Syria crises: Rebels seize military base in southern region

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels seized a sprawling military base in a lightning assault yesterday, marking the latest in a series of defeats for President Bashar Assad’s increasingly embattled forces, rebels and activists said. Syrian officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, said a nearby town and a village had fallen to the rebels in addition to the base, Liwa 52. The southern region near the border with Jordan and Israel is one of the areas where insurgents have inflicted significantRead More

Islamic State photos purport to show unharmed Palmyra ruins

BEIRUT: Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces.Activists in contact with people inside the city have also said there has been no damage to the UNSECO World Heritage site since the takeover. Islamic State is an offshoot of al Qaeda that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq and is the target of a US-led air strike campaign in both countries. The groupRead More