Syria


US ship finishes neutralising Syria's chemical arms

2014-08-19 12:35

A specially equipped US ship has finished neutralising all 600 tons of the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons components surrendered to the international community.

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.

Clinton's break with Obama on Syria - what's next?

2014-08-16 09:37

Hillary Clinton’s split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organising principle" is not likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two.

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.

EU seeks to stop Islamic Syrian oil sales

2014-08-14 08:59

The European Union is looking into how it could tighten sanctions to stop Islamic State militants from selling oil from fields they have overrun in Syria.

US neutralises 60% of toxic Syria chemicals

2014-08-06 20:08

The US has informed the UN Security Council that it has neutralised about 60% of Syria's most toxic chemicals.

Lebanon army battle militants on Syria border

2014-08-04 12:56

Lebanese troops have shelled militant positions in the mountains around the town of Arsal on the Syrian border, as fierce fighting raged there for a third day.

Jihadists order total cover-up for Syrian women

2014-07-31 18:39

The jihadist Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies, a monitoring group says.

Video shows smiling US bomber in Syria

2014-07-26 22:39

An al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war.

Jordan shoots down aerial target near Syria

2014-07-25 20:06

Jordan has shot down an 'aerial target' near its Syrian border as an Islamic group battles in the province.

EU freezes assets over oil to Syria

2014-07-23 17:32

The EU has frozen the assets of two oil- trading firms accused of organising covert shipments of oil to Syria.

Jihadists organise tours in their 'caliphate'

2014-07-23 09:00

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate".

UN delivers first aid to besieged Syrian town since 2012

2014-07-18 19:52

The UN has delivered life-saving aid to thousands of people in the besieged Syrian town of Mouadamiya for the first time since early 2012, humanitarian agencies say.

Jihadists kill 90 in Syria gas field takeover

2014-07-18 12:48

Jihadists have killed at least 90 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group says.

Morocco warns of terror plot from Syria, Iraq

2014-07-17 07:41

Morocco's interior minister says that Moroccan extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria are plotting terror attacks on prominent figures and sites back home.

Syria's Assad to be sworn in for 3rd term

2014-07-16 11:46

President Bashar Assad will be sworn in and set out his plans for a new seven-year term, state media reports, after his victory in an election that has affirmed his grip on power.

Security Council authorises Syria aid convoys

2014-07-14 21:53

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution authorising humanitarian convoys to assist more than one million Syrian civilians in rebel-held areas.

De Mistura to be new Syria mediator

2014-07-11 05:00

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed veteran UN official Staffan de Mistura as international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war.

Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds

2014-07-10 18:26

Islamic militants using weapons they seized in Iraq have intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control.

UK police fear missing twins are in Syria

2014-07-10 05:00

British counterterrorism officers say they believe that two missing 16-year-old twin sisters who disappeared from their home in Manchester have travelled to Syria.

Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

2014-07-09 18:39

The Israeli army has intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 8 people on the second day of a military operation.

Syrian opposition coalition elects new president

2014-07-09 12:27

Syria's Western-backed opposition National Coalition has elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president following a three-day meeting in Istanbul.

US begins destroying Syrian chemicals at sea

2014-07-07 20:26

A US naval crew has begun work to "neutralise" Syria's chemical weapons on a vessel in the Mediterranean, an unprecedented operation expected to take about two months.

FBI tried to stop US woman jihadist

2014-07-04 17:36

The FBI arrested a 19-year-old Denver-area woman who aimed to go to Syria for jihad after failing to dissuade her.

Al-Qaeda leaves east Syria strongholds

2014-07-03 16:58

Fighters from al-Qaeda's Nusra Front have withdrawn from two towns in eastern Syria leaving most of the border province of Deir al-Zor under the control of advancing forces of the Islamic State.

 

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".

Australia to take refugees from Syria, Iraq

2014-08-17 14:18

Australia will offer to resettle some 4 400 people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says, adding the places had been freed up by success in stopping asylum-seeker boats.

Morocco dismantles recruitment cell for Iraq

2014-08-14 16:15

Moroccan police say they have dismantled a nine-person cell recruiting volunteers to fight with the radical Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

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.

Syrian women, children held hostage for a year

2014-08-06 15:14
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Syrian fighters have held 54 women and children hostage for an entire year, a rights group says, urging they be freed and warning that holding civilians can amount to a war crime.

Syrian refugee women face sexual exploitation

2014-08-01 11:03

With poverty growing, Syrian refugee women and girls are growing vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

NGO: Jihadists make fresh Syria advance

2014-07-27 19:44

The extremist Islamic State (IS) has seized an army position in the northeast Syrian city of Hasakeh, amid a major escalation in the jihadist offensive against regime bases.

Jihadists behead Syrian soldiers

2014-07-26 22:39

Islamic State fighters have seized a Syrian army base in the northern province of Raqa, killing scores of troops and beheading some of them, a monitoring group says.

Terror threat against Norway

2014-07-24 13:04

Norway's intelligence service says it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

Syria says hopes new peace mediator will be fair

2014-07-23 17:01

Syria urged a newly appointed international mediator to be "objective and honest" as he seeks an end to the country's civil war.

Syria fly-over sparks criticism of Malaysia Airlines

2014-07-22 08:35

Embattled Malaysia Airlines faces fresh outrage as it confirmed one of its planes flew over war-torn Syria, just days after the MH17 disaster laid bare the risks civilian aircraft face in flying over war zones.

Syrian woman stoned to death for 'adultery'

2014-07-18 13:49

Jihadists in the northern Syrian province of Raqa have accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

Jihadists seize Syria gas field near Palmyra

2014-07-17 21:38

Jihadists have seized a gas field in the desert region of Palmyra, in central Syria, a monitoring group and the governor of Homs said.

Syria's Assad sworn in for 7 more years

2014-07-16 16:12

Syria's President Bashar Assad has been sworn for a new seven-year term, warning Western and Arab governments they will pay dearly.

Children swim in bomb craters in Aleppo

2014-07-15 21:15

In Syria's second city Aleppo, craters blasted by regime air raids on opposition-held areas have been transformed into improvised swimming pools for children to cool off in summer.

Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel

2014-07-11 08:34

At least two rockets have been fired from southern Lebanon into Israel, a report and security sources say, adding that it is unclear who fired them.

Syria war toll tops 170 000, one-third civilians

2014-07-10 20:23

The death toll in Syria's three-year war has eclipsed 170 000 people, one-third of them civilians, a monitoring group says.

Staffan de Mistura the new Syria envoy - diplomats

2014-07-10 11:29

Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats say.

Iran ex-president can 'co-operate' with US

2014-07-09 20:04

Tehran could cast aside bitter differences with Washington to "co-operate" on Iraq as the crisis-hit country battles a fierce militant offensive.

Britain to destroy extra 50 tons of Syrian arms

2014-07-09 13:32

Britain says it would destroy a further 50 tons of material from Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, taking the total amount it has agreed to process to 200 tons.

Undercover stings can help combat Syrian threat

2014-07-08 20:42

US Attorney General Eric Holder urged countries to do more to keep their own citizens from travelling to Syria to fight.

Jihadists control all main Syria oil fields - NGO

2014-07-04 20:06

The jihadist Islamic State now fully controls all of Syria's main oil and gas fields, which are located in Deir Ezzor province next to Iraq, a monitoring group says.

UK had plan to train 100 000 Syria rebels - BBC

2014-07-04 08:15

Britain had planned to train and equip a 100 000-strong rebel army to defeat Syrian President Bashar Assad before it was deemed to be too risky, BBC Newsnight reports.

Final push in 'historic' Iran nuclear talks

2014-07-03 16:31

Iran nuclear talks have entered the decisive endgame with a final round of negotiations which could go right down to a 20 July deadline for a deal.

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