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Syria regime advances in Aleppo, MSF decries 'bloodbath'

Oct 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Aleppo is also the focus of a new French led United Nations draft resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities

'BLOODBATH.' Syrian volunteers carry an injured person on a stretcher following Syrian government forces airstrikes on the rebel held neighbourhood of Heluk in Aleppo, on September 30, 2016. Photo by Thaer Mohammed/AFP

US names Syrian group Jund al-Aqsa to terror list

Sep 21, 2016 - 12:06 AM

The US State Department says the 4 year old group was originally a unit of the al Nusra Front the Al Qaeda arm in Syria before splitting off to carry out operations independently

A Syrian man rides a bike in the neighbourhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on January 23, 2016. AFP / Abd Doumany

US, Russia strike deal on 'concrete steps' to save Syria ceasefire

Jul 15, 2016 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED US officials are careful not to call the talks a last chance for diplomacy to resolve the bloody 5 year old conflict but they warn time is running out

CLOSER COOPERATION. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) as they meet at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 14, 2016. Photo by Vasily Maximov /EPA

Russia announces 48-hour ceasefire in Syria's Aleppo

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:59 AM

The last minute announcement comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry warns Russia and the Syrian regime to respect a frayed ceasefire

A man sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held Shaar neighborhood of the northern city Aleppo on June 8, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Raids on Syria market kill 21, hundreds flee ISIS bastion

Jun 13, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Several children are among the fatalities as air strikes hit the Syrian city of Idlib

A picture taken on June 12, 2016 shows Syrian Civil Defence members, known as the White Helmets, gather at a site following air strikes on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, on June 12, 2016.  Air strikes on a market in Syria's Al-Qaeda-held city of Idlib killed at least 21 civilians including five children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that it was not clear who carried out the raids on the northwestern city, which is controlled by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

US adds ISIS ally in Syria to terror blacklist

Jun 09, 2016 - 11:17 PM

The Yarmuk Martyr s Brigade operates on war torn Syria s borders with Jordan and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights and is accused of kidnapping UN peacekeepers

Truce in Syria's Aleppo extended for 72 hours

May 07, 2016 - 10:19 AM

The extended pause in fighting for Aleppo comes as international condemnation mounts over deadly air strikes on a camp for displaced people in northern Syria which the regime and its Russian ally deny responsibility for

HUMANITARIAN AID. Syrian residents sit on a ground during a humanitarian aid delivery by the Russian army in a village of Kaukab, Hama province, Syria, May 4, 2016. Photo by Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28 as Aleppo truce holds

May 06, 2016 - 8:58 AM

As relieved civilians went out onto the streets after two weeks of heavy fighting in the divided city others were attacked further west

Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

US, Russia win truce promise in Syria's Aleppo

May 05, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Under pressure from Russia and the United States the Syrian army agrees to respect a two day truce in the war ravaged city of Aleppo

Syrian children holding bread and sweets from a humanitarian aid delivery by the Russian army stand near Russian soldier in a village of Kaukab, Hama province, Syria, May 4, 2016. Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Revenge, despair pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks – study

May 04, 2016 - 8:50 PM

Young Syrian men say joining groups like the Islamic State gives them a strong sense of purpose honor and self worth

epa05276651 A handout picture made available by Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian policemen inspecting the site of bombing, at the entrance of al-Diabiyeh town in Damascus countryside , Syria, 25 April 2016. According to SANA, five civilians were killed and 20 others were injured in the car bombing.

Russia hopes for Syria truce in Aleppo 'within hours'

May 04, 2016 - 7:46 AM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says efforts are under way to agree on a freeze in the fighting

GHOST TOWN. A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo's Bab al-Hadid neighborhood which was targeted recently by regime air strikes. Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Efforts to save Syrian truce shift to Moscow

May 03, 2016 - 1:22 PM

The two month old ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia is under severe threat

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) arrives with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura to a press briefing following a meeting on May 2, 2016 in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

US launches bid to save Syria truce

May 02, 2016 - 3:42 PM

5th UPDATE More than a week of fighting in and around Syria s second city has killed hundreds of civilians

'SAVE ALEPPO' A Syrian girl holds a placard during a rally in solidarity with Aleppo, in the Lebanese northern port city of Tripoli, on May 1, 2016. Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP

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Apr 19, 2016 - 7:39 PM

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'Calmest day' in Syria since ceasefire – monitor

Mar 07, 2016 - 8:40 AM

The average number of civilian deaths a day has fallen by 90 since the ceasefire came into force 9 days ago with an 80 decline among soldiers and rebel forces

LULL. Ayoub, a 27-year-old Syrian man, drives his taxi on a street in the rebel-controlled side of Aleppo on March 3, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

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Feb 29, 2016 - 1:00 PM

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Blame game tests Syria's fragile ceasefire

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:29 PM

3rd UPDATE Washington urges all sides to be patient saying setbacks are inevitable

A picture taken on February 27, 2016 in Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, shows smoke rising from the neighboring Syrian city Tel Abyad during clashes between Islamic State (ISIS) and People's Protection Units (YPG). AFP / STR

Syria's shaky truce enters second day

Feb 28, 2016 - 6:17 PM

UPDATED Several air strikes hit central and northern Syria but the first major ceasefire of the war appears to be broadly intact on its second day

TEMPORARY PEACE. An elderly man holds beads as he sits at a street in the rebel-held neighborhood of Tishreen, after a ceasefire that went into effect in Damascus, Syria, February 27, 2016. Mohammed Badra/EPA

UN Security Council set to endorse Syria ceasefire

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:31 AM

The measure urges all countries in particular those involved in the Syrian peace process to use their influence with the parties to the cessation of hostilities to ensure fulfillment of those commitments

A UN Security Council session. File photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Syria parties agree to ceasefire deal

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:49 PM

UPDATED The US warns it will not wait long to see if the truce sticks while some rebels on the ground reject it as a waste of time

epa05173435 Damaged buildings are seen at the site of a twin bomb attack in the city of Homs, Syria, 21 February 2016. The death toll from the double bomb attack in the Syrian city of Homs rose to 46, including at least 28 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The blasts occurred in the city's Zahraa neighbourhood, populated mainly by members of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, the Osbervatory said. Alawite districts of the central Syrian city have seen numerous deadly bombings, mostly claimed by the Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front jihadist groups. EPA/STR

US, Russia announce Syria ceasefire from February 27

Feb 23, 2016 - 8:44 AM

The announcement drew a conditional acceptance from the main opposition grouping and came just one day after the deadliest jihadist attack in the nearly 5 year war

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers an address on the US and Russia's agreement to enforce a ceasefire in Syria at his residence in Novo-Ogariovo, Moscow region, Russia, February 22, 2016. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

Russia raids on Al-Qaeda-run Syria prison kill at least 39

Jan 09, 2016 - 10:12 PM

Most of those killed are rebels imprisoned by the Al Nusra Front group while other victims included prison guards and Al Nusra fighters

Russia launches Syria submarine strikes ahead of talks

Dec 09, 2015 - 10:39 AM

The strikes come ahead of first ever talks between Syria s political and armed opposition factions

BLACK BOX. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) introduces to Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) a flight recorder of Russian SU-24 bomber, downed in Syria by Turkish F-16 fighter, during their meeting in Novo-Ogariovo residence outside Moscow, December 8, 2015. Mikhail Klimentiev/SPUTNIK/EPA

Kerry rallies Gulf Arabs behind renewed anti-ISIS push

Nov 23, 2015 - 3:46 PM

The American envoy is spearheading international efforts to halt Syria s 4 1 2 year civil war by putting opposition and rebel factions around a table with Bashar al Assad s government

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to members of the news media on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, November 19, 2015. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Tens of thousands flee new Syria offensives

Oct 21, 2015 - 12:14 PM

Moscow and Washington announces they have agreed measures to ensure air safety over Syria

FIGHTING MODE. A rebel fighter prepares to remotely fire a rocket onto pro-regime forces in Syria's northern embattled city of Aleppo on October 19, 2015. Karam al-Masri/AFP

'Kill Russians' urges Syrian Qaeda as Putin slams US

Oct 13, 2015 - 9:05 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin slams Washington for refusing to cooperate on Syria saying some of our partners simply have mush for brains

STRIKE. An image grab made from a video made available on the Russian Defence Ministry's official website on October 7, 2015 reportedly shows a Russian warship launching a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea during a strike against Islamic State (ISIS) group's positions in Syria. Russian Defense Ministry/Handout/AFP

Russia builds up Syria airbase as US policy suffers setback

Sep 26, 2015 - 8:46 PM

In a shocking admission the Pentagon says a group of US trained rebels had handed over ammunition and equipment to Al Qaeda s Syria affiliate the Al Nusra Front

RUSSIAN BUILD-UP? A Russian-made Mi-35 Hind attack helicopter hovers over Latakia airport in the government-controlled coastal Syrian city on September 24, 2015. File photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Syria arrests 'Al-Qaeda suspect in Druze bombing'

Sep 06, 2015 - 9:45 PM

Al Wafed Abu Tarabeh also confesses Al Nusra Front was behind attacks on a Sweida city government property which claimed 31 lives the Syrian state news agency reports

AL QAEDA. A fighter from the al-Qaeda group in the Levant, Al-Nusra Front, poses next to the movements flag in a destroyed building near the front line with Syrian government solders in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus on September 22, 2014. File photo by Rami Al-Sayed/AFP

Al-Qaeda in Syria frees several US-trained rebels – statement

Aug 16, 2015 - 6:09 PM

Al Qaeda s Syrian affiliate Al Nusra Front has freed several members of a US trained rebel forced kidnapped two weeks ago in northern Syria

Powerful Islamist group says it backs IS-free Syria zone

Aug 12, 2015 - 12:31 AM

A major conservative Islamist rebel group in Syria announces its support on Tuesday for a joint US Turkish plan to establish a border zone free of the jihadist Islamic State group

ALLIES? Members of the Islamist Syrian opposition group Ahrar al-Sham point at a position of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG), a militia set up to protect Kurdish areas in Syria from opposing forces, in the countryside of the northern Syrian Raqqa province on August 25, 2013. Photo by Alice Martins / AFP

Syria barrel bombs kill 71 civilians as regime army in retreat

May 30, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The Syrian government s use of the crude weapons has come under fire by rights groups who say they are indiscriminate and often kill many civilians

UN demands aid access to Syria's Yarmuk camp

Apr 21, 2015 - 7:36 AM

The 15 member council also demands that fighters from the Islamic State ISIS group and the Al Qaeda linked Al Nusra Front withdraw and that bombing raids on the Palestinian refugee camp be halted

DESTROYED. A general view taken on April 6, 2015 shows destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Stringer/AFP

UNRWA chief concerned about civilians in Syria's Yarmuk

Apr 13, 2015 - 8:59 AM

UNRWA chief: We are very determined to provide assistance to those who have decided temporarily to leave the camp and find shelter elsewhere

DESTROYED. A general view taken on April 6, 2015 shows destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Stringer/AFP

Syria says military operation needed to expel ISIS from Yarmuk

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:31 AM

Syria s Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar did not spell out when a military operation might begin or how it would be waged but suggested that Syrian troops could be involved

DESTROYED. A general view taken on April 6, 2015 shows destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Stringer/AFP

Syria offers Palestinians its firepower in Yarmuk battle

Apr 08, 2015 - 11:12 AM

PLO leader: Syrian authorities are ready to support the Palestinian fighters in a number of ways including militarily to push [ISIS] out of the camp

CRISIS. A handout file picture made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 01 April 2015 of Palestinians waiting for food supplies in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, Syria, on 30 January 2014. SANA/Handout/EPA

UN Security Council demands aid access to Yarmuk

Apr 07, 2015 - 9:13 AM

This call comes after ISIS fighters capture large swaths of the Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus in an offensive launched on April 1

CRISIS. A handout file picture made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 01 April 2015 of Palestinians waiting for food supplies in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, Syria, on 30 January 2014. SANA/Handout/EPA

Palestinians trapped as jihadists seize most of Syria's Yarmuk camp

Apr 05, 2015 - 11:14 AM

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA issue an urgent plea for humanitarian access to the area saying the situation in Yarmuk is a source of universal shame

CRISIS. A handout file picture made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 01 April 2015 of Palestinians waiting for food supplies in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, Syria, on 30 January 2014. SANA/Handout/EPA

Rebels seize Syria-Jordan border as ISIS storms Damascus

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:33 AM

UPDATED The Islamic State takes control of a large part of the Yarmuk refugee camp during fighting with Palestinian groups

Syria forces regroup after Islamists seize Idlib

Mar 30, 2015 - 7:58 AM

The capture is a blow to the government and raises the prospect that Idlib will become the effective capital of territory held by Al Qaeda s Syrian wing Al Nusra Front analysts say

AL NUSRA. In this file photo, a fighter from the al-Qaeda group in the Levant, Al-Nusra Front, poses next to the movements flag in a destroyed building near the front line with Syrian government solders in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus on September 22, 2014. File photo by Rami Al-Sayed/AFP

Aid workers voice frustration as Syria conflict enters 5th year

Mar 15, 2015 - 7:00 PM

By comparison Somalia and Afghanistan seem simple impartial humanitarian aid in a time of war is never easy but in Syria the complexity and danger are at the highest possible level

DISPLACED. Syrian children play at the Zattari refugee camp near Mafraq city, Jordan, 14 March 2015. Jamal Nasrallah/EPA

Syria enters fifth year of bloody civil conflict

Mar 15, 2015 - 12:49 PM

Syria s conflict enters its fifth year with the regime emboldened by shifting international attention and a growing humanitarian crisis exacerbated by ISIS

MILES FROM HOME. A Syrian refugee child peeks out of their tent at a refugee camp in the Suruc district near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 28 January 2015. Sedat Suna/EPA

4 years on, Syria's civil war eclipsed by ISIS terror

Mar 15, 2015 - 10:06 AM

The daily suffering of Syria s people is overshadowed by atrocities committed by the Islamic State ISIS group that have sparked international horror

Syrians walk amidst the rubble in search for survivors following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the Maysar neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 7, 2015. Zein al-Rifai/AMC/AFP

France seizes passports of would-be jihadists

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:38 PM

UPDATED It is the first time the measure has been used in France following its introduction as part of a raft of new counter terrorism laws in November

An electronic display board board at Charles de Gaulle Airport indicates a flight as 'Annule' (Cancelled), in Paris, France, 15 September 2014. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Jihadists increasingly wary of Internet, experts say

Jan 31, 2015 - 1:43 PM

Experts say jihadists are increasingly using the Dark Web – the hidden part of the Internet protected by powerful encryption softwares

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Jan 02, 2015 - 7:15 PM

Pope Francis on New Year: a world with no more slaves Sony’s hackers threaten an American news group A video of two Italian women missing in Syria surfaces

'Kidnapped Italian women in Syria' appear in video

Jan 02, 2015 - 8:24 AM

The 23 second video includes no details of which group is holding the women but the YouTube post title claims it is the doing of Al Nusra Al Qaeda s Syrian affiliate

ISIS threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage

Dec 19, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Four hostages have already been executed

HOSTAGE. Children look at portraits of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists on December 14, 2014 in Beirut during a demonstration to ask for their release. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Syria rebels, Qaeda capture key southern town: monitor

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:15 AM

The town of Nawa is in Daraa province bordering Jordan Damascus province and Quneitra which has a boundary on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights

In this file photo, Syrian men inspect the site of a reported Syrian government forces barrel bomb attack in the northern city of Aleppo on September 27, 2014 which killed at least one child. Khaled Khatib/AFP

ISIS jihadists execute Iraqi tribespeople

Nov 03, 2014 - 8:28 AM

Women and children are said to be among scores of Albu Nimr tribespeople executed over the past 10 days in western Iraq s Anbar province

Iraqi forces on an armored personnel carrier (APC) advance in the Jurf al-Sakhr area, north of the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on October 30, 2014, after they retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists over the weekend after months of fighting the regain the ground. Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Qaeda drives moderate Syria rebels from northern bastion

Nov 01, 2014 - 6:31 PM

The defeat is seen as a blow to US efforts to create and train a moderate rebel force as a counterweight to jihadists and the forces of Syrian President Bashar al Assad

A tent is erected by relatives of Lebanese soldiers kidnapped by fighters linked to the radical Sunni Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front (JAN) in front the government palace in down town Beirut, Lebanon  (22 October 2014). Photo by Nabil Mounzer/EPA