Syria

The sale and consumption of all alcoholic drinks has been banned in Salahuddin by the provincial governor in a move that residents have compared to the strict conservatism of ISIS rule. During ISIS rule, the sale and consumption of alcohol was banned. The governor of Salahuddin reintroduced the conservative ruling last week. Some residents support […]

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is reportedly planning on making a state visit to North Korea. It would be the first time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a head of state since assuming power in 2011. He has undertaken a flurry of diplomatic activity recently, meeting China’s president in May, and is expected to […]

Members of the UN have expressed dismay over Syria becoming president of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva. The move comes just weeks after the latest reported chemical weapons attack, in which the Syrian authorities are widely believed to have used chemical agents against civilians. Syria takes over from Switzerland simply because it follows […]

At least four Russian combatants have been killed by militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir EzZor. Two military advisers died when the Syrian army battery they were directing was attacked. Five other Russians were injured and two died later of their wounds. Syria’s army took Deir EzZor city last November but Islamic State […]

Seven inmates died and several more were wounded in a fire following an attempted prison break at a Duhok jail, which houses convicted terrorists. Ten to 15 other inmates, as well as three policemen and the head of Zirka Prison, were wounded in the incident. Authorities suspect the inmates were trying to escape the prison […]

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday said it was unlikely new parliamentary elections would be held despite widespread claims of fraud and calls for investigation. Several Kurdish and Iraqi parties rejected the results of the vote, even asking the US president’s special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, to push for an election […]

The Syrian military has declared that it has taken full control of all areas around the capital, Damascus, for the first time in six years. Damascus and its surrounding are completely secure, according to state television. The announcement came after troops cleared Islamic State (IS) militants from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and the Hajar […]

It’s election weekend but for anyone looking to travel, we’re got an update for you. Iraq announced on Wednesday that it would close its airports and border crossings for 24 hours on May 12, the day of the vote, as part of security measures. A brief statement by Iraqi Authorities said the 24-hour curfew would […]

The fight against ISIS continues as the Iraqi Ministry of Defense on Sunday revealed it had killed 36 members of the Islamic State (IS) in a rare cross-border operation in Syria last week. The airstrikes targeted hideouts and terrorists who pose a threat to Iraq since there have been pockets of ISIS resistance in western parts […]

International chemical weapons experts have finally inspected the site of a suspected attack near Damascus which caused an international crisis. The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to the town of Douma and collected samples and other items. The delay in giving the team access has pushed the US, […]


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