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February 13, 2016

An Iraqi policeman in Ramadi sits on an armored vehicle mounted with a national flag on Feb. 12, 2016, after security forces retook the eastern outskirts of the city from Daesh. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
19:00 GMT
As Saudi conducts a joint military exercise and plans for a possible ground invasion of Syria, Iraq has said incursion on its borders will not be tolerated.
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir arrives at the Bayerischer Hof hotel to participate at the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 12, 2016. (AFP/Thomas Kienzle)
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Saudi jets are due to arrive at Turkey's Incirlik air base, already being used by US-coalition members.
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, meets ministers from countries that are both for and against Syria's regime in Vienna. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
14:00 GMT
As the Syria talks develop, an end to hostilities is due to take place within a week, but no formal ceasefire has been agreed to as of yet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu about 450 miles east of Moscow, on February 12, 2016. (AFP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
07:00 GMT
"The truce does not apply to terrorists, and that is stated in today's document," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

February 12, 2016

Syrian people wait in front of the Oncupinar crossing gate to go back to Syria, near the town of Kilis, in south-central Turkey, on February 11, 2016. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
19:18 GMT
"We do not have the word 'idiot' written on our foreheads," Erdogan said of the EU's support for refugees in Turkey.
Hezbollah regularly clashes with al-Nusra Front and Daesh along the Lebanese-Syrian border. (File Photo)
19:14 GMT
Arsal has been the site of frequent clashes between Hezbollah and militant groups inside Syria.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the monthly Mukhtars meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on February 10, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
19:13 GMT
“There are no huge crowds reaching at the border and trying to enter," Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said.
Birds are seen sitting on iron rods from the rubble of destroyed buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
19:11 GMT
Sources said that two Russian warplanes struck a number of towns in Homs province’s northern countryside
Syrian girls react following a reported Syrian regime air strike in a rebel-controlled area in the northern city of Aleppo on February 8, 2016. (AFP/Ameer al-Halbi)
07:50 GMT
The last UN figures from 18 months ago put the death toll at 250,000
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura holds up a map of Syria during a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 12, 2016. (AFP/Christof Stache)
07:36 GMT
A partial truce is set to begin in one week to allow delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged cities.

February 11, 2016

The aid is much needed in the city where most of the residents are women and children. (AFP/File)
21:42 GMT
On Wednesday, Russian cargo planes dropped tons of food aid to the besieged Syrian town of Deir Ezzor
According to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, World War III could be looming around the corner. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev claims that if there is no peaceful negotiations on Syria, the only alternative is a world war.
US says the March 1 deadline proposed by Russia would be too late. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
US wants a Syrian cease-fire now, claiming waiting for a Russian March 1 deadline will damage opposition forces beyond repair.
A man drives his motorbike past damaged buildings on February 10, 2016 in Harasta, east of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP/Abdulmonam Eassa)
15:23 GMT
A military spokesman indicated that the decision would take effect within two months.
Isa Dare, dubbed "Jihadi Junior", is the four-year-old shown in the latest Daesh propaganda video. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT
In the latest video release from Daesh, a four-year-old boy is seen blowing up a car containing four men accused of spying.
Syrian refugee Hatice Henidil hugs her grandson Usame while waiting for his parents still stuck on the Syrian side of the border, in front of the Oncupinar crossing in southern Turkey, on Feb. 10, 2016. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:36 GMT
German and Turkish leaders requested support from NATO in the form of surveillance on the Syrian border and in the Aegean Sea.
The government has sought to reassure Jordanians that Syrians would not be prioritized in the competition for jobs. (AFP/File)
10:24 GMT
Jordan's lawmakers reassure the public that the new initiative to integrate refugees into the workforce would only concern jobs that are usually shunned by Jordanians.
A man drives his motorbike past damaged buildings on February 10, 2016 in Harasta, east of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP/Abdulmonam Eassa)
09:30 GMT
Spain and New Zealand said that while the council has tried to keep the humanitarian and the political situations separate, the two are interconnected.
Jordan's King Abdullah urged concerned parties to continue contributing aid to assist with the influx of Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT
“The northern border of the Kingdom is tight and safe, and our Arab Army and security bodies are capable of protecting it," Abdullah said.
As the Obama prepares his exit, it is fair to ask whether he will let the complete destruction of Syria become a reality. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
06:50 GMT
As the American president prepares his exit from the White House, it is fair to ask whether he will let the complete destruction of Syria become a reality.
A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) walks between sandbags on the front line in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on September 4, 2015 (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
05:28 GMT
Minnigh Air Base was the lat remaining militant-held base in the Syrian region of Aleppo.
Syrian migrants and refugees wait in front of the Turkish Oncupinar crossing gate, near the town of Kilis, to return to Syria on February 9, 2016. (AFP/Bulent Kilis)
05:00 GMT
TTurkish premier Ahmet Davutoglu dismissed as hypocritical EU criticisms of Turkey's continued border closure.

February 10, 2016

Syrians carry the body of a victim following a reported Syrian regime air strike in a rebel-controlled area in the northern city of Aleppo, on February 8, 2016. (AFP/Ameer al-Halbi)
16:30 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims at least 500 people have been killed in Aleppo, since the start of an offensive in early February.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on February 10 accused the United States of creating a "pool of blood" in the region by failing to recognize Syrian Kurdish organizations as terror groups. (AFP/Adem Altan)
15:30 GMT
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was enraged after a US delegation met with PYD fighters in Kobani.
Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on February 8, 2016 during a demonstration against the curfew in Cizre. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
13:30 GMT
Turkish soldiers and police clashed with PKK militants in two separate incidents.
Syrian children in Jordan are facing the risk of sexual exploitation. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Jordan is taking steps to fight human trafficking and the sex trade of Syrian girls.
Anisa Makhlouf died February 6 at age 86. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Ahrar Al-Sham sends Grad missiles to funeral of Assad's mother.
Syrians gather at the site following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
11:00 GMT
Several aid workers were injured in the attack, with three reportedly in critical condition.
About 30,000 refugees are currently massed along the Turkish border town of Oncupinar.  (AFP)
10:06 GMT
A Syrian group was caught trying to carry explosives and suicide belts into southeastern Turkey on Wednesday.

February 9, 2016

The rubble of a house in the Idlib province after an airstrike. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Russian airstrikes hit civilian targets in the Idlib province.
A man walks past rubble from an airstrike in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
As Russian airstrikes increase, civilians are fleeing Aleppo in massive numbers.
Cluster munitions. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
Cluster bombs have killed dozens of civilians in 2016 alone.
Saudi tanks deploy in Jizan close to the Yemeni border. (AFP/Fayez Nuraldine)
13:00 GMT
Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri announced Saudi Arabia is prepared for land war in Syria to tackle Daesh as part of the international coalition against the organisation.
A powerful car bomb explosion in the centre of Damascus on February 21, 2013. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
A car bomb attack exploded in Damascus, killing at least eight and injuring others, according to initial reports.
A spokesman for the Iraqi embassy in the US denied that Baghdad has ever withheld US military aid to the Peshmerga. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
A Kurdish Iraqi official has said that the KRG needs US assistance to cover salaries, logistics and transport in order to defeat Daesh.
In terms of foreign policy, Daesh and Iran have dominated this year's presidential discussions. (Shutterstock)
06:09 GMT
What does it all mean for the Middle East?
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
06:00 GMT
"Our first goal is to host these refugees outside of Turkey.”
"Massive and systematised violence -- including the killing of detainees in official and makeshift detention centres -- has taken place out of sight, far from the battlefield," the report stated. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
05:39 GMT
The scathing report details widespread incidents of torture, murder, and even sexual abuse.

February 8, 2016

A general view taken on February 3, 2016 shows the town of Tal Jabin, north of the Syrian embattled city of Aleppo. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
18:22 GMT
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, some of the barrel bombs contained toxic gas.
Apparently there is an extensive Chechen spy network in Daesh controlled areas. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT
Apparently there is an extensive Chechen spy network in Daesh controlled areas.
Syrian government forces in the village of Tal Jabin, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege of two government-held Shia villages, Nubol and Zahraa, on February 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
The Syrian regime tightens its grip around rebel held Fallujah and Aleppo preparing for a costly and possibly lengthy siege.
Two Boats capsized off the coast of Turkey, killing 33 (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
12:37 GMT
The capsizing of two boats in two separate incidents off the Turkish coast have cost 33 migrant lives.
The Bahrain Academic Complex was the first school in the Zaatari refugee camp and houses 16 classrooms and one nursery. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh)
10:00 GMT
Plans for the new school follow the success of the Bahrain Academic Complex in Zaatari refugee camp, which teaches 9000 students a year.
Canada is planning withdraw its six F18s from the anti-Daesh campaign in March. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Prime Minister Trudeau wants a more holistic approach to the conflict with Daesh which means pulling its warplanes out of the US-led coalition.
Spanish police outside a suspect's apartment building. (Twitter)
07:49 GMT
Spain arrested people suspected of smuggling weapons under the guise of humanitarian aid.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov responded to a statement from NATO which said that Russia’s military campaign in Syria was “undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict.”

February 7, 2016

According to AFP, the wedding photographer wanted to show that "life is stronger than death."   (AFP/File)
23:16 GMT
According to AFP, the wedding photographer wanted to show that "life is stronger than death."
UAE ground troops are ready to fight Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
The United Arab Emirates is ready to send ground troops to Syria in a US-led coalition, official says.
Iraqi soldiers patrol a suburb close to the area of Jweibah, east of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
12:49 GMT
According to Iraqi media, Shobaib Abu Majd al-Kanani, a Saudi-born commander, was killed along with eight other Daesh commanders in an airstrike.
The statement comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering sending troops to fight in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:59 GMT
The statement comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering sending troops to fight in Syria.
A man stands on the downed border fence. Turkish security personnel have worked to prohibit the Kurds from entering Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
11:57 GMT
As thousands of Syrian refugees flock to Turkish borders fleeing the regime and its back up of Russian airstrikes, Turkey has no plans of letting them in.
An Israeli soldier suffered light wounds after being stabbed in Ashkelon Sunday morning. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Suspect shot and apprehended after stabbing of Israeli soldier in Ashkelon
The Lebanese army moves in Arsal. (Twitter)
07:00 GMT
The Lebanese army is tightening its watch on the border town after multiple clashes.
Syrian regime forces patrolling a city devastated by conflict. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Syrian government forces have tightened the siege on two rebel-held suburbs of Damascus by capturing land between the two and choking off their supply route.

February 6, 2016

President of the Syrian regime. (AFP/File)
18:36 GMT
The mother of six is reported to have died according to MTV Lebanon; however, official sources have yet to verify the news.
Around 2,000 members of Syria's Turkmen minority have fled to the Turkish border to escape renewed fighting in the northwest of the country. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Renewed attacks from Russian and Syrian regime forces has forced the displacement of thousands of Turkmens, many of which are fleeing to Turkey.
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
06:00 GMT
Syrian civilians are fleeing Aleppo province as the Syrian army and its allies continue their offensive in the region.

February 5, 2016

Mourners carry the coffin of Mohammed Hijazi, a member of Lebanon's Hezbollah who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in Syria, during his funeral on February 1, 2016. (AFP/File)
18:48 GMT
Hezbollah commander Haidar Fariz Merhi was killed alongside Syrian army
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) shakes hand with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after their meeting on October 18, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
17:00 GMT
Merkel’s unexpected visit comes amid growing worries in Ankara over a new refugee influx from Syria.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. (AFP/File
13:30 GMT
Russian airstrikes in Syria are "undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict," Stoltenberg said.
Government forces chat near a tank near the Shia villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province which have been under siege by Daesh for three years on February 2, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
MENA economic growth was just 2.6 percent in 2015, due largely to armed conflict and cheap oil.
Police officers escort a man who was arrested in a flat during a raid on February 4, 2016 in Berlin. (AFP/Odd Andersen)
12:00 GMT
According to a German newspaper, some of the tips were dismissed as untruthful defamation.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presents the 2015 NATO annual report during a press conference in Brussels, January 28, 2016. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)
11:00 GMT
Jens Stoltenberg said that Russian strikes are targeting mainly rebel groups and put NATO member Turkey at risk.
It is estimated that $8 billion is needed over the next two years to support Jordan as a host community for refugees. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The plan outlines better access to European markets and job creation for Jordanians and Syrians.
A Syrian man comforts a boy amid the rubble of buildings following a reported airstrike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in Aleppo, on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
08:30 GMT
Ahmet Davutoglu says tens of thousands are now headed to Turkey as a result of airstrikes on the city of Aleppo.
A US official says Daesh is on the rise in Libya. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)
05:00 GMT
A US official claims the number of Daesh militants in Iraq and Syria are falling, but rising in Libya.

February 4, 2016

Saudi ready to send troops to Syria if needed in US-led ground war. (AFP/File)
20:18 GMT
If a US-led coalition is ready for a ground war in Syria, then Saudi Arabia says its willing to send troops in support of the alliance.
Destruction caused by Russian airstrikes in Syria. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
Secretary of State John Kerry demands halt to Russian airstrikes in Syria.
Syrians wait for the arrival of an aid convoy on January 11, 2016 in the besieged town of Madaya as part of a  deal reached in September for an end to hostilities in those areas in exchange for humanitarian assistance. (AFP/Stringer)
16:00 GMT
The ICRC has called for 'unconditional aid' access to besieged towns in Syria.
Mourners gesture during the funeral of Mohammed Hijazi, a member of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in Syria, on February 1, 2016, in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (AFP/Stringer)
14:30 GMT
The Iranian soldiers, along with 23 other pro-government fighters, were killed in the advance which began on Monday.
Syrian government forces walk in the village of Tal Jabin, north of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege and take control of parts of the supply route on February 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
For the first time, Moscow has admitted one of its officers died in a ground attack since beginning its military intervention in Syria.
Apparently it’s still a crime not to cover up when running for your life. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
Apparently it’s still a crime not to cover up when running for your life.
File photo shows an ambulance in the Lebanese border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Khaled Mohammad al-Salem had bee illegally admitted to a Lebanese hospital in Bekaa.
File photo shows Jordan's crowded Zaatari refugee camp. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The latest pledge will take Britain's total for the region to more than $3.3 billion.
Airstrikes have hit Daraa multiple times over the past months, causing widespread damage. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Daesh rockets struck residential areas in Daraa, Syria.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Syrian refugees in Toronto. (Twitter)
07:14 GMT
The US Senate committee for Homeland Security met Wednesday to address concerns over Canada's plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees.
There are 2.1 million children out of school in Syria and 700,000 in neighboring countries. (File photo)
05:06 GMT
UNICEF is coordinating the appeal on behalf of four million Syrian children whose learning has been disrupted by five years of war.
A boy walks past tents in a Syrian Kurdish refugee camp in the Turkish town of Suruc (AFP/Aris Messinis)
05:00 GMT
The funding is part of a refugee action plan agreed upon with Turkey at a summit on Nov. 29.

February 3, 2016

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura gestures during a press briefing at the Syrian peace talks on February 3, 2016 in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
18:58 GMT
UN envoy Steffan de Mistura noted the talks had been adjourned, but not cancelled.
Government forces stand on a tank three kilometres from the Shiite villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province which have been under siege for three years on February 2, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
17:30 GMT
The gain comes one day after pro-government forces captured the neighboring village of Hardateen.
The US will spend some $1.8 billion for smart weaponry in the war against Daesh. (File photo)
14:30 GMT
The Pentagon has announced that it is increasing funding for the war against Daesh by more than 50 percent.
Government forces chat near a tank three kilometres from the Shiite villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province which have been under siege by the Islamic State (IS) group for three years on February 2, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
Syrian government troops have retaken a number of villages in recent days with the support of Russian airstrikes.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT
Jordan called for international intervention against Daesh.
Arsal, Lebanon. (Twitter)
10:30 GMT
The Lebanese army conducted multiple raids in northern Lebanon on Wednesday.
Libya is facing a new wave of devastation with Daesh looming. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
With Daesh spreading into Libya, how will the West's strategy change?
Slovenian soldiers at the border with Croatia. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Slovenia is making moves against Daesh.
Dozen have died of starvation in Madaya and other besieged Syrian towns. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
The UN added four more cities - including Madaya - to the list of places believed to be under siege in Syria.

February 2, 2016

UN Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, meeting with the Syrian opposition on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
19:30 GMT
The Syrian opposition cancelled their second meeting with Staffan de Mistura.
A Jaysh al-Islam fighter peers through a wall in Damascus. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
18:30 GMT
Jaysh al-Islam denies the Russian media reports of its oil stash being destroyed in an airstrike.
Bullet casings litter the streets of Ramadi. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
The corpses of Daesh militants in Ramadi are potentially contaminated with plague and other diseases.
The burned-out streets of Deir Ezzor, Syria. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
SOHR reports that women and children were kidnapped after this weekend's assault on the city.
A Syrian woman begs for money on a Lebanese street. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Women refugees in Lebanon face exploitation and abuse according to a report by Amnesty International.
The group allegedly forged relationships with South American drug cartels to sell large quantities of cocaine in Europe and the US. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT
The group allegedly forged relationships with South American drug cartels to sell large quantities of cocaine in Europe and the US.
A Syrian man walks through rubble in Aleppo. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
11:30 GMT
With the cover of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian regime forces on the ground gained control of a strategic village near Aleppo and the Turkish border.
Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari (R) gestures as he arrives for Syrian peace talks in Geneva on February 2, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
11:06 GMT
Every day we hear news of hardships and dire conditions suffered by tens of thousands of besieged Syrians.
The UNHCR refugee camp. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:30 GMT
The international charity released an analysis on Monday which revealed how many rich nations are giving much less than their fair share to the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis.
US soldiers chat as they train Iraq's 72nd Brigade in a live-fire exercise in Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on January 27, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
05:52 GMT
Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said the battle against the militant group in Syria would be much more complex.

February 1, 2016

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
The UN official said starvation of people in besieged cities and towns in Syria should not also be ignored.
More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria in four years of conflict, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
14:00 GMT
Reports of additional Russian airstrikes on Aleppo said four people have been killed and a further 60 have been injured.
Syrian refugees run away as Turkish border guards use water cannon to move them away from fences at the Turkish border near the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, June 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:47 GMT
A fresh flow of regime fled Syria as the Assad regime pounded the Turkmen region with attacks.