ARTICLES RELATING TO SYRIA CONFLICT

Malaysia arrest ISIS recruiters

2014-10-16 13:19

ISIS main recruiters in Malaysia, who funded trips to Syria for converts are among the 14 suspected militants arrested earlier this week, Malaysian authorities say.

Iraq pulls troops from ISIS-held western city

2014-10-13 16:55

Iraqi government troops stationed on the edge of Heet in beleaguered Anbar province have withdrawn to another base, leaving the city under full jihadist control, security sources say.

ISIS pushing for control of Syria town

2014-10-09 19:29

Islamic State group jihadists are in control of more than one-third of the Syrian border town of Kobane after fierce fighting that left dozens dead.

Another US teen arrested trying to join ISIS

2014-10-07 09:56
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A 19-year-old American has left a letter expressing disgust with Western society for his parents before trying to board a plane in Chicago, the first step in his plan to sneak into Syria to join ISIS.

Kurdish woman suicide bomber attacks ISIS in Syria

2014-10-06 00:21

A female Kurdish fighter has carried out a suicide bomb attack against jihadists from the Islamic State group outside the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane.

Australia authorises special forces to Iraq

2014-10-03 13:36

Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says, and its aircraft will also join US-led strikes.

ISIS holds out after week of Syria air strikes

2014-09-30 17:44

The Islamic State group is holding out in Syria after a week of being pounded by US-led air strikes, benefiting from its tactical flexibility, experts have said.

Air strikes intensify against ISIS in Syria

2014-09-29 08:44

US-led coalition warplanes have pounded the oil sites that fund the Islamic State fighters in Syria, as air strikes intensify against the jihadist group.

FBI: 12 US citizens fighting in Syria, not 100

2014-09-26 10:44

The US believes there are about 12 Americans fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria, not more than 100, that has been cited for months.

ISIS offensive poses problems for Turkey

2014-09-23 07:54

Fierce fighting between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria has brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees.

130 000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing IS

2014-09-22 14:49

The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130 000, Turkey's deputy prime minister says.

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

2014-09-19 14:03

Legislation requested by President Obama authorising the military to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting Islamic militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.

Syrian air force attacks ISIS-held northern town

2014-09-18 16:58

Activists say Syrian government helicopter gunships have attacked a northern town held by Muslim militants, killings at least a dozen people and wounding dozens more.

Nearly 3 million Syrian children not in school

2014-09-18 14:30

Nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the war raging in their country, an international charity group says.

Who are the 'terrorists' the world needs to fight?

2014-09-16 12:36

From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight 'terrorism'. What exactly the word means is another matter entirely.

Lebanon arrests 'prankster' for threatening to behead kids

2014-09-13 16:15

Lebanese police have arrested a man who staged a sick prank by filming himself threatening to behead three Syrian refugee children left in his care, a security official says.

Syria opposition backs US anti-ISIS plan

2014-09-11 12:37

Syria's opposition national coalition has welcomed a US plan to tackle the jihadist Islamic State group, but also urged action against President Bashar Assad's regime.

Austria stops schoolgirls going to Syria

2014-09-10 15:57

Austrian police have prevented two schoolgirls aged 14 and 15 from travelling to Syria, officials say they wanted to join Islamist guerrillas.

Attack on meeting kills 28 Syria rebel leaders

2014-09-09 22:35

An attack on a meeting of a Syrian rebel chiefs in the north of the war-ravaged country has killed at least 28 leaders from one group.

Expert: Over 12 000 foreign fighters in Syria

2014-09-09 08:37

A leading expert on terrorism says over 12 000 foreigners from 74 countries have gone to fight in Syria, 60-70% from other Middle Eastern countries and about 20-25% from Western nations.

Syrian strikes on Islamic State stronghold kill 13

2014-09-06 13:45

Activists say Syrian airstrikes targeting a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group have killed at least 13 civilians.

US: Extremists could get Syria’s chemical weapons

2014-09-05 10:02

The United States has expressed concern that undeclared Syrian chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Islamic extremists.

Israelis worry with Syrian al-Qaeda on doorstep

2014-09-04 16:08
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For the first time in the Syrian civil war, al-Qaeda fighters are near Israel's doorstep, and Israelis who have long considered President Assad their bitter foe are now worried about something more ominous.

'Extreme force' justified against ISIS - Australia PM

2014-09-02 11:28

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says "extreme force" is justified in battling Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called the extremists' reign of terror "totally unacceptable".

Britain may bar Islamist fighters from returning

2014-09-01 09:49

Britain could temporarily ban British Islamists who go to fight for militants in Iraq and Syria from returning home, the BBC reports.

 

Sister of UK ISIS hostage urges talks to resume

2014-10-14 11:39

The sister of a UK man held hostage by ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria has urged his captors to resume contact, saying that all communication with those holding him had ceased.

Syria regime bombing kills 21, including 8 kids

2014-10-10 21:00

Syrian regime bombardment and air strikes has killed at least 21 civilians, eight of them children, in the south and northeast of the country.

Japanese Muslim quizzed over plan to join ISIS

2014-10-07 18:04

Police are questioning a 26-year-old Japanese Muslim on suspicion of trying to join ISIS in Syria, media reports and the top government spokesperson says.

Photos released of ISIS-held aid worker

2014-10-06 10:36

The parents of an US aid worker held hostage by ISIS militants have released photos of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die.

Kurdish woman suicide bomber attacks ISIS in Syria

2014-10-05 22:11

A female Kurdish fighter has carried out a suicide bomb attack against jihadists from the Islamic State group outside the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane.

18 dead in twin car bombs in Syria's Homs

2014-10-01 14:29

At least 18 people have been killed, including children, and 40 wounded in a double car bomb attack near a school and hospital in Syria’s Homs city, a report says.

Israel police arrest suspected ISIS supporter

2014-09-29 22:25

Israeli police have said they detained on Monday an Arab Israeli suspected of supporting the Islamic State group.

Obama: US intel underestimated ISIS

2014-09-28 18:50

US intelligence agencies underestimated ISIS activity inside Syria, which has become "ground zero" for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama says.

Cameron: Iran can be 'part of solution' in Syria

2014-09-25 10:00

Prime Minister David Cameron says that Iran could be 'part of the solution' in defeating jihadists in Syria after he held landmark talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Hardships, heartbreak for fleeing Syrian Kurds

2014-09-23 05:00

Fleeing the advance of Islamic State group jihadists on Ain al-Arab, Syria's third-largest Kurdish town, tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have managed to find refuge in Turkey.

Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children

2014-09-22 11:07

Syrian government air strikes killed at least 42 people, including 16 children, in Idlib province in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.

NGO: ISIS closes in on Syria Kurd town

2014-09-18 18:41

Jihadists from the Islamic State group using heavy weapons have seized a string of villages around Ain al-Arab as they close in on Syria's third largest Kurdish town, a monitor says.

Show hostage mercy, UK Muslims ask ISIS

2014-09-18 16:58
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British Muslim leaders have made a plea for the safety of a UK hostage threatened with beheading by Islamic State extremists in Syria.

Several jihadist suspects held in Kuwait

2014-09-18 12:35

Kuwait has arrested several suspected members of the Islamic State group and is monitoring dozens more under its commitment to the US-led international coalition against the jihadists, media reported Thursday.

IS 'member' on trial in Germany

2014-09-15 12:41

A 20-year-old German man has gone on trial in Frankfurt on charges for being a member of the extremist Islamic State group, the first such case to come to court in Germany.

Freed Fijian troops call home, and then celebrate

2014-09-12 11:37

First came the emotional calls home and then the celebrations as 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for two weeks by Syrian militants made it to safety.

Video released of kidnapped UN peacekeepers

2014-09-11 11:35

An al-Qaeda-backed militant group that seized 45 UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights has posted a video in which the hostages, from Fiji, say they expect to be released soon.

Aussie police arrest 2 men on terror charges

2014-09-10 14:25

Australian police arrested two men for allegedly preparing to fight in Syria, recruiting jihadists and raising money for an al-Qaeda offshoot group.

Israel urges global spies to pool resources on IS

2014-09-09 16:18

Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon has called for world intelligence agencies to work together against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Jihadists want to create house of blood: UN

2014-09-08 13:34

The jihadist militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating 'a house of blood', the UN's new human rights chief says.

Obama calls on allies to defeat Islamic State

2014-09-06 10:10

US President Barack Obama outlined plans on Friday for a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, but they received a cautious response from European allies.

Flags to fly half-mast for Sotloff

2014-09-05 08:23

Flags will fly half-mast in the US state of Florida, where the family of beheaded US journalist Steven Sotloff lives, its governor says.

In Syria, Islamic State builds a government

2014-09-04 14:47
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In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ultra-hard-line al-Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly every aspect of daily life.

Deaths on both sides as Syrian rebels, govt clash

2014-09-02 08:45

Syrian rebels have clashed with government troops in the Golan Heights, with a rights group saying there were casualties on both sides but did not have exact figures.

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

2014-08-29 12:45

The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year alone.

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