Israeli aircraft strike Syrian army positions

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Israeli aircraft have struck two Syrian army positions, the army says, in retaliation for rockets launched at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights a day earlier.

Battle not over in Syria's Kobane - US

2015-01-27 12:48

The US says the battle for control of the Syrian town of Kobane is continuing, despite claims by Kurdish leaders that their forces have recaptured the area from Islamic State jihadists.

Assad dismisses US plans to train rebels

2015-01-26 14:16

President Bashar Assad says the US's plans to train vetted rebels to fight ISIS is 'illusory' as they would eventually defect to the jihadists, in an interview.

Japan rules out strike on ISIS

2015-01-23 11:39

Japan considered whether it had the legal basis for a military strike on ISIS and concluded it didn’t, as officials scrambled to seek the release of two Japanese captured in Syria, according to a document.

Japanese mother pleads as hostage deadline looms

2015-01-23 08:05

The mother of one of the Japanese men being held by Islamist militants has urged the Tokyo government to pay the jihadists' ransom and pleaded that her son's life be spared.

5 killed in central Syrian car bomb

2015-01-21 16:57

A car bomb has exploded in a commercial area in the central city of Homs, killing at least five people and wounding 30.

Video: ISIS threatens to kill Japan hostages

2015-01-20 12:08

An online video purports to show the ISIS group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless it is paid a $200m ransom in 72 hours.

McCain urges ground forces to combat ISIS

2015-01-19 21:43

US Senator John McCain has urged the deployment of international ground forces to combat jihadists in Syria and Iraq, as he toured the Middle East with a Senate delegation.

S Korean cops find ISIS images on missing teen's computer

2015-01-19 13:41

A South Korean teenager who went missing in Turkey near the Syrian border had images of what appeared to be ISIS militants on his home computer, police say.

Turkey says no-fly zone needed

2015-01-16 22:30

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says the Syrian city of Aleppo must be protected from bombardment by President Bashar Assad's forces.

US to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

2015-01-16 10:17

The US military is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to help train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS, along with hundreds of US support personnel, a Pentagon spokesperson says.

Europol: 5 000 EU fighters in Syria pose risk

2015-01-13 22:48

The head of Europol has said that the continent was facing its greatest security threat in more than a decade, with as many as 5 000 Europeans who have joined fighting in Syria.

Official: ISIS battle in Iraq kills 30 Kurds

2015-01-11 16:39

Islamic State group fighters attempting to retake a town in northern Iraq held by Kurdish peshmerga forces have killed at least 30 Kurds, an Iraqi military spokesperson says.

US-led air strikes focus on Kobani

2015-01-10 16:55

American-led forces have launched 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria - all but one of them near the contested city of Kobani.

Heavy snowfall, winter storm hits Middle East

2015-01-07 16:18

A powerful winter storm together with heavy snow is lashing the Middle East, killing at least 2 in Lebanon.

ISIS 'police' official beheaded

2015-01-06 14:03

A senior figure in ISIS’s self-declared police force in Syria which has carried out beheadings, has himself been found decapitated in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor.

Migrant smugglers wore hoods

2015-01-03 22:17

Syrian migrants have told Italian police smugglers hid their faces before abandoning the helm of the cargo ship.

76 000 killed in Syria war in 2014, deadliest year yet

2015-01-01 20:01

More than 76 000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict in 2014, including thousands of children, making it the deadliest year yet in the war.


Japan PM: New ISIS video is despicable

2015-01-28 07:31

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a new video appearing to show Japanese journalist Kenji Goto is 'despicable', saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

Kurds expel ISIS from Syria's Kobane

2015-01-26 19:29

Kurdish fighters have expelled Islamic State group militants from inside the Syrian border town of Kobane, a monitor says, dealing a key blow to the jihadists' ambitions.

ISIS confirms execution of Japanese hostage

2015-01-25 22:31

The Islamic State group has confirmed that its militants have executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese it has been holding hostage.

US, Iraq preparing for assault to recapture Mosul

2015-01-23 10:42

The US and Iraq have started preparing for an offensive by summer to recapture the Iraq city of Mosul, which was taken by ISIS militants last June, a report says.

Clock ticking for Japanese hostages

2015-01-22 13:56

The clock is ticking towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a $200m ransom.

EU upholds sanctions against Assad’s uncle

2015-01-21 15:51

An EU court has upheld sanctions against the uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, dismissing his appeal against the measures.

UN saw drones over Syria

2015-01-20 06:14

UN peacekeepers stationed in the Golan Heights along the Syrian-Israeli border have observed drones coming from the Israeli side before and after an airstrike.

Islamist threat 'evolving, more dangerous'

2015-01-19 14:55

European security officials are scrambling to meet a changing and more complex threat from jihadists – made clear in the deadly Paris attacks.

Six Hezbollah fighters die in Israeli strike

2015-01-18 21:19

Six Hezbollah fighters have been killed in an Israeli air strike on the Syrian side of the Golan, including the son of assassinated senior commander Imad Mughniyeh.

ISIS kills 17 in hit-and-run attacks in Syria

2015-01-16 13:02

ISIS has beheaded or shot 17 men in Syria in the past two days as it faces increasing attacks from unidentified gunmen in areas it controls.

Syrian rebels, government reach truce

2015-01-15 17:42

Activists say Syrian rebels and local government officials have agreed to a truce in the last opposition-held area of the central city of Homs.

1 400 have left France to join terrorists

2015-01-12 16:19

Approximately 1 400 people living in France have either joined the jihadist cause in Syria and Iraq or are planning to do so, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says.

Paris attack suspect left last week

2015-01-11 09:04

A woman hunted by French police as a suspect in the attacks on a satirical paper and Jewish supermarket in Paris left France several day before the killings.

Islamist militants blow up Muslim tomb in Syria

2015-01-08 13:24

Nusra Front Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda have blown up the 13th century tomb of a revered Islamic scholar in southern Syria, according to reports.

Chlorine gas used in Syrian villages – inspectors

2015-01-07 14:50

Chemical weapons investigators have concluded "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas was used as a weapon against three opposition-controlled villages in Syria last year, a report says.

Lebanon puts new controls at Syria border

2015-01-06 05:00

Lebanon is enforcing new immigration controls at the Syrian border in a move to gain control of the steady stream of refugees.

19 killed in rebel fire on Syria's Aleppo

2015-01-02 22:30

At least 19 people have been killed overnight by Syrian rebel fire on government-controlled parts of the northern city of Aleppo.

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