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Al-Qaeda takes major Syrian base

2014-12-15 15:43

The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, has said it has taken control of a base next to the country's main north-south highway.

2nd Frenchman likely on ISIS beheading video

2014-11-19 10:43

France's government spokesperson says it seems that a second man who appears on a beheading video released by ISIS at the weekend is a French citizen.

Obama, Putin meet amid tensions

2014-11-11 16:52

US President Barack Obama has met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin three times on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit, with conversations covering Iran, Syria and Ukraine.

Syria's remaining chemical facilities to be destroyed

2014-11-06 07:25

Work on destroying Syria's last remaining chemical weapons production facilities will begin this month and should be completed next year, the UN Security Council has heard.

ISIS seizes large areas of Syrian town

2014-10-10 09:16

ISIS fighters have seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group says, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces looked on without intervening.

Cameron: Iran can be 'part of solution' in Syria

2014-09-25 10:00

Prime Minister David Cameron says that Iran could be 'part of the solution' in defeating jihadists in Syria after he held landmark talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Syria says US informed it before strikes

2014-09-23 09:28

The Syrian foreign ministry says the US informed Damascus' envoy to the UN before launching airstrikes against the Islamic group in Syria.

Who are the 'terrorists' the world needs to fight?

2014-09-16 12:36

From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight 'terrorism'. What exactly the word means is another matter entirely.

Syria opposition backs US anti-ISIS plan

2014-09-11 12:37

Syria's opposition national coalition has welcomed a US plan to tackle the jihadist Islamic State group, but also urged action against President Bashar Assad's regime.

Israelis worry with Syrian al-Qaeda on doorstep

2014-09-04 16:08
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For the first time in the Syrian civil war, al-Qaeda fighters are near Israel's doorstep, and Israelis who have long considered President Assad their bitter foe are now worried about something more ominous.

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.

UN: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

2014-08-27 16:06

An independent UN commission says that the Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians and that the Islamic State group committed crimes against humanity.

Qatar rejects claims it backs Islamic State

2014-08-24 12:01

The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that "determined, collective action" is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria.

US ship finishes neutralising Syria's chemical arms

2014-08-19 12:35

A specially equipped US ship has finished neutralising all 600 tons of the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons components surrendered to the international community.

US neutralises 60% of toxic Syria chemicals

2014-08-06 20:08

The US has informed the UN Security Council that it has neutralised about 60% of Syria's most toxic chemicals.

Syrian woman stoned to death for 'adultery'

2014-07-18 13:49

Jihadists in the northern Syrian province of Raqa have accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

Syria's Assad to be sworn in for 3rd term

2014-07-16 11:46

President Bashar Assad will be sworn in and set out his plans for a new seven-year term, state media reports, after his victory in an election that has affirmed his grip on power.

Iran ex-president can 'co-operate' with US

2014-07-09 20:04

Tehran could cast aside bitter differences with Washington to "co-operate" on Iraq as the crisis-hit country battles a fierce militant offensive.

Syrian opposition coalition elects new president

2014-07-09 12:27

Syria's Western-backed opposition National Coalition has elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president following a three-day meeting in Istanbul.

Transfer of Syria chemical weapons complete

2014-07-03 08:20

The transfer of Syrian chemical weapons from a Danish container ship to a US vessel has been completed in an Italian port, the Pentagon says.

US seeks $500m to arm select Syrian rebels

2014-06-27 08:08

President Barack Obama is seeking to bolster US efforts to train and arm select members of the Syrian opposition.

Syria becoming 'another Somalia' - UN envoy

2014-06-09 08:02

Former UN envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has warned that the war-torn country is heading toward becoming "another Somalia" ruled by warlords, in an interview published in a German weekly.

Assad declared landslide victor in Syria election

2014-06-05 10:41

President Bashar Assad has secured a landslide victory in a wartime election and has demonstrated his tenacious hold on power after three years of brutal civil war.

Arabs mostly give Obama negative 2014 report card

2014-06-04 14:14

A new poll shows that Arabs believe the Obama administration has little commitment to a Palestinian state and should not intervene militarily in Syria.

Syria voting extended

2014-06-03 18:19

Voting in Syria's presidential vote, being held in regime-held areas, had been extended for five hours.

 

Syria strikes kill 3 on Lebanon border

2014-12-09 20:13

Syrian warplanes have carried out air strikes in a border region of eastern Lebanon, killing three people and injuring two others, Lebanon's official news agency says.

Truce deal one of few ideas left for Syria peace

2014-11-12 11:47

Traction is growing for one of the few ideas left for peace in Syria's civil war: Work out a series of local cease-fires to try to quiet the bloodiest fronts around the country, without tackling the core issues.

Assad ready to study plan to stop Aleppo fighting

2014-11-10 18:26

Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that he was ready to study a UN plan to "freeze" fighting in the northern city of Aleppo, a statement from his office says.

US 'horrified' by reports of attack on Syria displaced camp

2014-10-30 09:29

The US says it is "horrified" by reports the Syrian government dropped barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in the north-western province of Idlib, calling the attack “barbaric”.

Biden calls Saudi Arabia after diplomatic gaffe

2014-10-08 10:26

US Vice President Joe Biden has called Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister and “clarified” his diplomatic gaffe in which he suggested Saudi Arabia and other key allies had financed the ISIS.

Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

2014-09-24 07:00

Syrian President Bashar Assad says he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

Several jihadist suspects held in Kuwait

2014-09-18 12:35

Kuwait has arrested several suspected members of the Islamic State group and is monitoring dozens more under its commitment to the US-led international coalition against the jihadists, media reported Thursday.

Obama Iraq plan 'a good starting point'

2014-09-12 11:37

President Barack Obama’s decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired General David Petraeus says.

Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

2014-09-10 09:16
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President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorise the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces, administration officials say.

In Syria, Islamic State builds a government

2014-09-04 14:47
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In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ultra-hard-line al-Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly every aspect of daily life.

Hollande: Assad cannot be ally against Islamic State

2014-08-28 14:21

President Francois Hollande says that opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should have more Western support, but President Assad could not be an ally against jihadists.

Syria ready to fight 'terror' alongside US

2014-08-26 09:13

Syria says it is ready to work with the US to fight "terrorism" as the UN accused jihadists in Iraq of "ethnic and religious cleansing".

Americans among 12 000 foreign fighters in Syria

2014-08-22 10:43

Some 12,000 foreign jihadists from 50 countries, including Americans, have gone to fight in Syria since the conflict began, the US State Department said Thursday.

Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

2014-08-14 17:44

Syrian government troops has seized control of most of a contested suburb southeast of the capital of Damascus, and are trying to crush the remaining resistance.

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.

Syria's Assad sworn in for 7 more years

2014-07-16 16:12

Syria's President Bashar Assad has been sworn for a new seven-year term, warning Western and Arab governments they will pay dearly.

Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel

2014-07-11 08:34

At least two rockets have been fired from southern Lebanon into Israel, a report and security sources say, adding that it is unclear who fired them.

Britain to destroy extra 50 tons of Syrian arms

2014-07-09 13:32

Britain says it would destroy a further 50 tons of material from Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, taking the total amount it has agreed to process to 200 tons.

UK had plan to train 100 000 Syria rebels - BBC

2014-07-04 08:15

Britain had planned to train and equip a 100 000-strong rebel army to defeat Syrian President Bashar Assad before it was deemed to be too risky, BBC Newsnight reports.

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".

Kerry issues warning after Syria bombs Iraq

2014-06-26 08:42

Syrian warplanes have bombed Sunni militants’ position inside Iraq, military officials say, deepening concerns that the extremist insurgency could morph into an even wider regional conflict.

Syrians wage 'war of tunnels' for Damascus

2014-06-06 08:11

Guided more by what they can hear than see, Syrian troops and rebels are battling in the bowels of Damascus, digging tunnels in a campaign to control the eastern entrance to the capital.

Syria must hand over last chemical arms - UN

2014-06-05 07:49

The head of the mission overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal has urged Damascus to urgently hand over its remaining agents, and pressed countries with influence to intervene.

Amid war and shelling, Syrians vote for president

2014-06-03 19:06

Tens of thousands of Syrians have vote, cheered for Assad in an election decried by the opposition as a sham.

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.

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