Conflict Events

Syrian Market Bombing Death Toll Tops 100

Aug. 17 - The Syrian air force continued bombing north of Damascus Monday, one day after bombing a market area in the area. About 100 people were killed in that Sunday attack in Douma, an air raid which escalated fighting near the Syrian capital and was condemned by human rights and humanitarian workers.

Fighting Mars Peace Efforts for Syria, Libya

Aug. 13. - Despite diplomatic moves in Syria and Libya, fighting continued in the two countries. A truce in regions of Syria was extend an extra two days, and multi-faction fighting in Libya occurred during and after Geneva peace talks.

Lawsuits Quickly Follow EPA's New Water Regulation

States are forming coalitions to challenge the EPA's new "Waters of the United States" Rule, filing four lawsuits to overturn the regulation.

The Waters Rule would specifically give EPA jurisdiction over smaller streams that the EPA says are connected to larger water supplies. The states say the Federal government is intruding on state powers.

The story include maps showing the states challenging the rule and the number of people get drinking water from smaller streams.

Aleppo Fighting Continues As Other Fronts Flare in Syria

July 4, 2015 - Syrian moderate rebels fighting in Aleppo held on to a research center that the Damascus government had been using for military barracks, but a militant group reportedly had been pushed back from the gains it had made in another part of the city when government warplanes conducted dozens of air strikes against their positions.

Iraq Oil Exports Hit Record in June; Output Climbing

Iraq exported 3.187 million barrels of oil a day in June, its oil ministry said. It was a 1.37 percent increase over May. The ministry also reported that at the end of June Iraq was pumping 4.388 million barrels per day.

The Iraqi exports, as a whole, increased even though flow through Ceyhan, Turkey, fell from 451,000 barrels per day in May to 167,000 bpd in June, Reuters reported. A payment dispute within Iraq has cut back the shipments.

UN: Iraq Casualties Rise to 1,466 in June

Deaths in Iraq due to fighting rose to 1,466 in June, the United Nations reported, higher than the 1,031 recorded in May. The UN said that increased deaths among soldiers and militia accounted for much of the rise.

Western Iraq has been a battleground between the IS caliphate and the Baghdad government in the southeast and the Kurdish autonomous forces in the north. IS forces have overrun much of the western desert provinces, and have captured Ramadi, 63 miles west of Baghdad, and the major oil refinery at Baiji, 117 miles up the Tigris River from Baghdad.

IS Egyptian Group Strikes 15 Sinai Targets

A group affiliated with the IS caliphate killed at least 50 security personnel in the northern Sinai region of Egypt today. The attacks centered on checkpoints at Sheik Zuweid, although a suicide car bomb exploded at an officers club in Al-Arish. A group called the Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Ukraine Halts Russian Gas Purchases After Price Talks Collapse

Ukraine said it would not buy natural gas from Russia after negotiations over prices failed. Russia said it would maintain its price of $247 per 1,000 cubic meters with a discount of about $40. Ukraine sought a deeper discount. Ukraine officials said they would buy natural gas from other sources but seek to resolve the issue with Russia before the heating season.