Syria

July 27, 2014

The Israeli army is on heightened alert over possible escalations in the region on the eve of Eid al-Fitr (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP).
08:27 GMT

On early Sunday the Israeli army went on high alert along the border with Lebanon and the Golan Heights following the possibility of conflict escalation ahead of Eid al-Fitr.

Abbas al Nouri from Bab al Hara. (Image: YouTube still)
07:18 GMT

Syrian drama industry battles on despite war.

July 24, 2014

Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine defected from his post in Arsal, and released a video criticizing Hezbollah and assaults on Sunni youth (YouTube).
07:46 GMT

Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine released a YouTube video on Wednesday which stated that he had defected to the al-Nusra Front and criticized the military as a Hezbollah tool.

July 22, 2014

Damascus has tried to reclaim the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area repeatedly over the past year (File Archive/AFP)
16:55 GMT

Syria's capital of Damascus witnessed what has been described as some of the "fiercest fighting in months."

Turkish police are stationed at one of the country's border crossings with Syria (File Archive/AFP)
15:30 GMT

Clashes at an army outpost on the Syria-Turkey border left at least eight people dead Tuesday.

Hadi al-Bahra was supposed to succeed Ahmad Jarba in the role of president of the coalition (File Archive/AFP)
15:16 GMT

Syria's main opposition coalition announced Tuesday that it has voted to force out its interim government,.

The EU has included anyone linked or related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on its sanctions list (File Archive/AFP)
14:57 GMT

The European Union has voted to expand sanctions on Damascus over its "violent repression" of civilians.

More than 700 Syrians were killed in the past 48 hours with clashes between pro-government forces and ISIS militants (File/AFP)
09:23 GMT

Syrian opposition fighters have expelled ISIS militants from various parts of Damascus after sustaining heavy losses in other parts of the country.

July 21, 2014

Hassan Fadlallah (center right), a parliamentarian representing Hezbollah, says that the movement´s resistance is at the forefront of defending Lebanon (AFP/File).
17:47 GMT

Hassan Fadlallah, a parliamentarian representing the Lebanese resistance movement, said on Sunday that Hezbollah would not be swayed in its fight against Takfiri militant groups operating in Syria.

“Saudi businessmen who visit Jordan for investment and trade often fall victim to fraud,” he explained, adding: “We strongly advise our citizens to seek legal consultation here in the embassy free of charge.”
15:10 GMT

“Houses and farms are still being maintained and have been registered via official documents since the Saudi Embassy had been established in Damascus,” he said.

July 20, 2014

ISIS took over control of the Shaar oil field on Thursday (File Archive)
17:27 GMT

At least 60 Syrian government soldiers were killed in clashes between Damascus and jihadists in Homs province Sunday.

July 19, 2014

A Syrian man reacts while standing on the rubble of his house while others look for survivors and bodies in the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
14:19 GMT

In a Friday report, Los Angeles Times cited Samir Zaitoun, a commander with Al Tawheed Brigade, a Syrian opposition group, as saying that nearly half the militants in Aleppo, mostly from small groups, have left over the last year.

LAF forces in Arsal. (AFP)
07:59 GMT

Residents of the northeastern town of Arsal are growing increasingly worried about their safety as a battle between Hezbollah and members of the Syrian opposition edges ever closer to the town.

July 17, 2014

Kurds in Syria declared their own autonomous region in November 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Kurds in Syria are now requiring that all of their men serve in their armed forces in the self-declared autonomous region's attempt to fight off jihadist insurgents.

ISIS controls oil fields in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor as well (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

The Jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized a major gas field in Syria Thursday, leaving at least 23 people dead in the process.