Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi is due to be released within hours following last attempts by Jordan and Japan to free the two hostages being held by Daesh.
Thousands of protesters along with family members of the captured Jordanian pilot gathered in Amman and Karak late Tuesday after Daesh militants announced they would execute the hostage within 24 hours.
Israeli forces overnight Wednesday hit Syrian army positions in the occupied Golan Heights, hours after rockets had been fired from the area.
The UN food agency has warned of a looming refugee crisis across the relatively peaceful southern regions of Iraq.
US State Department officials said it was too early to consider the "mission accomplished" in Kobani
January 27, 2015
Unconfirmed reports on Arabic media perport Daesh militants have threatened to kill both Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours.
Syrian media has reported Israeli artillery fire at a Syrian military based in Golan Heights.
According to a report, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to accept the idea of a Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.
The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Jordan's parliament said Tuesday that the country would "likely" accept a deal to release a prisoner on death row in exchange for a Japanese hostage if the swap also included Jordan's captured fighter pilot.
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As Iraqi troops hailed success in retaking eastern Iraq's Diyala Monday, Kurdish militia announced the complete drive-out of Daesh militants from the key Syrian border city of Kobane, whose bloody plight has been a focus point in the Kurdish struggle to stave off militants.
Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, who recently pledged allegiance to Daesh and renamed itself "Sinai Province," released a video on Monday depicting what they said were images of Egyptian security forces mistreating Muslim female protesters, followed by footage of captured police captain Ayman El-Desouki's kidnapping and execution at the hands of the group.
Despite low expectations, Syrian opposition figures began peace talks in Moscow on Monday. A government official may join later in the week.
January 26, 2015
Of the 34 air-strikes, 21 were launched in Syria and 13 in Iraq, focusing on the cities of Kobani, Mosul, Tal Afar, and Falluja.
AFP announces the Kurdish forces have reclaimed the border town of Kobani from Daesh.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intent to release Goto "by seeking cooperation with other countries," according to Kyodo News.
Turkey opened its largest refugee camp, which at maximum capacity will host 35,000 Syrians, many of whom are fleeing the violence in Kobani.
She's been in Iraq five times over the past eight years, and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie says this is the worst she's ever seen in the refugee camps.
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January 25, 2015
Daesh radio confirmed on Sunday that its terrorists have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death, according to AFP.
Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.
A militant commander in Syria has threatened Damascus that terrorists may hit the capital by Katyusha rockets.
Since the start of the US-led airstrikes against Daesh, only one percent of the supposed "caliphate" has been reclaimed.
Japan's government ministers held emergency meeting in response to the recently released Daesh video.
Daesh reportedly demanded the release of an Iraqi woman detained in Jordan in exchange for a Japanese hostage they have captured.
Activist network Syrian Network for Human Rights reported in a statement that at least 92 people across Syria were killed in government airstrikes on Friday.
January 24, 2015
In an unverified video released Saturday afternoon, Daesh militants claim to have killed the first of two Japanese hostages after the passing of a 72-hour deadline to receive a $200 million ransom, and issues new demands for the release of the second hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.
Ongoing clashes between the Lebanese army and Syrian al-Qaeda-affiliate Nusra Front have reportedly left casualties on both sides, with two Lebanese soldiers dead, four wounded and five missing completely in the restive Lebanese border town of Ras Baalbek.
British-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday an air attack by the Syrian government in the city of Ghouta, outside Damascus, has killed over 40 people, many of the women and children.
January 23, 2015
Daesh militants have reportedly clashed with the Free Syrian Army in eastern Lebanon, which has been suffering from a spillover of the Syria crisis.
As Europe remains tense after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, British Foreign Secretary Philiip Hammond said he believed the greatest threat to British soil was a Daesh attack by sympathizers living in the UK.
January 22, 2015
Syrian opposition umbrella group Syrian National Coalition (SNC) received $6 million from the US, marking the first direct financial aid from Washington to reach the group.
The Syrian government reportedly dropped barrel bombs in Homs killing 13, including two children.
Japan's government made last attempts to free two hostages being held by Daesh militants in Syria as the three-day ultimatum given by the group entered day two.
Syria's opposition interim government received $6 million from the US government for implementing development and relief projects in areas liberated by the "moderate Syrian opposition".
The Israeli airstrikes on Golan Heights has ushered in a new phase of strategic resistance by Syria and Hezbollah; but who will lead, what will retaliation look like, and how will the conflict escalate?
Pakistani security forces arrested an ISIL militant and two accomplices in the city of Lahore. According to a senior security official, the Syrian man was setting up terrorist networks in the country.
January 21, 2015
The bomb was detonated in a majority Alawite neighborhood of Homs.
Airstrikes carried out by the Syrian government Tuesday killed at least 39 people including many civilians in the north of the country.
January 20, 2015
An unnamed Israeli security source said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard general, who was killed in an Israeli strike on a Hezbollah post in Syria, was not an intended target.
In the first confirmed clash between Western forces and Daesh militants, Canadian special forces say they exchanged fire with insurgents in Iraq last week.
As thousands of Hezbollah supporters call for revenge in Beirut, Hezbollah has so far remained silent on retaliation plans for an Israeli strike on an Israeli air strike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria's Qunaitra Sunday.
The collaborative "resistant society" aimed to prevent Israel from normalizing relations with locals, following Israeli airstrikes earlier this week which killed numerous Hezbollah members and Iranians.
A Lebanese man was kidnapped by Daesh militants in the border town of Arsal Tuesday, according to local media reports.
Daesh militants threatened to execute two Japanese hostages in a new propaganda video released Tuesday.
A mother who traveled to Turkey to bring her son home expresses fear and frustration at a lack of support for radicalized former fighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
UN peacekeeping forces deployed in the Golan Heights said they saw Israeli drones prior to an airstrike, which killed seven Hezbollah fighters.
Iran confirmed that General Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was killed in the airstrike on Syria's sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday.
Syria has started destroying what remained of its chemical weapons production and storage facilities.
January 19, 2015
Kurdish fighters have managed to recapture a strategic hilltop from Daesh in the Syrian border town of Kobani.
Up to 700 moderate rebels allegedly pledged allegiance to Daesh along Syria's border with Lebanon where the militant group is gearing up to launch further attacks.
The military cargo plane crashed in Idlib while trying to land at Abu al-Duhur military airport due to heavy fog, resulting in 35 soldier deaths.
January 18, 2015
Israeli helicopters fired two missiles into the Syria's Golan Height, killing nine including Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Hezbollah's slain top military commander Imad Mughniyeh.
Two missiles allegedly struck Syrian Golan Heights.
With a US-led train and equip program for moderate Syrian forces on the horizon in March, US Senator John McCain led a delegation of US senators to Saudi Arabia to discuss the plan's progress.
British-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization has identified about 30 British female Daesh members as emerging threats as they encourage other female Muslims to carry out attacks in the UK on social media.
The Moroccan police dismantled a terrorist cell and arrested its eight members. The cell recruited Moroccans to fight for Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
January 17, 2015
Troops from US Special Forces will be among some 400 military trainers traveling to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, the Pentagon said Friday.
January 16, 2015
The US has announced plans to send 400 military trainers to hosting sites Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, a US Defense Department officer said Friday.
Hundreds of Muslims took the streets in northern and southern Lebanon Friday to protest the new cover of satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which depicts the Prophet Mohammad.
Rama Tahran, a 50-year-old Syrian refugee living in a makeshift cap in Lebanon's eastern city of Baalbek, passed away Thursday after winter temperatures dipped below freezing.
January 15, 2015
A ten-day truce has been agreed upon between Syrian rebels and the government in Waar, an area of Homs.
The Combined Joint Task Force announced it launched 11 attacks in Syria and another 11 attacks in Iraq on Wednesday.
Canadian media reports the deaths of at least five Canadians fighting with Daesh in Syria in recent months, including a 23-year-old Ottawa man who appeared in a video condemning US-led coalition airstrikes months ago.
The IS Syria envoy discussed joint Turkish-US plans to implement a train-and-equip program for Syrian rebels in recent Istanbul meetings, the Central Command said Wednesday.
During a visit to Lebanon, a top official to the organization said the International Committee for the Red Cross could help in securing the release of Lebanese servicemen still held hostage from clashes in Lebanon's northeastern border town of Arsal through a prisoner exchange.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shared his expert opinion on senseless murders, blaming Europe's governments for the terrorist attacks in Paris.
January 14, 2015
Al-Nusra Front executed a woman charged of adultery near the city of Idlib in Syria.