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A Lebanese army convoy patrols the outskirts of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT
The Islamic State intends on seizing parts of northern Lebanon, according to Western diplomatic sources.
Kurdish people run away from tear gas as Turkish police and soldiers clash with protestors who support the Kobani city near the Syrian border in Suruc on September 29, 2014. [AFP]
09:17 GMT
ISIL fighters are reportedly preparing to wage an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, highlighting the ineffectiveness of U.S.-led airstrikes against them.

October 1, 2014

Syrian rescue workers carry the body of a man following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 1, 2014. [AFP]
15:52 GMT
Two car bomb explosions in Syria's Homs have claimed the lives of at least 18 people, mostly children, while leaving 40 others wounded.
IS militants are believed to have captured 60 Kurdish villages around the city of Kobane in northwest Syria (File/AFP)
12:23 GMT
Islamic State militants have made advances towards the Syria-Turkey border despite continuing air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the Islamic State allegations "dirty plots" (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denied allegations that his country supported the Islamic State after 49 hostages were freed from the city of Mosul.
While showing support to the fight against IS in Syria, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the U.S. plan to arm rebels supported "terrorist groups." (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
In his speech on Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Syria stands with any effort to push back the Islamic State, but criticized the U.S. plan to arm moderate rebels, calling them "terrorist groups."

September 30, 2014

The air strikes in Syria are now in their second week. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT
The U.S. carried out air strikes near Syria's border with Turkey overnight in an effort to halt an advance by Islamic State militants.
Turkey has hosted over 1.5 million Syrian refugees since the war began in 2011 (File/AFP)
08:27 GMT
Turkish officials speaking at the World Economic Forum in Istanbul called on the world the assist the country with the recent influx of Syrian refugees.
Moallem expressed concern that the current climate could create a situation where the international community will not exit Syria for decades. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT
In his UN address, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Syria stands with the international effort to fight the Islamic State militants.

September 29, 2014

Islamic State militants began their assault on Kobani more than a week ago. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT
The Turkish military has sent tanks and armored vehicles to the Turkish-Syrian border in response to shelling from Islamic State militants.
Israel officially banned the Islamic State and anyone associating with it at the beginning of September.
15:00 GMT
Police say the teacher admitted bringing the materials back to Israel from Jordan.
Sulafa Mimar was a hit in her "Lipstick" role last year in Ramadan. (image: Facebook)
10:04 GMT
Rumor has it that Syrian starlet Sulafa Mimar has snatched the leading role in the drama "Nazik Khanom".
RAF Tornado GR4's fly on a mission to Iraq on Sept. 27. (AFP/Ministry of Defence)
09:57 GMT
IS fighters are reportedly just one mile away from Baghdad as reports emerge of al-Qaeda militants bolstering their ranks in Syria.
Lebanese troops deploy across the border town of Arsal, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:56 GMT
Lebanon's army clashed with militants on the outskirts of Arsal, allegedly leaving many soldiers dead or injured in the early hours of Monday morning.
Jordan recently joined the likes of France, the U.S. and UK in air striking Islamic State positions in Syria (Image: U.S. Air Force)
09:31 GMT
Jordan's government on Sunday said the security situation in the country was stable amid rumours of jihadi support growing in the towns of Zarqa and Maan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country needed to take a leading role against IS militants (File/AFP)
08:32 GMT
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country should take a frontline role against Islamic State militants in Syria.
Members of Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group's nerve centre. [AFP]
07:59 GMT
It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives? Nobody criticises the Israeli government when it swaps prisoners with Hezbollah
The leader of Nusra Front urged American and European citizens to denounce Washington's actions. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
The al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front is threatening reprisals for U.S. air strikes in Syria.
U.S. air strikes are targeting IS militants inside Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The U.S. carried out air strikes in northern Syria, close to the border with Turkey.

September 28, 2014

Multiple Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped during clashes on the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
A Lebanese MP announced that the Free Syrian Army has saved multiple Lebanese soldiers from their jihadist kidnappers.
An F-15E Strike Eagle waits to take off before strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. (AFP PHOTO / US Air Force)
14:15 GMT
An al-Qaeda member expressed condolences for the death of senior operative Mohsin al-Fadhli.
Turkish and Syrian Kurds shout slogans after destroying the border fence into Kobani in neighboring Syria during a demonstration near the Mursitpinar border crossing, in Sanliurfa province, on September 26, 2014. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
12:37 GMT
Protesters in Cizre, near the Turkish border with Syria, threw petrol bombs and firecrackers at security forces.
Missiles are on display during an exhibition on the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, as part of the "Sacred Defense Week" commemorating the 8-year war on Sept. 28 at a park in northern Tehran. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
11:33 GMT
An Iranian general says his forces may attack deep into Iraq if militants approach the country's western border.

September 27, 2014

A boy holds a baby as Syrian Kurds, fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State group, cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc on Sept. 27, 2014. (AFP /Bulent Kilic)
17:48 GMT
Air strikes continued against IS targets, Reuters reported.
Syrians inspect damage following a reported US-led air strike against the headquarters of al-Nusra Front west of Aleppo on Sept. 25. (AFP /Sami Ali)
09:18 GMT
The New York Times reported that U.S. officials are considering a Turkish request for a no-fly zone over parts of Syria.
People walk past the remains of burnt tents at a Syrian refugee camp in Arsal on Sept. 25, a few hours after a raid by the Lebanese army. (AFP)
07:15 GMT
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt called on the government to stop dithering on the hostage crisis and endorse a swap deal with ISIS and Nusra Front militants.
Prime Minister David Cameron said IS fighters are “psychopathic terrorists who want to kill us”, September 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
British politicians have overwhelmingly voted to launch air strikes alongside the U.S. and France against the Islamic State in Iraq.

September 26, 2014

A large number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are foreign nationals (File/AFP)
17:29 GMT
Nine Japanese citizens have reportedly joined the Islamic State according to an Israeli official, although the information has not yet been verified.
Syrian refugees arrive at the port of Limassol after being rescued close to Cyprus' coast, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:39 GMT
A cruise ship off the coast of Cyprus rescued around 300 Syrian refugees from a fishing boat. The refugees had reportedly spent days at sea before being found on the faulty boat.
Syrian protesters took to the streets of Arsal on Friday to voice anger against Lebanon's army crackdown (Image: The Daily Star)
15:07 GMT
Syrian refugees in the Lebanese border town of Arsal protested against the army following an ongoing crackdown on Islamist militants.
President Obama met with Egypt's leader, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss a range of issues, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Barack Obama at the UN headquarters Thursday to discuss the Libya crisis and rising IS threat in the region.
Over half of Brits (57 per cent) said they supported bombing Islamic State extremists (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT
The majority of the British public back air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria according to a YouGov poll.
Tourists study a map near an entrance to the Metro in Paris on Sept. 19. (AFP/Joel Saget)
10:00 GMT
U.S. officials said they had no information to support Prime Minister Abadi's claims, Reuters reported.
Stills provided by the U.S. military show the before and after scenario of Islamic State targets in Syria (Image: U.S. Department of Defense)
08:32 GMT
The U.S. military has released footage of air strikes carried out against Islamic State positions in Syria, where the extremist group had control of several oil refineries.

September 25, 2014

Syrian refugees in Arsal have been at the forefront of clashes between Lebanon's army and militants since last month (File/AFP)
14:31 GMT
Syrian refugees in Arsal reportedly raised the black flag of the extremist group the Islamic State in protest over the Lebanese army's crackdown on a nearby camp.
Lebanese army. [AFP]
12:27 GMT
Lebanon's army has detained about 450 suspected Islamist militants near its border with Syria, Lebanese security sources said on Thursday, as it steps up efforts to prevent them from using the frontier town of Arsal as a base.
Thousands of Syrian Kurds fled the city of Kobani since last week after Islamic State violence (File/AFP)
10:48 GMT
Kurds who fled the Syrian city of Kobani returned from Turkey to fight IS militants following the growing threat of the extremist group.
United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014 in New York City. [AFP]
07:14 GMT
Security Council passes legally binding resolution to tackle surge of foreign terrorist fighters.
United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014 in New York City. [AFP]
06:49 GMT
David Cameron's speech to the UN General Assembly: British PM warns world leaders of Isis's 'murderous plans to expand its borders' and pledges to take action
Bashar al-Assad and Barack Obama. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
America’s attacks on Isis may help Bashar al-Assad keep his regime alive
French President Francois Hollande. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday confirmed the death of Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was held hostage by Algerian militants linked to Islamic State.

September 24, 2014

Purportedly beheaded by IS militants: A man who identified himself as French tourist Herve Gourdel sits between two masked gunmen in this still taken from a video.
20:55 GMT
ISIL-linked terrorists have released a video purportedly showing the decapitation of a French tourist in response to what the group calls France’s action in Iraq, a report says.
President Barack Obama speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters on September 24, 2014 in New York City. [AFP]
17:52 GMT
President Barack Obama has promised at the United Nations that the US-led military camping against the ISIL Takfiri insurgents will destroy their “network of death.”
A Syrian Kurdish woman crosses the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on September 23, 2014. [AFP]
14:46 GMT
Military aircraft flying from Turkey have launched a series of aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria.
This Syrian singer had someone say he had married again.
14:16 GMT
Now what we do know is that Nada Zeidan may just be a bit cray cray after she made the awkward, and untrue, announcement of her marriage to Syrian singer George Wassouf, whose health is seriously deteriorating, btw.
An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) after conducting strike missions against Islamic State group targets (Brian Stephens / Navy Media Content Services / AFP).
12:52 GMT
President Barack Obama said that Arab support for the airstrikes “makes it clear to the world this is not America’s fight alone.”
Relatives of kidnapped soldiers block a road in protest (image courtesy The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir).
11:06 GMT
Protesters blocked main roads with burning tires in an effort to pressure the government to negotiate with their relatives' captors.

September 23, 2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Tuesday that the Syrian government was notified of recent air strikes. (AFP/File)
19:54 GMT
The White House confirmed Tuesday that the Syrian government was notified in advance of air strikes carried out by the U.S.
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, and Qatar were involved in the U.S. in the air strikes. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT
Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims it had been given advance warning by the U.S. that air strikes would be launched.
The U.S. began air strikes on Islamic State targets inside Syria on Monday. (AFP/File)
14:46 GMT
Syria's main Kurdish political party said Tuesday that it would like to coordinate with U.S. efforts to combat Islamic State militants.
[AFP]
09:21 GMT
The U.S. military said on Tuesday its partners in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria included Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
IAF shoots down Syrian fighter jet over Israeli-controlled space.
08:55 GMT
Syrian turmoil spills over the border with the intrusion of Syrian warplane into Israeli airspace, IAF strikes down jet with Patriot missile.
Islamic State fighters. [AFP]
06:41 GMT
The United States and its allies have started airstrikes against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria, the Pentagon says.

September 22, 2014

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power chairing a UN Security Council meeting (Andrew Burton/ Getty Images North America/ AFP).
20:01 GMT
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power predicts that the U.S will not conduct unilateral airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State.
Ayman Zeidan is not convinced by his own performance in "The Neighborhood Gate". (Image: Facebook)
15:52 GMT
A guy's gotta what a guy's gotta do to pay the rent, and that's the only reason Aman took the job on "Bab Al Harah" (The Neighborhood Door).
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu kisses the daughter of a hostage who was freed by IS (File/AFP)
13:51 GMT
A PKK leader accused Turkey's government of collaborating with Islamic State militants after the extremist group released 49 Turkish hostages.
Islamic State and Nusra Front militants battled with Lebanon's army in the border town of Arsal last month (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT
Lebanon's army and political factions are mobilizing to fight the security threat posed by extremist groups such as Islamic state and Nusra Front.
Sixteen children were among the dead, following Syrian air strikes across the country (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT
Syrian air strikes carried out by the country's army killed at least 42 people in Saraqeb and Ehsim, according to a London-based monitoring group.
Syrian Kurds carry their belongings along the border with Turkey near town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province, Sept. 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:41 GMT
Up to 100,000 Syrians fled to Turkey in less than a week to escape Islamic State persecution, according to the head of Turkey's disaster management agency.

September 21, 2014

Syrian Kurds look at smoke billowing after a mortar hit the land near the Syrian border at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 20, 2014. [AFP]
10:36 GMT
The UN Refugee Agency says around 70,000 Syrian Kurds have been forced from their homes by the ISIL Takfiri threat and they have moved into Turkey in only 24 hours.

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)
13:30 GMT
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)
11:46 GMT
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)
18:32 GMT
Syrian warplanes continued their week-long attack on rebel position near Damascus.
Peshmerga forces are battling IS militants in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
15:48 GMT
IS militants have reportedly seized control of at least five more Kurdish villages in northern Syria.