Victim’s mother: IS duo should face trial

Victim’s mother: IS duo should face trial

Media captionBethany Haines on the capture of IS duo The families of some of the victims of an Islamic State group that beheaded hostages have said two captured fighters should face trial. British fighters Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured by Syrian Kurdish forces. Bethany Haines – whose father David, a British aid […]

Syria war: Assad’s government accuses US of massacre

Syria war: Assad’s government accuses US of massacre

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US-allied SDF fighters control territory east of the River Euphrates Syria has accused the US of carrying out a “brutal massacre” with a bombing attack in Deir al-Zour province. The overnight air and artillery strikes killed an estimated 100 pro-government fighters near the Euphrates river, according to the US. It […]

Syria war: Assault on besieged Eastern Ghouta kills 200 in four days

Syria war: Assault on besieged Eastern Ghouta kills 200 in four days

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US said it was “appalled” by the escalating violence in the Eastern Ghouta and elsewhere Four days of intense Syrian government strikes on a besieged rebel-held area outside Damascus are reported to have killed more than 200 civilians. A monitoring group and opposition activists said at least 54 people, […]

Briton who fought Islamic State group faces terror charge

Briton who fought Islamic State group faces terror charge

Image copyright Getty Images A British man who fought against so-called Islamic State is to be charged with a terror offence. Ex-soldier Jim Matthews, 43, of London, travelled to Syria and fought with the Kurdish forces, the YPG. Mr Matthews will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 14 February to be charged with one count […]

Poland Holocaust law: France criticises ‘ill advised’ text

Poland Holocaust law: France criticises ‘ill advised’ text

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Andrzej Duda signed the controversial bill into law on Tuesday France has joined the US and Israel in criticising Poland’s new Holocaust law, describing the text as “ill advised”. “You should not rewrite history, it’s never a very good idea,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. Polish president Andrzej […]

Syria war: ‘Chlorine attack’ on rebel-held Idlib town

Syria war: ‘Chlorine attack’ on rebel-held Idlib town

Image copyright AFP Image caption People bought to hospitals in Saraqeb suffered breathing problems, a doctor said Nine people were treated for breathing difficulties after a bomb believed to be filled with chlorine was dropped on a rebel-held town in Syria, medics say. The Syria Civil Defence said three of its rescue workers were among […]

Israeli man stabbed to death at West Bank settlement

Israeli man stabbed to death at West Bank settlement

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The attacker managed to escape from the scene An Israeli man has been stabbed to death outside a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, in what Israeli police say was a terrorist attack. The victim, Itamar Ben Gal, was attacked at a bus stop near Ariel. Israeli security forces […]

Two Canadians ‘safely’ leave Syria

Two Canadians ‘safely’ leave Syria

Image copyright Reuters Two Canadians have ‘safely’ left Syria and have been released to Turkish officials. Sean Allen Moore and Jolly Bimbachi were picked up by al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham while in Syria. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist alliance that dominates the north-western Syrian province of Idlib. “We are relieved that two Canadian […]

Syria war: Turkey suffers deadliest day in Afrin offensive

Syria war: Turkey suffers deadliest day in Afrin offensive

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Turkey says it has sent troops into Afrin to drive out Kurdish militias The Turkish military has suffered the deadliest day in its offensive against Kurdish militias inside northern Syria, with seven soldiers killed. Five of the troops died when their tank was attacked in the Afrin region. PM […]

Russian jet shot down in Syria’s Idlib province

Russian jet shot down in Syria’s Idlib province

Image copyright AFP Image caption Images said to show the wreckage of the Sukhoi-25 A Russian Sukhoi-25 ground-attack aircraft has been shot down in a rebel-held area in Syria’s north-western province of Idlib. The Russian defence ministry said the pilot had ejected into an area believed to be controlled by the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham […]