Middle East

    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, a man cries while holding the body of his son, killed by the Syrian Army, near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria.

    Syria War Death Toll Reaches 470,000

    A new report says 11.5 percent of Syria's population have been killed or injured since the start of the conflict back in March 2011 

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (right) and Syrian Opposition Leader Dr. Riyad Nijab on Feb. 11, 2016, before a three-way meeting focused on Syria preceding the Munich Security Conference.

    Russia Pitches Syria Cease-fire; West Skeptical

    Diplomats who talked to VOA are skeptical about Russian offer, which they see as delaying tactic that would allow intense airstrikes to continue 

    FILE - Rebel fighters of al-Jabha al-Shamiya (Levant Front) warm themselves around a fire near the justice palace in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, Jan. 28, 2016.

    Syrian Rebels Spurn Kremlin's 'Cease-Fire'

    Senior members of rebel coalition arrayed against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad either deeply skeptical or outright scornful of Russia's attempt to promote cease-fire plan 

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at a news conference during a NATO Defence Ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Feb. 11, 2016.

    US Defense Chief Appeals for More Help in Fighting IS

    Ash Carter appeals to counterparts in US-led coalition conducting aerial attacks on Islamic State for more military and financial help to carry out campaign 

    FILE - Free Syrian Army fighters inspect a pick-up truck with a weapon installed on it as they gather during what they said was an operation to travel to the northern countryside of Aleppo to fight Islamic State fighters, in Aleppo, Syria.

    Video How Aleppo Rebels Plan to Withstand Assad's Siege

    Rebels in Aleppo are laying plans to withstand a siege by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in likelihood the regime cuts a final main supply line running west of city