ARTICLES RELATING TO SYRIA CONFLICT

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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