The Islamic State has shored up its oil and gas sales to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, padding the terrorist group’s coffers with much needed funds, according to U.S. and European officials.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) departed from Damascus on Wednesday after traveling to the Middle East on an undisclosed “fact-finding trip” intended to help end Syria’s nearly six-year conflict.
Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) is fighting for Christian refugees who have been displaced by fighting in Iraq and Syria and demanding the United States do more to help.
Russia is beginning to draw down its military forces in Syria by removing an aircraft carrier and other warships, the Kremlin announced on Friday.
The suspected gunman who killed dozens in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day may have trained in Syria, where the Islamic State has recruited thousands to join its terrorist network, according to Kyrgyzstan security forces.
The Obama administration is keeping details about how it is vetting Syrian refugees for terrorism ties classified, drawing concerns from Congress that the administration is using a flawed screening process that expedites the timeframe needed to fully vet foreign individuals, according to new congressional communications obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.