Syrian troops capture another village

2016-02-05 18:46

The Syrian military and allied fighters, backed by Russian airstrikes, have pushed ahead with a major offensive in the north of the country, capturing another village and moving a step closer to encircling contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

ISIS numbers go down in Iraq, Syria

2016-02-04 22:32

A US defence official says intelligence assessments show that the number of Islamic State fighters has decreased in Iraq and Syria, but is increasing in Libya

Ban: Situation in Syria close to hell on earth

2016-02-04 19:39

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described the conditions in Syria as hellish, urging the international community to foster political dialogue to end the conflict.

40 000 Syrians flee regime's Aleppo advance

2016-02-04 17:45

Nearly 40 000 Syrian civilians have fled a regime offensive near Aleppo, a monitor says, as Turkey warned it was bracing for a wave of tens of thousands of refugees.

Syria peace talks suspended

2016-02-03 22:39

The UN special envoy for Syria has announced a "temporary pause" of troubled talks in Switzerland aimed at ending the country's brutal civil war.

Syria: Lead opposition negotiator not optimistic

2016-02-03 18:30

The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator in peace talks in Geneva says he is "not optimistic" about strained efforts to end the nearly five-year war ravaging his country.

US: Assad a 'magnet for terrorism' who starves his own people

2016-02-02 21:30

Syrian President Bashar Assad is a brutal dictator who is a "magnet for terrorism" and uses "starvation as an instrument of war”, US Secretary of State John Kerry has charged.

British woman who took toddler to join ISIS jailed

2016-02-01 22:31

A judge has sentenced a British woman and mother to six years in prison for going to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

British woman who took toddler to join ISIS jailed for 6 years

2016-02-01 13:37

A judge has sentenced a British woman to 6 years in prison for going to Syria to join ISIS.

20 000 Syrian refugees stranded on Jordan border

2016-01-31 22:31

The head of the UN refugee agency in Jordan says the number of Syrian refugees stranded on the kingdom's border and waiting for permission to enter has risen to 20 000.


Saudi Arabia ready to join anti-ISIS ground op in Syria

2016-02-05 05:34

Saudi Arabia is ready to join any ground operation the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria might decide on, a senior army official says.

Russia: Turkey 'preparing to invade Syria'

2016-02-04 20:35

Russia's defence ministry has accused Turkey of actively preparing to invade Syria as recriminations flew following a bitter breakdown in peace talks.

Syrian family arrives in Italy in first humanitarian airlift

2016-02-04 18:32

A 7-year-old Syrian girl with cancer has become the first of an estimated 1 000 refugees who are being brought to Italy on humanitarian grounds

US, France accuse Assad of undermining Syria peace talks

2016-02-04 09:37

The US and France have accused President Bashar Assad's regime of undermining talks to end Syria's civil war, which were suspended hours before donors were due to meet to raise aid for the conflict-torn country.

Aid convoy enters regime-besieged Syrian town

2016-02-03 21:34

An aid convoy has entered a regime-besieged town near Syria's capital at a time when the opposition is demanding a lifting of blockades at peace talks in Geneva, the Red Cross says.

Syria aid conference seeks record $9bn for 2016

2016-02-03 14:22

International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organisers of the annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9bn for 2016.

Syria govt says peace talks 'still in preparatory phase'

2016-02-02 16:59

The Syrian government has rejected that indirect peace talks have properly begun, with the head of its delegation describing negotiations as still in a "preparatory phase" and calling the opposition "not serious".

Syrian peace talks officially start: UN envoy

2016-02-01 21:57

The UN special envoy for Syria says talks on ending the civil war have now officially started, following his first formal meeting with the main opposition umbrella group in Geneva.

Dozens killed by bombs in Syria, clouding UN peace session

2016-02-01 09:25

A triple bombing has killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shi'ite suburb south of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Kerry: Seize the moment at Syria talks

2016-01-31 18:22

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Syria's opposition and regime to play a full role in peace talks, while accusing Bashar Assad's forces of starving civilians.

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