70 IS jihadists killed in Syria clashes

2014-08-22 14:05

At least 70 Islamic State jihadist fighters have been killed in 48 hours of clashes with Syrian army troops in the northern province of Raqa, a monitoring group says.

Mortar shells kill 14 in central Damascus

2014-04-29 13:00

Four mortar shells have exploded in central Damascus, killing 14 people and wounding scores, state media says.

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.

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 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.

Qaeda splinter group retreats from Syria town

2014-02-28 13:06

Fighters from an al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), has withdrawn from a rebel-held Syrian town near the border with Turkey, a monitoring group says.

Syria seizes village after rebel atrocities

2014-02-19 08:34

Government troops have regained full control of a village in central Syria after ousting rebels accused of killing dozens of people there, state media says.

Free Syrian Army fires military chief

2014-02-17 10:38

The rebel Free Syrian Army says it has fired Selim Idriss as its military chief, citing the "difficulties faced by the Syrian revolution" in its battle with the government.

Toll rises as Syria bombs Aleppo: Monitor

2014-02-04 15:01

Syrian army helicopters have carried out new raids over the northern city of Aleppo, dropping explosive-packed barrel bombs as they press a punishing aerial assault, a monitoring group says.

Syria forces step up attacks on Aleppo

2014-02-03 11:24

Syrian forces have bombarded Aleppo with barrel bombs and air raids for a second day, with scores of people killed in 48 hours, a monitor says, after peace talks ended inconclusively.

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.

Kurd gunmen and jihadis clash in east Syria

2013-10-25 12:28

A Syrian activist group says Kurdish gunmen are battling jihadi rebels in a northeastern town on the border with Iraq.

Syria chemical disarmament on track

2013-10-24 09:55

Syria is set to hand over a detailed plan for destroying its chemical arsenal, the international watchdog says, as a rebel attack near Damascus triggered power outages across the country.

Chemical arms inspectors visit 3 Syria sites

2013-10-11 07:28

Inspectors have so far visited three sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons programme, a spokesperson says, as the team races to destroy the country's stockpile amid a raging civil war.

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.

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.

Qaeda seizes Syria-Turkey border town

2013-09-19 08:01

An al-Qaeda front group fighting in Syria has overran the northern town of Azaz near the border with Turkey after fierce clashes with rebels, activists say.

Syria rebels still in Christian town Maalula

2013-09-11 12:02

Syrian rebels are still positioned in a historic Christian town near Damascus, a day after they announced they were ready to withdraw, a security source says.

UN humanitarian chief in Damascus for talks

2013-09-05 10:32

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus for talks with government officials, a UN source told AFP.

Putin softens tone on Syria strikes ahead of G20

2013-09-04 13:01

Russian President Vladimir Putin has softened his stance ahead of the G20 summit, saying Moscow would take "decisive" action if the West proved who used chemical weapons in Syria.

Syria reconstruction would cost $73bn: Report

2013-09-03 14:11

If the war in Syria suddenly stopped and reconstruction began today, around $73bn would be needed to put the country back on track, a study published in Al-Watan newspaper says.

Syria's Assad warns 'regional war' could erupt

2013-09-03 08:01

Bashar Assad has warned that strikes against him could ignite a regional war, while a French intelligence report says forces loyal to the leader carried out a "massive" chemical attack.

110 000 killed in Syria conflict so far

2013-09-01 22:45

More than 110 000 people have died in Syria's conflict, and more than half of those killed were civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Ban deplores Syria 'crime against humanity'

2013-08-23 08:57

The use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute a "crime against humanity", UN chief Ban Ki-moon says, adding there was "no time to lose" in the investigation.

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.


Car bomb attack in Syrian city kills 36

2014-04-29 15:37

A Syrian government official says a car bomb has exploded in a predominantly Alawite district of the central city of Homs, killing 36 people.

UN must block flow of arms to Syria - HRW

2014-04-29 09:08

An international rights group has called for the UN Security Council to block the flow of weapons to the Syria government, which it says is launching attacks with "barrel bombs".

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.

Jihadists 'execute' at least 22 in Syria

2014-03-12 07:19

Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have "executed" at least 22 persons, among them 12 rebels, in the north of the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

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.

US policy on Syria aids terrorism: Moscow

2014-02-21 08:04

Moscow has accused Washington of prolonging the Syrian conflict by supporting the opposition ahead of a UN Security Council vote that threatens to further deepen big power divisions.

Govt retakes Alawite village in central Syria

2014-02-18 13:00

Syrian government forces have seized a village inhabited by a minority Alawite community from Islamist fighters in a central province, state media 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.

US denies Kerry said Syria policy failing

2014-02-04 08:08

The US administration stood by its policy on Syria, denying that Secretary of State John Kerry had called for a change of strategy and the arming of opposition rebels.

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.

Assad forces kill dozens of rebels in Homs

2014-01-10 11:31

Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have killed dozens of rebel fighters who tried to break an army siege of the central city of Homs, state media and a monitoring group say.

Syria releases 61 female prisoners

2013-10-24 11:45

Syrian authorities have released a total of 61 women detainees, an activist group says, the latest in a three-way prisoner exchange deal.

Syria air force strikes rebels near Damascus

2013-10-22 14:59

Government warplanes and helicopters have struck rebels as they struggle to advance near Syria's two main cities, Damascus and Aleppo, a monitoring group says.

Watchdog urges truces so Syria can disarm

2013-10-10 08:00

The world's chemical weapons watchdog has called for temporary truces to meet tight disarmament deadlines in Syria, where fresh bloodshed is a reminder of the mission's difficulties.

Syria progress encouraging: Arms experts

2013-10-04 09:01

International experts preparing to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal say they had made "encouraging" progress and expect to carry out on-site inspections within days.

Iran leader offers to broker Syria talks

2013-09-20 08:02

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has offered to broker talks between the Syrian government and the opposition, as the US called for a binding UN resolution on Syria's chemical arms.

Turkey downs Syrian helicopter at tense border

2013-09-17 09:57

Turkey says it has downed a Syrian military helicopter that violated its airspace, in a move Damascus says is aimed at heightening tensions between the former allies.

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.

Syrian taekwondo champ killed in bombing

2013-09-04 15:48

A taekwondo champion from Syria's national team has been killed and seven other people were injured when a mortar bomb fell on a sports centre in Damascus, the Sana news agency says.

Rebels sabotage gas pipeline in Syria

2013-09-03 15:01

Rebels have sabotaged a gas pipeline in northeast Syria, state news agency Sana says, forcing the closure of a gas plant and affecting around 10% of daily output.

Assad forces capture strategic Syria northern town

2013-09-03 13:10

Syrian forces have seized the strategic northern town of Ariha, an opposition group says, in a move that would open a strategic supply line.

Assad defiant amid US strikes threat

2013-09-02 07:03

Syrian President Bashar Assad remains defiant saying he is ready for any intervention after his US counterpart Barack Obama said he is seeking congressional approval for a military strike.

Suicide bomber kills 6 in Syria restaurant

2013-08-23 14:01

A suicide bombing in a restaurant in Syria's second city Aleppo has killed six people, including a journalist from pro-government television, state media and a monitoring group says.

UN envoy on children in war visits Syria

2013-07-15 14:19

The UN Secretary General's special envoy for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, has arrived in Syria for three days of meetings on the violence in the country.

Alarming conditions in Syria jail: NGO

2013-06-20 19:24

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has denounced the "alarming" health conditions at a prison in Aleppo where more than 100 detainees have died in the past two months.

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