, according to the Fars news agency, which is close to the
At least 15,000 Syrian refugees fleeing fighting in northern Aleppo province have gathered at a border crossing with Turkey, UN and Turkish officials said.The frontier is shut but Turkey has said it is prepared to feed and shelter the refugees.In the past few days, the Syrian army backed by Russian air power has made a series of gains in
Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are moving to Turkey's border to flee heavy fighting near the city of Aleppo, officials and activists have said.Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said up to 70,000 may be heading to the border, while a monitoring group put the number at about 40,000.Intense Russian air strikes have helped Syria's
Far from being a “Decisive Storm,” the intervention into Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition is foundering. The coalition swiftly cleared the coastal region and advancedacross the desert interior from the Saudi border. But when they hit the mountainous interior—not so co-incidentally, the refuge of the Zaydi
Culture and education in the Islamic world
The cultural and educational turbulence within the Arab world is due – at least in part – to the absence of a contemporary home-grown intellectual tradition capable of providing societies with an inner compass based on local values and modern perspectives. An essay by Sami Mahroum
King Abdullah of Jordan says his country is at "boiling point" because of an influx of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.Ahead of a donor conference on Syria, the king told the BBC that there was enormous pressure on Jordan's social services, infrastructure and economy."Sooner or later, I think, the dam is going to burst," he warned.He said
A Saudi Arabian court has overturned the death sentence of a Palestinian poet convicted of apostasy.Ashraf Fayadh was instead sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes, his lawyer said.Mr Fayadh has denied the charges, claiming that another man had made false accusations against him.His death sentence caused an international outcry with
Getting Syrian Teens Back to School in TurkeyBy Xanthe Ackerman, Elie Gardner, Christina Asquith, and Molly BernsteinThis March marks five grim years since 14 boys in Dara’a, Syria were imprisoned for writing “the regime must go” on a schoolyard wall. In their small protest, they unwittingly sparked a revolution.
New rules of engagement: ‘If you are close to the border, you are killed’
Riyadh: Mortars and rockets fired at Saudi Arabian towns and villages have killed 375 civilians, including 63 children, since the start of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen in late March, Riyadh said on Monday.
Brigadier General Ahmad Asseri,
GENEVA: The U.N. special envoy for Syria faced an uphill task in Geneva Monday to get talks to end the brutal civil war off the ground, as the opposition hesitated to join negotiations with the government.
The urgency to find a solution to the four-year war was brought home Sunday when multiple explosions killed 71 people near a revered Shiite