Syria

November 4, 2014

These two young Austrian girls flew to Syria to join the Islamic State after being recruited online. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

The internet is a major recruiting tool for terrorist organizations like ISIL. Should the West or online giants like Google and Twitter do more to stop their propaganda?

The members of the closed-door session discussed military partnerships and addressing urgent humanitarian needs, among other topics. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

The US State Department announced late Monday that it held an Inaugural Plenary Meeting with 35 Washington-based ambassadors from partner countries to counter ISIL.

Photos released online purportedly show the Islamic State group’s flag hoisted over the Jahar gas field. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

ISIL fighters in Syria report that they have captured a second gas field in Syria.

November 3, 2014

The 23-year-old was sentenced to 22 months in jail for joining ISIL in Syria (File/AFP)
11:27 GMT

An Israeli court in Haifa jailed a 23-year-old man for 22 months after he joined ISIL in Syria, then came back to Israel after regretting his decision.

An explosion rocks Kobani on Nov. 2. (AFP)
09:02 GMT

Severe clashes broke out in Kobani after Iraqi peshmerga forces joined the battle against ISIL, Reuters reported.

November 2, 2014

Bomber aircraft conducted seven air strikes in Syria and two in Iraq. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

US military forces continued to bomb ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria on Saturday and Sunday.

The curving clays and sand soils of Iran’s salt desert,  Dasht-e Kavir, appear like swirls in fine lumber. Satellites can directly identify different minerals and recognize large geological structures and mineral deposits that are undetectable by ground-based surveys. Iran is one of the world’s most important mineral producers.
12:01 GMT

Middle East deserts as you've never seen them before - from orbit

Hadi al-Bahra's comments came after the Islamic State continues to seize more territory across Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT

President of the Syrian National Coalition, Hadi al-Bahra, admitted moderate rebels "made a lot of mistakes" fighting Bashar al-Assad's forces and IS.

While the Islamic State commits genocide against Iraqis and Syrians, the international community needs to harshen its tone towards the group (File/AFP)
09:22 GMT

While international organizations use diplomatic language such as "sustainable political solutions", this tone won't help us defeat the Islamic State. Less words, more action?

November 1, 2014

The monitoring group estimated that the actual number of those killed from Islamist groups, and IS, including Al-Nusra Front and other Arab and Asian nationals has reached 1,500 since last month. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Saturday that it has documented the killings of around 5,772 people in Syria during clashes between regime forces and the opposition last month.

The Peshmerga were prevented from entering Kobani for two days. (AFP/File)
16:18 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish forces who were delayed by Turkey finally arrived in Kobani.

October 31, 2014

A crowd of Turkish Kurds greet a convoy of Iraqi Peshmerga reinforcements preparing to cross into Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
15:53 GMT

Syrian Kurdish fighters said a group of ten peshmerga fighters trickled into Kobani after crossing the Turkish border Thursday to survey the area and prepare for the arrival of 150 additional fighters awaiting deployment to the besieged town,

Once hailed as a cradle to peaceful government resistance, the villages in Hama's eastern countryside fear an IS take-over is near. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT

Amid an ever-transforming conflict, villages of al-Silmiya, in Hama's eastern countryside, watch warily

October 30, 2014

Millions of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the start of the war in 2011. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

At least one million Syrians live in Lebanon as refugees. Many refugees are happy to have escaped the brutal war raging in their home country, but some are also fearful of their wary hosts.

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter flashes the "victory" sign as his convoy passes through the Iraq-Turkey border, October 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:30 GMT

Thousands of Turkish Kurds flocked to the streets of Suruç as Iraqi peshmearga forces arrived to battle IS militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani.