Middle-East Desk


France bombs IS a second time in Syria

Paris, France has conducted its second set of airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. “French Rafale planes dropped bombs on an [Islamic State ] training…




Syria conflict: Russia defends air strikes

Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has defended his country’s air strikes in Syria, saying they were targeting the same “terrorist” groups as the US-led coalition. He rejected suggestions that Russian action was to bolster…






France airstrikes hit ISIL targets in Syria

Paris, France says it has launched its first air strikes against ISIL militants in Syria, expanding its bombing campaign from neighbouring Iraq against the group. France had up until now abstained from intervening militarily in…