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June 2, 2015

A World Bank report said Jordan's economy has slowly but steadily picked up despite regional tensions. (AFP/File)
21:43 GMT
A World Bank report said Jordan's economy has slowly but steadily picked up despite regional tensions.
The US Embassy tweets come on the heels of a report by the Washington Post article, where rebels accuse the US of ignoring their calls for air support against Daesh in Aleppo, and another alleging the US train and equip program is too focused on fighting Daesh. (AFP/File)
15:31 GMT
The US Embassy of Syria is tweeting about collusion between Assad and Daesh — a lot.
US-led coaltion airstrikes targeted Daesh positions in Iraq and Syria (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT
The United States and its allies carried out ten strikes in Syria and five in Iraq since Monday.
An Israeli armored vehicle patrols along the Israeli-Lebanese border near the disputed Shebaa Farms. (AFP/Atef Safadi)
13:38 GMT
Earlier local media claimed Israeli forces performed airstrikes on a Hezbollah outpost.
The Daesh-affiliated group operating in Gaza said top Hamas commander Saber Siam was killed after militants placed a bomb in his car. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT
The Daesh-affiliated group operating in Gaza said top Hamas commander Saber Siam was killed after militants placed a bomb in his car.
Defenders of democracy must work out a better way to combat growing instability in the Middle East. (AFP/File)
09:54 GMT
Why are so many young Westerners opting to wage a violent jihad by joining Daesh? Could democracy be the way forward to stop this ideology?
Syrian air force attacks in Aleppo reportedly killed around 100 people. (AFP/File)
08:33 GMT
In a series of tweets, the US Embassy in Syria charged the regime with acting against the population in support of the newly launched Daesh offensive in Aleppo.
Assala gives a brilliant performance at the Mawazine music festival in Morocco. (Facebook)
07:54 GMT
Mawazine music festival-goers went wild for Syrian singer Assala.
At least 2,223 Syrians were killed in May from the country's civil war, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said Monday. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
At least 2,223 Syrians were killed in May from the country's civil war, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said Monday.

June 1, 2015

EU rescue missions were jointly carried out by member states as an influx of migrants tries to make its way to Europe. (AFP/File)
16:25 GMT
EU rescue missions were jointly carried out by member states as an influx of migrants tries to make its way to Europe.
Soldiers man mobile launchers of the US-made TOW anti-tank missiles during a drill held in the northern Taoyuan county on April 18, 2012. (AFP/Mandy Cheng)
16:05 GMT
A shipment of weapons pledged to the army arrived Monday at Beirut's airport.
A Jordanian soldier on the Jordan-Syria border near Mafraq. (AFP/File)
15:06 GMT
Border guards on Sunday destroyed two vehicles trying to illegally enter the kingdom from Syria.
A Daesh militant killed in Iraq over the weekend has some wondering whether it might be the same Syrian-American terrorist the FBI's been hunting for almost a decade. (YouTube)
14:36 GMT
An airstrike near Fallujah this weekend may have just killed a Syrian-American terrorist on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List.
A man walks in a burnt makeshift Syrian refugee camp after it was attacked by residents of the neighboring eastern Lebanese village of Qsarnaba in the Bekaa valley on Dec. 2, 2013. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
A massive fire engulfed several tents in an east Lebanon refugee camp Monday, killing five people and wounding ten, a security source said.
"I am regretting every moment," said 14-year-old Ahmed, who was able to flee the militants. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
12:49 GMT
"I am regretting every moment," said 14-year-old Ahmed, who was able to flee the militants.
Pepsi said that Sherif’s first music video is their way of encouraging him to spread his wings and embark on this exciting new journey. (File photo)
12:03 GMT
Arab Idol season 3 winner Hazem Sherif has a new music video coming out!
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a Koran as he speaks during an opening ceremony at the Selehaddin Eyyubi airport on May 26, 2015, in eastern city of Hakkari. (AFP/STR)
10:51 GMT
A media agency released a news exclusive purportedly showing Syria-bound Turkish intelligence trucks loaded with ammunition. Erdogan has vowed tor retaliate with legal action.
Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov was trained on US soil by Blackwater. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
The US State Department has confirmed that a Daesh member who recently appeared in a YouTube video was trained by Blackwater in the United States.
Dima dances the night away with her new hubby Humam. (Screenshot)
09:43 GMT
Dima Kandalaft finally has the wedding of her dreams.
A picture taken from the Fakhr-al-Din al-Ma'ani Castle (or Palmyra cytadel) on top of a hill overlooking the ancient city on April 12, 2006 shows a general view of the Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old metropolis and an Unesco world heritage site located 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. (AFP/Jonathan Klein)
08:32 GMT
Robert Fisk discusses the method of Daesh's madness when it comes to destroying ancient culture and history.
The Daesh advance could allow the group to move freely along a crossing between Aleppo and the Turkish province of Kilis. (AFP/File)
05:50 GMT
Daesh militants Sunday advanced against rival insurgents close to Syria's border with Turkey by capturing the town of Soran Azaz and two other villages.

May 31, 2015

The notorious Tadmor Prison, where the regime once held its political prisoners, is now history. (reddit)
22:44 GMT
The notorious Tadmor Prison, where the regime once held its political prisoners, is now history.
The 24-year-old Columbia journalism grad used his earnings from appearing on the show to travel to the Turkish-Syrian border. (Twitter)
18:32 GMT
The 24-year-old Columbia journalism grad used his earnings from appearing on the show to travel to the Turkish-Syrian border.
The shells caused heavy damage to public and private property. (AFP/File)
17:51 GMT
At least 12 people have been killed following rocket attacks by militants in residential areas in Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo.
A Syrian Kurdish woman and child await treatment at a hospital in Syria's majority-Kurdish northeastern city of Qamishli following a bomb attack, March 21 2015.  (AFP/File)
13:40 GMT
A fire broke out at a clinic in Syria's majority-Kurdish city Qamishli, killing 25 people, mostly children. State TV says the cause of the fire was a fuel tank explosion.
A banker stacks packed Syrian lira bills at the Central Bank in Damascus in 2011. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The Syrian regime continues to face losses in the civil war, leading to shrunken revenues and depleted resources.
Members of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah attend the funeral fighter of Mohamed Choucair, on May 26, 2015, in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut after he was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in the Qalamun region. (AFP/STR)
10:46 GMT
The deputy chairman of the organization's executive council announced that Hezbollah is prepared for a military operation in Arsal.
People gather at the scene after Syrian government forces allegedly dropped barrel bombs on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on May 30, 2015. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
09:41 GMT
Syrian envoy to the UN Staffan de Mistura stated that the attacks were "totally unacceptable" and also urged the regime to suspend the use of barrel bombs.

May 30, 2015

The Syrian Christian reportedly found the Daesh member in the village of Tal Shamiram. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT
A Syrian Christian has killed a member of the jihadist group Daesh in northeastern Syria, in retaliation for abuses committed by the group.
Syrians run from a bomb exploding in the city of Al-Bab. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
10:46 GMT
Up to 45 civilians died when Syrian regime gunship helicopters dropped explosive-laden barrels on the northern city Aleppo on Saturday, according to the Syrian opposition media.
A militant from the Army of Conquest alliance destroys a statue of Bashar al-Assad in Syria's Idlib Province. (Al Bawaba/File)
09:06 GMT
The Syrian government has abandoned Idlib province to concentrate on regions deemed vital for its survival, a security source and activists said Friday, allowing insurgents to seize the province’s last regime-held city.
A refugee girl from Damascus' Palestinian Yarmouk camp stands in the streets of Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp located in Lebanon's capital Beirut.  (AFP/Anwar Amro)
05:00 GMT
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who fled Syria protested on Friday an UNRWA decision to cut aid to refugee families.

May 29, 2015

Turkish daily publication Cumhuriyet on Friday published images and video footage purporting to show Turkish authorities shipping weapons to rebel fighters in Syria. Turkey denies the accusations.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
18:18 GMT
A Turkish daily on Friday published images and video footage purporting to show Turkish authorities shipping weapons to rebel fighters in Syria.
Locals examine the damage to Imam Ali mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia following last Friday's suicide bomb attack that left 21 dead.  (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT
A Daesh statement on Twitter claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Saudi that left four dead.
All three girls have no intention of returning home from Syria. (British Met Police)
10:30 GMT
Three teens from East London who fled to Syria have reportedly made contact with their families in the UK.
The Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) is a faction of Syria’s Democratic Union Party (YPG), which was banned in the country. It hasn’t stopped the members from actively fighting against government forces since 2012, and in 2014 the female warriors were voted CNN's "most inspirational women." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
One day in early October, a female YPJ commander detonated a grenade on herself and the militants that surrounded her — it became a symbol of the Kurdish struggle against Daesh, and the strong presence of Kurdish women on the battlefield.

May 28, 2015

The Syrian rebel coalition stormed the last government-held city in the Idlib province Thursday, a monitor said. (AFP/File)
20:21 GMT
The Syrian rebel coalition stormed the last government-held city in the Idlib province Thursday, a monitor said.
The EU is extending its sanctions against the Syrian regime for another year as the Syrian civil war rages on. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
The EU is extending its sanctions against the Syrian regime for another year as the Syrian civil war rages on.
An Iraqi security expert identified the group's second-leading religious authority as Ali Attiya al-Jubouri, also known as "the blind judge." (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT
An Iraqi security expert identified the group's second-leading religious authority as Ali Attiya al-Jubouri, also known as "the blind judge."
The UN representative called for a "humanitarian ceasefire" to end the bloodshed in Syria. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT
The UN representative called for a "humanitarian ceasefire" to end the bloodshed in Syria.
We've been hearing a lot about the ancient city of Palmyra this week, but Arabic news reports suggest Daesh is now eyeing the southern Syrian city of Daraa, and the Jordanian border. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT
According to Arabic media reports, Daesh militants say they're headed for the Jordanian border.
Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. (AFP/File)
13:47 GMT
Babeen refugee camp in Wadi Hmeid was raided by two army patrols as they searched for Islamists.
The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra was seized by Daesh on May 17. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
Daesh militants said they would only destroy statues in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra which violated the group's religious prohibition against polytheistic depictions, The Guardian reported.
A file picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a sculpture found in the ancient Syrian oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus, displayed at the city's museum. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:56 GMT
The larger structures seem safe for now, but the video doesn't tell the whole story.
One female soldier claims the Daesh targets women on and off the battle field. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT
The YPJ Kurdish women’s militia takes on Daesh in the northern Syrian city of Ras al Ayn.
News coming out of Syria gets increasingly complicated and confusing — these maps help us dumb it down. (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT
News coming out of Syria gets increasingly complicated and confusing — these maps help us dumb it down.
A Hezbollah missile annihilated a group of at least three militants in Syria's Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon Wednesday. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A Hezbollah missile annihilated a group of at least three militants in Syria's Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon Wednesday.

May 27, 2015

Among other things, the al Qaeda leader said the group would not target the Alawite community inside Syria, despite the community's ties to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
23:22 GMT
On Wednesday, Al Jazeera Arabic aired an exclusive interview with the Syrian al-Qaeda leader inside Syria. Here's what he had to say.
Twenty people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra inside an amphitheater, the monitor said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
20:29 GMT
Twenty people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra inside an amphitheater, the monitor said Wednesday.
The Assyrian flag. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
15:00 GMT
Assyrian Christians can return home after Syrian Kurdish fighters reclaimed the city from Daesh.
Zakariya Ashiq, 20, left the UK last year in an attempt to join Daesh in Syria. (West Midlands Police)
13:00 GMT
A 20-year-old British national was found guilty on charges of terrorism after trying to join Daesh in Syria last year.
At least 22 Hezbollah fighters have been killed since the group launched an offensive against Nusra Front in Qalamoun. (Hezbollah press office)
12:00 GMT
Hezbollah fighters Wednesday reportedly killed a group of Nusra Front militants in Qalamoun, retaking control of the area.
Since the caliphate was established last year, Daesh has conducted numerous terrorist attacks around the world. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT
With the one-year anniversary of Daesh's so-called caliphate approaches, experts expect an increase in attacks around the world.
A Syrian child runs from sniper fire in the city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT
Three people were killed and at least 19 others injured by militant fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo Wednesday.
Syrian rebels make victory signs as they patrol a street in the town of Tal Abyad near the border with Turkey, last year. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Turkey and US military personnel kicked off the train and equip program with a small number of rebels.

May 26, 2015

Artist Iyad Sabegh stands in front of a small metal caravan that serves as the group’s studio and storage locker, where he was in process of tagging it with a vibrantly colored mural. The unit was provided by NGO International Relief and Development and sits alongside a library and theater that also doubles as an auditorium.
22:23 GMT
A group of young artists living in Zaatari refugee camp work to preserve Syria’s rich cultural treasures with paintings, models and sculptures of Palmyra. Little did they realize how prescient their actions would be.
A file picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows the citadel (background) of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus, over looking the city. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
19:00 GMT
The Syrian government's antiquities chief made an announcement that, as of yet, Palmyra's magnificent ancient ruins remain unscathed despite Daesh's offensive.
A Syrian regime soldier aims a rocket launcher towards rebel locations in the Qalamoun region. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Six Hezbollah fighters and 30 militants were killed in the Qalamoun mountains near the Lebanese-Syrian border.
here's what happens when Lebanese TV goes wrong.
12:52 GMT
This is decidedly not the best way to have a productive debate on Hezbollah.
David Cameron and Vladimir Putin voiced support for the resumption of peace talks. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Vladimir Putin and David Cameron backed calls for the resumption of peace talks in Syria, in an attempt to end the four-year conflict.
Algeria has stepped up security along the country's borders to combat militancy in recent months. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT
Algerian Minister Mohamed Issa warned against some 46,000 potential jihadi websites promoting Daesh militancy across the Middle East.
A view of a tunnel reportedly dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, uncovered by Israeli troops on Oct. 13, 2013. (AFP/David Buimovitch)
06:00 GMT
In a video Syrian rebels showed a tunnel packed with explosives for a major attack against Syrian government positions nearby.

May 25, 2015

Rebels say the 700 meter long tunnel was built using an instructional video sent by Hamas and other Palestinian groups from Gaza. (YouTube)
20:19 GMT
Tunnel warfare isn't just for Palestine anymore.
A handout picture released by the Hezbollah press office on May 16, 2015, shows a Hezbollah fighter firing toward areas controlled by militants on the Syrian side of the Qalamoun hills close to the Lebanese border. (AFP/File)
17:56 GMT
Hezbollah run-TV said the fighters captured two hilltops from al-Qaeda's Syrian wing and killed dozens of militants Monday.
The site was previously home to about 300 Syrian families who had fled the war. (Twitter)
17:40 GMT
The site was previously home to about 300 Syrian families who had fled the war.
An explosion on Monday killed four residents of Latakia, the coastal Syrian government stronghold.  The source of explosion was unclear.  (AFP/File)
16:06 GMT
An explosion Monday killed four residents of Latakia, the coastal Syrian government stronghold - source of explosion unclear.
Conflicting reports about the Latakia explosion make it unclear what struck the coastal city with clouds of orange smoke. (Twitter)
16:01 GMT
Conflicting reports about the Latakia explosion make it unclear what struck the coastal city with clouds of orange smoke.
People attend the funeral of eight Shiite worshippers gunned down during an attack on an Ashura commemoration event in Saudi Arabia, November 2014.  (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT
Shiites in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province set up a mass funeral for the victims of the Daesh-claimed mosque attack - thousands are expected to attend.
The air support would help combat Daesh militants, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara and the US had agreed to provide air support to Syrian opposition forces Monday.
Syrian rebels move through the town of Jisr al-Shughur, April 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:52 GMT
On Friday, dramatic clashes took place between Syrian troops and rebels in the town of Jisr al-Shughur's National Hospital. Rumors began to circulate of victories and fails, but what really happened?
According to Britian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian air force on Monday conducted airstrikes against a number of targets in Daesh-held UNESCO World Heritage site Palmyra.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
09:45 GMT
Monitor says Syrian air force conducted at least 15 airstrikes targeting Daesh positions in and around Palmyra Monday.

May 24, 2015

Hafez al-Assad was only one of the leaders in a long line of successors the Syrian people don't approve of. (AFP/File)
20:08 GMT
Hafez al-Assad was only one of the leaders in a long line of successors the Syrian people don't approve of.
Zahran Alloush is head of Jaysh al-Islam, a Syrian rebel group considered a major part of the Islamic Front. (YouTube)
19:41 GMT
Zahran Alloush made some inflammatory comments in back in December; this time around, it wasn't what we were expecting.
The bomb explosion happened in the Adawi neighborhood of Damascus. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT
A blast in downtown Damascus killed a Syrian general on Sunday, AFP has reported.
Twitter users around the world have come up with some priceless Daesh puns. (AFP/File)
18:40 GMT
Twitter users around the world have come up with some priceless Daesh puns.
Daesh currently controls parts of Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT
The Syrian army has killed over 300 militants in a military operation in Idlib province.
Syrian refugees living in a camp. (AFP/Getty Images/Nikolay Doychinov)
14:45 GMT
The UN agency urged the international community to support those countries hosting refugees.
State media said the helicopter had suffered technical problems. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT
Daesh claims to have shot down a Syrian military aircraft in Aleppo province, although state media said the crash was a result of technical problems, AFP has reported.
A Syrian army soldier fires artillery shells towards Daesh targets in northeastern Palmyra on May 17, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:37 GMT
Residents told Syrian state news that the bodies of the dead, including women and children, were left out on the streets,
Daesh militants waving the trademark Jihadits flag as vehicles drive on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
After taking the Syrian side three days prior, Daesh is now in full control of both sides of the border crossing.
The pretty ink work Suzanne showed off on Instagram. (Al Watan Voice)
08:15 GMT
Syrian actress Suzanne Najm Eddine has a butterfly on her shoulder!

May 23, 2015

A government helicopter reportedly targeted the area of al-Hamidia in Deir Ez-Zor on Saturday. (AFP/Al-Rifai)
14:22 GMT
At least 14 people have been killed after a barrel bomb attack on Deir Ez-Zor in eastern Syria, an opposition group has claimed.
The high intensity explosive has been deemed illegal in civilian areas under international law, but the vacuum bomb has also shown up in Afghanistan, by US forces, and in Chechnya, by Russians. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT
High heat, high pressure bombs deemed illegal under international law — this is the vacuum bomb, and it may have just resurfaced.
Daesh took full control of Ramadi last week. (AFP/File)
12:20 GMT
Iraqi armed forces have retaken a police station in a western town in the country’s Anbar Province from ISIL militants after they started a military operation to liberate the provincial capital, Ramadi.
Daesh hostage John Cantlie is regularly used in the group's propaganda videos and articles. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
11:12 GMT
Daesh's propaganda magazine Dabiq featured an article suggesting the group is expanding so rapidly it could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year.
Residents bike in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, most of which is now controlled by Daesh. (Al Bawaba/File)
08:11 GMT
The UN Security Council has expressed grave concern for thousands of people trapped inside Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra after it was captured by Daesh militants.

May 22, 2015

Women pray in a church in Syria. A Syriac Catholic priest was kidnapped along with a companion near Qaryatayn, in Homs governorate, says an NGO. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
17:09 GMT
A Syriac Catholic priest was kidnapped along with a companion near Qaryatayn, in Homs governorate, says an NGO.
US fighter jets have been carrying out airstrikes against Daesh positions in Syria for over eight months. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Pentagon officials admitted killing civilians during the US-led coalition's air campaign against Daesh militants in Syria.
The 16-year-old was stopped from leaving the UK by counter-terror officers after an undercover investigation by the Daily Mail. (AFP/File)
11:54 GMT
British police prevented a 16-year-old from leaving London to join Daesh militants in Syria following an undercover investigation by the Daily Mail.
The 27-year-old is believed to have been killed while fighting in Palmyra. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT
A Daesh militant from Palestine was killed fighting in the Syrian city of Palmyra. The 27-year-old is believed to have joined the terrorist group five months ago.
Many Syrian rebel fighters' weapons are homemade due to their lack of funding and access to ammunition. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
These amateurs show they know how to be resourceful in war.
An image made available by the extremist Twitter account al-Baraka news, showing Daesh militants on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of al-Hasakah. (AFP/File)
00:25 GMT
Several officials confirmed Daesh has taken control of the border crossing in the Homs province.

May 21, 2015

At least four of the people were beheaded. (AFP/File)
19:03 GMT
At least 17 people have been executed in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, AFP has reported. Four of them are thought to have been beheaded.
No, Hollywood star turned anti-Daesh fighter Michael Enright was not arrested by the YPG in Syria. (AFP/File)
18:35 GMT
Watch a Reddit news "exclusive" go delightfully wrong.
Foreign involvement and internal turmoil has sent many of these MENA countries into a corruption black hole. (AFP/File)
17:56 GMT
Here are the MENA countries that made it to the top ten list no one wants to be on.
One of the men had been previously arrested for smuggling rockets. (AFP/File)
16:42 GMT
Three people have been arrested in Lebanon, accused of financing armed groups in Syria, according to the Lebanese Army.
Three people were also injured in the attacks. (AFP)
15:50 GMT
Two mortar attacks close to Russian's embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus have left at least one person dead.