West wants to weaken Russia, says Assad

2015-03-27 12:32

Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he says has also been used against his own country.

Syrians feel abandoned as world focuses on ISIS - UN

2015-03-24 10:48

The people of Syria feel "increasingly abandoned by the world" as global attention focuses on ISIS militants, the UN chief Ban Ki-moon says.

ISIS moves west to attack Syrian army in Homs

2015-03-23 16:37

Islamic State fighters have attacked a military airport in Syria's Homs province as they pushed on with an offensive against government strongholds towards the west.

Syrian military helicopter crashes, crew captured

2015-03-22 22:08

Syrian insurgents have captured several government airmen after their helicopter crashed in a rebel-held area of northwestern Syria, activists say.

Experts: ISIS seeks to offset defeats with new attacks

2015-03-22 19:57

By launching attacks in Yemen and Tunisia, the Islamic State group aims to demonstrate its ability to expand in order to divert attention from setbacks in Syria and Iraq, experts say.

US has flown 2 320 strikes against ISIS

2015-03-19 23:38

The US military has flown 2 320 air strikes against Islamic State militants at a cost of $1.83bn, hitting thousands of targets, the Pentagon says.

Syria downed US drone over spying fears

2015-03-18 17:07

Syria's military has said it downed an American drone over suspicions it was spying, in what would be its first attack on an aircraft in the US-led coalition battling jihadists.

Syria says brings down US drone

2015-03-17 22:55

Syria's state news agency SANA says its air defences brought down a US surveillance plane in the coastal province of Latakia.

Government forces kill 6 in Syria gas attack - monitor

2015-03-17 15:55

A group monitoring the Syrian civil war says that government forces had carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of young children suffering what they said was suffocation.

Ex-hostage: ISIS victim Foley gave up escape for friend

2015-03-17 05:00

The US journalist killed by ISIS, James Foley, might have escaped but gave up the attempt so as not to abandon his friend, a former fellow hostage says.


Islamic State recruits 400 children over three months

2015-03-24 16:55

Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" military training and hardline indoctrination, a monitoring group said.

Syrian insurgents 'mimicking ruthlessness' of army

2015-03-23 21:13

Insurgent groups in Syria have carried out scores of indiscriminate attacks that have killed and maimed civilians in violation of the laws of war, a Human Rights Watch report says.

'I am responsible,' says grieving father of suicide bomber

2015-03-23 05:43

The heartbroken father of an Australian schoolboy believed to have died while carrying out an ISIS suicide bombing says he feels ‘totally responsible’ for failing to see that his son needed help.

Missing medical students feared to have joined ISIS

2015-03-22 21:10

A group of British medical students of Sudanese origin who went missing after travelling to Turkey are feared to have crossed into Syria to join ISIS, reports say.

Islamic State claims deadly Syria attacks

2015-03-22 14:30

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks across Syria that left dead dozens of people, in an announcement on its radio station.

Syrian opposition urges probe into chlorine attack

2015-03-18 18:47

The main Western-backed Syrian opposition group is calling on the UN to send a fact-finding mission to investigate an alleged poison gas attack on a rebel-held town.

Dreams and despair in Turkey's 'little Syria'

2015-03-18 12:19

Since the Syrian civil war erupted four years ago, tens of thousands of refugees have poured into the southern Turkish port town of Mersin, fearing they may never return home.

Syrian, Iraqi Christians plead for help

2015-03-17 21:12

Syrian and Iraqi Christians have pleaded for international assistance.

US concerned over ISIS gas

2015-03-17 06:22

The US military is concerned about reports that ISIS used chlorine gas in an attack against Kurdish forces.

France: Assad talks would be scandalous gift to ISIS

2015-03-16 20:57

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has rejected any role for President Bashar Assad in Syrian peace talks, saying it would be a "scandalous gift" to the Islamic State.

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