POPE FRANCIS DONATES 100,000 EUROS TO SYRIAN REFUGEES

In a statement released on Friday, the Vatican confirms that Pope Francis made a generous donation to the needy in the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo. “The Holy Father celebrated a Mass for Syria and has sent 100,000 euro ($106,000) to the poor of Aleppo,” the statement read. The Pope has been publicly raising attention…

Blast hits Turkey-backed Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, monitor says

A car bomb in a village near al-Bab in Syria struck Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State early on Friday, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens more, a war monitor said. The Turkey-backed rebels on Thursday drove Islamic State from al-Bab, the jihadist group’s last significant stronghold in northwest Syria, along with two smaller……

Syrian govt ready for prisoner swaps with rebels -state TV

The Syrian government signaled on Monday it was ready to agree prisoner swaps with rebel groups, a confidence-building measure that might help both sides prepare to attend peace talks. Syrian state media said the government was “always ready” to exchange prisoners in its jails for people “kidnapped by terrorist groups”, “particularly in the framework of……

Two suspected ISIS militants arrested by Turkish police

Turkish police have arrested two men planning attacks in Europe suspected to be ISIS militants after a 10-day police operation, local media reveals. The suspects identified as Mahamad Laban, 45, a Danish citizen, and Mohammed Tefik Saleh, 38, a Swedish citizen, according to the Anadolu Agency have received weapons and explosives training in Syria for…

SYRIA: Osama Bin Laden’s ally killed in airstrike attack

An airstrike attack led by US forces in the city of Idlib in Syria has reportedly claimed the lives 11 members of al-Qaeda including a former ally of Osama Bin Laden, the Pentagon said. Captain Jeff Davis, a spokesman, said 10 operatives were killed in a single strike on February 3. Read also: Estranged wife…

Turkish President, Trump Agree To Fight Jointly Against Islamic State

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call overnight to act jointly against Islamic State in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa, both controlled by the militants, Turkish presidency sources said on Wednesday. The two leaders discussed issues including a safe zone in Syria, the refugee crisis and…

Amnesty International on Tuesday said that a military jail authorised at the highest levels of the Syrian government have overseen a “monstrous campaign” of secret atrocities. It said this include the hanging of up to 13,000 people in five years. It said that the secret mass hangings were carried out under a “calculated campaign of……

Lebanon calls for return of Syrian refugees to their homeland

Lebanon’s President, Michel Aoun, on Friday called for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland. He said that they could not remain in Lebanon “indefinitely’’ and urged the international community to facilitate their return in coordination with Syrian authorities by establishing safe zones. According to a statement by the Presidential media office, Aoun made……

Turkish cops nab main suspect of New Year nightclub attack

The main suspect of a New Year nightclub attack in the city of Istanbul which claimed the lives of 39 people and wounded dozens more has been arrested by Turkish police in the city’s Esenyurt district. The suspect who had operated under the cover name Abu Muhammed Horasani, was caught in a hideout with his…

Mechanical, pilot error caused Russian military plane crash, reports say

Russian media has revealed that preliminary analysis of a black box from the Russian military plane that crashed into the Black Sea on Christmas Day, shows that a combination of pilot and mechanical errors are to blame for the unfortunate crash. Another source aware of the details in the preliminary crash investigation told Interfax that…

No survivors found in military plan crash, Russia’s Defence Ministry says

Russia’s Defence Ministry in a statement hours after a military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea, revealed that nobody survived the incident. Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a ministry spokesman, told reporters that nobody had survived the ill-end of the plane which was…

UN Plans $22bn Humanitarian Aid in 2017

The UN on Monday launched a record 22.2-billion-dollar humanitarian appeal for 2017 to help almost 93 million people hit by conflicts and natural disasters around the world. More than half of the money will be used to address the needs of people caught up in crises in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and South Sudan, the UN…