Syria activists mourn 'death' of revolution

2014-11-28 14:09

With regime troops and jihadists battling for control of Syria, sidelined activists who led a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 say their revolution has died along with their dreams of freedom.

Nato: Syria no-fly zone not being considered

2014-11-26 21:28

Nato is not considering establishing a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria, something Turkey has been calling for to alleviate security and humanitarian pressures on its borders.

NGO: ISIS stones 2 gay men to death in Syria

2014-11-25 20:33

The Islamic State group has stoned two men to death in Syria after claiming they were gay, in the jihadist organisation's first executions for alleged homosexuality.

ISIS recruits, exploits children

2014-11-24 05:00

Across the vast region in Iraq and Syria under ISIS control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable.

Intelligence not aware of ISIS SA recruitment

2014-11-23 12:00

The state security department says while it is not aware of South Africans being recruited for ISIS, it continues to monitor issues of terrorism.

Up to 300 Swedes fighting with ISIS

2014-11-22 22:06

As many as 300 Swedes could have joined the Islamic State insurgency, whose brutal tactics in Iraq and Syria have shocked the world, Sweden's intelligence chief says.

Dutch woman, rescued from ISIS, arrested

2014-11-22 08:25

A blonde, blue-eyed Dutch 19-year-old who was rescued by her mother after marrying an Islamic State fighter in Syria, has been ordered to be detained pending possible terror charges.

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.

British man thinks his son is ISIS jihadist

2014-11-17 16:29

British father Ahmed Muthaha says he believes his son, a medical student, is among the ISIS jihadists filmed beheading soldiers.

Producer of fake Syrian hero boy video apologises

2014-11-16 18:26

The producer of a viral video showing a Syrian boy rescuing a girl under gunfire has apologised after the revelation it was fake drew fierce criticism.

Fleeing Syrians face 'new level of hopelessness'

2014-11-13 11:39

A new report says the plight of people fleeing Syria's civil war has reached 'a new level of hopelessness' as overstretched neighbours make it more difficult to escape.

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.

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.

Pentagon can't confirm fate of ISIS leader

2014-11-10 22:39

The US military can not confirm reports that the Islamic State group leader may have been struck in an airstrike, but an official suggested that lower-level figures may have been hit.

Egyptian militant group pledges loyalty to ISIS

2014-11-10 08:35

Egypt's most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot which has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, according to an audio clip.

More than 1 000 killed in battle for Kobane

2014-11-09 18:33

More than 1 000 people, mostly jihadists, have been killed in Kobane since the Islamic State group launched an offensive on the Syrian town two months ago, a monitor says.

Corruption in Iraq's army helps ISIS: Cleric

2014-11-07 15:59

Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric says that corruption in the armed forces had enabled ISIS to seize much of northern Iraq, criticism that will pressure the government to enact reforms.

Obama wants $3.2bn for air war on ISIS

2014-11-07 07:49

President Barack Obama will ask lawmakers for an additional $3.2bn to pay for the war against ISIS, including funds to train and arm Baghdad government forces.

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.

German ISIS rapper seen in beheading video

2014-11-05 11:12

The German rapper Denis Cuspert, also known as Deso Dogg, has been identified in an ISIS video purportedly showing a beheading that was released by an activist group.

GCHQ: Facebook, Twitter networks of choice for terrorists

2014-11-04 16:35

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are the "command-and-control networks of choice" for the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, the head of GCHQ says.

Nearly 2 000 dead in Syria jails this year

2014-11-03 05:00

Nearly 2 000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say.

Kurdish peshmerga head to Kobani

2014-10-31 22:20

A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces in Turkey have headed towards the Syrian border where they were expected to help push back Islamic State insurgents.


Ship with 700 migrants safely in Greece

2014-11-27 14:01

More than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, have begun disembarking on the Greek island of Crete after a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship.

ISIS most brutal threat ever to region, says Merkel

2014-11-26 15:34

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria are one of the greatest ever threats to the region.

Hundreds attend memorial for US aid worker

2014-11-24 08:54

An American aid worker behead by Islamic State militants in Syria has been praised for his humanitarian work during a memorial service attended by hundreds.

Memorial for Briton beheaded by ISIS extremists

2014-11-23 12:00

A memorial service has been held for British aid volunteer Alan Henning, who was beheaded by Islamic State jihadists in Syria.

ISIS recruiting in SA - report

2014-11-23 08:01

An estimated 140 South Africans have reportedly joined the Islamic State insurgency to fight in Iraq and Syria, with at least three already killed in action, according to a report.

Family pays tribute to slain hostage Alan Henning

2014-11-22 20:21

The family of slain hostage Alan Henning has paid tribute to his life, gathering for a private memorial service.

US concerned over reports of ISIS extremists in Libya

2014-11-20 08:10

The US says it is 'concerned' about reports that radical extremists with avowed ties to the ISIS are destabilising eastern Libya.

Iraqi Kurds: West not providing enough arms to defeat ISIS

2014-11-19 14:17

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, has accused Western countries of not providing enough heavy weapons to help his 'peshmerga' forces deliver a "decisive blow" against ISIS militants.

Jordan queen says anti-ISIS fight key to saving Islam

2014-11-18 15:38

Jordan's Queen Rania has urged support for US-led air strikes against ISIS, saying the future of the Middle East and Islam was at stake.

Obama condemns ISIS beheading as pure evil

2014-11-16 23:02

US President Barack Obama has condemned the Islamic State group's beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig as "pure evil", after ISIS released a video showing his body.

ISIS claims it beheaded US aid worker

2014-11-16 12:01

Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria claim they in a video posted online that they had beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig.

Obama seeks human rights waiver on war funds

2014-11-14 08:47

The Obama administration has repeatedly asked congress to exempt its military effort against ISIS from a longstanding ban on US assistance to torturers and war criminals.

800+ killed in US strikes on Syria

2014-11-12 17:14

At least 865 people have been killed since a US-led coalition launched an air campaign against jihadist groups in Syria in September, a monitoring group says.

US war against ISIS steadily escalates

2014-11-12 11:47

US military action against ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria began on a small scale three months ago but has steadily expanded in size and scope, raising stakes for Washington, experts say.

Merkel aide rules out working with Assad

2014-11-11 16:52

Syrian President Bashar Assad is to blame for the civil war engulfing his country and the West should not talk to him just because ISIS is “even worse”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's foreign policy adviser says.

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.

Syrian Kurds give women equal rights, snubbing ISIS

2014-11-09 22:05

The local government in a majority Kurdish area of Syria has passed a decree granting women equal rights in what a monitoring group called "an affront" to discriminatory jihadist moves.

Friends of US aid worker call on ISIS to free him

2014-11-08 22:34

Several Syrian friends of an American aid worker who is held by the ISIS group and threatened of being beheaded have called for his release, saying he converted to Islam and is helping Syrians.

Obama writes rare letter to Iran's supreme leader

2014-11-07 09:24

In a rare outreach to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in Syria and Iraq.

Obama to ask Congress to approve force against ISIS

2014-11-06 07:25

President Barack Obama says he wants to work with Congress on a new authorisation to use military force against the ISIS group.

Mortar fire on Syria school kills 13 children

2014-11-05 21:07

Mortar rounds hit a school in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital, killing at least 13 children.

France urges anti-ISIS coalition to help Aleppo rebels

2014-11-05 06:14

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has called for the US-led coalition against the ISIS group to help rebels in Syria's second city Aleppo hold out against the Damascus regime.

Jihadists free 93 Syrian Kurdish hostages

2014-11-04 11:55

The ISIS jihadist group has released at least 93 Syrian Kurds from the flashpoint town of Kobane who were kidnapped in February, a monitor says.

Kurdish peshmerga in Kobani

2014-11-01 18:16

Iraqi Kurdish forces have arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attacks by ISIS.

UN warns of 'unprecedented' number of foreign jihadists

2014-10-31 14:41

Jihadists from more than 80 countries have flocked to fight in Iraq and Syria on an "unprecedented scale", according to extracts of a UN report.

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