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Aleppo air strikes kill 20 in rebel-held east - monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes hit near a children's hospital and a school in rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Wednesday in the second day of renewed bombing that has killed at least 20 people, a war monitor, medics, and emergency workers said.

Under siege in Mosul, Islamic State turns to executions and paranoia

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - A few weeks ago, a person inside Mosul began to send text messages to Iraqi military intelligence in Baghdad.

Erdogan says Turkish-backed rebels close to taking Syria's al Bab

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey-backed rebels are just 2 km (1.25 miles) from the northern Syrian city of al Bab and are expected to take it from Islamic State quickly despite some resistance, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Kurdish YPG militia says to depart Syria's Manbij to head to Raqqa

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Kurdish YPG militia will pull its forces from the Syrian city of Manbij and withdraw east of the Euphrates River in order to participate in the campaign to liberate the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, it said in a statement.

Global terrorism deaths fall, but rise 650 percent in OECD countries - report

LONDON (Reuters) - Deaths from terrorism in OECD countries increased by 650 percent last year despite a marked fall globally as Islamic State (IS)and Boko Haram militants suffered military defeats at home but committed more attacks abroad, a report said on Wednesday.

Syria's Assad say must wait and see if Trump lives up to promises to fight militants

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Tuesday Damascus would have to "wait and see" if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would change Washington's policy on Syria but that he was ready to cooperate with him in fighting militants.

U.S. House reauthorises Iran sanctions bill, sets Syria sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers passed bills on Tuesday renewing sanctions on Iran for 10 years and imposing new sanctions on Syria, underscoring their determination to play a strong role in Middle East policy no matter who occupies the White House.

'I was forced to kill my best friend', former DRC child soldier says

COVENTRY, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was during an ordinary game of soccer when Michel Chikwanine was abducted at age 5 by rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and recruited into the army.

Strikes hit rebel-held east Aleppo after weeks of relative calm

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Intense air strikes resumed in rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo after a weeks-long pause on Tuesday, killing at least three people, residents and a war monitor said.

U.S. 'strongly condemns' resumption of Russian air strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department strongly condemned Russia's resumption of air strikes in Syria on Tuesday and said it believed the targeting of hospitals and civilians in cities like Aleppo was a violation of international law.