Air strikes in east Syria kill more than 100

BEIRUT Air strikes since Thursday evening have killed more than 100 people including children and other family members of Islamic State fighters in al-Mayadin, a town held by the jihadists near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the raids were carried out by U.S.-led…

Gunmen kill 26 in attack on Christians in Egypt

CAIRO Gunmen attacked buses and a truck taking a group of Coptic Christians to a monastery in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 26 people and wounding 25 others, witnesses and the Health Ministry said. An Interior Ministry spokesman said the unidentified gunmen had arrived in three four-wheel-drive vehicles. Eyewitnesses said masked men stopped the two…

Turkish security forces kill 29 Kurdish militants in clashes

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Turkish security forces killed 29 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in an operation in a mountainous area of eastern Turkey’s Agri and Van provinces, the Agri governor’s office said on Friday. Turkey’s army said on Thursday three Turkish soldiers and a member of the state-sponsored village guard militia had been killed in the…

Air strike in east Syria kills 35 civilians: Observatory

BEIRUT An air strike on Thursday evening killed at least 35 civilians, including family members of Islamic State fighters, in al-Mayadin, a town held by the jihadists near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State told Reuters that its forces had conducted strikes near…