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The US has given the World Food Program $65 million for Middle Eastern countries struggling to support Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT
The US has given the World Food Program $65 million for Middle Eastern countries struggling to support Syrian refugees.
The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) flag. (Al Bawaba/File)
11:43 GMT
Turkey’s state news agency has alleged that the country’s week-long aerial warfare against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has killed around 260 members of the outlawed group.
Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of Jihad Mughniyeh during his funeral in Beirut's suburbs, January 19, 2015. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Despite making an advance in the Syrian border city of Zabadani, Hezbollah lost two fighters in clashes with militants.

July 31, 2015

A Syrian refugee man selling beans at the Zaatari refugee camp home to more than 55,000 Syrians, located close to the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
The money will offset the effects of the World Food Programme cutting off all assistance to 440,000 Syrian refugees living in urban communities in Jordan.
Nusra Front militants have prevented aid from reaching areas in Syria's Idlib province. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Villages in Syria's Idlib province remained under siege by Nusra Front militants while there was a shortage of medical supplies and a need for humanitarian assistance, according to a Press TV report.
A regime airstrike in Idlib. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Syrian regime warplanes killed 27 civilians, including 10 children, on Wednesday night after launching airstrikes on the towns of Saraqub and Maaret al-Numan in northern Syria's Idlib province.

July 30, 2015

Members of the Kurdish YPG take position inside a house during clashes with Daesh on the southern outskirts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah on July 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
17:11 GMT
An attack by Daesh militants on a town in northern Syria Thursday left at least 18 people dead.
The US-led coalition carried out over 30 airstrikes on Daesh targets in the past 24 hours. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
At least 15,000 Daesh militants have been killed by US-led coalition airstrikes since the campaign began a year ago, according to the CIA.
Lebanon's army has been involved in a wide-scale anti-terror operation against militants over the past year. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Dozens of Lebanese nationals, Palestinians and Syrians were arrested across Lebanon by security forces during anti-terror raids.
Turkey's war's not all the PKK. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT
It's not all about the PKK.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, April 12, 2015 (AFP/File).
09:08 GMT
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke in front of the Security Council on Wednesday, expressing his disappointment in the failure to implement previous peace resolutions in Syria.
A photo purportedly showing Daesh militants preparing to execute dozens of captured Iraqi security force members in the Salahuddin province. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Daesh has executed 3,065 people since establishing the so-called caliphate.
The Lebanese government hopes to enroll 200,000 Syrian students in public schools this year, nearly double the number of last year. (AFP/File)
06:34 GMT
The Lebanese government hopes to enroll 200,000 Syrian students in public schools this year, nearly double the number of last year.
Staffan de Mistura introduced a plan based on four thematic 'working' groups. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The UN's special envoy for Syria submitted a new proposal to the Security Council on Wednesday for the next steps to ending the war.

July 29, 2015

A Japanese activist group is derailing Daesh propaganda on social media with cute cartoons making fun of the militants. (Twitter)
20:23 GMT
The manga girl has a mission — to stop Daesh and take as many melons as she can.
The incident marks the second airstrike inside Syria by Israel in 24 hours. (AFP/File)
18:44 GMT
An Israeli plane attacked a military base along the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday belonging to a pro-Syrian Palestinian faction, wounding six people.
Lebanese soldiers stop vehicles to perform routine checks at a military checkpoint. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT
Ten Syrian army defectors were arrested Wednesday in the northern Bekaa town of al-Labweh, Lebanese state-run National News Agency reported.
It seems that, when David Cameron last week said that he wanted Britain to “do more” against Daesh, he actually meant more to make the situation messier, more volatile and more dangerous. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT
If you thought Britain’s approach to the so-called Daesh was already confused and misguided – it just got a whole lot worse.
Israeli authorities neither confirmed nor denied carrying out the attack. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian side of the ceasefire line in the Golan Heights killed five pro-regime forces on Wednesda
Syrian rebels launched a wide-scale military operation against Assad's army in Hama province. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Syrian rebels pushed further into the Assad stronghold of Hama province bordering Latakia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

July 28, 2015

An image from al-Manar news shows the first moments of an explosion as Hezbollah destroys a tunnel used by opposition forces. (Twitter)
18:16 GMT
At least 20 militants were killed in clashes Tuesday with Hezbollah and the Syrian army.
The Syriac defense group active in Hasakah say their YPG allies should be left out of Turkish strikes. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT
YPG's Assyrian Christian allies in Hasakah say the Kurds should be left out of Turkish strikes.
Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said around 300 Moroccan nationals have been killed in the past two years. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT
Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said around 300 Moroccan nationals have been killed in the past two years.
A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) mans a mounted machine gun in the al-Nashwa neighborhood in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
13:01 GMT
Syrian government forces and Kurdish fighters have pushed Daesh militants from the northeastern city of Hasakah, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby addressed a group of reporters during a press conference in  Washington DC on Monday. (AFP/File)
11:37 GMT
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby addressed the question during a press conference in Washington DC.
Daesh militants seized the city from the Syrian army in May. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Syrian troops and volunteer forces have liberated some key positions around the central Syrian city of Palmyra, killing scores of Daesh militants in the area.
Russian oil and gas companies plan to restart projects worth a total of $1.6 billion with Syria. (AFP/File)
05:47 GMT
Russian oil and gas companies plan to restart projects worth a total of $1.6 billion with Syria.
Did the American army veteran predict the escalated violence we're seeing in Turkey and Iraq now? (AFP/File)
00:02 GMT
Did the American army veteran predict the escalated violence we're seeing in Turkey and Iraq now?

July 27, 2015

Between the Houthis and Daesh, things are still pretty bad for journalists in this region. (AFP/File)
23:04 GMT
Between the Houthis and Daesh, things are still pretty bad for journalists in this region.
Things are getting more tense for Turkey across the border. (AFP/File)
14:24 GMT
Things are getting more tense for Turkey across the border.
Success in Zabadani would be a capstone to territorial gains made by Hezbollah in the Qalamoun region. (Twitter)
14:11 GMT
Hezbollah and the Syrian army tightened the screws on militants holed up in the center of the embattled border town of Zabadani over the weekend.
Kurdish forces position themselves inside a classroom on July 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
Syrian government troops and Kurdish forces advanced Sunday against Daesh fighters in the northeastern city of Hasakah.
YPG fighters are currently fighting Daesh militants in Syria. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) accused Turkish forces of targeting their positions instead of Daesh in Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the YPG took over Daesh-held Sarrin, a strategic town near Kobani. (YouTube)
10:55 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the YPG took over Daesh-held Sarrin, a strategic town near Kobani.
 A Jordanian soldier stands guard in his tank at the Jordan-Syrian border near Mafraq. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
Jordanian Border Guards arrested three infiltrators who were attempting to cross into Syrian territories from the kingdom.
A Turkish soldier watches smoke rise from the border Syrian town of Kobani, June 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
NATO ambassadors are due to meet Tuesday in Turkey to discuss Ankara's military operation against Daesh and PKK targets.

July 26, 2015

Left-wing militants try to protect themselves as Turkish anti-riot police fires water cannon to disperse a demonstration in Istanbul's Gazi district, on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
19:12 GMT
Protesters in Turkey have held fresh rallies in the two major cities of Istanbul and Ankara, venting their anger at the government for its bombing campaign against Daesh positions in Syria and those of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq.
The signs of crumbling manpower weren't as loud as Assad's speech in Damascus, but they were there. (AFP/File)
18:40 GMT
The signs of crumbling manpower weren't as loud as Assad's speech in Damascus, but they were there.
The Big Heart Foundation has pledged to donate nearly $2 million toward three projects run by the UNHCR. (AFP/File)
16:50 GMT
The Big Heart Foundation has pledged to donate nearly $2 million toward three projects run by the UNHCR.
What's in store for the Syrian government? As Assad's speech finally admits, there's been trouble. (AFP/File)
16:35 GMT
The embattled Syrian president gave a lengthy afternoon speech on Sunday, and finally admitted to a few things.
“Every inch of Syria is precious,” Assad told local dignitaries in Damascus, at the same time acknowledging losses within the country. (AFP/File)
15:06 GMT
In his first public address in a year, embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday reiterated his commitment to winning the country’s bloody civil war.
Aleppo has been the scene of heavy clashes between government and opposition forces. (AFP/FIle)
13:57 GMT
A rocket fired from opposition positions in Syria targeted a government-held area in Aleppo killed five children, including four brothers.
A total of 371 suspects have been detained across Turkey in a nationwide crackdown against the PKK. (AFP/Adem Altan)
10:16 GMT
A total of 371 suspects have been detained across Turkey in a nationwide crackdown against the PKK.
If convicted, Adam Brookman could face up to ten years in jail for allegedly joining Daesh. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT
An Australian citizen was charged with terrorism offenses for reportedly joining Daesh while volunteering as a nurse in Syria.
One Caliph to bind them all? The comparison between The Lord of the Rings and Daesh is uncanny. (AFP/File)
09:10 GMT
It might seem far off, but a perfect analogy of Daesh could be the famous Lord of the Rings series and what's more, these books could hold the answer in how to stop the militant group.
The 26-year-old Brit appeared in many Daesh propaganda videos last year. (AFP/File)
08:47 GMT
Self-styled executioner Mohammed Emwazi also known as "Jihadi John" reportedly fled Daesh territory in Syria, according to a British tabloid newspaper.
The children are believed to have been transferred to camps for "ideological" training, according to a Kurdish official. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Daesh militants abducted some 180 children in the group's stronghold of Mosul in Iraq, a Kurdish official said.
Far-right protesters from German party NPD shout racist slogans at refugees arriving in buses to Dresden, July 24, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:24 GMT
Neo-Nazis in the German city of Dresden staged a violent protest against hundreds of asylum seekers arriving to a tent area in buses.
Turkey's letter noted that 258 Turkish nationals have died in attacks coming from Syria since the conflict started in 2011. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
04:49 GMT
Turkey told the United Nations on Friday that it had started conducting air strikes on Daesh militant group in exercise of its rights of self-defense as defined by the Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which allows countries to engage in self-defense against an armed attack.

July 25, 2015

Remember that one blog back in 2011? A new documentary tells the story of the real author behind it.
18:47 GMT
Remember that one blog back in 2011? A new documentary tells the story of the real author behind it.
Women and children were among the 45 killed in the attacks. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
14:36 GMT
At least 45 civilians, including a number of women and children, were killed on Friday when the Syrian regime attacked opposition-held positions across the war-torn country, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights.
Ankara and the PKK have long-steeping issues. Now they're at the forefront.
13:17 GMT
An uneasy peace is getting a lot more shaky between Turkey and the Kurdish militant group.
An estimated 7,000 Palestinian refugees remain in Yarmouk refugee camp, out of direct reach of UN humanitarian aid organizations. (AFP/File)
09:34 GMT
The United Nations removed the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp from a list of besieged areas in Syria despite not having direct access to the camp for five months.
Turkish F-16 fighter jets hit three Daesh targets in Syria on Friday morning. (Twitter)
07:29 GMT
Turkish fighter jets have conducted airstrikes on terrorist groups Daesh in Syria and the PKK in Iraq.
The opposition groups criticized the Assad regime's "horrific targeting of unarmed civilians" (Al Bawaba/File)
06:00 GMT
Two main Syrian opposition groups have agreed on a political roadmap to end the ongoing civil war in Syria.
US Air Force tankers at the Incirlik Air Base strategically located near Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
An agreement reached between Turkey and the United States on what they call cooperation against Daesh includes establishing a no-fly zone over the Arab country, a Turkish newspaper says.

July 24, 2015

The emblem of the Coastal Shield Brigade as part of the Syrian Arab Army declares the new militia "knights of Assad."
19:17 GMT
The Syrian Arab Army is recruiting for a new militia in Latakia; the ad reveals more than what it's saying.
Three Turkish F-16 fighter jets struck Daesh targets in Syria. (Al Bawaba/File)
18:35 GMT
Turkish authorities have announced that nine Islamic State fighters were killed in the early morning raids.
Assala and her mini-me daughter!
11:03 GMT
Assala and her mini-me daughter!
Australian national Adam Brookman said he was forced to join Daesh after he was injured in an airstrike. (AFP/File)
10:55 GMT
A nurse who said he was forced to join and aid Daesh in Syria is expected to be arrested upon his return to Australia Friday.
Turkish F-16s struck three Daesh targets in Syria Friday. (AFP/File)
10:43 GMT
Turkish fighter jets struck Daesh targets in Syria Friday along with allowing the US to use an airbase near the Syrian border.
The Syrian army in Zabadani. (Al Bawaba/File)
06:00 GMT
Syrian troops and fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah have made new gains in their battle to retake the strategic border town of Zabadani as more militants choose to surrender.
United Nations special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will present his peace initiatives to the UN Security Council on July 28. (Al Bawaba/File)
05:00 GMT
The United Nations special envoy to Syria has met with the Syrian foreign minister as part of diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the four-year conflict gripping the Arab country.

July 23, 2015

Turkish Dogan news agency said the gunfire came from an area controlled by the Daesh group in neighboring Syria. (AFP/File)
15:55 GMT
One Turkish soldier has been killed and at least one more wounded in the Kilis border region by gunfire which came from the Syrian side of the border.
The chemical weapons evidence is in — and it's exactly what the Kurds expected. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT
Chemical weapons were used by Daesh during the bitter battle for Syria's Hasakah. Here's what they looked like.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported 33 civilian deaths at the hands of regime forces across Syria on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
At least 33 civilians, including eight children and two women, were killed on Wednesday, after Syrian regime forces shelled a number of towns and villages under the control of the opposition.
Turkish police guard the town of Ceylanpinar, where Kurdish PKK fighters shot and killed two police officers to avenge a suspected Daesh suicide bombing that killed 32 Kurdish youth.
12:30 GMT
Turkish police arrested three people Thursday over a shooting attack claimed by the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that left two officers dead.
Locals stand amidst the rubble following an alleged barrel bomb attack in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, May 20, 2015.  The Syrian regime's use of barrel bombs, imprecise explosives often filled with shrapnel, has faced sharp criticism for taking civilian lives.  (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
12:00 GMT
The UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura denounced Syria's use of imprecise, shrapnel-filled barrel bombs in the strategic Lebanese border town Zabadani, saying the bomb attacks took civilian lives.
Tensions with the ethnic minority continue to rise. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
08:50 GMT
Tensions with the ethnic minority continue to rise as the war with Daesh rages on.
Refugees wait at the Turkish border town of Gaziantep, considered by authorities to be a staging point for potential militants to enter into Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Almost half of the 457 people detained by Turkish authorities on the Turkish-Syrian border between January 1 and June 30 are Chinese nationals.
A document allegedly leaked from the Assad regime said 686 army soldiers from Assad's hometown are on the wanted list. (AFP/File)
04:16 GMT
A document allegedly leaked from the Assad regime said 686 army soldiers from Assad's hometown are on the wanted list.

July 22, 2015

A young Syrian boy cries as he sits on the rubble after a missile fired by Syrian government forces hit a residential area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 21, 2015. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
16:46 GMT
At least 12 civilians, including four children and a pregnant woman, were killed and dozens wounded Wednesday.
Syrian refugees have been pouring into Lebanon to escape the violence that is ongoing inside their country. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
​Lebanese army intelligence Wednesday detained two Syrians and a Palestinian over the killing of a 7-year-old Syrian boy after his father refused to pay a ransom in exchange for his release.
Mourners react over a coffin in Gaziantep on July 21, 2015, during a funeral ceremony for victims following a suicide bomb attack the day before in the southern Turkish town of Suruc. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:51 GMT
Websites and social media platforms that showed graphic images of the blast have been restricted to residents in Turkey.
Muhsin al-Fadhli was one of the few al-Qaeda leaders to have known about the 9/11 attacks before it happened. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT
US military officials said a US military strike earlier this month killed a senior al-Qaeda leader who head a $7 million bounty on his head.
Three Spanish journalists (back) with their fixer (front) before they went missing. (Twitter)
06:00 GMT
Three Spanish freelance reporters went missing after entering Syria.
A photo shows the top commander of the Syrian Arab Army, Ali Abdullah Ayoub (L) visiting soldier units in the city of Zabadani, some 50km northwest of Damascus, on July 8, 2015. (AFP/File))
05:00 GMT
Hezbollah and the Syrian army seized complete control of a barren region along Lebanon's eastern border Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, as helicopters pounded rebel targets holed up in central Zabadani.

July 21, 2015

Family members of the victims of the suicide bombing attack in the Turkish city of Suruc gathered for a funeral service on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
23:58 GMT
A heavy scene plays out in Turkey as family members mourn the victims of a deadly suicide bombing attack in the Turkish border town of Suruc.
Opposition figures are concerned the lifting of Iran sanctions will open up new sources of capital for the Syrian regime. (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT
Opposition figures in Syria’s Aleppo province voiced concern that last week’s landmark agreement between the P5+1 group of nations and Iran.
A pilot climbs into a U.S. F-16 jet fighter at the al-Asad air base in Iraq, on Nov. 1, 2011. (AFP/File)
17:59 GMT
A US military spokesman on Tuesday flatly rejected claims from a Kurdish militia source that coalition warplanes are coordinating airstrikes against Daesh in Syria with help from Syrian government forces.
Opposition fighters load a homemade rocket launcher during clashes with government forces in the town of Khan Sheikhun, in Syria's Idlib province. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT
Syrian rebels killed at least seven and wounded hundreds after they fired hundreds of rockets and shells at government-held territory.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on the international community to show its support against terrorists, following the attack in Suruc. (AFP/File)
09:22 GMT
Ahmet Davutoglu called for unity in Turkey following a deadly attack in Suruc, which killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens others.
A man walks past a burning building following an airstrike by the Syrian army, April 24, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
At least 20 people were killed and around 100 others injured following an airstrike believed to be carried out by the Syrian army in the town of Manbij.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday assured that the US would help Israel counter Iranian support for Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday assured that the US would help Israel counter Iranian support for Hezbollah.
A Syrian man visits the graves of loved ones at a cemetery in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on July 19, 2015. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
06:00 GMT
At least 157 people were killed in areas held by Syrian opposition forces during the Eid al-Fitr holiday from July 17 to 19.

July 20, 2015

Members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) take position in a classroom in the village of Maarouf in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah on July 16, 2015. (AFP/Youssef Karwashan)
17:14 GMT
A Syrian Kurdish militia on Monday said it was nearly in full control of the northeastern city of Hasakah, gaining territory at the expense of troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
The EU announced an additional $70 million in humanitarian aid. (AFP/File)
16:18 GMT
The EU announced an additional $70 million in humanitarian aid.
Pictures of the document announcing the ban were posted online by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. (Twitter)
14:07 GMT
The Daesh militant group has banned private internet connections in its de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa, forcing residents and its own fighters to use monitored internet cafes.
At least 1,100 minors have joined Daesh in 2015, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Screenshot)
12:18 GMT
Hundreds of children are being forced by Daesh to learn beheadings by practising on dolls in training camps across Iraq and Syria, AP reports.
Ambushes killed 25 militants over the weekend in Zabadani as reports say the Syrian army and Hezbollah gain ground. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Ambushes killed 25 militants over the weekend.

July 19, 2015

Syrians fleeing violence in the northern town of Tal Abyad wait at the Akcakale crossing to get into Turkey. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT
Security forces in Turkey arrested nearly 500 people trying to cross the border from Syria on Saturday.
A Kurdish youth holds a picture of a YPG fighter killed in Kobane during a celebration in Diyarbakir on Jan. 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:45 GMT
Kurdish forces are far from faultless.
David Cameron talks to RAF airmen and officers in central England, July 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK was committed to working with the US to destroy Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
A 10-year-old Syrian girl died from a diabetic coma after her traffickers allegedly threw her medicine in the ocean. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT
A 10-year-old Syrian girl died from a diabetic coma after her traffickers allegedly threw her medicine in the ocean.
The group will release three hostages if the government gives them five female militants detained in Lebanese prisons. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT
The group will release three hostages if the government gives them five female militants detained in Lebanese prisons.
Palestinian children play on a mini-ferris wheel outside a UN school in Jabalia, northern Gaza, on Monday. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
06:00 GMT
Cutbacks at the UNRWA could affect dozens of schools managed by the agency.