Iran, Syria relationship tested by oil price drop

2014-12-21 12:29

Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices.

1 million wounded, diseases rife in Syria - WHO

2014-12-19 14:37

One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the WHO’s Syria representative says.

Mass grave of 230 killed by ISIS jihadists found in Syria

2014-12-17 20:54

The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group says.

Journalist murders in Syria a shocking trend - report

2014-12-16 14:34

The beheading of journalists by Islamist militants in Syria this year shows reporters are facing a dangerous new threat, media freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders says.

US strategy on ISIS under attack by lawmakers

2014-12-11 10:24

The US administration is under fire again, accused of a "flawed" strategy to help end the war in Syria, as a top official admitted training for moderate rebels will only begin next year.

Rich nations to take 100 000 Syrian refugees

2014-12-10 05:00

Western governments have heeded a call to take in more Syrian refugees from neighbouring countries the UN refugee agency says.

Hagel in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi officials

2014-12-09 21:08

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel has arrived in Baghdad to consult with Iraqi government officials and confer with US commanders about the campaign to defeat ISIS.

20 Aussie jihadists killed in Syria, Iraq

2014-12-09 14:18

Australia has accused Islamic militants of using foreign fighters as 'cannon fodder' and 'propaganda tools' after 20 nationals have now been killed in Syria and Iraq.

US allies to send 1 500 troops to Iraq

2014-12-09 06:26

US allies have committed to send about 1 500 forces to Iraq to help train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers battling the Islamic State.

Canada urges vigilance after ISIS video

2014-12-08 10:17

Canada's public safety minister has urged the country to be vigilant after the release of an online video in which a man believed to be a Canadian fighting for ISIS called on Canadian Muslims to carry out lone wolf attacks.

Anger erupts in Lebanon after killing of policeman

2014-12-06 14:50

Anger has erupted in eastern Lebanon after al-Qaeda-linked Syrian extremist group the al-Nusra front says it had killed a captured Lebanese policeman.

ISIS attacks east Syrian airbase

2014-12-04 18:34

ISIS militants have launched an attack against the last major Syrian military air base in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, activists say.

Anti-ISIS fight will take years - Kerry

2014-12-03 16:06

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned it will take years for a US-led coalition to defeat ISIS, as Washington said arch-foe Iran had launched its first air strikes against the jihadists.

Iraqi army retakes chemical weapons site from ISIS

2014-12-02 13:14

The Iraqi army has retaken from Islamist insurgents a sprawling complex where aging remnants of Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons programme are stored in bunkers.

Amsterdam sends bicycles to Syria

2014-12-01 22:19

Amsterdam is sending hundreds of unwanted bicycles to help Syrian refugees get around the sprawling Zaatari camp in Jordan.

Putin to visit Turkey amid Syria differences

2014-12-01 13:18

Russian President Vladimir Putin is travelling to Turkey for discussions on economic ties and the crisis in Syria and Iraq.

Turkey confirms ISIS border attack

2014-11-29 17:39

The Turkish army confirmed Islamic State jihadists had staged an attack at the border post close to Kobane, but denied the car involved in the strike has come from its territory.

Ship with 700 migrants safely in Greece

2014-11-27 14:01

More than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, have begun disembarking on the Greek island of Crete after a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship.

ISIS most brutal threat ever to region, says Merkel

2014-11-26 15:34

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria are one of the greatest ever threats to the region.

Hundreds attend memorial for US aid worker

2014-11-24 08:54

An American aid worker behead by Islamic State militants in Syria has been praised for his humanitarian work during a memorial service attended by hundreds.

Memorial for Briton beheaded by ISIS extremists

2014-11-23 12:00

A memorial service has been held for British aid volunteer Alan Henning, who was beheaded by Islamic State jihadists in Syria.

ISIS recruiting in SA - report

2014-11-23 08:01

An estimated 140 South Africans have reportedly joined the Islamic State insurgency to fight in Iraq and Syria, with at least three already killed in action, according to a report.

Family pays tribute to slain hostage Alan Henning

2014-11-22 20:21

The family of slain hostage Alan Henning has paid tribute to his life, gathering for a private memorial service.

US concerned over reports of ISIS extremists in Libya

2014-11-20 08:10

The US says it is 'concerned' about reports that radical extremists with avowed ties to the ISIS are destabilising eastern Libya.

Iraqi Kurds: West not providing enough arms to defeat ISIS

2014-11-19 14:17

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, has accused Western countries of not providing enough heavy weapons to help his 'peshmerga' forces deliver a "decisive blow" against ISIS militants.


ISIS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit

2014-12-20 20:01

ISIS has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper says.

US general: ISIS fight to take at least 3 years

2014-12-18 20:33

The general in command of US forces involved in the fight against ISIS said he thought it would take a minimum of three years to achieve a turning point against the group.

ISIS recruits broadly, not just fighters

2014-12-17 05:00

ISIS is targeting its sophisticated propaganda beyond male fighters, seeking to entice not only wives but also professionals such as doctors, accountants and engineers.

Al-Qaeda takes major Syrian base

2014-12-15 15:43

The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, has said it has taken control of a base next to the country's main north-south highway.

Kerry: New flexible war powers needed to fight ISIS

2014-12-10 13:45

Secretary of State John Kerry says a new congressional authorisation for US military operations against ISIS should not be limited to Iraq and Syria and should not bind President Obama.

ISIS jihadists say gay thrown off rooftop

2014-12-09 22:22

The ISIS group in Iraq and Syria have posted photographs appearing to show jihadists throw a gay off a rooftop and then stoning him to death.

Syria strikes kill 3 on Lebanon border

2014-12-09 20:13

Syrian warplanes have carried out air strikes in a border region of eastern Lebanon, killing three people and injuring two others, Lebanon's official news agency says.

Police identify Malaysian suicide bomber

2014-12-09 13:27

Police have identified a Malaysian ISIS jihadist who carried out a suicide attack on a Syrian government military base, a news report says.

Syrian Jewish bibles dispute

2014-12-08 20:44

Ancient bibles smuggled from Syria to Israel in a spy mission could spark an ownership dispute.

ISIS seizes key air base in east Syria

2014-12-06 15:46

Jihadists from the ISIS have seized part of the key regime air base at Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria.

Rich nations' failure to take Syria refugees 'shocking'

2014-12-05 07:48

Wealthy nations have only taken in a 'pitiful' number of the millions of refugees uprooted by Syria's war, placing the burden on the country's neighbours, Amnesty International says.

Syrian refugees stranded in minefield

2014-12-03 22:41

Thousands of Syrian refugees are stranded in a Turkish minefield according to rights group HRW.

Monitor: Syria death toll now more than 200 000

2014-12-02 20:19

Syria's civil war has killed more than 200 000 people in less than four years, a monitoring group says.

US again rules out Syria no-fly zone

2014-12-02 07:16

Washington has ruled out any imminent plans to create a no-fly zone along the Turkey-Syria border, brushing aside reports that the White House is in talks with Ankara.

Aid to 1.7 million Syrians suspended

2014-12-01 19:56

The World Food Programme has said that it was suspending key food aid to over 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis.

50 IS jihadists killed in Kobane in 24 hours

2014-11-30 14:48

At least 50 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the past 24 hours in clashes, suicide bombings and US-led air strikes in Syria's Kobane, a monitor says.

Syria activists mourn 'death' of revolution

2014-11-28 14:09

With regime troops and jihadists battling for control of Syria, sidelined activists who led a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 say their revolution has died along with their dreams of freedom.

Nato: Syria no-fly zone not being considered

2014-11-26 21:28

Nato is not considering establishing a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria, something Turkey has been calling for to alleviate security and humanitarian pressures on its borders.

NGO: ISIS stones 2 gay men to death in Syria

2014-11-25 20:33

The Islamic State group has stoned two men to death in Syria after claiming they were gay, in the jihadist organisation's first executions for alleged homosexuality.

ISIS recruits, exploits children

2014-11-24 05:00

Across the vast region in Iraq and Syria under ISIS control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable.

Intelligence not aware of ISIS SA recruitment

2014-11-23 12:00

The state security department says while it is not aware of South Africans being recruited for ISIS, it continues to monitor issues of terrorism.

Up to 300 Swedes fighting with ISIS

2014-11-22 22:06

As many as 300 Swedes could have joined the Islamic State insurgency, whose brutal tactics in Iraq and Syria have shocked the world, Sweden's intelligence chief says.

Dutch woman, rescued from ISIS, arrested

2014-11-22 08:25

A blonde, blue-eyed Dutch 19-year-old who was rescued by her mother after marrying an Islamic State fighter in Syria, has been ordered to be detained pending possible terror charges.

2nd Frenchman likely on ISIS beheading video

2014-11-19 10:43

France's government spokesperson says it seems that a second man who appears on a beheading video released by ISIS at the weekend is a French citizen.

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