Syria

October 18, 2014

British aid worker Alan Henning was beheaded by IS militants while volunteering to help Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

The families of two British aid workers beheaded by the Islamic State have called for "unity" from people of all faiths against the militant group.

Three children were among the dead in eight air raids across a Damascus suburb (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

Syrian regime airstrikes on a suburb of Damascus Friday killed 15 people, activists and a monitoring group said, as fierce clashes raged on several fronts in the country.

Kurdish demonstrators clash with Turkey's security forces outside a university in Ankara, October 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Kurdish protests across Ankara over Turkey's inaction against the Islamic State in the Syrian border town of Kobani has hit 40.

October 17, 2014

Department of state spokesperson, Jen Psaki, confirmed that a U.S. official met with the PYD during the weekend. (File/AFP)
08:09 GMT

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that a U.S. official met with the Kurdish group whose fighters are battling IS militants in Kobani Thursday.

ISIS executes two of their own (File/AFP)
06:15 GMT

ISIS may have beheaded two of their own

October 16, 2014

Kurdish crowds watch smoke billowing from the Syrian border town of Kobani in the distance, October 15, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT

American officials have warned the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State despite air strikes and Kurdish resistance.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaking in parliament (Adem Altan/ AFP).
09:41 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday a unilateral intervention in Syria would do more harm than good as he called for an “all inclusive” effort to resolve the crisis.

US warplanes hit Islamic State jihadists with 18 bombing raids near the Syrian town of Kobane on October 14 and October 15, to support besieged Kurdish militia there, Central Command said. [AFP]
07:43 GMT

A pentagon spokesman says bad weather in Iraq had freed up coalition firepower to attack Kobani targets in Syria.

October 15, 2014

Kurdish troops battling IS in Kobani say despite airstrikes' new success, barred access to the Turkish border still preventing them from getting weapon replenishments from Kurdish allies in Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:06 GMT

Kurdish troops staving off Islamic State militants in he Syrian border town of Kobani report gains made over the last two days as international airstrike coordination has become better coordinated with PKG troops on the ground.

Clashes between government forces and IS militants broke out close to the Syrian army's last remaining base in the Deir Ezzor province (File/AFP)
15:48 GMT

Government forces clashed with IS militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor Wednesday according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Lebanon is home to 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in dire conditions across farmland or empty fields (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said he would continue to support America's humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

The Syrian regime has seen several officials' deaths since the revolution began in 2011, most notably in a bomb attack on a high-government meeting in Damascus in 2012 which killed Assad's brother-in-law and three others. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT

A Syrian parliamentary member was assassinated Tuesday night when his car came under heavy gunfire while traveling along a central roadway in the Hama province. Reports of his involvement in pro-government militia indicate a targeted attack.

Violent clashes continue in Damascus' rural regions. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

Warplanes continue to bomb IS targets in Kobani as fighting continues across Syria.

October 14, 2014

A total number of four Lebanese soldiers have now defected to join extremist groups (File/AFP)
17:45 GMT

The Islamic State released footage of a Lebanese soldier allegedly defecting to join the militant group. Security forces carried out raids in the soldier's town of Dweir Adawiyeh after the video was released.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian said there is a difference between Muslims and Islamist militants (File/AFP)
16:59 GMT

Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian condemned Muslim extremists and said "our Islam is not terrorist," during a conference Tuesday.