ARTICLES RELATING TO SYRIA


NGO: Jihadists make fresh Syria advance

2014-07-27 19:44

The extremist Islamic State (IS) has seized an army position in the northeast Syrian city of Hasakeh, amid a major escalation in the jihadist offensive against regime bases.

Jihadists behead Syrian soldiers

2014-07-26 22:39

Islamic State fighters have seized a Syrian army base in the northern province of Raqa, killing scores of troops and beheading some of them, a monitoring group says.

Terror threat against Norway

2014-07-24 13:04

Norway's intelligence service says it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

Syria says hopes new peace mediator will be fair

2014-07-23 17:01

Syria urged a newly appointed international mediator to be "objective and honest" as he seeks an end to the country's civil war.

Syria fly-over sparks criticism of Malaysia Airlines

2014-07-22 08:35

Embattled Malaysia Airlines faces fresh outrage as it confirmed one of its planes flew over war-torn Syria, just days after the MH17 disaster laid bare the risks civilian aircraft face in flying over war zones.

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.

Jihadists seize Syria gas field near Palmyra

2014-07-17 21:38

Jihadists have seized a gas field in the desert region of Palmyra, in central Syria, a monitoring group and the governor of Homs said.

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.

Children swim in bomb craters in Aleppo

2014-07-15 21:15

In Syria's second city Aleppo, craters blasted by regime air raids on opposition-held areas have been transformed into improvised swimming pools for children to cool off in summer.

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.

Syria war toll tops 170 000, one-third civilians

2014-07-10 20:23

The death toll in Syria's three-year war has eclipsed 170 000 people, one-third of them civilians, a monitoring group says.

Staffan de Mistura the new Syria envoy - diplomats

2014-07-10 11:29

Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats say.

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.

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.

Undercover stings can help combat Syrian threat

2014-07-08 20:42

US Attorney General Eric Holder urged countries to do more to keep their own citizens from travelling to Syria to fight.

Jihadists control all main Syria oil fields - NGO

2014-07-04 20:06

The jihadist Islamic State now fully controls all of Syria's main oil and gas fields, which are located in Deir Ezzor province next to Iraq, a monitoring group says.

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.

Final push in 'historic' Iran nuclear talks

2014-07-03 16:31

Iran nuclear talks have entered the decisive endgame with a final round of negotiations which could go right down to a 20 July deadline for a deal.

Growing concern about Islamist militancy

2014-07-03 05:00

Large majorities in Muslim countries are increasingly worried about Islamist militancy and oppose its best-known groups, such as al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Hamas.

Chechen in Syria a rising star in extremist group

2014-07-02 12:28

A young, red-bearded ethnic Chechen has rapidly become one of the most prominent commanders in the breakaway al-Qaeda group that has overrun swaths of Iraq and Syria.

ISIL captures Syrian border town

2014-07-01 20:59

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has captured a key Syrian town near the Iraq border from other rebels and advanced toward a stronghold of its main rivals.

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".

Sectarian genie out of the bottle from Syria to Iraq

2014-06-29 17:14

As jihadists storm through the Sunni heartlands of Iraq towards Baghdad, they have lifted the veil on deep sectarianism which has also stoked the fires of Syria's civil war.

Russian envoy sees prospect of terrorist state

2014-06-27 12:31

Russia's UN ambassador says there is a real prospect of a terrorist state springing up from Syria's second-largest city Aleppo to Iraq's capital Baghdad

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.

 

Video shows smiling US bomber in Syria

2014-07-26 22:39

An al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war.

Jordan shoots down aerial target near Syria

2014-07-25 20:06

Jordan has shot down an 'aerial target' near its Syrian border as an Islamic group battles in the province.

EU freezes assets over oil to Syria

2014-07-23 17:32

The EU has frozen the assets of two oil- trading firms accused of organising covert shipments of oil to Syria.

Jihadists organise tours in their 'caliphate'

2014-07-23 09:00

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate".

UN delivers first aid to besieged Syrian town since 2012

2014-07-18 19:52

The UN has delivered life-saving aid to thousands of people in the besieged Syrian town of Mouadamiya for the first time since early 2012, humanitarian agencies say.

Jihadists kill 90 in Syria gas field takeover

2014-07-18 12:48

Jihadists have killed at least 90 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group says.

Morocco warns of terror plot from Syria, Iraq

2014-07-17 07:41

Morocco's interior minister says that Moroccan extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria are plotting terror attacks on prominent figures and sites back home.

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.

Security Council authorises Syria aid convoys

2014-07-14 21:53

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution authorising humanitarian convoys to assist more than one million Syrian civilians in rebel-held areas.

De Mistura to be new Syria mediator

2014-07-11 05:00

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed veteran UN official Staffan de Mistura as international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war.

Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds

2014-07-10 18:26

Islamic militants using weapons they seized in Iraq have intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control.

UK police fear missing twins are in Syria

2014-07-10 05:00

British counterterrorism officers say they believe that two missing 16-year-old twin sisters who disappeared from their home in Manchester have travelled to Syria.

Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

2014-07-09 18:39

The Israeli army has intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 8 people on the second day of a military operation.

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.

US begins destroying Syrian chemicals at sea

2014-07-07 20:26

A US naval crew has begun work to "neutralise" Syria's chemical weapons on a vessel in the Mediterranean, an unprecedented operation expected to take about two months.

FBI tried to stop US woman jihadist

2014-07-04 17:36

The FBI arrested a 19-year-old Denver-area woman who aimed to go to Syria for jihad after failing to dissuade her.

Al-Qaeda leaves east Syria strongholds

2014-07-03 16:58

Fighters from al-Qaeda's Nusra Front have withdrawn from two towns in eastern Syria leaving most of the border province of Deir al-Zor under the control of advancing forces of the Islamic State.

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.

Syria weapons moved onto US ship for destruction

2014-07-02 16:45

Cargo containers carrying hundreds of tonnes of Syrian chemical weapons were loaded onto a US cargo ship for destruction at sea.

Militant urges all Muslims to build Islamic state

2014-07-02 08:38

The leader of the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria has called on Muslims around the world to flock to territories under his control to fight and build an Islamic state.

IS must free Kurdish schoolboys held in Syria - HRW

2014-07-01 12:33

Jihadists from the Islamic State must free some 133 Kurdish schoolboys kidnapped in Syria a month ago, Human Rights Watch says.

Syria activists: 7 000 killed in rebel infighting

2014-06-29 19:10

Up to 7 000 people, mostly rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad, have been killed in infighting among rival Islamic groups in Syria, an activist group says.

ISIL 'crucifies' 8 rebels in Syria

2014-06-29 14:35

A jihadist group in Syria has publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the jihadists, according to a monitor.

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.

Al-Qaeda merges with ISIL at Iraq border

2014-06-25 16:23

Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot has made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a key town on the Iraqi border.

 
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