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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. (
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)
07:50 GMT
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:
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. (
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.
08:31 GMT
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.

April 10, 2015

The Yarmouk refugee camp has been devastated by the civil war in Syria (File-AFP)
11:18 GMT
PLO will not collaborate with regime forces to retake Yarmouk camp.

April 9, 2015

Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus, has faced shelling as well as food and medicine shortages throughout the Syrian crisis.  (AFP/File)
15:41 GMT
The joint military action will drive Daesh from the southern Damascus camp, officials say.
Daesh had set fire to the Himrin and Ajil fields in the face of the advancing counteroffensive. (Image: File photo)
12:16 GMT
The Islamic State group has relinquished control of "at least three large oil fields" in Iraq, cutting off the jihadists from a significant source of income, according to a German newspaper report.
Yesterday two other car bomb attacks took place in Aleppo Province. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT
At least five people have been killed and several others injured after a car bomb exploded in north-west Syria.
3,000 French individuals suspected of having connections with terrorist groups in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT
1,430 French citizens have traveled to the Middle East to fight alongside Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
Canada has previously carried out airstrikes in Iraq, but this is the first time airstrikes have been conducted in Syria. (Sami Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
08:00 GMT
Canada has carried out its first airstrikes in Syria against Daesh targets, AFP has reported.
Residents of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp mourn over dead bodies during a group funeral on January 26, south of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
No humanitarian operations have been possible in the refugee camp since April 1 despite demands, the UN said Wednesday.

April 8, 2015

A Syrian rebel stands in the street in Aleppo. (AFP/Ahmed Deeb)
16:40 GMT
Two overnight car bombings allegedly by Daesh in Aleppo have killed at least 32, the Observatory said Wednesday.
Though police have not officially named the victim, British media outlets say the man found dead with a gunshot wound in London was prominent Syrian opposition preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT
London police have launched an investigation into the death of a Syrian man, which media outlets say is a prominent Syrian preacher known for his critical stance against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was found dead with a gunshot wound in his car Wednesday.
A woman raises her arms and shouts as she stands on the site where a car bomb was detonated. (AFP/Cem Genco)
10:30 GMT
The two car bombs detonated late Tuesday evening, targeting two headquarters of the al-Sham Front, a Syrian opposition group, in northern Aleppo province.
The events in Catalonia reflect a larger effort by European countries to quell a growing number of citizens traveling to Syria and Iraq after being recruited by Daesh and other extremist groups fighting there. (AFP/File)
09:32 GMT
In a case that's become increasingly more familiar in Western countries, Spanish authorities arrested nine suspected Daesh affiliates in the Catalonia region Wednesday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Yarmouk residents were entrapped and their situation growing more dire, as Daesh forces lingered in the camp's southern area and Palestinian fighters trying to avert them were wedged between the extremist group and the Syrian regime.
08:19 GMT
As the humanitarian situation worsens inside the Damascus-based Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, the Syrian regime has said it's ready to offer military support to Palestinians attempting to drive Daesh fighters from the camp, though aid organizations say government barrel bombs have also pounded the area, causing mounting casualties.

April 7, 2015

Daesh launched news bulletins in English on its supporting radio station Tuesday. (AFP/File)
20:48 GMT
Daesh launched news bulletins in English on its supporting radio station Tuesday.
An Iraqi man inspects on Feb. 3, 2015, the remains of members of the Yazidi minority killed by Daesh after Kurdish forces discovered a mass grave near the village of Sinuni, in the northwestern Sinjar area. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
17:51 GMT
Iraq has exhumed the remains of 47 people believed to have been massacred by extremists from mass graves in Tikrit.
Palestinians shout slogans as they hold banners during a gathering in solidarity with the Palestinians living in Syria's Yarmouk camp outside Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) headquarters in Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
11:58 GMT
The United States Security Council (UNSC) demanded humanitarian access to Yarmouk camp to provide necessary assistance to those trapped inside.
Hussain was attacked by an audience member during his concert in Berlin. (Image:
11:50 GMT
Syrian singer Hussain al Deek was attacked in Berlin for dedicating a song to Syrian President Assad?
A man stands on a staircase inside a demolished building in the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus on April 6, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said that Daesh now only controls 60 percent of Yarmouk camp, a 30 percent from earlier.
Local media also reported heavy losses for Syrian militants clashing with the army in the restive borer area, but the reports could not be verified. (AFP/File)
08:14 GMT
Lebanese army troops gained control of a strategic hilltop overlooking the Syrian border, which one source said militants often use to infiltrate Lebanon.
At least 120 truck drivers were stranded at Syria's Nasib border crossing last week after Jordanian authorities closed the crossing amidst clashes between the Syrian government and opposition groups. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
After several were taken hostage by militants along the Nasib border crossing, five Lebanese truck drivers have yet to be released,
New sponsorship regulations, coupled with ongoing security situation in Syria has caused a labor shortage in Lebanon, leaving farmers scrambling to find alternative solutions. (Image: Pixabay)
07:42 GMT
The number of Syrian laborers working in the fields of Lebanon has plummeted by 80 percent, which will have an adverse effect on Lebanon's agricultural sector.
The 300 Kurds were captured in a village 12 miles west of Aleppo. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT
Islamic insurgents have released 300 Kurdish men in the country's north who were taken captive Sunday.

April 6, 2015

Kurdish officials accused al-Nusra Front of the kidnapping. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT
Islamist fighters on Monday kidnapped some 300 Kurdish civilians at a checkpoint in northwestern Syria.
Fighters from a coalition of opposition forces in the Syrian city of Idlib, the second provincial capital to fall from government control. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
11:30 GMT
Syrian regime military planes bombed Idlib during clashes with opposition forces, killing over 100 people.
Assyrian Christians, who had fled the unrest in Syria, attend a mass at the Saint Georges Assyrian Church in Jdeideh, northeast of the Lebanese capital Beirut on April 3, 2015 during the Good Friday procession. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
10:30 GMT
Daesh blew up an ancient Assyrian church in the northeastern Syrian city of Tel Nasri.
File photo of armed Hamas militants. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
09:00 GMT
A Hamas-affiliated group joined the fight against Daesh in Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp, after militants stormed the camp on April 1st.
Members of the Jordanian security forces stand guard at the Jaber border crossing (known in Syria as the Nasib border) as smoke rises from the Syrian side of the border after clashes broke out . (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Syrian opposition forces claimed Nasib border crossing earlier this week. Now the Jordanian army is prepared for a cross-border attack should there be an external threats from the Syrian side.
Armed Palestinian groups have been clashing with Daesh since they took the camp on April 1st. Rebels take cover in Damascus' Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. (AFP/Ward Al-Keswani)
07:22 GMT
The SNHR reported in a statement that Daesh killed at least 13 people in Yarmouk refugee camp, located on the outskirts of Damascus.

April 5, 2015

A Palestinian official said Sunday an estimated 2,000 people have been evacuated from the refugee camp in Syria. (AFP/File)
16:57 GMT
A Palestinian official said Sunday an estimated 2,000 people have been evacuated from the refugee camp in Syria.
Iraqi Christians take part in a mass for the Good Friday at Umm al-Maouna Catholic church in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on April 3, 2015. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
15:29 GMT
Pope Francis has called for peace in Syria and Iraq during his Easter Sunday message this morning.
The UN says nearly 18,000 civilians, including a large number of children, are caught in Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT
Armed Palestinian factions clashed with Daesh militants in Yarmouk refugee camp in the Damascus district of Syria.
The Jaber border crossing (known as the Nasib border in Syria) was closed following clashes between rebels and Syrian government troops. Lebanese truckers were kidnapped and goods seized during the fighting. (Image: AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
The closure of the Nassib border crossing between Jordan and Syria following violent clashes cuts off a vital network for trade between Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Gulf countries.