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Lebanon army distances itself from abuse video

2014-09-22 18:28

Lebanon's army has distanced itself from a video showing troops abusing Syrian detainees in an area where soldiers have battled jihadists, saying the incident was "isolated".

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.

Refugee tally to Turkey hits 100 000

2014-09-21 19:29

A Turkish official says 100 000 Syrians have fled the Islamic State group's advance across north-eastern Syria.

300 Kurd fighters cross into Syria from Turkey

2014-09-20 16:04

More than 300 Kurdish fighters have crossed into Syria from Turkey to help push back an Islamic State advance on a Kurdish border town.

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.

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.

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

2014-09-17 21:09

Wary House lawmakers have prepared to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.

French parliament approves jihadist travel ban

2014-09-17 12:08

France's parliament has approved a new anti-terror bill aimed at preventing potential jihadists from travelling to Iraq, Syria or elsewhere by confiscating their passports.

US strikes to target ISIS safe havens in Syria

2014-09-16 21:41

Planned US air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria will target extremist sanctuaries, command centres and logistic networks, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel has said.

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.

UN withdraws many peacekeepers from Golan Heights

2014-09-15 19:49

The United Nations said it has withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war in Syria.

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.

Beheaded aid worker's employer slams 'barbaric' crime

2014-09-14 13:12
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The humanitarian aid group that employed David Haines, apparently beheaded by Islamic State militants, has voiced outrage at the "barbaric crime" and stressed it should not go unpunished.

ISIS video shows beheading of British hostage

2014-09-14 07:26
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The Islamic State has claimed the beheading of a British aid worker, in an act slammed as "pure evil" by Prime Minister David Cameron, who vowed Britain would do all it could to catch the killers.

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.

Up to 31 500 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria - CIA

2014-09-12 05:58

Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20 000 to 31 500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency says, much higher than a previous estimate of 10 000.

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.

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.

Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

2014-09-10 09:16
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President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorise the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces, administration officials say.

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.

 

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.

Syria blasts coalition against Islamic State

2014-09-21 14:03

Syria's parliament speaker says the US should work with Damascus in assembling a coalition to battle the Islamic State extremist group rather than allying with nations that support terrorism.

18 ISIS jihadists killed fighting Syria Kurds

2014-09-20 12:05

At least 18 jihadists from the Islamic State group have been killed in overnight clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria near a strategic border town, a monitoring group says.

UK journo John Cantlie purportedly shown in ISIS video

2014-09-18 20:51

A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisation's supporters online.

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.

ISIS 'mafia' cash flow a difficult target for West

2014-09-18 12:35

Western governments are facing an uphill battle trying to squeeze the finances of ISIS jihadists, as the extremists operate like a "mafia" in territory under their control in Syria and Iraq, experts say.

ISIS video warns US over Iraq

2014-09-17 16:51

A slick new video by the militant ISIS group has warned the US against Iraq deployment. VIDEO not for sensitive viewers.

ISIS goes underground in Syrian stronghold

2014-09-16 23:42

The Islamic State has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since President Barack Obama authorised US air strikes on the group.

Syrian war plane crashes near ISIS-held city – resident

2014-09-16 13:59

A Syrian war plane has crashed near the Islamic State-controlled city of Ragga, a resident says, and a group that tracks violence in the war says a number of people have been wounded on the ground.

UK hostage: Taxi driver who just wanted to help

2014-09-15 20:47

A British hostage being threatened by Islamic State militants is a taxi driver from northern England who volunteered to drive a humanitarian aid convoy to Syria for a charity.

Malaysian jihadist reported dead in Syria

2014-09-15 12:42

A former youth leader of a Malaysian Islamist political party has died in war-torn Syria while fighting government troops, a report says.

Beheading: Cameron vows to 'hunt down' ISIS

2014-09-14 14:53
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Britain is ready to "take whatever steps are necessary" to destroy Islamic State militants after they murdered a British aid worker, says PM David Cameron.

Australia commits military forces to fight ISIS

2014-09-14 10:50

Australia has become the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, with PM Tony Abbott describing it as a "death cult".

Family of Syria hostage issues plea to captors

2014-09-13 18:15

The family of a British aid worker believed to be held by Islamic militants in Syria has issued a public plea urging his captors to contact them.

Obama Iraq plan 'a good starting point'

2014-09-12 11:37

President Barack Obama’s decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired General David Petraeus says.

Lebanon to open Syria refugee camps

2014-09-12 05:00

Lebanon has decided to set up two camps for Syrian refugees for the first time along its border with war-torn Syria.

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.

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

2014-09-11 08:02
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President Barack Obama has authorised airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent ISS militants.

Kerry holds Iraq talks on jihadist strategy

2014-09-10 17:02

US Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks with Iraq's new leaders on their role in a long-awaited strategy against ISIS jihadists.

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.

Sotloff not 'sold' to ISIS - US

2014-09-09 22:35

The US has no information indicating beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff was "sold" to Islamic State militants by moderate Syrian opposition rebels.

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.

Iran arrests Afghan, Pakistani ISIS volunteers

2014-09-08 18:24

Afghan and Pakistani nationals who were planning to join the ranks of ISIS jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq have been arrested in Iran.

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