Air strikes on Syria 'war against Islam' - al-Qaeda

2014-09-27 22:53

Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's Syrian franchise, says that foreign air strikes on the country constitute a "war against Islam", and threatened to attack the worldwide interests of participating nations.

Deaths on both sides as Syrian rebels, govt clash

2014-09-02 08:45

Syrian rebels have clashed with government troops in the Golan Heights, with a rights group saying there were casualties on both sides but did not have exact figures.

15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria

2014-08-27 10:36

Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine says, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

Jihadists control all main Syria oil fields - NGO

2014-07-04 20:06

The jihadist Islamic State now fully controls all of Syria's main oil and gas fields, which are located in Deir Ezzor province next to Iraq, a monitoring group says.

Syria rebels say Islamic State 'null and void'

2014-07-01 08:26

Syrian rebels, including the main Islamist factions, say the creation of a caliphate by the Islamic State (IS) was "null and void".

Syrian Islamic factions in new push against rivals

2014-06-11 14:52

A rebel coalition in Syria dominated by Islamic factions has announced a new push to dislodge fighters from a rival, al-Qaeda-inspired group from the northern province of Aleppo, activists say.

Turkey places Syria jihadists on terror list

2014-06-03 14:00

Turkey has added al-Qaeda's franchise in neighbouring Syria to a list of terrorist organisations, in a sign of the country's growing concern over the rise of radicals across the border.

Rebel mortar fire in Syria kills child, hurts 40

2014-04-15 12:29

Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital has killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media says.

More than 150 000 killed in Syria conflict - NGO

2014-04-01 14:12

More than 150 000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, a monitoring group says in a new toll.

Assad cousin killed in clash with Syria rebels

2014-03-24 07:20

A cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad has been killed in battles with Islamist rebels near the border with Turkey, activists and state media say.

Syria war may last 10 more years - experts

2014-03-07 08:21

The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as jihadist groups flood the battlefield and Iran and Russia provide support for the Bashar Assad government, experts say.

UN: Palestinians in Syria camp 'traumatised'

2014-02-25 15:01

The chief of the UN relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees says he is "deeply disturbed and shaken" by the despair and destruction he'd seen in a camp in the Syrian capital.

Qaeda cements split with Iraqi affiliate

2014-02-03 17:34

Al-Qaeda's command has cemented its split with its Iraqi affiliate, in a statement distancing itself from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and its battle with Syria's rebels.

Qaeda wants to attack US: Spy chief

2014-01-30 11:31

Syrian militant group al-Nusra Front, wants to attack the US and is training a growing cadre of fighters from the Mideast and even the US, says intelligence chief James Clapper.

Qaeda rebels bomb Syria minister's town

2014-01-28 14:58

A suicide bomber from an al Qaeda-linked rebel group killed 13 soldiers in an attack on the Syrian defence minister's hometown, an opposition monitoring group says.

4 dead in Beirut bomb blast

2014-01-21 14:46

Four people have been killed in an apparent suicide car bombing in south Beirut, in the latest in a string of attacks targeting strongholds of the Lebanese Shi’ite movement Hezbollah.

Syria inspectors face grave danger: UN

2013-10-08 10:07

The UN has warned that inspectors face a year-long mission of unprecedented danger in trying to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, as rebels launched a major offensive.

UN chemical arms experts back in Syria

2013-09-25 13:05

UN inspectors have returned to Syria to pursue a probe into alleged poison gas attacks, as Russia and the West wrangled over how to eliminate President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons.

Lack of Assad alternatives hangs over Syria war

2013-09-12 12:08

The crisis over chemical weapons in Syria has underlined a central dilemma for the West in dealing with the country's civil war - the lack of alternatives to President Bashar Assad.

Syria sends reinforcements to Christian village

2013-09-06 15:00

The Syrian government has dispatched tanks and armoured personnel carriers to a predominantly Christian village in Damascus where rebels have clashed with regime troops this week.

Ankara softens stance on Syria's Kurds

2013-08-06 13:08

After embarking on a peace process with Kurdish rebels in Turkey, Ankara has softened its position on the increasingly autonomous Kurdish minority in neighbouring Syria, analysts say.

Syria air force bombards Qusayr

2013-06-03 11:00

Syria's air force has bombarded Qusayr, two weeks into a Hezbollah-backed assault, as a car bomb in Damascus killed nine members of the security forces.

Turkey urged to be impartial with Syria

2013-05-06 13:00

Turkey's support for the Syrian rebels in the neighbouring country's civil war has led to a policy of choosing between "bad and worse", say analysts.

Rebels regulate life in Syria's Aleppo

2013-04-12 13:00

New government and justice machinery has been established in Syria's rebel-controlled areas, where many residents have reason to celebrate in a climate where pillaging is commonplace.

Al-Nusra pledges allegiance to Al-Qaeda

2013-04-11 10:03

The head of Syria's jihadist al-Nusra Front has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, but distanced his group from claims it has merged with al-Qaeda in Iraq.


US strikes ISIS oil refineries in Syria

2014-09-25 11:33

The United States has bombed ISIS-controlled oil refineries in Syria as president Barack Obama recruited more allies to fight the jihadist "network of death".

81 'blue helmets' stand firm against Golan militants

2014-08-29 10:04

Forty three peacekeepers from Fiji have been forced to surrender their weapons and were taken hostage near the Quneitra crossing, but 81 Filipino blue helmets "held their ground" and refused to disarm.

Lebanon army battle militants on Syria border

2014-08-04 12:56

Lebanese troops have shelled militant positions in the mountains around the town of Arsal on the Syrian border, as fierce fighting raged there for a third day.

Over 4 000 child soldiers in armed conflicts - UN

2014-07-02 10:41

The UN has documented more than 4 000 cases of children recruited and used in conflicts in 2013 and says that thousands more are estimated to have joined armies and rebel groups around the globe.

Al-Qaeda merges with ISIL at Iraq border

2014-06-25 16:23

Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot has made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a key town on the Iraqi border.

45 dead in clashes between jihadists in Syria

2014-06-09 13:48

Fresh fighting between the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and a coalition of rebels and an al-Qaeda affiliate in eastern Syria has left at least 45 fighters dead, a monitoring group says.

Syrian al-Qaeda reach foothills of Israeli-held Golan

2014-05-22 10:26

Atop the hill of Tel Ahmar just a few kilometres from Israeli forces on the Golan Heights, Syrian Islamist fighters hoist the al-Qaeda flag and praise their mentor Osama bin Laden.

Syria army seizes ancient Christian town

2014-04-14 13:14

Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters have recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, military sources and state television says.

Kuwait minister rejects terror fund accusation by US

2014-04-01 13:01

Kuwait's justice and Islamic affairs minister has rejected remarks from a senior US official that he called for jihad in Syria and promoted the funding of terrorism.

Syria rebels release kidnapped nuns

2014-03-10 08:19

A group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December were released early Monday thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation and handed to the Syrian authorities.

Syria govt launches air strike on rebel bastion

2014-03-04 11:42

Syrian helicopters have dropped explosives-packed barrels near rebel-held Yabrud, a monitoring group says.

Syria, UN in Homs aid deal amid Aleppo fighting

2014-02-07 08:02

Aid operations are due to start in besieged areas of Homs Friday, a US official says, as Syria and the UN agree to hold a "humanitarian pause" on fighting in the devastated city.

Al-Qaeda disavows Isil in Syria

2014-02-03 12:45

Al-Qaeda has disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), whose members have been locked in deadly clashes with Syria rebels, according to jihadist websites.

20 000 in Syria's Yarmuk camp face starvation

2014-01-29 08:26

Besieged since June, nearly 20 000 people in Damascus' Yarmuk Palestinian camp are so desperate for food that many eat stray animals to survive.

Syria talks in deadlock over Assad

2014-01-28 12:53

Syrian peace talks are due to resume in Geneva with the warring sides deadlocked over the explosive issue of transferring power from President Bashar Assad's government.

Qaeda's rise in Syria threatens Turkey

2013-10-17 10:28

The rise of al-Qaeda in parts of Syria's north has left Turkey facing a new security threat on its already vulnerable border and raised questions about its support for rebels.

Extremists 'stealing revolution': Syria rebel chief

2013-09-27 11:05

The head of the key Syrian opposition National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, has denounced extremists he said were trying to "steal our revolution", and blamed the 'regime' for supporting them.

Syria rebels and jihadists agree to town truce

2013-09-20 14:11

Syrian rebels have agreed to a ceasefire with al-Qaeda loyalists after bitter fighting for a key border town, a monitoring group says, as the opposition condemned the jihadist assault.

Putin says Syria rebels behind chemical attack

2013-09-12 08:00

Russian President Vladimir Putin has argued that Syrian rebels were behind a chemical attack which prompted the United States to threaten military strikes against Bashar Assad's regime.

Syria vows to defend itself against strikes

2013-08-27 15:02

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has vowed that his country will defend itself in case of any Western military strikes against it.

Syria jihadists lose support amid abuses

2013-07-11 11:00

Syrian jihadhist groups are losing support from the local population who are speaking out against human rights abuses, despite danger of retribution.

Syrian troops capture rebel-held Qusayr

2013-05-20 09:09

Syrian troops backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah have entered Qusayr, a strategic rebel stronghold linking Damascus to the coast, a day after Bashar Assad insisted he would not step aside.

Assad holds to hard-line on rebel battle

2013-04-18 18:32

With the conflict ravaging his country in its third year, Syrian President Bashar Assad has maintained a hard-line stance, insisting he will triumph over rebel forces and all but ruling out dialogue.

Syria to dominate G8 talks

2013-04-11 11:06

US Secretary of State John Kerry and other G8 foreign ministers are holding a second day of talks in London focused on Syria after rebels again appealed for weapons.

Qaeda confirms role in Syria

2013-04-10 12:46

Al-Qaeda in Iraq has confirmed long-held suspicions that it is behind jihadists fighting in Syria, as Washington said it was mulling new ways to drive President Bashar Assad from power.

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