Conflict in Syria

Today

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Israeli-annexed Golan Height as they wait to cross into Syria, on August 28, 2014. [AFP]
15:01 GMT
Israeli forces took up positions at Quneitra barely 400 meters from Nusra Front militants who attacked a UN base on the Syrian side of the border and seized the 43 Fijians.
Syrian families carry belongings in the southern Damascus district of Qadam on August 21, 2014, as they return to their homes after Syrian authorities and rebels agreed a truce on August 18. [AFP]
08:13 GMT
Almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives, according to the UNHCR; Syria operation is largest in UNHCR's history, organization says.
US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:43 GMT
US President Barack Obama says Washington does not have “a strategy yet” to tackle the ISIL group, which is operating in Iraq and Syria.
ISIS claimed it beheaded a Peshmerga fighter in graphic video and threatened 14 others. [Youtube]
07:34 GMT
The ISIL group has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in the city of Mosul.

August 28, 2014

UN officials reported Thursday the capture of 43 UNDOF peacekeepers after heavy clashes between opposition fighters and Syrian government forces broke out near the Golan Heights border. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT
The UN says 43 of its UNDOF peacekeepers were abducted Thursday by masked militants after brutal clashes between various Syrian opposition forces and government soldiers broke out.
Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. [AFP]
12:11 GMT
The Lebanese Army clashed with Syrian rebels Thursday after the military shelled the militants' hideouts in the outskirts of the northeastern border region of Arsal.
Rebel fighters walk holding their weapons to a position on a front-line in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT
Syria is willing to help Lebanon in its fight against Islamist militants, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said in remarks published Thursday.
03:27 GMT
Spokesman for rebel group operating in area, says at least six rebels killed in latest fighting near Golan Heights.
Assad formed his new government that consists of 11 new ministers. [AFP]
03:05 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formed a new government less than three months after being re-elected for a third term.

August 27, 2014

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. [AP]
18:21 GMT
New pictures posted on social media show the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing several Syrian government soldiers in the country’s troubled northeast.
Picture distributed by the Islamic State, showing militants including a commander known as Abu Waheeb. [Mashable]
16:57 GMT
ISIL militants have reportedly threatened to attack Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a report says.
Heavy fighting is continuing in the surrounding area. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT
Syrian rebels seized control of the Syrian crossing with the Golan Heights Wednesday.
The air strikes were targeting militants hiding out along the border. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT
Syrian warplanes launched air strikes on Arsal, Lebanon Wednesday.
Western countries are deeply concerned about the growing number of westerners traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight. (AFP/File)
10:43 GMT
At least fifteen Australian citizens were killed fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.
Mass poverty and poor living conditions have perhaps contributed to the rise of the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
The best way to stop the Islamic State is to put an end to policies in the Middle East that demean the Arab population and prevent them from achieving their full human potential.