ARTICLES RELATING TO SYRIA CONFLICT

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.

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.

Syria frees horse rider who beat Assad's brother

2014-06-16 05:30

Syria has freed after 21 years in jail an ex-horse rider known to have been an equestrian rival of one of President Bashar al-Assad's late brothers.

Al-Qaeda breakaway pursuing an Islamic state

2014-06-12 08:35

An al-Qaeda splinter group that has seized a huge chunk of northern Iraq commands as many as 10 000 fighters and has steadily been consolidating its hold on much of northeastern Syria.

Syrian president declares amnesty

2014-06-09 16:43

Syria's president has declared an amnesty for prisoners, but it is unclear if political detainees are included.

Syria becoming 'another Somalia' - UN envoy

2014-06-09 08:02

Former UN envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has warned that the war-torn country is heading toward becoming "another Somalia" ruled by warlords, in an interview published in a German weekly.

Assad declared landslide victor in Syria election

2014-06-05 10:41

President Bashar Assad has secured a landslide victory in a wartime election and has demonstrated his tenacious hold on power after three years of brutal civil war.

US slams Syrian elections as 'a disgrace'

2014-06-04 08:49

The US has denounced Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s attempt to shore up his authority by staging presidential elections in the middle of a brutal civil war.

5 things to know about Syria's presidential vote

2014-06-03 10:42

Syria's first multi candidate presidential elections in decades is being touted by President Assad's government as measuring Syrians' support for him after three years of civil war.

Polling stations open in Syria's presidential vote

2014-06-03 07:01

Polling stations have opened in government-held areas in Syria for the country's presidential election - a vote that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win.

New Syria tunnel bombing kills 20 soldiers

2014-05-31 17:02

At least 20 Syrian soldiers and militia have been killed in a fresh attack by Islamist rebels, who planted explosives in a tunnel under an army position in Aleppo.

 

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".

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.

Germany to take in 10 000 more Syrian refugees

2014-06-13 05:42

Germany plans to take in another 10 000 refugees from Syria, doubling the number of Syrians it is offering to shelter from their country's bloody conflict.

Syrian Islamic factions in new push against rivals

2014-06-11 14:52

A rebel coalition in Syria dominated by Islamic factions has announced a new push to dislodge fighters from a rival, al-Qaeda-inspired group from the northern province of Aleppo, activists say.

45 dead in clashes between jihadists in Syria

2014-06-09 13:48

Fresh fighting between the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and a coalition of rebels and an al-Qaeda affiliate in eastern Syria has left at least 45 fighters dead, a monitoring group says.

Syrians wage 'war of tunnels' for Damascus

2014-06-06 08:11

Guided more by what they can hear than see, Syrian troops and rebels are battling in the bowels of Damascus, digging tunnels in a campaign to control the eastern entrance to the capital.

Syria must hand over last chemical arms - UN

2014-06-05 07:49

The head of the mission overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal has urged Damascus to urgently hand over its remaining agents, and pressed countries with influence to intervene.

Turkey places Syria jihadists on terror list

2014-06-03 14:00

Turkey has added al-Qaeda's franchise in neighbouring Syria to a list of terrorist organisations, in a sign of the country's growing concern over the rise of radicals across the border.

Assad eyes certain win in Syria vote

2014-06-03 07:59

Voting offices have opened in Syria for a presidential election that Bashar Assad is certain to win, and that has been slammed as a "farce" by the opposition.

Syrian babies 'born refugees' in Lebanon

2014-06-02 11:34

Young mothers who fled Syria's war for dismal refugee camps in Lebanon struggle to imagine a future for their babies, even though they find their newborns a rare source of joy.

Syria opposition powerless as Assad holds election

2014-05-30 08:53

Syria's divided rebels and their foreign backers are watching in disbelief as the government gears up for an election to give Bashar Assad another presidential mandate despite their uprising.

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