ARTICLES RELATING TO SYRIA CONFLICT

'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.

81 'blue helmets' stand firm against Golan militants

2014-08-29 10:04

Forty three peacekeepers from Fiji have been forced to surrender their weapons and were taken hostage near the Quneitra crossing, but 81 Filipino blue helmets "held their ground" and refused to disarm.

Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel

2014-08-28 17:24

Syrian jets have shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year.

Hollande: Assad cannot be ally against Islamic State

2014-08-28 14:21

President Francois Hollande says that opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should have more Western support, but President Assad could not be an ally against jihadists.

Women head to Middle East for sexual jihad

2014-08-27 16:06
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At least three Sunni Muslim women from Malaysia have travelled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State militants, a report says.

Stray fire from Syrian Golan hurts Israeli officer

2014-08-27 14:46

An Israeli army officer was moderately injured on Wednesday by stray fire from fighting on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights plateau, a military spokeswoman said.

15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria

2014-08-27 10:36

Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine says, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

Syria ready to fight 'terror' alongside US

2014-08-26 09:13

Syria says it is ready to work with the US to fight "terrorism" as the UN accused jihadists in Iraq of "ethnic and religious cleansing".

70 IS jihadists killed in Syria clashes

2014-08-22 14:05

At least 70 Islamic State jihadist fighters have been killed in 48 hours of clashes with Syrian army troops in the northern province of Raqa, a monitoring group says.

Mother of slain journalist 'never prouder' of son

2014-08-20 17:44

The mother of American journalist James Foley, apparently executed by Islamic jihadists, has paid tribute to her son who she says had died trying to expose the suffering of the Syrian people.

Japanese man captured in Syria

2014-08-18 08:10

Japan is looking into reports that a Japanese man has been captured by Islamist militants in Syria, but is not aware of any statement claiming responsibility or making a ransom demand.

Hillary calls Obama to clarify Syria remarks

2014-08-13 11:36

Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic contender for the White House, has called President Obama to clarify, that controversial remarks she said were not intended to attack him.

Lebanon army battle militants on Syria border

2014-08-04 12:56

Lebanese troops have shelled militant positions in the mountains around the town of Arsal on the Syrian border, as fierce fighting raged there for a third day.

Jihadists order total cover-up for Syrian women

2014-07-31 18:39

The jihadist Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies, a monitoring group says.

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.

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".

France raid nets three suspected jihadists

2014-07-22 12:05

Two men and a woman have been arrested in a dawn raid in southern France on suspicion of recruiting fighters for Syria and planning attacks at home, police say.

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.

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.

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.

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.

India nurses in Iraq conflict 'to be freed'

2014-07-04 16:11

A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in Iraq are to be freed in a rare piece of positive news in a crisis threatening "Syria-like chaos".

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.

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.

 

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.

IS 'waterboarded' Syria captives

2014-08-29 07:43

At least four Western hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria, including murdered American journalist James Foley, had been waterboarded in the early part of their captivity.

Another US citizen fighting in Syria may be dead

2014-08-28 16:09

The US is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.

IS executes soldiers, takes hostages in Syria

2014-08-27 17:13

Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend.

UN: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

2014-08-27 16:06

An independent UN commission says that the Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians and that the Islamic State group committed crimes against humanity.

American fighting for IS killed in Syria

2014-08-27 12:45

An American fighting for the Islamic State has been killed in Syria, US officials say on, underlining growing concerns about Westerners signing up for extremist groups in the Middle East.

IS reshapes war politics, US at 'tipping point'

2014-08-26 12:39

Signs that the United States may strike Islamic State militants in their Syrian stronghold reveals a shift in the politics of foreign war in Washington, after the trauma of the post-Iraq era.

UN rights chief slams Syria 'paralysis'

2014-08-22 22:38

More than 191 000 people have died in Syria, UN rights chief Navi Pillay says, hitting out at "international paralysis" on the nearly three-and-a half year conflict.

Americans among 12 000 foreign fighters in Syria

2014-08-22 10:43

Some 12,000 foreign jihadists from 50 countries, including Americans, have gone to fight in Syria since the conflict began, the US State Department said Thursday.

US bars all American airlines from flying over Syria

2014-08-19 08:40

The US Federal Aviation Administration has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a "serious potential threat".

Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

2014-08-14 17:44

Syrian government troops has seized control of most of a contested suburb southeast of the capital of Damascus, and are trying to crush the remaining resistance.

Kosovo arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria

2014-08-11 16:00

Kosovo police have arrested 40 men on suspicion of having fought with Islamist insurgents in Syria and Iraq, a crackdown aimed at deterring recruitment of volunteer fighters.

Syrian refugee women face sexual exploitation

2014-08-01 11:03

With poverty growing, Syrian refugee women and girls are growing vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

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.

'I no longer talk to Obama' - Turkey's Erdogan

2014-07-22 13:17

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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