Britain raises terrorism threat level

2014-08-29 16:02

Britain has raised its terrorism threat level to severe, the second highest level, in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq.

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.

Islamic State executes more than 160 Syria troops

2014-08-28 21:04

Islamic State fighters have executed more than 160 Syrian soldiers it captured during its storming of a key northern air base, a monitoring group says.

UN: 43 Golan Heights peacekeepers seized

2014-08-28 18:09

A group of 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army, the UN says.

Another US citizen fighting in Syria may be dead

2014-08-28 16:09

The US is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.

Mother of US journalist in Syria begs for his life

2014-08-28 11:10

The mother of a hostage American journalist has pleaded for his release in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings.

Released US hostage overwhelmed by welcome home

2014-08-27 19:07

An American writer released after nearly two years of captivity in Syria has said that he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home.

IS executes soldiers, takes hostages in Syria

2014-08-27 17:13

Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend.

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.

American fighting for IS killed in Syria

2014-08-27 12:45

An American fighting for the Islamic State has been killed in Syria, US officials say on, underlining growing concerns about Westerners signing up for extremist groups in the Middle East.

Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US

2014-08-27 10:36

Journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the US, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family says.

IS reshapes war politics, US at 'tipping point'

2014-08-26 12:39

Signs that the United States may strike Islamic State militants in their Syrian stronghold reveals a shift in the politics of foreign war in Washington, after the trauma of the post-Iraq era.

Syria 'ready to co-operate' over jihadists

2014-08-25 21:54

The UN has accused jihadists in Iraq of waging a campaign of "ethnic and religious cleansing", as Syria says it is ready to work with the global community against 'terrorism'.

Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

2014-08-25 10:31

General Martin Dempsey says that once he determines that the Islamic State in Iraq have become a direct threat to the US, he will recommend the US move directly against the group in Syria.

IS fighters seize Syrian air base

2014-08-24 17:31

Islamic State militants have stormed an air base in northeast Syria, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location.

UN rights chief slams Syria 'paralysis'

2014-08-22 22:38

More than 191 000 people have died in Syria, UN rights chief Navi Pillay says, hitting out at "international paralysis" on the nearly three-and-a half year conflict.

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.

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

2014-08-21 12:08

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer to try and rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, but they didn’t find them.

Mother of slain journalist 'never prouder' of son

2014-08-20 17:44

The mother of American journalist James Foley, apparently executed by Islamic jihadists, has paid tribute to her son who she says had died trying to expose the suffering of the Syrian people.

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.

Japanese man captured in Syria

2014-08-18 08:10

Japan is looking into reports that a Japanese man has been captured by Islamist militants in Syria, but is not aware of any statement claiming responsibility or making a ransom demand.

Clinton's break with Obama on Syria - what's next?

2014-08-16 09:37

Hillary Clinton’s split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organising principle" is not likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two.

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.

EU seeks to stop Islamic Syrian oil sales

2014-08-14 08:59

The European Union is looking into how it could tighten sanctions to stop Islamic State militants from selling oil from fields they have overrun in Syria.


UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

2014-08-29 12:45

The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year alone.

IS 'waterboarded' Syria captives

2014-08-29 07:43

At least four Western hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria, including murdered American journalist James Foley, had been waterboarded in the early part of their captivity.

Lebanese army, gunmen clash at Syrian border

2014-08-28 21:04

Gunmen have killed at least one Lebanese soldier when they attacked an army post at the border with Syria near a town seized by Islamist insurgents, a security source says.

Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel

2014-08-28 17:24

Syrian jets have shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year.

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.

Israel closes Golan area

2014-08-27 21:16

Israel has closed off the area around Quneitra on the occupied Golan Heights after an officer was wounded by stray fire as Syrian rebels seized control of the crossing.

Islamic State commits war crimes says UN

2014-08-27 19:07

The United Nations has accused Islamic State insurgents of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the presence of children.

Women head to Middle East for sexual jihad

2014-08-27 16:06

At least three Sunni Muslim women from Malaysia have travelled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State militants, a report says.

Stray fire from Syrian Golan hurts Israeli officer

2014-08-27 14:46

An Israeli army officer was moderately injured on Wednesday by stray fire from fighting on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights plateau, a military spokeswoman said.

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.

US woman held hostage by IS in Syria

2014-08-27 05:56

The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative says.

American hostage released excited to be free

2014-08-26 19:31

The mother of an American writer released this week says her son is doing well after being held captive for the last two years by insurgents in Syria.

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".

Islamic State accused of mass killings

2014-08-25 21:14

The United Nations has condemned appalling, widespread crimes by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners.

US researcher kidnapped in Syria in 2012, freed

2014-08-24 21:39

A young American been held hostage for two years by an Islamic rebel group in Syria, has been released to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights.

German kidnapped by IS released in Syria

2014-08-24 14:18

A 27-year-old German kidnapped in Syria by militants from the Islamic State around a year ago has been released, according to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

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.

Ex MI6 boss: Foley killer will be caught

2014-08-21 14:51

The suspected British killer of US journalist James Foley will be found and brought to justice "sooner or later", Britain's former anti-terrorism chief says.

Extremists 'told family Foley would be killed'

2014-08-21 08:01

Jihadists told the family of American journalist James Foley this month that he would be executed, one of the media outlets he worked for says, after he was beheaded.

Executed US reporter was with Anton Hammerl in Libya

2014-08-20 16:01

US journalist James Foley, who was apparently beheaded by Islamic State militants, was with SA photographer Anton Hammerl when he was killed in Libya in 2011, and said he'll "regret that day for the rest of my life".

US bars all American airlines from flying over Syria

2014-08-19 08:40

The US Federal Aviation Administration has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a "serious potential threat".

Australia to take refugees from Syria, Iraq

2014-08-17 14:18

Australia will offer to resettle some 4 400 people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says, adding the places had been freed up by success in stopping asylum-seeker boats.

Morocco dismantles recruitment cell for Iraq

2014-08-14 16:15

Moroccan police say they have dismantled a nine-person cell recruiting volunteers to fight with the radical Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Kosovo arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria

2014-08-11 16:00

Kosovo police have arrested 40 men on suspicion of having fought with Islamist insurgents in Syria and Iraq, a crackdown aimed at deterring recruitment of volunteer fighters.

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