Syria


Turkey's role in ISIS fight may hinge on ancient tomb

2014-10-01 17:39

A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against ISIS.

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.

Wife of ISIS hostage asks for his release

2014-09-30 20:04

The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group has made a televised plea asking his captors to free him.

Balkans launch fight against jihadist recruitment

2014-09-30 09:48

With the world on high alert over foreign fighters joining jihadist ranks in Syria and Iraq, Balkan states are launching efforts to clamp down on recruiting in their region.

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.

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.

Kurds cross Turkey border to join anti-ISIS fight

2014-09-26 22:27

Hundreds of Kurds have broke through the Turkish border into Syrian territory to join Kurdish forces battling the advance of ISIS militants around the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab.

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.

Rescue underway of 300 Syrians on boat near Cyprus

2014-09-25 20:33

A rescue operation is underway after 300 migrants from Syria were located in a fishing vessel south of Cyprus, the defence ministry said.

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.

Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

2014-09-24 07:00

Syrian President Bashar Assad says he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

How the US has justified overseas military action

2014-09-23 15:40

A look at the domestic legal justifications the US has used for military action around the world.

Russia: Airstrikes must be agreed with Syria

2014-09-23 12:46

The Russian foreign ministry says any airstrikes against Islamic State’s positions on Syrian territory must be agreed with Damascus.

Syria says US informed it before strikes

2014-09-23 09:28

The Syrian foreign ministry says the US informed Damascus' envoy to the UN before launching airstrikes against the Islamic group in Syria.

US bombs ISIS in Syria - Pentagon

2014-09-23 05:46
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The United States and its "partners" have launched a barrage of bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles on ISIS extremists in Syria, the Pentagon says.

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.

 

10 dead as Kurds battle ISIS for Syria border town

2014-10-01 16:05

Fierce fighting between Kurdish militia and ISIS jihadists for a strategic Syrian border town has killed at least 10 people, a monitoring group says.

Tunisian youths at forefront of Syria jihad

2014-10-01 09:11

Tunisian youths disillusioned with the post-revolution era have flocked to join jihadists overseas, making the birthplace of the Arab Spring the top source of foreign fighters in Syria.

Jihadists free 70 kidnapped children in Syria

2014-09-30 21:40

The Islamic State group has freed more than 70 Kurdish school children its fighters kidnapped in northern Syria in May, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

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.

Turkey mulls joining anti-ISIS coalition

2014-09-30 08:03

Islamic State fighters have closed to within a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, as Ankara mulls joining the anti-ISIS coalition.

ISIS close in on key Syria border town

2014-09-29 22:25

ISIS group fighters are closing in to within only a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey.

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.

Air strikes hit oilfields and Islamic State bases

2014-09-26 13:15

Air and missile strikes, thought to be carried out by US-led forces, hit oilfields and Islamic State bases in Eastern Syria.

Syrian refugees refuse to disembark in Cyprus

2014-09-26 08:20

Almost 300 mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner are refusing to disembark in Cyprus's southern port of Limassol, demanding instead to be taken to Italy.

US strikes ISIS oil refineries in Syria

2014-09-25 11:33

The United States has bombed ISIS-controlled oil refineries in Syria as president Barack Obama recruited more allies to fight the jihadist "network of death".

Venezuela calls jihadists a Western 'Frankenstein'

2014-09-25 08:39

Venezuela's leftist president Nicolas Maduro has accused Western powers of helping create the jihadist crisis in the Middle East and said that the only solution involved respecting regional governments.

UK: We haven’t made final decision over air strikes in Syria

2014-09-23 15:52

Britain says no final decision has been made over whether to join air strikes launched by the US and several Gulf allies on ISIS strongholds in Syria.

Gunmen kill soldier in Lebanon's Tripoli

2014-09-23 14:37

Gunfire has killed a soldier in Lebanon’s main northern city of Tripoli, where clashes often break out between Sunni Muslim gunmen and troops, the Lebanese army says.

Syrian aircraft shot down over Israeli airspace

2014-09-23 11:00

An Israeli Patriot missile has shot down a Syrian aircraft that flew into Israeli-controlled airspace,the military says, without disclosing the type of plane it intercepted.

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.

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.

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.

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