By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW (Reuters) - A unit of the Russian security forces is training to counter Islamist militants amid fears fighters in Syria will return to join insurgents in the North Caucasus, Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader said.
By Erika Solomon BEIRUT (Reuters) - The death toll in Syria's civil war has risen to at least 125,835, more than a third of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.
Iraq’s top diplomat has warned that the toxic proliferation of extremist groups among Syria’s rebels raises the prospect of a jihadist-ruled territory at the heart of the region.
By Michael Hunt Critics of the Obama administration's Syrian policy have lamented its failure to take into account regional realities. With surprising speed those realities have put the brakes on US intervention.
Civilians living in rebel towns in Syria holding out against government forces are facing a new and growing crisis - starvation, as the BBC's Leana Hosea reports.