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A man walks past rubble from an airstrike in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
As Russian airstrikes increase, civilians are fleeing Aleppo in massive numbers.
Cluster munitions. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
Cluster bombs have killed dozens of civilians in 2016 alone.
Saudi tanks deploy in Jizan close to the Yemeni border. (AFP/Fayez Nuraldine)
13:00 GMT
Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri announced Saudi Arabia is prepared for land war in Syria to tackle Daesh as part of the international coalition against the organisation.
A powerful car bomb explosion in the centre of Damascus on February 21, 2013. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
A car bomb attack exploded in Damascus, killing at least eight and injuring others, according to initial reports.
A spokesman for the Iraqi embassy in the US denied that Baghdad has ever withheld US military aid to the Peshmerga. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
A Kurdish Iraqi official has said that the KRG needs US assistance to cover salaries, logistics and transport in order to defeat Daesh.
In terms of foreign policy, Daesh and Iran have dominated this year's presidential discussions. (Shutterstock)
06:09 GMT
What does it all mean for the Middle East?
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
06:00 GMT
"Our first goal is to host these refugees outside of Turkey.”
"Massive and systematised violence -- including the killing of detainees in official and makeshift detention centres -- has taken place out of sight, far from the battlefield," the report stated. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
05:39 GMT
The scathing report details widespread incidents of torture, murder, and even sexual abuse.

February 8, 2016

A general view taken on February 3, 2016 shows the town of Tal Jabin, north of the Syrian embattled city of Aleppo. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
18:22 GMT
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, some of the barrel bombs contained toxic gas.
Apparently there is an extensive Chechen spy network in Daesh controlled areas. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT
Apparently there is an extensive Chechen spy network in Daesh controlled areas.
Syrian government forces in the village of Tal Jabin, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege of two government-held Shia villages, Nubol and Zahraa, on February 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
The Syrian regime tightens its grip around rebel held Fallujah and Aleppo preparing for a costly and possibly lengthy siege.
Two Boats capsized off the coast of Turkey, killing 33 (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
12:37 GMT
The capsizing of two boats in two separate incidents off the Turkish coast have cost 33 migrant lives.
The Bahrain Academic Complex was the first school in the Zaatari refugee camp and houses 16 classrooms and one nursery. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh)
10:00 GMT
Plans for the new school follow the success of the Bahrain Academic Complex in Zaatari refugee camp, which teaches 9000 students a year.
Canada is planning withdraw its six F18s from the anti-Daesh campaign in March. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Prime Minister Trudeau wants a more holistic approach to the conflict with Daesh which means pulling its warplanes out of the US-led coalition.
Spanish police outside a suspect's apartment building. (Twitter)
07:49 GMT
Spain arrested people suspected of smuggling weapons under the guise of humanitarian aid.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov responded to a statement from NATO which said that Russia’s military campaign in Syria was “undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict.”

February 7, 2016

According to AFP, the wedding photographer wanted to show that "life is stronger than death."   (AFP/File)
23:16 GMT
According to AFP, the wedding photographer wanted to show that "life is stronger than death."
UAE ground troops are ready to fight Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
The United Arab Emirates is ready to send ground troops to Syria in a US-led coalition, official says.
Iraqi soldiers patrol a suburb close to the area of Jweibah, east of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
12:49 GMT
According to Iraqi media, Shobaib Abu Majd al-Kanani, a Saudi-born commander, was killed along with eight other Daesh commanders in an airstrike.
The statement comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering sending troops to fight in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:59 GMT
The statement comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering sending troops to fight in Syria.
A man stands on the downed border fence. Turkish security personnel have worked to prohibit the Kurds from entering Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
11:57 GMT
As thousands of Syrian refugees flock to Turkish borders fleeing the regime and its back up of Russian airstrikes, Turkey has no plans of letting them in.
An Israeli soldier suffered light wounds after being stabbed in Ashkelon Sunday morning. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Suspect shot and apprehended after stabbing of Israeli soldier in Ashkelon
The Lebanese army moves in Arsal. (Twitter)
07:00 GMT
The Lebanese army is tightening its watch on the border town after multiple clashes.
Syrian regime forces patrolling a city devastated by conflict. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Syrian government forces have tightened the siege on two rebel-held suburbs of Damascus by capturing land between the two and choking off their supply route.

February 6, 2016

President of the Syrian regime. (AFP/File)
18:36 GMT
The mother of six is reported to have died according to MTV Lebanon; however, official sources have yet to verify the news.
Around 2,000 members of Syria's Turkmen minority have fled to the Turkish border to escape renewed fighting in the northwest of the country. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Renewed attacks from Russian and Syrian regime forces has forced the displacement of thousands of Turkmens, many of which are fleeing to Turkey.
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
06:00 GMT
Syrian civilians are fleeing Aleppo province as the Syrian army and its allies continue their offensive in the region.

February 5, 2016

Mourners carry the coffin of Mohammed Hijazi, a member of Lebanon's Hezbollah who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in Syria, during his funeral on February 1, 2016. (AFP/File)
18:48 GMT
Hezbollah commander Haidar Fariz Merhi was killed alongside Syrian army
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) shakes hand with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after their meeting on October 18, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
17:00 GMT
Merkel’s unexpected visit comes amid growing worries in Ankara over a new refugee influx from Syria.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. (AFP/File
13:30 GMT
Russian airstrikes in Syria are "undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict," Stoltenberg said.
Government forces chat near a tank near the Shia villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province which have been under siege by Daesh for three years on February 2, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
MENA economic growth was just 2.6 percent in 2015, due largely to armed conflict and cheap oil.
Police officers escort a man who was arrested in a flat during a raid on February 4, 2016 in Berlin. (AFP/Odd Andersen)
12:00 GMT
According to a German newspaper, some of the tips were dismissed as untruthful defamation.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presents the 2015 NATO annual report during a press conference in Brussels, January 28, 2016. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)
11:00 GMT
Jens Stoltenberg said that Russian strikes are targeting mainly rebel groups and put NATO member Turkey at risk.
It is estimated that $8 billion is needed over the next two years to support Jordan as a host community for refugees. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The plan outlines better access to European markets and job creation for Jordanians and Syrians.
A Syrian man comforts a boy amid the rubble of buildings following a reported airstrike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in Aleppo, on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
08:30 GMT
Ahmet Davutoglu says tens of thousands are now headed to Turkey as a result of airstrikes on the city of Aleppo.
A US official says Daesh is on the rise in Libya. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)
05:00 GMT
A US official claims the number of Daesh militants in Iraq and Syria are falling, but rising in Libya.

February 4, 2016

Saudi ready to send troops to Syria if needed in US-led ground war. (AFP/File)
20:18 GMT
If a US-led coalition is ready for a ground war in Syria, then Saudi Arabia says its willing to send troops in support of the alliance.
Destruction caused by Russian airstrikes in Syria. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
Secretary of State John Kerry demands halt to Russian airstrikes in Syria.
Syrians wait for the arrival of an aid convoy on January 11, 2016 in the besieged town of Madaya as part of a  deal reached in September for an end to hostilities in those areas in exchange for humanitarian assistance. (AFP/Stringer)
16:00 GMT
The ICRC has called for 'unconditional aid' access to besieged towns in Syria.
Mourners gesture during the funeral of Mohammed Hijazi, a member of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in Syria, on February 1, 2016, in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (AFP/Stringer)
14:30 GMT
The Iranian soldiers, along with 23 other pro-government fighters, were killed in the advance which began on Monday.
Syrian government forces walk in the village of Tal Jabin, north of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege and take control of parts of the supply route on February 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
For the first time, Moscow has admitted one of its officers died in a ground attack since beginning its military intervention in Syria.
Apparently it’s still a crime not to cover up when running for your life. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
Apparently it’s still a crime not to cover up when running for your life.
File photo shows an ambulance in the Lebanese border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Khaled Mohammad al-Salem had bee illegally admitted to a Lebanese hospital in Bekaa.
File photo shows Jordan's crowded Zaatari refugee camp. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The latest pledge will take Britain's total for the region to more than $3.3 billion.
Airstrikes have hit Daraa multiple times over the past months, causing widespread damage. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Daesh rockets struck residential areas in Daraa, Syria.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Syrian refugees in Toronto. (Twitter)
07:14 GMT
The US Senate committee for Homeland Security met Wednesday to address concerns over Canada's plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees.
There are 2.1 million children out of school in Syria and 700,000 in neighboring countries. (File photo)
05:06 GMT
UNICEF is coordinating the appeal on behalf of four million Syrian children whose learning has been disrupted by five years of war.
A boy walks past tents in a Syrian Kurdish refugee camp in the Turkish town of Suruc (AFP/Aris Messinis)
05:00 GMT
The funding is part of a refugee action plan agreed upon with Turkey at a summit on Nov. 29.

February 3, 2016

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura gestures during a press briefing at the Syrian peace talks on February 3, 2016 in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
18:58 GMT
UN envoy Steffan de Mistura noted the talks had been adjourned, but not cancelled.
Government forces stand on a tank three kilometres from the Shiite villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province which have been under siege for three years on February 2, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
17:30 GMT
The gain comes one day after pro-government forces captured the neighboring village of Hardateen.
The US will spend some $1.8 billion for smart weaponry in the war against Daesh. (File photo)
14:30 GMT
The Pentagon has announced that it is increasing funding for the war against Daesh by more than 50 percent.
Government forces chat near a tank three kilometres from the Shiite villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province which have been under siege by the Islamic State (IS) group for three years on February 2, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
Syrian government troops have retaken a number of villages in recent days with the support of Russian airstrikes.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT
Jordan called for international intervention against Daesh.
Arsal, Lebanon. (Twitter)
10:30 GMT
The Lebanese army conducted multiple raids in northern Lebanon on Wednesday.
Libya is facing a new wave of devastation with Daesh looming. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
With Daesh spreading into Libya, how will the West's strategy change?
Slovenian soldiers at the border with Croatia. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Slovenia is making moves against Daesh.
Dozen have died of starvation in Madaya and other besieged Syrian towns. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
The UN added four more cities - including Madaya - to the list of places believed to be under siege in Syria.

February 2, 2016

UN Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, meeting with the Syrian opposition on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
19:30 GMT
The Syrian opposition cancelled their second meeting with Staffan de Mistura.
A Jaysh al-Islam fighter peers through a wall in Damascus. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
18:30 GMT
Jaysh al-Islam denies the Russian media reports of its oil stash being destroyed in an airstrike.
Bullet casings litter the streets of Ramadi. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
The corpses of Daesh militants in Ramadi are potentially contaminated with plague and other diseases.
The burned-out streets of Deir Ezzor, Syria. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
SOHR reports that women and children were kidnapped after this weekend's assault on the city.
A Syrian woman begs for money on a Lebanese street. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Women refugees in Lebanon face exploitation and abuse according to a report by Amnesty International.
The group allegedly forged relationships with South American drug cartels to sell large quantities of cocaine in Europe and the US. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT
The group allegedly forged relationships with South American drug cartels to sell large quantities of cocaine in Europe and the US.
A Syrian man walks through rubble in Aleppo. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
11:30 GMT
With the cover of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian regime forces on the ground gained control of a strategic village near Aleppo and the Turkish border.
Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari (R) gestures as he arrives for Syrian peace talks in Geneva on February 2, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
11:06 GMT
Every day we hear news of hardships and dire conditions suffered by tens of thousands of besieged Syrians.
The UNHCR refugee camp. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:30 GMT
The international charity released an analysis on Monday which revealed how many rich nations are giving much less than their fair share to the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis.
US soldiers chat as they train Iraq's 72nd Brigade in a live-fire exercise in Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on January 27, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
05:52 GMT
Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said the battle against the militant group in Syria would be much more complex.

February 1, 2016

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
The UN official said starvation of people in besieged cities and towns in Syria should not also be ignored.
More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria in four years of conflict, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
14:00 GMT
Reports of additional Russian airstrikes on Aleppo said four people have been killed and a further 60 have been injured.
Syrian refugees run away as Turkish border guards use water cannon to move them away from fences at the Turkish border near the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, June 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:47 GMT
A fresh flow of regime fled Syria as the Assad regime pounded the Turkmen region with attacks.
Residents of the besieged Syrian town are still dying of hunger despite the arrival of a UN aid convoy last month. (Twitter)
10:28 GMT
Residents of the besieged Syrian town are still dying of hunger despite the arrival of a UN aid convoy last month.
The Syrian Opposition / Higher Negotiations speaker Salem Muslit. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
09:00 GMT
After multiple attacks on civilians in Damascus, the Syrian opposition is threatening a boycott.
Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu said, “Turkey and Saudi Arabia will continue to support moderate opposition groups in Syria.” in a news conference following a meeting with Saudi King Salman. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Saudi, Turkey share the same views towards Syrian conflict

January 31, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/Win McNamee)
17:41 GMT
Kerry addressed all sides of the Syrian war, urging them to take the opportunity to come to an agreement, otherwise Syria will end up completely destroyed.
Burning after a powerful car bomb exploded near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party in the centre of Damascus. (AFP/Sana)
14:02 GMT
As the death toll rises to at least 45 killed, Daesh militants claim responsibility for the twin bombings on the Shia neighborhood.
The Sayyida Zeinab shrine has been targeted many times since the Syrian conflict began. (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT
Two bomb blast near the Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of the Syrian capital Damascus kills twelve
High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokesman Salem al-Meslet (Syria's main opposition body) speaks to the press upon his arrival on January 30, 2016 in Geneva for Syrian peace talks. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
12:20 GMT
The Syrian opposition will not enter the conference palace and is holding meetings at its hotel.
Jordan is increasing job-training and job-creation. (Twitter)
10:30 GMT
Two new programs are aimed at fighting Jordanian and Syrian unemployment in Jordan.
Relations between Turkey and Russia hit a new low as Turkey has alleged that a Russian jet has again violated Turkish airspace. (File Photo)
06:00 GMT
Turkey has formally summoned the Russian ambassador, as Moscow insists that no airspace violations took place.
Police security officers stand guard at the entrance of the appeal court of Brussels, in the case of Khalid Zerkani and three others, accused of recruiting people to fight in Syria from 2012 to 2014, during their trial on January 29, 2016. (AFP/Nicolas Maeterlinck)
05:00 GMT
Police said the four were not arrested in connection with the Nov. Paris attacks.

January 30, 2016

An Iraqi soldier stands on an armored vehicle prior to start of an exercise under the surveillance of US-led coalition forces at Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Jan. 27, 2016.  (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
20:00 GMT
The US military says it targeted Daesh positions near Raqqa and Mosul.
Prefabricated metal homes are seen at the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan on January 30, 2016. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
19:00 GMT
Abdullah Ensour indicated that Jordan might change its policy toward Syrian refugees without significant international support.
When Turkey downed a Russian warplane in November, Russia responded with economic sanctions on Turkey.
18:00 GMT
Turkey has again summoned the Russian ambassador, claiming that a Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets participants prior to a meeting of members of the German cabinet with the leaders of the country's federal states at the chancellery in Berlin on January 28, 2016. (AFP/John MacDougall)
15:00 GMT
Germany's Chancellor stressed that although ongoing efforts at integration were important, refugees have only been given permission to stay in Germany until the wars finish in their home countries.
Lebanese army soldiers walk through the border town of Arsal. (Twitter)
10:00 GMT
A deadly clash between al-Nusra Front and Daesh forced some Arsal residents to escape toward Baalbek.
Pro-Assad forces in Rabiya, in the costal province of Latakia. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Turkmens fled for Turkey after the Syrian regime recaptured their town from opposition forces.
Staffan de Mistura faces Syrian ambassador to the UN and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari at the opening of Syrian peace talks on January 29, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
06:00 GMT
The opposition team would come after it received support from key international powers.

January 29, 2016

Hezbollah fighters patrol Lebanon's northeastern mountainous region of Qalamoun. (AFP/File)
16:52 GMT
Intermittent, but fierce fighting between the rival extremists has been ongoing since Wednesday.
Journalists attend a briefing at the United Nations Offices on the opening day of Syrian peace talks on January 29, 2016 in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
14:40 GMT
Syrian peace negotiations are starting Friday afternoon as UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura will meet the regime delegation.
Journalists attend a briefing at the United Nations Offices on the opening day of Syrian peace talks on January 29, 2016 in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
13:51 GMT
Syrian peace negotiations are starting Friday afternoon as UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura will meet the regime delegation.
Geneva U.N.peace envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura looks on during a news conference Monday. (AFP/File)
10:07 GMT
The Syria peace talks have already been plagued with obstacles such as sides threatening not to participate and setting conditions before attending.
Riad Hijab in Cairo on 11 February 2013. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Despite pressure from international figures to enter the talks without conditions, the Syria opposition has set its preconditions for participating and therefore will not attend the talks held in Geneva.

January 28, 2016

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey via the Akcakale border crossing. (AFP/File)
16:45 GMT
According to Turkish officials, the vast majority are living outside refugee camps.
People are still wondering what the Syrian opposition's Geneva representation will look like, but according to the Syrian activists behind this week's campaign, they shouldn't go at all. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
People are still wondering what the Syrian opposition's Geneva representation will look like, but according to the Syrian activists behind this week's campaign, they shouldn't go at all.
"The committee is studying options on how to deal with the issue of participation in the Geneva talks," Samir al-Nashar (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT
Representatives for opposition groups in Syria are reportedly considering sending a three-person delegation to Geneva.
A year-long compilation in Syria and Iraq shows those who held territory, made gains and some did a little of both. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT
A year-long compilation in Syria and Iraq shows those who held territory, made gains and some did a little of both.
The hefty charges against two Turkish journalists this week is a grim reminder of the state of press freedom in the country. (AFP/File)
12:13 GMT
The hefty charges against two Turkish journalists this week is a grim reminder of the state of press freedom in the country.
A Russian made Syrian army armoured personnel carrier (APC). (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT
Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth discussed peace talks, war crimes and mass atrocities, as part of his op-ed on the Syrian war.
Syrian children in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The grant is part of NetHope Foundation's Project Reconnect, which targets refugee education.
Refugees are detained by Police at Padborg Station after crossing the Danish-German border in an effort to reach Sweden. (AFP/Alex Luka Ladime)
08:00 GMT
Sweden plans to deport up to 80,000 refugees who they consider not to be asylum seekers.