Syria

November 26, 2014

A Kurdish Peshmerga sniper's scope aims towards the horizon near Erbil in northern Iraq on Sept. 15. (AFP/JM Lopez)
08:41 GMT

Over the past few days Peshmerga forces have captured a strategic road near Sinjar that ISIL used as a key supply route from Syria.

Hezbollah and the FSA have been in a longstanding battle in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

A captured Hezbollah fighter was released by the Free Syrian Army in exchange for two rebels held by the Shia group.

At least 300 Syrians had been demonstrating for days in Athens. (Cherry Martinez photo)
07:00 GMT

The plight of Syrian refugees in Greece illustrates just how serious a regional problem the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have become.

The Syrian city of Raqqa has been an ISIL stronghold since it was seized in 2013. (AFP/File)
05:23 GMT

Air strikes carried out by Bashar al-Assad's army targeting ISIL in Raqqa killed 60 people, according to a London-based monitoring group.

November 25, 2014

Issam was a great actors with a 40-year career in acting. (Image: CNN Arabic)
14:44 GMT

Syrian actor Issam Aba Aji has sadly passed away this week.

American photo journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIL in August 2014. The US government does not pay ransoms for American hostages. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

ISIL militants received some $45 million in ransoms over the past year by kidnapping Western nationals, according to a UN expert.

Lebanese security forces drive through Tripoli during armed clashes with gunmen, October 25, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:19 GMT

A Syrian refugee was killed while several others were injured during clashes Monday between two groups linked to Fatah in Lebanon's Burj al-Barajneh camp.

Twelve Syrian refugees were deported back to their country by Jordanian authorities. (AFP/File)
05:39 GMT

Human Rights Watch criticized the Jordanian government for deporting vulnerable Syrian refugees back across the border.

November 24, 2014

A still from an intimate scene in Saraya Abdeen featuring Qusai and actress Ghada Adel. (Image: YouTube)
13:06 GMT

Sophie conquers Qusai Khouli's world... but are they lovers?

The battle for Kobani has raged for over three months. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

Kurdish fighters continue to make advances against ISIL in Kobani.

Actor Isra’a Shahrour leads an exercise in movement. (Image: Tabitha Ross)
08:21 GMT

The Greek tragedian composed “Antigone” has been reproduced by Syrian refugee women.

Over 200,000 people have died in the Syrian war since March 2011, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT

Syrian refugees in Athens protested over poor living conditions in the country Sunday, calling on the Greek government to grant them asylum.

November 23, 2014

Fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria; inset: Hamza Magamzeh, an Israeli citizen suspected of joining the radical group (photo: AP/Shin Bet)
18:22 GMT

Hamza Magamzeh from the Galilee town of Yafia spent 10 days in Syria fighting Bashar Assad’s regime in October.

US Vice President Joe Biden during the Biden's visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on November 23, 2014 in Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent )
16:59 GMT

US Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up his visit to Turkey on Sunday, after meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a bid to gain more support from Ankara against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

After almost four years of war in Syria, many cities are left besieged and over 9 million Syrian people have been displaced.
16:46 GMT

Refugee children bring color to grim situations with Paint Outside the Lines, a series of public spaces art projects aimed at bringing together communities of displaced people left without creative outlets. Armed with paintbrushes, these refugees are revising the aesthetics of the camp boundaries; reshaping the boundaries of camp life with public art projects.