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April 24, 2015

Pro-Daesh accounts say the pilot has been captured. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants have shot down an army aircraft near an important military airport in the south of Syria, according to AFP.
The UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura invited Syria’s government and opposition groups to talks in Geneva, set to start on May 4.  (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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The talks, set for May 4, are the latest to attempt a resolution to the civil war.
Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups. (Tumblr)
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Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups.
Guards man the Iran-Iraq border, 2008.  (AFP/Ali Yussef)
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Officials from Iran and Iraq sign border security agreement, while Iraq officials pledge to beef up security along border with Syria.

April 23, 2015

The army raided a northern town and arrested three suspected militants connected to a soldier who joined Nusra Front, a security source said Thursday. (Screenshot: YouTube)
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The army raided a northern town and arrested three suspected militants connected to a soldier who joined Nusra Front, a security source said Thursday.
Most of those that have been killed are Daesh militants.(AFP/File)
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At least 2,000 people, mostly Islamic State group (Daesh) terrorists, have been killed in Syria by a US-led air campaign in the past seven months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday, according to AFP.
Lebanon to consider Aqaba Port in Jordan as alternative export route. (Creative Commons/Gerard Janot)
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The government will discuss opening an alternative maritime export route due to the closure of the Nasib crossing with Syria.

April 22, 2015

Rescued migrants walk along the quayside after disembarking from the Italian Navy vessel Bettica in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on April 22, 2015. (AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)
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Another 446 rescued migrants docked in southeast Sicily on Wednesday, increasing the total refugees who have arrived in Italy this year to 22,000.
Jacqueline Toutounjian, a 73-year-old Syrian Armenian, who fled the violence in Aleppo, prays inside her home on April 17, 2015, in Lebanon's historic town of Anjar. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
15:14 GMT
A UN representative held a series of meetings with Lebanese officials Wednesday over issues facing women in conflict.
In addition to the Assad regime, several militant groups, including Islamists, are presently fighting Daesh (File-AFP)
14:55 GMT
Activist group says 12 Daesh figthers dead in battle with Islamist rebels.
Areas across Syria under Daesh control have been blocked from receiving aid for months, according to the UN. (AFP/FIle)
07:03 GMT
More than 225,000 Syrians are besieged by Daesh forces in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, according to the most recent UN report, leaving civilians without access to foodstuffs and water supply.
The Pentagon has expressed doubt about the claims, saying there's no evidence to support that Baghdadi was wounded. (AFP/File)
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The Pentagon has expressed doubt about the claims, saying there's no evidence to support that Baghdadi was wounded.
Syrian Army troops engaged militants in the mountainous Qalamoun region, thwarting opposition fighters infiltrating the country Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Syrian Army troops engaged militants in the mountainous Qalamoun region, thwarting opposition fighters infiltrating the country Tuesday.

April 21, 2015

A Syrian opposition fighter and his son in Aleppo. (AFP/Odd Andersen)
15:04 GMT
Daesh beheaded two opposition fighters accused of fighting against the group, a monitor said Tuesday.
The alleged leader of Daesh, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known as Caliph Ibrahim, addresses Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul, July 5, 2014 (AFP/File)
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Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been recuperating for weeks from serious injuries, The Guardian reported Tuesday.
Pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization units rest as they patrol west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on April 20, 2015, where pro-government forces say they have recently made advances on areas held by extremists. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Daesh released photos online Tuesday claiming to have executed 11 pro-government fighters in Iraq.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held a wide-ranging interview with France 2 television network on Monday. (Image: file photo)
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In a television interview with France 2 television on Monday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flatly denied reports that his forces have used chlorine gas and barrel bombs in combat.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop hold a press conference following a meeting in Tehran on April 18, 2015. (Image: Atta Kenare/AFP)
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Iran and Australia have agreed to share intelligence on tracking foreign fighters working with Daesh, as part of Australia's first official visit to Iran in over a decade.
Fighting in Yarmouk has intensified since April 1 when Daesh seized part of the neighborhood, clashing with other armed groups as Syrian government forces besieged the area. (Image: AFP/File)
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As fighting continues in Yarmouk, the UN Security Council the council "called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Yarmouk camp and for the protection of civilians inside the camp."

April 20, 2015

The family, last seen April 7, included a seven-year-old daughter and three sons aged four, two, and one.  (Screenshot: Twitter)
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The family, which includes four young children, was last seen April 7.
Syrian army vehicles in Deraa province, February 2015.  (AFP/File)
18:12 GMT
After shelling and clashes Monday, government forces cut off route used for weapons and fighter transport.
Nesreen Tafesh dished that she and Bassem Yakhour have no chemistry! (Image: Facebook)
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In a perfect world, there's true chemistry between the leading lady and her on-screen lover, but that's not the case for co-stars Bassem Yakhour and Nesreen Tafesh
Angelina Jolie visiting Syrian refugees in Zaatari Camp. (Image: AFP)
15:03 GMT
After visiting Syrian refugee camps, Angelina Jolie is determined to make her next adopted child a Syrian one.

April 19, 2015

Security personnel observe the area after a second explosion following a suicide attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on April 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
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A group aligned with Daesh has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 34 people and injured another 115 on Saturday.
Armed officers from the British Transport Police patrol as part of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week at London Bridge station in London on Nov. 27, 2014. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
British counterterrorism detectives said Sunday they have arrested a fourth suspect in the slaying of a Syrian-born Muslim cleric.
Daesh has released another video showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya on Sunday. (Screenshot)
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Daesh has released another video showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya on Sunday.
The Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry has given local agents Taj Al Khaleej Travel and Tourism official permission to make the arrangements. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
14:21 GMT
Syrian Air is set to resume flights to and from Bahrain from May 2, a report said.
Syrian actress Lina Diab is still MIA. (Image: Facebook)
08:15 GMT
We're left with more questions than real answers on why Lina Diab went AWOL after her sister Rana finally speaks up.

April 18, 2015

Tunisians gather in a rally against extremism outside Tunis' Bardo Museum, after a Daesh-claimed attack on the site in March left 23 people dead.  (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
08:30 GMT
Tunisia, the origin of 2,000 to 3,000 foreign militants in extremist groups, has launched a campaign against militant hopefuls.

April 17, 2015

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Albawaba.com/File)
12:52 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused neighboring Turkey of torpedoing a UN plan for a ceasefire with rebels in the second city of Aleppo. He told the Swedish newspaper Expressen that Ankara had used its influence with rebel factions to persuade them to reject the proposals put forward by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura for a ceasefire in the former commercial hub.
Security Council members were shown footage of children dying following a reported chemical weapon attack in March. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT
Syrian doctors have presented their accounts to the UN of alleged chlorine attacks in Idlib province in Syria.

April 16, 2015

British police officers stand outside the Annoor Cultural and Community Centre in west London, on April 16, 2015, as an investigation into the murder of Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani is ongoing. (AFP/Justin Tallis)
14:20 GMT
Abdul Hadi Arwani, a Syrian-born imam and staunch critic of Assad, was murdered in London last week.
Syrians carry a body removed from under the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported airstrike by government forces on the central al-Fardous rebel held neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2015. (AFP/Karam Al-Masri)
12:00 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published a report claiming the Syrian crisis has killed over 220,000 people.

April 15, 2015

Iraq's Baiji oil refinery in December 1999. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
21:18 GMT
Daesh militants have broken into Iraq's Baiji oil refinery, seizing some of its facilities, officials said Wednesday.
Syrian refugee children beg for money in Beirut on August 29, 2014. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
16:02 GMT
Projects focusing on the health and education of refugees will begin by setting up nurseries specialized for children one to five years old.
Opposition groups said Wednesday schools would shut in the midst of what they said was an intensified campaign by regime forces in Aleppo on educational and residential areas. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT
Syrian opposition coalition officials said Wednesday the Syrian army was responsible for the dropping of a vacuum bomb in the northern city of Aleppo which left at least 13 people dead, including three children.
United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks during a press conference in Geneva on October 10, 2014. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
09:53 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on the UN Syria envoy to resume peace talks.
A man sits outside a demolished building in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus on April 6, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT
Author Ramzy Baroud identifies those responsible for the plight of Palestinians living in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp. Resident of Yarmouk are caught between the Syrian regime and Daesh, making every day a living hell.
A boy stands in front of damaged buildings following a reported airstrike by government forces on the central al-Fardous rebel held neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2015. (AFP/Karam Al-Masri)
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The Human Rights Watch claims to have evidence indicating that Assad's forces used toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks on Idlib between March 16 and 31.
While the security sources suggested a deal was close with the Nusra Front, the fate of another nine hostages held by Daesh militants remains shrouded in mystery. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT
Security sources in Lebanon say a deal may soon be forged between al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate, Nusra Front, and the Lebanese government for release of some 16 Lebanese servicemen whose hostage crisis at the extremist group's hands is now in it's ninth month. Meanwhile, the fate of another nine hostages held by Daesh remains unknown.

April 14, 2015

Daesh has lost ground to Palestinian fighters in Syria's Yarmouk camp, Palestinian officials and a resident said Tuesday.
16:58 GMT
Daesh has lost ground to Palestinian fighters in Syria's Yarmouk camp, Palestinian officials and a resident said Tuesday.
Waheed A., the son of Rochdale Labour councillor Shakil Ahmed. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
14:30 GMT
The son of a British Labour councilor was caught in Turkey on April 1 along with eight other British citizens, while allegedly trying to illegally enter Syria to join militant groups.
Lina has now been off the radar for two weeks. (Image: Dp-news.com)
10:32 GMT
Syrian actress Lina Diab is nowhere to be found!
Interrogations conducted after the arrest reflect the militant's frequent visits to Egypt, Turkey and Algeria. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
A Daesh militant likely behind several recruits for the group was arrested in east Lebanon.
All nine Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by al-Nusra Front on the border between Syria and Jordan returned home Monday. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
All nine Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by al-Nusra Front on the border between Syria and Jordan returned home Monday.

April 13, 2015

A regime air strike killed five schoolchildren on Sunday. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
18:17 GMT
Schools in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo city will be closed for at least a week after bloody air raids on civilian areas, a monitor and activists said Monday.
Nine Lebanese truck-drivers were stuck at the Syria-Jordan border when battle for control of the crossing broke out earlier this month. (Albawaba.com/File)
16:56 GMT
Most of the kidnapped truckers kidnapped by the Nusra Front on the Syria-Jordan border earlier this month returned home on Monday. One driver is still missing.
Demonstrations were also held outside the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) headquarters in Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
13:30 GMT
Palestinians who fled Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus after Daesh militants stormed it gathered in Sidon, Lebanon in solidarity for those remaining in the camp.
Difficulties tracking individuals entering and exiting war-torn Syria makes it a challenge to determine a more exact number. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova announced that the number of Europeans fighting alongside militants in Syria may exceed 6,000.

April 12, 2015

Syrians help an injured child after an alleged airstrike by government forces near a school in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
16:13 GMT
Five children and four other civilians were killed Sunday when a Syrian regime airstrike hit a school in Aleppo.
Lebanon's interior minister called on Jordan to grant entry to the Lebanese truckers stuck at a Syrian-Jordanian border crossing. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
14:51 GMT
Lebanon's interior minister called on Jordan to grant entry to the Lebanese truckers stuck at a Syrian-Jordanian border crossing.
The insurgency of the Taliban and the US war in Afghanistan have created years of instability that’s difficult to track. In times when interest in sex dipped down, there also tended to be casualties in NATO forces. Maybe most of those with Internet access in the country were also foreign troops.
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Sex is a universal interest. But when revolutions begin, priorities change.
Ten of those taken, including six women, are Ismailis, a minority sect that is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam. The remaining 40 are Sunni Muslims, including at least 15 women. (Images: AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Daesh seizes civilians in central Syrian village, with almost half of the victims women feared as having been taken as slaves.

April 11, 2015

There has been international concern for the situation in Yarmouk camp since jihadists stormed it at the start of April. (AFP)
16:10 GMT
The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees is to start an "urgent mission" to Syria Saturday to discuss aid to civilians in a camp stormed by jihadists, his organisation said.
The aftermath of a car bomb attack in the city of Homs, Syria. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
04:54 GMT
At least one child has been killed and several people have been injured when a car bomb explosion ripped through a residential area in Syria’s central province of Homs.