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September 19, 2014

Kerry accused the Syrian government of chlorine gas use on Thursday, a violation of the an international chemical weapons agreement. (AFP/File)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday evidence showed Assad's government is using chlorine gas against civilians, which is a violation of a global chemical weapons treaty.
Syrian Kurds have faced heightened brutality over the last few days during an IS assault that ended in kidnappings and the capture of several Kurdish villages in northern Syria. (AFP/FIle)
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In a besieged enclave in northern Syria, half a million Kurds have been hit hard by an IS assault, prompting leaders to ask for help, airstrikes from the international community.

September 18, 2014

The Syrian civil war has displaced millions of people. (AFP/File)
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Syrian warplanes continued their week-long attack on rebel position near Damascus.
Peshmerga forces are battling IS militants in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
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IS militants have reportedly seized control of at least five more Kurdish villages in northern Syria.
At least 15 children were killed under the age of two in northern Syria (File/AFP)
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A UN administered measles vaccination program was halted following the confirmed death of 15 Syrian children, although the number is believed to be much higher.
Militants are believed to be holding a further 20 Lebanese soldiers captive since violence erupted in Arsal last month (File/AFP)
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Another Lebanese soldier was kidnapped close to the border town of Arsal by unknown gunmen in two pickup trucks, according to reports.

September 17, 2014

Local governments are investigating the incident to find out how the batches were tainted. (AFP/File)
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At least 36 children have died after receiving tainted measles vaccines at U.N. clinics.
The Syrian civil war has displaced millions. (AFP/File)
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Government air strikes have killed roughly 48 people in Homs province.
Twenty-two Lebanese soldiers are being held by Nusra Front militants (File/AFP)
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Militants from Nusra Front have threatened to kill one of 22 kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, according to a statement on Facebook.
Are Dima and Taim secretly thinking of getting back together? (Image: Facebook)
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A bunch of intimate pix of Dima Bayaa and Taim Hassan surfacing the Internet arose suspicions that the two may be getting back together!
An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 by jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
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Islamic State militants are better resourced than any other terrorist group, according to intelligence officials.

September 16, 2014

The U.S. has said it will not work with Assad. (AFP/File)
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A top Iraqi official met with Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday to discuss terrorism in the region.
Millions of Syrians have been forced to flee the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
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United Nations investigators released a new report Tuesday with more details of atrocities in Syria.
Young Turks are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State for financial reasons, according to the report (File/AFP)
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Up to a thousand Turks have joined Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria, according to government officials and media reports.
Nusra Front suffered heavy casualties after clashes with Lebanon's army (File/AFP)
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Lebanon's army clashed with Nusra Front fighters overnight on the country's border with Syria, killing dozens of militants.
There are currently 1.6 million refugees in Lebanon, with 1.2 million registered with the UNHCR (File/AFP)
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Lebanon will need up to $1 billion to cope with the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country, according to a government official.
Lebanon's army will internally prepare for an renewed assault in the border town of Arsal, after clashes last month (File/AFP)
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Lebanon will increase security along the border with Syria as part of a global contribution against Islamic State militants, according to an analyst.
Alan Henning has been held by IS militants since he was captured in December 2013 while delivering aid in Syria (File/AFP)
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Al-Qaeda allegedly appealed for Islamic State militants to release British aid worker Alan Henning because "he was an innocent aid worker," it has been revealed.
A wounded Syrian child awaits treatment at a makeshift hospital after all of her family was killed in Douma, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
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The UNHCR has urged the international community to recognize the rights of millions of undocumented and stateless people.

September 15, 2014

The so-called "Jihadi John" has been featured in Islamic State propaganda videos of beheadings (Image: Screenshot)
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British security services have reportedly identified the Islamic State militant "Jihadi John", who beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines.
Security has been tight since Syria's three-year civil war spilled over to Lebanon (File/AFP)
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Lebanese authorities have rejected suggestions to collaborate with the Syrian regime to combat Islamic State militants.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 11, 2014. [AFP]
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US President Barack Obama has threatened to wipe out Syria’s air defense system and topple the Syrian government if President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to shoot American planes entering Syrian airspace.
Alan Henning (pictured), is being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
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Concern is mounting for the safety of a second British hostage being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded aid worker, David Haines.

September 14, 2014

The figures also include 230 French citizens who intend on joining the Islamic State (File/HO/AFP)
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Up to 930 French citizens are believed to have ties to the Islamic State according to the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.
U.S. Secretary John Kerry meets with Sisi in the presidential palace, September 13, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said the international coalition needs to combat all terrorist groups, not only IS, during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Up to 500 Britons are believed to be fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Image: Screenshot)
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Leading groups have called on David Cameron to rename the Islamic State in order to halt the radicalisation of British Muslims. Does the "un-Islamic State" sound better?
The destruction of Syria as seen in a screenshot from Bassem's music video on YouTube.
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Syrian-American artist Bassem Rashidi says his piece about violence in the war-torn country of Syria through his voice and video talents.
The Islamic State now controls large swathes of Syria's northern territory (Image: Screenshot)
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Islamic State militants destroyed dozens of Sufi shrines in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, according to a British-based human rights group.
Mr Haines had been working with an NGO in Syria when abducted in March 2013 (File/AFP)
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IS released a video showing the alleged beheading of captured aid worker David Haines. British Prime Minister David Cameron described the murder as "pure evil".

September 13, 2014

IS militants in a Damascus suburb signed a non-agression truce with several armed opposition groups deemed as moderates, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/File)
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Days after U.S. President Obama unveiled a plan to battle IS that consisted of the U.S. arming moderate Syrian rebels, several groups of presumably moderate opposition groups have reportedly signed a non-aggression truce with militants from the Islamic State in a Damascus suburb.
Syrian government forces took hold of the town of Helfaya Friday, a central town known for frequent shifts between government and rebel control. (AFP/File)
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Syrian troops captured the central town of Helfaya Friday after clashes. The Hama-province town is a key location for the regime because of large number of Christian and Alawite communities living in the area, many of whom have started to fear an insurgency from Sunni extremist fighters among the rebels.

September 12, 2014

Washington is planning a military campaign against IS extremists in Syria. (AFP/File)
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U.S. allies like Britain and Germany have expressed opposition to join America's planned military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria.

September 11, 2014

Fijian UN peacekeeper sitting with other UN hostages speaking to the camera at an unknown location saying that they are going be released by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front rebels in the Golan Heights. [AFP]
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The Nusra Front previously released a video appearing to show the 45 Fijian troops in good condition, at points smiling; Al Jazeera reports they have been released.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. [AFP]
09:30 GMT
Australia considers joining US-led airstrikes in Iraq to prevent the advance of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, according to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham rebel brigade named new chiefs on September 10, 2014 after a devastating blast that killed nearly 50 members of its leadership in northeastern Idlib province. [AFP]
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As John Kerry flies in to Iraq for talks with Middle East leaders, the assassination of Hassan Aboud in Syria could drive more rebel fighters into the arms of Isis
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the US Embassy in Baghdad on September 10, 2014. [AFP]
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The US secretary of state John Kerry, who is in Baghdad, on Thursday endorsed US president Barack Obama's plan to tackle ISIS terror. Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/international/kerry-endorses-obama-s-speech-against-isis-baghdad-1519374.html
Staffan de Mistura, on his first Damascus visit as the new UN envoy on the Syrian conflict. [AFP]
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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says fighting terrorism should be an international priority.
US President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. [AFP]
07:18 GMT
Islamic State: Barack Obama unveils 'degrade and ultimately destroy' strategy against Isis, ahead of 9/11 anniversary
Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group  members taking part in a training session at an undisclosed location in Syria. [AFP]
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American officials say Saudi Arabia has agreed to a request from the US administration to provide bases to train foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.
A screen grab shows an Islamic State fighter speaking before the massacre (Image: Channel 4 News)
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A new video from the Islamic State has emerged showing the apparent massacre of Bashar al-Assad's 93rd brigade in Raqqa from August.

September 10, 2014

Newly appointed envoy, Staffan de Mistura, is expected to meet with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad Wednesday (File/AFP)
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The UN's newly appointed Syria envoy is expected to meet with Syrian officials along with Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
A screen grab from an IS video shows American journalist Steven Sotloff prior to being beheaded (Image: The Independent)
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Another English accent was identified in the Islamic State murder video of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, according to an audio expert.
US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014. [AFP]
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The United States is reluctantly but decisively becoming engaged in the civil wars in Iraq and Syria as it seeks to combat Isis, which calls itself Islamic State.
“More than 110,000 people have arrived in Italy so far this year, sometimes 4,000 or even 5,000 people in a matter of days,” said Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Italy.
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On a late-summer morning in northern Jordan, as the sun rose over the city of Irbid, perched high on a desert ridge, a young father prepared to die at sea.
Wounded Syrian men wait for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus on September 9, 2014. [AFP]
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Idlib bombing kills 45 high-ranking militants in Syria

September 9, 2014

'Jihadi John' the executioner is one of four British jihadis known as the 'Beatles' holding hostages in Syria (AFP/ File Archive)
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Anti-terror police are set to arrest up to 12 British associates of Islamic State executioner Jihadi John, it has been reported.
In June 2014, the balance sheets of Bank Audi showed that 45 percent of the assets were abroad while the rest were in Lebanon and 43 percent of the total deposits were from abroad while the rest were in Lebanon.
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“Provided there is a political transition in Syria followed by a reconstruction drive, Bank Audi will be among the first to grab this opportunity,” he added.

September 8, 2014

Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old of French-Algerian origin (pictured here) was one of the hostage's captors, and is also a suspect in the attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels which killed four people (Benoit Peyrucq/ AFP).
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A French journalist held hostage in Aleppo has alleged that one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of an attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels.
Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
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Syrian refugees in a southern village in Lebanon have been given 48 hours to leave.
The body of Lebanese soldier, Ali Sayyed, who was also beheaded by Islamic State, is carried by mourners September 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
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The family of a Lebanese soldier who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists appealed for calm in the town of Ansar Sunday, following sectarian violence after his killing.
Thousands of Bosnian Muslim women were raped by Serbs during the Bosnian war. (AFP/File)
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The international community was slow to respond to the genocide happening in Bosnia in the 90s. Did the world's botched response lead to the rise of Islamic extremism today?

September 7, 2014

Quneitra has been at the center of violent clashes in recent days. (AFP/File)
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At least 43 people have been killed in clashes between Syrian government forces and Nusra Front militants.
Civilians in Raqqa run for cover from shelling by Syrian forces, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Syrian air raids over Raqqa killed 53 people, many of them civilians, while President Assad's campaign against Islamic State militants intensifies.
Civilians flee violence in the border town of Arsal as Lebanese forces continue to battle Islamic State and Nusra Front militants, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Angry protesters set ablaze tents housing Syrian refugees in Arsal following reports that a second Lebanese soldier was beheaded by the Islamic State.