Syrians harness Pokémon frenzy to depict their plight

2016-07-22 14:18

A sad-eyed Pikachu Pokémon Go character sits amidst the rubble on a Syrian street, while a Charizard dragon from the smash hit game is perched alongside gun-toting jihadists.

Aleppo fears lengthy government siege

2016-07-19 05:00

Civilians in rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo have expressed fears of a lengthy government siege, as food supplies dwindled after regime troops seized the only road into the city's east.

FBI warns about 'terrorist diaspora' after ISIS defeat

2016-07-15 07:17

Senior US national security officials have warned about a possible rise in extremist violence with the spread of a "terrorist diaspora" once the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is defeated.

Leaked proposal: US offering Russia military pact in Syria

2016-07-14 16:07

America is offering Russia a new military pact against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria, according to a leaked US proposal.

Over 30 civilians dead in bombing of rebel Syria towns - monitor

2016-07-13 17:55

Fierce bombardment of two opposition-held Syrian towns has killed more than 30 civilians, including children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor has said.

'Crucial moment' in Syria peace talks

2016-07-11 19:11

The UN envoy for Syria says a 'crucial moment' had been reached in attempts to broker a political settlement to end a five year war.

US reporter killed in Syria targeted by regime - lawsuit

2016-07-10 21:11

The Syrian regime of Bashar Assad targeted and killed US reporter Marie Colvin in February 2012 to stop her from covering government atrocities, according to a lawsuit filed in a US court.

Unesco meets on heritage under shadow of extremism

2016-07-10 20:22

The UN's cultural agency has met in Istanbul to consider adding over two dozen new sites to its prestigious global heritage list and called for a strong global response to the threats posed by extremism.

UN airlifts food to cut off families in northeast Syria

2016-07-10 15:43

The UN has begun airlifting humanitarian aid to families cut off from supplies in northeastern Syria, the World Food Programme says.

Violence persists in Syria despite truce

2016-07-07 14:54

Activists and state media are reporting continued violence around Syria, despite a day old truce, including a government offensive on a rebel-held supply line in the northern province of Aleppo.


Syria: Rebels 'behead 12-year-old boy' on video

2016-07-21 05:36

A video appearing to show Syrian rebels beheading a Palestinian boy who they say is a pro-government fighter, is circulating on social media.

7 held in search of Turkish air base used by US

2016-07-18 22:18

Turkish police have detained seven soldiers after searching a key air base in southern Turkey used by the United States for air raids on ISIS, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.

Russia conducts over 50 strikes on ISIS near Palmyra

2016-07-14 19:50

Russia has conducted more than 50 airstrikes against ISIS in three days near the Syrian city of Palmyra.

US will welcome target of 10 000 Syria refugees: Kerry

2016-07-14 07:03

The United States will welcome 10 000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year as promised by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry announced.

Rebels launch fierce assault in Syria's divided Aleppo

2016-07-12 12:39

Rebel fighters have launched a major assault on government-held districts of Syria's long-divided Aleppo after the regime severed their only remaining supply route into the battleground city.

Russian strike kills reporter in Syria

2016-07-11 16:54

Al-Jazeera news channel says one of its freelance reporters in northern Syria was killed in an air strike by Russian forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Syrian army foils rebel bid to reopen Aleppo supply route

2016-07-10 20:31

Syrian regime forces have repelled a fierce assault by opposition fighters seeking to reopen their only supply route into Aleppo city, killing at least 29 rebels, a monitor says.

ISIS territory shrinks 12% since start of 2016: IHS

2016-07-10 17:04

The Islamic State group has lost 12% of the territory it holds in Iraq and Syria in the first half of 2016, according to an analysis by British think-tank IHS.

ISIS downs Russian helicopter in Syria

2016-07-09 20:28

Two Russian pilots have died near the Syrian city of Palmyra when their helicopter was shot down by Islamic State fighters, bringing the total number of Russian troops killed in the Syrian conflict to 12, Moscow says.

Syrian army declares a 72 hour nationwide truce

2016-07-06 12:27

The Syrian army has declared a 72-hour cease-fire that covers the entire country, an announcement that comes as Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

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