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The Suruc refugee camp (pictured) is the largest refugee camp in Turkey.  (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT
The United Nations food agency said Friday it had been forced to withdraw aid from nine Syrian refugee camps in Turkey due to a lack of funds, calling on donors to step up.
The European Union now imposes sanctions on 218 people and 69 entities. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT
The EU Friday announced that it is has strengthened sanctions against the regime and its supporters in Damascus as the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate.
Syrian National Coalition chief Khaled Khoja said Thursday that he wants to "establish a new framework for the Syrian opposition." (AFP/File)
11:40 GMT
The Syrian National Coalition said on Thursday that that the overthrough of President Bashar al-Assad is no longer a precondition for the resumption of peace negotiations.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons concluded "with a high degree of confidence" that forces loyal to the Syrian regime used chlorine gas in several attacks last year. (AFP/File)
09:41 GMT
The UN Security Council is set to vote on Friday on a US-drafted resolution that threatens measures against the Syrian regime over its alleged use of chlorine bombs.

March 5, 2015

An explosion near the border of Turkey hit member of the al-Qaeda affiliated group Thursday. (AFP/File)
19:35 GMT
An explosion near the border of Turkey hit member of the al-Qaeda affiliated group Thursday.
An "open gate" in the MidEast, more than half of Jordan's population are refugees coming from unstable neighboring countries. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
A "safe haven" in the MidEast, more than half of Jordan's population are refugees coming from unstable neighboring countries.
Conflicting reports emerged Thursday about a Daesh or al-Nusra Front member who was treated, then arrested at a hospital in Bekaa Valley. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Conflicting reports emerged Thursday about a Daesh or al-Nusra Front member who was treated, then arrested at a hospital in Bekaa Valley.
Islamist rebels wore gas masks before heading for battle with Syrian regime forces in 2013. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT
Almost a year after Obama said chemical weapon use was a "red line," the US is calling for action against the Syrian regime.
The Syrian regime attacked the city with a barrel bomb and killed at least 18 civilians, a monitor said Thursday. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
The Syrian regime attacked the city with a barrel bomb and killed at least 18 civilians, a monitor said Thursday.
The extremist militants set fire to Iraqi oil wells to try to hinder aerial attacks Thursday.
12:44 GMT
The extremist militants set fire to Iraqi oil wells to try to hinder aerial attacks Thursday.
The alleged "gay" man was thrown from a building and then stoned to death after surviving the fall. (Image: Daily Mirror)
08:14 GMT
Daesh militants in Raqqa were captured on film throwing a "gay" man from a building, then stoning the victim to death after he survived the fall.
Relief items from Dubai were shipped to Damascus for displaced refugees Wednesday. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Relief items from Dubai were shipped to Damascus for displaced refugees Wednesday.

March 4, 2015

Rebels attacked a government security building Wednesday, causing tens of casualties on both sides. (AFP/File)
17:47 GMT
Rebels attacked a government security building Wednesday, causing tens of casualties on both sides.
The Jordanian king called on his citizens Tuesday to be proud of the country's resilience against "enemies of Islam." (Courtesy/Royal Court)
16:47 GMT
The Jordanian king called on his citizens Tuesday to be proud of the country's resilience against "enemies of Islam."
The Afghan commander is said to have been close with Iranian Revolutionary Guard leaders, who also have a strong presence on the southern Syrian battlefield. (AFP/File)
14:24 GMT
An Afghan Shia commander was killed during a battle with southern Syrian rebels for control of key positions between the capital Damascus and the southern city of Daraa, according to activists and Iranian media.
Omar looked visibly ill last month before he passed away on Wednesday. (Image: Laha Magazine)
12:36 GMT
Syrian actor Omar Hajjo passed away on Wednesday morning after a long battle with illness.

March 3, 2015

The aid to Iraq will be used in the country's fight against Daesh, Turkey's envoy said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The aid to Iraq will be used in the country's fight against Daesh, Turkey's envoy said Tuesday.
Amid heightened Daesh violence in Syria's northeast, Assyrian Christians are being forced to flee across the Lebanese border. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT
As Daesh militants launched a fierce offensive in northeastern Syria, over a dozen Assyrian Christians have fled into Lebanon since Monday.
Lebanese soldiers entering Arsal. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
14:00 GMT
The Lebanese army has expanded its assault against Daesh along the Syrian border.
Despite the absence of recent official figures that identify the number of working children in the Kingdom, a survey on child labour conducted in 2008 put their number at 30,000, according to the Ministry of Labour.
11:03 GMT
UNHCR figures indicate that 53 per cent of Syrian refugees in Jordan are below 18 years old.
Israeli soldiers stand in an abandoned military outpost overlooking the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
A report stated Israel will respond to any attack by Hezbollah in the disputed territory of Syria's Golan Heights, including Shebaa Farms.

March 2, 2015

Kurds in Turkey watch airstrikes conducted against Daesh. (AFP/File)
20:09 GMT
The ten detainees are believed to be Turkish citizens, AP reported Monday.
A spokesman for the Revolutionary Forces in Aleppo said Monday the envoy has been "implementing the regime agenda." (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
A spokesman for the Revolutionary Forces in Aleppo said Monday the envoy has been "implementing the regime agenda."
Zaatari refugee camp sits near the Syrian border in northern Jordan. (AFP/File)
11:32 GMT
Four Syrian refugees died in a fire on Monday in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp.
Lebanese soldiers enter the border town of Arsal in an ongoing battle against militants, August 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Lebanon's army continued to clash with Syrian militants in the border town of Arsal Sunday after troops raided properties where jihadists were believed to be hiding.
"This is our war," King Abdullah said in an exclusive interview on CNN Sunday. (Screenshot: CNN)
05:30 GMT
"This is our war," King Abdullah said in an exclusive interview on CNN Sunday.
Iraqi forces have started a military operation against Daesh Takfiri militants Sunday to liberate the northern province. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Iraqi forces have started a military operation against Daesh Takfiri militants Sunday to liberate the northern province.

March 1, 2015

The monitor said hundreds of Christian hostages are still in the hands of Daesh. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
18:57 GMT
The monitor said hundreds of Christian hostages are still in the hands of Daesh.
The Hazm Movement said its decision was aimed at stopping further bloodshed. (Al Bawaba/File)
17:12 GMT
The Hazm movement, a Syrian rebel group, has announced it is dissolving itself and joining a larger Islamist alliance.
The UN proposal sought to put an end to fighting in Aleppo. (Al Bawaba/File)
16:03 GMT
Opposition figures and militants in Syria have turned down a UN proposal to suspend fighting in the city of Aleppo.
Yes, George and his wife are expecting a baby! (Image: Albawaba file)
15:45 GMT
George Wassouf's new wife Nada Zeidan finally confirms her pregnancy and addresses her step-son hate rumors!
Zaatari refugee camp is located in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near Syrian border. (AFP/File)
15:08 GMT
The number of Syrians currently residing in Mafraq has reached 288,105, which is 88 percent higher the province's total population.
Opposition fighters celebrate as they drive a pick-up carrying the bodies of fighters reportedly belonging to the government forces, through the eastern rebel-held area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, after taking back government held areas in the surrounding countryside of the city on February 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT
The Syrian army has made advances in the southern part of the country, while al-Nusra Front has pushed US-backed militias out of a strategic northern military base.
The three schoolgirls were last spotted leaving London's Gatwick airport in February. (Image: London Metropolitan Police)
09:25 GMT
Footage has emerged of the three British teens who went missing from London, on CCTV from a Turkish bus station in Istanbul hours after they'd fled the UK.
Teachers described the young jihadist as a "lovely, lovely boy." (Photo: Youtube)
08:05 GMT
Jihadi John, who was recently revealed to be Mohammed Emwazi of the UK, is described by his former teacher as a "lovely" boy who struggled with anger management issues.
Lebanese security officials have clamped down on Daesh activities in recent months. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
Two Syrian nationals were detained in Lebanon for reportedly joining Daesh, security officials said.
Up to 220 Assyrians were abducted by Daesh militants earlier in February. (Image: Screenshot)
05:36 GMT
Daesh militants will reportedly release 29 out of 220 Assyrians abducted from northeastern Syria in February, according to a London-based monitoring group.

February 28, 2015

Peshmerga forces from Iraqi Kurdistan played a pivotal role in liberating Kobani from Daesh in January, 2015 (File-AFP)
13:11 GMT
100 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters will reach strategic town by passing through Turkey
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa disembark with the help of the coastguard (File-AFP)
10:57 GMT
Coastguard gets approval to use police weapons following Daesh's threats against Italy
Footage Daesh's newest video shows men destroying ancient Assyrian statues in the Mosul Museum (File-AFP)
10:00 GMT
Security Council, UNESCO further condemn destruction of artifacts in Mosul museum
Turkish soldiers patrol the Syrian border (File-AFP)
07:37 GMT
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper blames Turkey for influx of foreign fighters in Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's meeting with French politicians drew heavy criticism from French President Francois Hollande. (AFP/File)
06:38 GMT
According to a French lawmaker who met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Assad no longer wants to "remain isolated in the face of the terrorist threat,"

February 27, 2015

Kurdish fighters walk through the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Hamis, which has been controlled by Daesh for over a year. (AFP/File)
19:26 GMT
Kurdish fighters seized the eastern and southern outskirts Friday of a key Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province,
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at press conference, late 2014.  The Foreign Ministry confirmed Friday that Syrian opposition will train on Turkish soil beginning March 1. (AFP/File)
13:12 GMT
Turkish officials announce the program will begin March 1.
Syrian refugees cross the border into Turkey's Hatay Province.(AFP/File)
09:54 GMT
UN says 3.8 million Syrian refugees are registered in surrounding countries - 1.6 million of whom are in Turkey.
Lebanese soldiers in Arsal, a town near the Syrian border attacked by Daesh forces in August 2014.  (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
After a Lebanese armed forces offensive along Syrian border, Hezbollah officials warn of potential jihadist attack in Lebanese territory.
Assyrian Christian funeral in Syria, late 2013.  (AFP/Anwar Amro)
08:43 GMT
US-led coalition strikes Daesh in Syria, where the jihadist militant organization abducted 220 Assyrian Christians.
Head of UNESCO Irina Bokova (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
07:50 GMT
Destruction of cultural heritage is a threat to security in Iraq, says UNESCO
Refugees at the Turkish-Syrian border, which US intelligence officials claim is too porous to Daesh fighters. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
US intelligence chief: combating Daesh is not Turkey's top priority.

February 26, 2015

Sweden is a country that offers blanket asylum to Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT
A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a former Syrian rebel to five years in prison for war crimes.
Iraqi women held signs that read, "Help women who are abused by Daesh," warning the world of the group's forced marriages nearly a year ago. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
A younger cohort of women are seeking to either join their fighter husbands or find partners in Daesh, an official said Thursday.
Daesh struck back against a planned mass operation by detaining a mass number of Iraqi tribesmen, Reuters reported Thursday. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
14:55 GMT
Daesh struck back against a planned mass operation by detaining a mass number of Iraqi tribesmen, Reuters reported Thursday.
Kurds — From the YPG and PKG, to the Peshmerga and PKK, Kurdish militias have a history of inter-fighting and alliance splits, but now they’re fighting a common enemy: Daesh. Often considered the most capable fighting force in the north, Kurds from Syria, Iraq and Turkey celebrated the total retake of Syria’s Kobani from Daesh in January.
13:14 GMT
A short-list of the heavy-weight groups fighting on the ground in Syria.
Jihadi John executing US journalist  Steven Sotloff. (Image: Youtube)
11:25 GMT
The real identity of the Daesh militant famous for executing hostages in the terrorist group's propaganda videos has been revealed. Daesh's Jihadi John is really Mohammed Emwazi from west London.
Prominent Daesh commanders were killed, although the fate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains unknown. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
A number of senior Daesh commanders were killed Thursday by US-led coalition airstrikes in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim, near the Syrian border.
Assyrian Christians praying at a church. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Daesh has kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians from villages in the northeastern province of Hasaka.
The Australian man was killed fighting alongside Kurds in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT
An Australian national was killed fighting alongside Kurdish troops against Daesh militants in the Syrian province of Hasaka.
Lebanese troops are deployed in the border town of Arsal, on March 19, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Overnight the Lebanese army hammered Daesh with artillery in a brief attack at the Lebanese-Syrian border.
Syrian Civil Defence workers help free an 80-year-old woman from under the rubble of her home, where she spent several hours, following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on February 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:59 GMT
Residents of Aleppo struggle to maintain normalcy as war ravages their homes, businesses, and lives. This story goes behind the news to look at how Syrians living in Aleppo deal with death on a daily basis.
French lawmakers held a controversial meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the first time since 2012 on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
A Syrian court granted bail Wednesday, more than three months after the opposition fighter was detained.
"Time is running out," a foreign minister told AFP Tuesday. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
"Time is running out," a foreign minister told AFP Tuesday.

February 25, 2015

Nearly 1,000 Assyrian families have run for their lives this week in the wake of kidnappings by Daesh. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT
Nearly 1,000 Assyrian families have run for their lives this week in the wake of kidnappings by Daesh.
The three men of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will face federal courts Wednesday. (AFP/Spencer Platt)
18:44 GMT
The three men of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will face federal courts Wednesday.
The office's opening came as part of the government's efforts to curtail the inflow of refugees. (AFP/File)
16:15 GMT
The office's opening came as part of the government's efforts to curtail the inflow of refugees.
Hisham has had a lot of surgical work done to look like his idol Nancy Ajram. (Image: Albawaba edit)
09:28 GMT
Nancy Ajram's shemale lookalike Hisham Alrashed has big news for his fans: There's a mini him on the way!
Musa, a 25-year-old Kurdish marksman, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on January 30, 2015 (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:59 GMT
Kurdish militias back by US-led airstrikes have killed at least 132 Daesh militants since Saturday in an ongoing battle in northeastern Syria.
An Egyptian security official mans a checkpoint in Cairo. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT
Although a bold and robust response is needed when it comes to fighting Daesh - namely now in Libya, Arab armies will not help.
The IDF displays some of Israel's rockets at the port of Eliat. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT
The human rights organization Amnesty International urged the global community to halt weapon sales and shipments to countries accused of committing mass atrocities, such as Iraq, Syria, and Israel.
A Syrian girl sits next to a water tank at a refugee camp on the outskirts of the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek on February 24, 2015. More than 1.1 million Syrians have fled their country's conflict to take refugee in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The World Health Organization warns water borne diseases are on the rise in Syria.

February 24, 2015

Iraq is less than thrilled after US officials have told media approximate dates for the Mosul campaign, sources said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT
Iraq is less than thrilled after US officials have told media approximate dates for the Mosul campaign, sources said Tuesday.
Spain is only one of several European countries cracking down on Daesh recruits as a wave of foreign fighters continues. (AFP/File)
16:50 GMT
Spain is only one of several European countries cracking down on Daesh recruits as a wave of foreign fighters continues.
Turkey accused Britain Tuesday of a "reprehensible" delay in informing authorities of three British girls who left for Syria. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
15:30 GMT
Turkey accused Britain Tuesday of a "reprehensible" delay in informing authorities of three British girls who left for Syria.
Egyptian airstrikes have killed several civilians, Amnesty International said Tuesday, along with the Daesh militants they targeted. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT
Egyptian airstrikes have killed several civilians, Amnesty International said Tuesday, along with the Daesh militants they targeted.
George and Nada are said to be expecting a child. (Image: Albawaba file)
11:38 GMT
George Wassouf's marriage to Nada Zeidan has just taken a new turbulent turn!
The al-Hasakah governorate, where fierce clashes continue to unfold between Kurdish troops and Daesh, is a strategic totem for Kurdish forces because of its proximity to the Iraqi border. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
Fierce clashes near the Iraqi border between Kurdish troops and Daesh militants left some 90 Christian civlians in the hands of the extremist group.
According to one report published by Newsweek earlier this week, Daesh militants wants to use some Assyrian hostages captured in earlier clashes in northwestern Syrian towns in a prisoner swap with the Kurds. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT
At least 90 Christians have been abducted by Daesh militants in northeastern Syria, activists told Reuters.
Turkish tanks drive through a street in the Syrian border town of Kobani during an operation to relocate the remains of Suleyman Shah, February 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT
Turkish forces managed to safely relocate the remains of a sacred tomb inside Syria but how did they do it? With the help of Kurds, of course.
Daesh militants intend to launch further operations in Lebanon, according to the report. (AFP/File)
05:55 GMT
Daesh militants are reportedly planning wide-scale military operations in Lebanon, according to a report by The Daily Star.

February 23, 2015

An official said Monday Turkey was in contact with Daesh to avoid clashes, after the country denied communication during the tomb operation. (AFP/File)
18:22 GMT
An official said Monday Turkey was in contact with Daesh to avoid clashes, after the country denied communication during the tomb operation.
Iraqi forces plan to retake the town of al-Baghdadi from Daesh militants, a key location for training local forces. (AFP/File)
16:03 GMT
Iraqi forces plan to retake the town of al-Baghdadi from Daesh militants, a key location for training local forces.
Wide areas of the north and east – where much of Syria’s grain is grown and its oil is extracted – have been seized by the hard-line ISIS  group.
15:53 GMT
The Syrian government does not expect to import wheat this year because domestic grain supplies will be boosted by heavy rainfall and wider control over farmland, a minister said.
Turkey said it did not coordinate with or contact terrorist organizations in its efforts to retrieve tomb remains Sunday. (AFP/File)
15:03 GMT
Turkey said it did not coordinate with or contact terrorist organizations in its efforts to retrieve tomb remains Sunday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday most of those killed were Daesh and al-Nusra Front fighters. (AFP/File)
12:42 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday most of those killed were Daesh and al-Nusra Front fighters.

February 22, 2015

Daesh militants are now prepared to sell bodies of Kurds that they have killed. (AFP)
17:00 GMT
Daesh has reportedly said it will deliver the bodies of dead Kurdish fighters in return for payment, according to a German newspaper.
Turkish forces are evacuating their soldiers Sunday after a ground mission to relocate a tomb in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:12 GMT
Turkish forces are evacuating their soldiers Sunday after a ground mission to relocate a tomb in Syria.
Daesh says that European fighters only make up a small number of its group. (AFP)
14:56 GMT
The number of Daesh (ISIS) fighters from Europe is drying up since European states have introduced tighter restrictions on would-be fighters traveling to Iraq and Syria, Reuters has reported.
The three Britons were last spotted on CCTV leaving London's Gatwick airport for Turkey. (Image: London Metropolitan Police)
11:21 GMT
Three schoolgirls from the UK who allegedly fled their homes to join Daesh have crossed into Syria, according to a report from the Telegraph.
Joakim Medin photographed in Kobane. (Photo: Facebook)
09:27 GMT
Joakim Medin, a freelance journalist from Sweden, was released by Syrian forces after having been near the Turkish border.
Daesh started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the country’s northern city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT
Daesh released a new video which presumably shows 21 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in cages being paraded through packed streets in the embattled Iraqi province of Kirkuk.
Gulf countries are allegedly funding Daesh so the militant group won't carry out operations in their lands. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT
The West has been trying to stop private donors from funding Daesh militants with little impact on the extremist group. Is there any other way the Kurds, Iraqi army and the US-led coalition can take them down?
Daesh had been closing in on the tomb of Suleyman Shah. (Photo: Google +)
07:30 GMT
Successful operation overnight with tanks and troops brings back the body of Suleyman Shah in Turkey's only exclave, Turkish prime minister and army confirm.
The UN had attempted to broker a ceasefire between rebels and Bashar al-Assad's troops last week in the besieged city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
05:51 GMT
At least four people were killed and 20 injured in the Syrian city of Aleppo hours after another blast killed four in Qardahain.

February 21, 2015

It's the first time that a rocket has hit the center of Qardaha since fighting started in 2011. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT
Four people were killed in in President Assad's town of Qardaha on Saturday, a monitoring group has said.
SYRIA (177/180): Daesh is in Syria, but the Syrian regime is just as deadly. While Daesh is estimated to have murdered at least 20 reporters — dozens of Arabs don’t make headlines — the regime has killed nearly as many. Warring factions in the country have made it impossible to cover the conflict without being targeted. (AFP/File)
15:15 GMT
More journalists have been targeted and killed than ever before. The deadliest region? The Middle East.
The killings happened in the Syrian village of Rityan, north of Aleppo. (AFP)
13:36 GMT
Ten children were among at least 48 people killed in northern Syria this week as government forces executed the families of five five reported rebels, AFP reported.
The unidentified missing journalist had planned to enter a Daesh-controlled area of Syria. (AFP/File)
05:50 GMT
A Swedish journalist who was planning to enter a Daesh-controlled area in Syria has been out-of-touch for four days.
The commission has not revealed whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is on the list or not. (AFP/File)
04:39 GMT
A UN commission has drafted lists of those who have committed war crimes in Syria's civil war. The list is now ready to be published.