Syria army in retreat

2015-05-29 21:15

Syrian troops have retreated a day after insurgents overran the last government-held city in the key northwestern province of Idlib.

UN aid chief makes final appeal to end Syria's despair

2015-05-29 12:04

Outgoing UN aid chief Valerie Amos has made a final appeal to world powers to take action to end Syria's four-year war, saying it had brought more despair than ever thought possible.

Watchdog says 90% of declared chemical weapons destroyed

2015-05-28 18:54

The chemical weapons watchdog has hailed a milestone in its mission to rid the world of poison gas and nerve agents, saying 90% of stocks declared has now been destroyed.

Rand Paul blames Republican hawks for rise of ISIS

2015-05-28 11:08

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is blaming his own party for the rise of the Islamic State group.

Kids who break terrorism laws will face prosecution - Abbott

2015-05-27 11:43

An Australian boy who was photographed holding the several head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the PM to warn that children as well as adults who break terrorism laws face prosecution.

Boy faces terrorism charges in 'Playstation' case

2015-05-26 13:41

A 14-year-old Austrian boy will face charges of preparing to join militants in Syria and researching how to build a bomb after downloading plans onto his Playstation games console.

Hezbollah urges backing for fight against ISIS

2015-05-24 21:02

The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement has urged broad support for his group's fight in Syria, saying it was engaged in an existential battle against the Islamic State group.

ISIS seizes Iraq-Syria border post, consolidating 'caliphate'

2015-05-22 15:26

The Islamic State group has kept up a counteroffensive that has rocked US strategy, seizing a key border crossing after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a renowned Syrian heritage site.

Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army-monitor

2015-05-22 12:47

Insurgents including the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front seized a hospital from government forces which they had besieged since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

EU fears war crimes after Syria's Palmyra falls to ISIS

2015-05-21 18:48

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has warned of potential war crimes in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra after ISIS fighters seized the ancient Syrian city.


Turkey accused of sending arms to Syrian rebels

2015-05-29 13:24

Images and video footage allegedly showing trucks belonging to Turkey's state intelligence service carrying weapons en route to jihadist rebels in Syria have been published in a Turkish daily.

Syria rebels storm city, take province

2015-05-28 21:17

A rebel coalition led by al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate has edged into the last remaining government-held city in the northwest province of Idlib.

Syria's al-Qaeda chief says no plans to attack West

2015-05-28 13:03

The leader of al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria says they have no plans to attack the West and denies that the so-called Khorasan group exists.

ISIS kills 20 in Palmyra amphitheatre - monitor

2015-05-27 18:23

Islamic State militants have shot dead around 20 men in an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of Palmyra, accusing them of being government supporters.

Syrian army raid kills 140 ISIS fighters

2015-05-26 19:14

The Syrian air force has killed at least 140 members of Islamic State in an air raid on a military base held by the group in the north of the country, state news agency SANA says.

ISIS executes 200+ in ancient Syrian city - monitor

2015-05-25 05:54

The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the last nine days, a monitor group says.

ISIS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border

2015-05-23 11:22

The Islamic State group has consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital.

Newspaper sting stops teen from traveling to Syria

2015-05-22 13:13

A newspaper sting has prevented a 16-year-old girl from traveling to Syria to become a jihadi bride.

ISIS executes 17 people in Syria's Palmyra

2015-05-21 22:10

Fighters from the Islamic State group have executed at least 17 people, including civilians, after the jihadists seized Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor says.

Lonely man finds home in Islam, then ISIS

2015-05-21 07:00

Before he left New Zealand, Mark Taylor spoke with a local television network. "I've been lonely all my life," he said. "Been rejected by people. Used by people. Abused by people." He said that by converting to Islam, he felt he'd become part of a community.

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