Syria

July 1, 2014

The MV Cape Ray will be used to destroy what are considered Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons (Mario Tosti/AFP)
19:56 GMT

The American MV Cape Ray arrived in Italy's Gioia Tauro port Tuesday to aid in the destruction of at least 1,300 tons of chemical weapons from Syria.

Deir Al Zor province has been a frequent place of fighting between ISIS and the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front (File Archive)
16:17 GMT

Some Islamist groups in Syria have "dismissed" the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's claim that they have established an Islamic caliphate.

Bassem Kousa stars in the Syrian drama "Pack Your Bags". (Image courtesy of Daily Star Lebanon)
15:13 GMT

As can be expected, Syria’s once-proud television drama and comedy industry continues to decline. This season, the few shows that exist are not as well done as years before the crisis began.

ISIS announced the creation of an Islamic caliphate this week (File/AFP)
12:56 GMT

ISIS captured a strategic Syrian border town from rebels, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

June 30, 2014

President Assad is currently battling the opposition for control of Syria. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that ISIL sells oil to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Idlib has been under government control since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Mortar shells hit Idlib Monday killing at least 14 people.

Prime Minister Salam has rejected the proposal to communicate with Syrian officials because of his commitment to the Baabda Declaration. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT

Prime Minister Tamman Salam said Monday that the Lebanese government will not communicate with the Syrian government over the Syrian refugee crisis.

Head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was appointed as "the caliph" of "Muslims everywhere" during an audio recording (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT

Extremist militant group ISIS declared the formation of an Islamic "caliphate", citing the group's head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the "leader of Muslims everywhere".

ISIL's terrorist network has spilled over from Iraq and Syria into Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:03 GMT

Militant group ISIL announced the appointment of a leader for Lebanon to set up training camps according to LBCI television.

June 29, 2014

ISIS Takfiri Militants. (AFP)
16:23 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that the incident happened in Deir Hafer in the east of Aleppo Province.

Omar Bakri Muhammad has been arrested multiple times in Lebanon for allegedly supporting terrorism (File/AFP)
12:20 GMT

The family of a radical preacher asked that he be allowed back into the UK, around ten years after he left for Lebanon, where he claims to have been tortured.

Jamal and Karim will be working together on "The Blue Elephant." (Image: Albawaba edit)
10:57 GMT

Elephants are good luck for Syrian actor Jamal Suliman, who's working on a new project based on the famous novel "The Blue Elephant."

Douma has been under rebel control for over two years. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

At least two people were killed and dozens more injured in a car bomb attack in Douma.

June 28, 2014

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, pictured right, and President Obama on the left. (AFP)
16:47 GMT

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says he has prepared an “option” for President Barack Obama to consider the use of US military assets against “high-value individuals” in ISIL leadership.

June 27, 2014

Rebels fighter stand on the images of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad (R) and his son present Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Kasab border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia. [AFP]
11:16 GMT

As the White House asked lawmakers to funnel $500 million towards moderate insurgents, Syria’s opposition government sacked the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) late Thursday over corruption allegations, Agence France-presse reported.