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Syrian-Kurdish refugee children in a camp near Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.  (AFP/Safin Hamed)
11:28 GMT
A UN report released Thursday urged the international community to address the growing problem of Syrian refugee child laborers, many of whom are exploited to support their families.
Opposition fighters from the al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam Brigade undergo training near the al-Turkman mountains in Syria's northern Latakia province.  (AFP/File)
10:24 GMT
Amidst recruitment issues, US military is to send first round of "moderate" trainees into Syria in upcoming weeks.
Syrian government airstrikes bombarded Aleppo late Thursday and into Friday as Islamist rebel groups launched a major offensive to seize full control of the city.  (AFP/File)
09:46 GMT
Syrian government airstrikes bombarded Aleppo late Thursday and into Friday as Islamist rebel groups launched a major offensive to seize full control of the city.
Pentagon officials said the militant, Tarik bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi, had been transporting and supplying weapons for Daesh, as well has helping fighters enter Syria from Turkey.  He was killed June 16 near Syria's border with Iraq.  (AFP/File)
06:46 GMT
Pentagon officials said the militant, Tarik bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi, had been transporting and supplying weapons for Daesh, as well has helping fighters enter Syria from Turkey.
The Syrian regime has been heavily criticized for its use of "barrel bombs," explosive barrels that are dropped from helicopters. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Syrian Ambassador on Thursday rejected a UN report condemning Syria's use of barrel bombs in the conflict.

July 2, 2015

Daesh controls one-fifth of Iraq's 10,000 world-renowned historical sites. (AFP/File)
17:55 GMT
UNESCO head Irina Bokova met with experts in London to discuss the extent of looting of ancient sites by the Daesh group.
Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was one of 71 journalists killed in the first six months of 2015. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT
War in the Middle East is being blamed for a seven percent rise in the number of journalists killed in the first six months of this year.
The Syrian army took control of Palmyra's only hospital in May, while other hospitals in the country were forced to close. (AFP/Leon Neal)
13:05 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said airstrikes in Daraa on Wednesday killed at least 18 people.
Lebanese army soldiers drive out of the town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley near the border with Syria, on August 3, 2014. (AFP/STR)
10:15 GMT
The Lebanese army intercepted the militants trying to set up a rocket launcher in Arsal.
In October media reports said Daesh beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, three of them women. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT
A cursory Google image search says otherwise.
Rebel fighters from the al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam Brigade attend a training session at an undisclosed location near the al-Turkman mountains, in Syria's northern Latakia province. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Dozens of trainees quit the program to be with their families during the holy month of Ramadan.
Last month, Hezbollah advanced into Arsal’s outskirts from the south and east, tightening its grip around Nusra Front militants. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Hezbollah fighters moved into the outskirts of the Syrian border town of Zabadani Wednesday.
Images were uploaded of a bag that seemed to sport a Daesh flag. (AFP/File)
05:43 GMT
Images were uploaded of a bag that seemed to sport a Daesh flag.
The families will protest the absence of any breakthroughs in negotiations. (AFP/File)
05:18 GMT
The families will protest the absence of any breakthroughs in negotiations.
The World Food Program will halve the value of food vouchers given to refugees in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
00:42 GMT
The World Food Program will halve the value of food vouchers given to refugees in Lebanon.

July 1, 2015

If anything bad should happen to Hilal, then he wants all his money to go to his little bro Basel. (File photo)
16:26 GMT
If anything bad should happen to Syrian singer Wissam Hilal, then he wants all his money to go to his little - and only - bro Basel.
Syrians walk amidst the rubble of buildings in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, following reported air strikes by regime forces, on June 30, 2015. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
15:59 GMT
Fifteen people were killed and at least 25 injured on Wednesday by barrel-bomb attacks carried out by the Syrian regime.
The Israeli sentenced is one of three who joined Daesh. (AFP/File)
15:05 GMT
The Nazareth District Court sentenced an Israeli Arab to three years in prison on Wednesday, for joining Daesh in Syria.
A woman walks past a banner of President Bashar Assad hanging from a Central Bank building in Damascus, Syria. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
14:45 GMT
The Central Bank of Syria put the redesigned currency into circulation Tuesday, but media reports fail to mention the reason behind the image change.
Members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units monitor the positions of Islamic State group in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, close to the Turkish border. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Turkey has tightened security along the border amid ongoing threats.
Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam has released a video that mocked Daesh productions. (YouTube)
12:02 GMT
Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam has released a video that mocked Daesh productions.
Egyptian security sources told Arabic news Wednesday more than 60 soldiers were killed. (AFP/File)
11:29 GMT
Egyptian security sources told Arabic news Wednesday at least 70 soldiers were killed.
A photo shows a bullet hole on a window in the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 29, 2015, where a deadly attack took place the previous week. (AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard)
11:10 GMT
A troubling week of attacks across the Middle East and France show terrorism is spreading like wild fire.
A picture taken in Suruc in Turkey's Sanliurfa province near the border with Syria, shows Syrian Kurds returning to Kobane also known as Ain al-Arab, after clashes in the city, on June 27, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
09:59 GMT
The United States will not support a buffer zone on the northern Syrian border due to the cost required to support it.
Angelina Jolie has visited refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan in her role as UNHCR envoy. (UNHCR)
09:00 GMT
Following her visit to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey nine days ago, the Oscar-winning star joins UK and African Union authorities to help tackle sexual violence in conflict zones.
Mr. Harding is the second Australian national to die while fighting Daesh. (Image: Lions of Rojava Facebook)
05:00 GMT
Reece Harding died while fighting with the Lions of Rojava in Syria when he stepped on a landmine.

June 30, 2015

Refugees who fled the fighting in Tal Abyad two weeks ago have been gradually returning to the border town. (AFP/File)
16:11 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human rights said a group of Daesh fighters had re-entered Tal Abyad and seized a district from Kurdish fighters.
A crowd gathers around the rubble of buildings destroyed during a barrel bomb attack in the city of Aleppo in May 2015. (AFP/File)
15:52 GMT
Syrian army airstrikes kill at least 20, injure 80 others, according to humanitarian and local sources.
Security forces gather outside the Shiite al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque after it was targeted by a suicide bombing during Friday prayers, in Kuwait City, on June 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
Local media reported 60 suspects were arrested for militant connections.
Walmart issued an apology after the retail giant designed a cake with a Daesh flag. (AFP/Frederic J. Brown)
12:22 GMT
Walmart may want to look into some cultural sensitivity training.
Over 3,000 people including 74 children have been executed by the militant group in the last 12 months. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Two women along with their husbands were reportedly beheaded in Syria's Deir al-Zor province for carrying acts of "sorcery", according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Lebanese security forces have continued to battle militants near the border with Syria in recent months. (AFP/File)
10:42 GMT
Lebanese security forces arrested eight Syrian men on suspicion of being affiliated with terrorist groups in the border towns of Labweh and Arsal.
While al-Qaeda claims to be fighting for the establishment of an Islamic State, Daesh purports to be one. (AFP/File)
09:57 GMT
While al-Qaeda claims to be fighting for the establishment of an Islamic State, Daesh purports to be one.
Kidnappings have been a common occurrence in the Bekaa Valley, an area known for hosting a large number of gangs. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Kidnappings have been a common occurrence in the Bekaa Valley, an area known for hosting a large number of gangs.
The hoax involved 'Israeli' helicopters, uniformed officers and mock Israeli army base. (File photo)
08:30 GMT
The Syrian actor was 'kidnapped' from a cruise by 'Israeli forces' and interrogated at gunpoint, in the latest hoax stunt on Egyptian TV.

June 29, 2015

The report conflicts with statements made by a Jordanian government spokesman who said King Abdullah had no intention of getting involved in the conflict in Syria. (AFP/File)
20:06 GMT
Jordan was said to be mulling the establishment of a humanitarian buffer zone in southern Syria to prevent the entrenchment of extremist militants along its border.
The Syrian national flag waves in the wind over the a prison in Syria. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
16:30 GMT
The two Islamists returned home and were received by their families at a ceremony Sunday.
Hend Sabry has Ramadan Iftar with a Syrian refugee family in Amman. (Albawaba Arabic)
12:00 GMT
UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Tunisian actress Hend Sabry had one of her Ramadan Iftars with a Syrian refugee family in Jordan.
A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) watches smoke billowing in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah on June 28, 2015. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
11:09 GMT
Syrian state news released a newsflash stating th army had "cleansed" militants from the southern district of Nashwa in the city.
Syrian soldiers and local pro-government fighters patrol the Handarat region, located in northwestern Syria. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT
One map shows the extent of the government's concerns.

June 28, 2015

Only a small percentage of the executions documented were recorded in the group's highly-stylized propaganda videos.
16:49 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented 3,027 executions by Daesh in the year since establishing their 'caliphate.'
Hezbollah has been strengthening their positions near the northeastern Lebanese town of Ras Baalbek with rockets and heavy artillery in preparation for an upcoming offensive against Daesh. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT
The outskirts of the northeastern town of Ras Baalbek are expected to see a series of fierce clashes between Hezbollah and Daesh in the upcoming weeks.
Australian authorities are still verifying if Khaled Sharrouf was killed by a US-led airstrike in Syria last week. (Twitter)
11:40 GMT
A Daesh militant from Australia could still be alive following reports last week of him being killed by a US-led drone strike in Syria.
Daesh killed over 60 people after attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait on Friday. (AFP/File)
04:06 GMT
Recent Daesh attacks may leave non-Muslims perceiving the religion in an unfair light.
Daesh's attack at a beach resort in Tunisia's city of Sousse killed 38 and injured dozens more. (AFP/File)
02:42 GMT
Here's what experts said about Daesh before the holy month began.

June 27, 2015

Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk province. (AFP/File)
19:06 GMT
At least 80 Daesh militants were killed in airstrikes conducted by Iraqi air forces Saturday.
The two militants were killed by the army Thursday after they tried to infiltrate Arsal. (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT
The two militants were killed by the army Thursday after they tried to infiltrate Arsal.
The YPG victory comes only two days after Daesh had re-entered the border town. (AFP/File)
12:12 GMT
The YPG victory comes only two days after Daesh had re-entered the border town.
The militants beheaded 12 men accused of fighting against them in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT
The militants beheaded 12 men accused of fighting against them in Syria.

June 26, 2015

Iraqi Yazidi women who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
14:19 GMT
The women were sold for between $500 and $2,000 in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Daesh re-entered the Syrian border town on Thursday and has already killed more than 140 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (AFP/File)
12:47 GMT
Daesh re-entered the Syrian border town on Thursday and has already killed more than 140 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A source said soldiers ambushed a group of militants who tried to attack military positions to try to infiltrate Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT
A source said soldiers ambushed a group of militants who tried to attack military positions to try to infiltrate Arsal.
The offensive follows a Daesh attack on another provincial capital, Hasakah, that sent more suicide bombers into a Kurdish border town. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT
The offensive follows a Daesh attack on another provincial capital, Hasakah, that sent more suicide bombers into a Kurdish border town.

June 25, 2015

Turkey rejected a statement from Syrian television that the car bombs entered Kobani from the Turkey side of the border. (AFP/File)
16:24 GMT
Turkish security forces said Daesh 'sleeper cells' lying in wait in Kobani were responsible for Thursday's early morning car bomb attack
A statement from the SNHR said 30 regime soldiers and 20 from Daesh were killed in clashes in Hasakah on Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:39 GMT
Clashes in the northeastern city of al-Hasakah on Thursday have killed 50, including 20 Daesh members, the SNHR said.
Ramtha is located just a few kilometers from the southern Syrian city of Daraa. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
13:28 GMT
Three shells from Syria struck Ramtha, killing a 23-year-old man and injuring three others, including two young girls.
A general view showing the destruction in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Approximately 150,000 Palestinians are living on the front lines of the Syrian crisis.
Israeli security personnel check an Israeli military ambulance which was attacked by Israeli Druze in the Israeli settlement of Neve Ativ, near Majdal Shams on the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, as it was on its way to a hospital carrying two injured Syrians for treatment on June 22, 2015. (AFP/STR)
11:00 GMT
A total of nine suspects have been detained following the attack on an IDF ambulance carrying a wounded Syrian.
Daesh militants were pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani five months ago. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Daesh militants re-entered the Syrian town of Kobani, five months after being pushed out by Kurds and the US-led coalition.
Iraqi men inspect charred vehicles at a parking-lot at the Beirut Square, east of the capital Baghdad, following an explosion on June 24, 2015. Elsewhere, in the city of Baquba a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at a gathering of Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders, killing at least 14 people in an attack claimed by Daesh. (AFP/Ahmed al-Rubaye)
09:04 GMT
Washington couldn't solve the 2006 sectarian war in Iraq, so what makes America think this time will be different?
Daesh militants were killed in the Jeb al-Jarah area of Homs. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Over 19 Daesh militants were killed by Syria's army in the country's central province of Homs, the SOHR reported.

June 24, 2015

Haifa Wehbe thanks Assala for complimenting her on her acting skills with a cold tweet. (Sonara.net)
13:59 GMT
Haifa Wehbe thanks Assala for complimenting her on her acting skills with a cold tweet.
AT least 230,000 people have been killed in Syria since the onset of the crisis in 2011. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
11:30 GMT
Bombs were detonated outside a mosque in Damascus, at the headquarters of the Kurdish fighters at Sinalco Square, as well as near a pediatric hospital in Hasakah.
Thousands of civilians have been killed since the Syrian war began in March, 2011. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
The UN denounced Daesh, armed rebels and the Syrian government for deliberately targeting civilians in the war.
Syrian refugees await assistance in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT
$800 million of aid last year reflected by growth of 1.3 percent in the Lebanese GDP, according to a UN report.
The Daesh flag flies above an ancient Roman theatre in Palmyra, May 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Daesh militants blew up two mausoleums in the UNESCO world heritage city of Palmyra days after laying mines around ancient sites.
A Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter holds their movement's flag near the Akcakale crossing gate between Turkey and Syria at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 15, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
06:00 GMT
Kurdish forces have liberated the town of Ain Issa from Daesh, cutting off a key supply route to the Deash 'capital' of Raqqa.
Crickets followed the hashtag promotion, and then there were the photos. (AFP/File)
01:46 GMT
Nice try, Syria — you'll have to do a whole lot more than that to get residents excited for the season.

June 23, 2015

The latest video is one of the most brutal yet to be released by Daesh (Screenshot)
16:36 GMT
A new video released by Daesh shows the brutal murders of 16 prisoners in what is thought to be one of the group's cruelest videos to date.
Hezbollah and the Syrian army have been making steady progress against Nusra and Daesh in Qalamoun since launching an offensive in the region in May. (Twitter)
15:34 GMT
Hezbollah and the Syrian army captured three new hills in Syria's northern Qalamoun region on Tuesday.
Assala turns a blind eye on her bumpy friendship with Haifa Wehbe, and confesses that she's an amazing actress instead! (Watanserb.com)
14:59 GMT
Assala turns a blind eye on her bumpy friendship with Haifa Wehbe, and confesses that she's an amazing actress instead!
Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters hold their movement's flag while a Turkish soldier looks at them near the Akcakale crossing gate between Turkey and Syria at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 15, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
13:00 GMT
Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) have made advances towards Raqqa, Daesh's self-proclaimed capital in Syria.
Moderate Syrian rebels are being trained by the US-led coalition to fight Daesh. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
12:00 GMT
According to the Pentagon, coalition trained rebels will be paid paid $250 - $400 per month.
A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows Druze men residing in Israel holding binoculars watching smoke rising in the horizon of the Syrian Druze village of Hadar, on June 20, 2015, following Syrian army airstrikes against opposition rebel fighters. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
08:30 GMT
On Monday Israeli Druze attacked an IDF ambulance carrying to Syrians in Goan Heights.

June 22, 2015

The first-place winner gets a "young" girl. (AFP/File)
18:12 GMT
The first-place winner gets a "young" girl, while second- and third-place winners get teenage girls.
A Hezbollah soldier surveys the landscape near Lebanon's northern Qalamoun region. (AFP/File)
13:27 GMT
An attempted Daesh attack on Hezbollah posts in northern Qalamoun on Monday was thwarted by Hezbollah forces and the Syrian army.
A Syrian man carries the body of a child following a reported military strike by government forces in the rebel-controlled Bustan al-Qasr district of the northern city of Aleppo on June 20, 2015. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
11:30 GMT
According to a medical NGO operating in Syria, fuel shortages are inhibiting humanitarian aid from reaching civilians.
A Syrian boy carries bread in the northern Syrian town of Atareb in the Aleppo province on Nov. 7, 2012. (AFP/File)
10:16 GMT
From food to transportation, here are the ways the plummeting Syrian pound is affecting civilians.
Allegations of ethnic cleansing conducted by Kurdish forces were released shortly after the YPG took Tal Abyad from Daesh. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
09:31 GMT
Sunni allegations of Kurds' ethnic cleansing have deeper implications.
Earlier this week a family of twelve from the UK ran off to join Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The family of five, includig a couple and their three children, first traveled to Turkey before crossing into Syria.
Aleppo has been gripped by violence since the civil war began in March 2011. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Some 14 people were killed by Syrian government forces in Aleppo, local activists said.
The norias were built as early as the fifth century and submitted to be on the UNESCO Tentative World Heritage List. (Wikimedia Commons/Effi Schweizer)
02:59 GMT
These centuries-old norias are more than just landmarks, and so far they're safe and sound.
A Syrian woman cries at the Akcakale crossing on June 14, 2015, after an airstrike hit the eastern part of nearby Tal Abyad. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
01:23 GMT
An abridged translation of the statement released by the YPG after media reports of ethnic cleansing in the areas taken from Daesh.

June 21, 2015

The ancient oasis city of Palmyra is home to some of the world's best preserved Roman ruins. (AFP/File)
13:32 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday said Daesh militants have planted explosives in the ancient part of the central Syrian city.
Syrian rescue workers look up to the sky in search of warplanes, on June 14, 2015, in the Jallum neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
13:00 GMT
The bomb blast likely targeted the region's Syrian Kurds.

June 20, 2015

A man amidst the rubble in Aleppo, February 2013.  Saturday's regime attacks on Aleppo, which killed ten and injured 15 in residential areas of the city, used bombs made of oxygen tanks called "elephant missiles" by locals (AFP/Pablo Tosco).
18:35 GMT
Hospital officials and activist sources say ten people were killed and 15 injured Saturday as Syrian regime forces dropped so-called "elephant missiles" over residential areas of Syria's second-largest city.
Syrians crossed into Turkey by the thousands as clashes raged last week between Kurdish YPG and Daesh forces in the strategic border town Tal Abyad.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
18:01 GMT
Three Italians and a French citizen were arrested by Turkish authorities as they entered the country from Kobane, which lies just across the Syrian border.
Members of Israel's Druze community attend the funeral of a Druze police officer who died responding to a November 2014 attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.  (AFP/Jack Guez)
15:45 GMT
Amidst attacks on Syria's Druze community, Israel's top ethnically Druze government official said at a briefing Saturday he fears members of his ethnic-religious sect are under grave risk of persecution in Syria's embattled Aleppo.
A Syrian family from Aleppo takes shelter from the rain in Turkey's Istanbul, March 2014.  According to the UN, Turkey hosted the world's highest number of refugees by the end of 2014, at 1.59 million people. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
15:09 GMT
As June 20 marks UN World Refugee Day, the international body reports record numbers of displaced people who fled armed conflicts in 2014.
Syrian opposition fighters pose in front of a mosaic at the now heavily damaged museum in the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
13:46 GMT
Archaeological experts say a barrel bomb attack on Syria’s northern rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan inflicted serious damage on a famed mosaic museum.
Sheikh Mohammed Faris sits under a portrait of Syrian President Assad at a conference of Syria's leading pro-government tribes, Damascus, June 19, 2015. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
09:39 GMT
Pro government Syrian tribal leaders on Friday rejected support from Jordan's King Abdullah II against Daesh militants.