Islamic State Kills at Least 145 Civilians in Syria’s Kobani

Syrian Kurds from Kobani wait behind the border fences to cross into Turkey as they are pictured from the Turkish border town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters killed at least 145 civilians in an attack on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village, in what a monitoring group described on Friday as the second worst massacre carried out by the hardline group in Syria.

How Lindsey Graham Would Defeat the Islamic State

Lindsey Graham

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) laid out a detailed plan for defeating the Islamic State terrorist group in an interview Wednesday with the Washington Free Beacon, offering a frank assessment of the necessity for more U.S. troops and a two-front strategy for Iraq and Syria.

Israel to Continue Providing Medical Assistance to Wounded Syrians Despite Lynching by Mob

Israeli security forces stand guard around an ambulance which was attacked at the Golan Heights

JERUSALEM—Despite the lynching in the Golan Heights of a wounded Syrian rebel by a mob that dragged him out of a military ambulance, Israel will continue to provide medical care to wounded Syrians brought to the Golan border, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Wednesday.

Assad Targets Civilians, Hospitals Amid Defeats in Syrian War

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The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is systematically targeting civilians and hospitals, often with chemical weapons, to reverse recent setbacks in the country’s civil war, witnesses told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Assad’s forces have suffered a number of battlefield defeats in recent months, with the Islamic State and the al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra gaining ground north of the capital Damascus and more moderate rebel groups achieving victories in the south. The Syrian army has also lost about half of its soldiers throughout the course of the four-year civil war and has increasingly relied on outside militant groups such as Hezbollah.