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.

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.

Syria dissidents to discuss ways to end war

2014-12-24 20:35

Opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime will meet in Cairo to try to reach a common "vision" to end the nearly four-year war, an opposition source has said.

Journalist murders in Syria a shocking trend - report

2014-12-16 14:34

The beheading of journalists by Islamist militants in Syria this year shows reporters are facing a dangerous new threat, media freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders says.

20 Aussie jihadists killed in Syria, Iraq

2014-12-09 14:18

Australia has accused Islamic militants of using foreign fighters as 'cannon fodder' and 'propaganda tools' after 20 nationals have now been killed in Syria and Iraq.

Monitor: Syria death toll now more than 200 000

2014-12-02 20:19

Syria's civil war has killed more than 200 000 people in less than four years, a monitoring group says.

Ship with 700 migrants safely in Greece

2014-11-27 14:01

More than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, have begun disembarking on the Greek island of Crete after a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship.

Truce deal one of few ideas left for Syria peace

2014-11-12 11:47

Traction is growing for one of the few ideas left for peace in Syria's civil war: Work out a series of local cease-fires to try to quiet the bloodiest fronts around the country, without tackling the core issues.

Nearly 2 000 dead in Syria jails this year

2014-11-03 05:00

Nearly 2 000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say.

US 'horrified' by reports of attack on Syria displaced camp

2014-10-30 09:29

The US says it is "horrified" by reports the Syrian government dropped barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in the north-western province of Idlib, calling the attack “barbaric”.

220 migrants rescued at sea

2014-10-26 07:27

About 220 migrants are expected to be taken to Malta after they were rescued in rough seas off the Mediterranean island.

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

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.


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.

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.

1 million wounded, diseases rife in Syria - WHO

2014-12-19 14:37

One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the WHO’s Syria representative says.

Al-Qaeda takes major Syrian base

2014-12-15 15:43

The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, has said it has taken control of a base next to the country's main north-south highway.

Rich nations' failure to take Syria refugees 'shocking'

2014-12-05 07:48

Wealthy nations have only taken in a 'pitiful' number of the millions of refugees uprooted by Syria's war, placing the burden on the country's neighbours, Amnesty International says.

Aid to 1.7 million Syrians suspended

2014-12-01 19:56

The World Food Programme has said that it was suspending key food aid to over 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis.

Fleeing Syrians face 'new level of hopelessness'

2014-11-13 11:39

A new report says the plight of people fleeing Syria's civil war has reached 'a new level of hopelessness' as overstretched neighbours make it more difficult to escape.

Assad ready to study plan to stop Aleppo fighting

2014-11-10 18:26

Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that he was ready to study a UN plan to "freeze" fighting in the northern city of Aleppo, a statement from his office says.

US attacks on ISIS may help Assad

2014-10-31 05:15

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel has acknowledged that US-led air strikes against ISIS, one of the Syrian regime's main adversaries, could help President Bashar Assad.

60 children killed in a week of Syrian air raids

2014-10-27 15:53

Syrian regime airstrikes have killed 182 people, including 60 children under the age of 18, over the past week, a monitoring group says.

Syria rebels battle for Aleppo supply route

2014-10-25 20:00

Syrian rebels have sfought fierce clashes with loyalist troops as they tried to secure their supply line to second city Aleppo against advances by the army.

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

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.

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