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A Syrian teenage refugee girl has been kidnapped in Lebanon's northeastern city of Baalbek, a security source said Monday. (Source: The Daily Star)
19:02 GMT
A Syrian teenage refugee girl has been kidnapped in Lebanon's northeastern city of Baalbek, a security source said Monday.
More than 30 policeman and soldiers were kidnapped in the restive border town of Arsal last August, at least 25 of whom are still being held by al-Qaeda's Syria wing Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
Frustrated by the a lack of headway by mediators, family members of some 25 Lebanese servicemen held by Daesh and Nusra since last August threatened to take matters into their own hands Monday in a fresh protest in downtown Beirut.
A member of the Iraqi security smokes a cigarette atop a damaged house in the southern entrance of the city of Tikrit on March 29, 2015 during a military operation to retake the northern Iraqi city from Daesh. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
President Masoud Barzani says Kurdistan Regional Government will back Iraqi troops in an attack on Mosul, Daesh’s largest stronghold in Iraq.
They are still in the testing phase, with part of production distributed to individuals who carry out taste tests and verify the quality.
11:42 GMT
In Syria's northeastern province of Latakia, workers roll the country's first locally made cigars, a new product being launched despite the devastating civil conflict now in its fifth year.
The embattled Syrian president also said he believed he still held popular support among his people, and brushed off recent claims by rights groups and rebels that his regime had launched a chemical attack on rebel-held areas of Idlib earlier this month, which monitors say killed a family of six including three children. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT
In a televised interview with American media channel CBS news, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said US airstrikes inside the country against Daesh militants had done little to deter the group's growth, claiming some 1,000 fresh recruits joining its ranks monthly.
Rebel forces set the Syrian flag alight. Idlib is the second provincial capital to be seized from central government control. (Image: AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
Following the abandonment of Idlib by Syrian government troops, the 'Army of Conquest' coalition of rebels declares the provincial capital as its seat of government.
A Kuwaiti minister said Sunday that 78 states confirmed their participation in a conference for the support of the Syrian people. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
A Kuwaiti minister said Sunday that 78 states confirmed their participation in a conference for the support of the Syrian people.
Syrians wait to receive food from a charity distribution vehicle in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, on the southern outskirts of Damascus, on Feb. 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Only 4 percent of emergency work in Syria for Palestinian refugees has been funded so far this year, the UN said Sunday.

March 29, 2015

The video has not been verified as of yet. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Daesh released a new video showing the execution of eight Alawite Syrian soldiers in Hama.

March 28, 2015

Smoke rises from the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on March 26, 2015 following bombing by rebels. (AFP/File)
17:18 GMT
Syrian rebels claim opposition have seized full control of major Syrian city from Assad regime intelligence agencies.
A file photo of Syrian refugees gathering outside their tent at a makeshift camp in the Abu Samra district of the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
A large fire broke out in a Syrian refugee camp near Qibbet Shamra on Saturday. No causalities were reported.
At least 71 people were killed in the first pushes of the offensive Thursday, according to the Observatory, when Nusra fighters seized control of several checkpoints outside Idlib. (AFP/File)
11:53 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday a major offensive by al-Qaeda's Syria arm Jabat al-Nusra ended Saturday with government forces pulling back into barracks in the center of the city and Nusra fighters seizing control.
Lebanese troops deploy in the eastern town of Arsal near the Syrian border on August 28. (AFP/File)
11:23 GMT
The Lebanese army seized a strategic hilltop on the outskirts of Arsal from Daesh and al-Nusra militants in their most recent military offensive.
US Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the US military aims to have fighters ready for a battle against Daesh by late summer or early fall. (AFP/File)
06:47 GMT
In one of the first concrete moves in the upcoming train and equip program led by the US, 400 Syrian rebels have been named to take part in a process the US military hopes will have them ready to fight Daesh militants by September.

March 27, 2015

The UN Human Rights Council has called on Syria to allow a Commission of Inquiry to continue its work documenting violations by all parties. (AFP/File)
17:56 GMT
The UN Human Rights Council has called on Syria to allow a Commission of Inquiry to continue its work documenting violations by all parties.
The army chief visited Turkish soldiers protecting the tomb in Syria. (AFP/Adem Altan)
12:15 GMT
The head of Turkey's army and top commanders have visited the new location of an historic tomb in Syria.
People were killed in  ground and air military operations. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT
At least 108 people have been killed in various ground and air strikes carried out by the Syrian regime.

March 26, 2015

The president of Cornell University defended the school dean Thursday after he was caught on film openly welcoming Daesh training camps. (Wikimedia)
17:27 GMT
The president of Cornell University defended the school dean Thursday after he was caught on film openly welcoming Daesh training camps.
Syria was unable to dismantle three of its facilities because of security conditions. (AFP/File)
11:52 GMT
Syria has destroyed three of its chemical weapons facilities, according to AFP/
Jenny wouldn't accept her husband marrying a second woman. (Image: Islahnews.net)
08:30 GMT
What would you do if your husband married another woman?
The number of asylum-seekers in industrialized countries rose by nearly half last year. (File)
08:21 GMT
The number asylum seekers in industrialized seekers rose by 45 percent last year, according to the UN refugee agency.
A Daesh branch group based in Libya has claimed responsibility for attacks that lead to 17 deaths in Benghazi and Sirte on Wednesday. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
06:32 GMT
A Daesh branch group based in Libya has claimed responsibility for attacks that lead to 17 deaths in Benghazi and Sirte on Wednesday.
Syrian rebels man a checkpoint in northern Syria's Idlib region. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
Comprehensive UN Security Council action can rapidly alleviate the suffering of Syrians, the main opposition group said Wednesday.

March 25, 2015

A Lebanese Army M998 and an M113A2 of the Airborne (Moujawkal) Regiment, Aug. 3, 2014. (AFP/File)
16:42 GMT
Hezbollah and the Syrian Army clashed with jihadi militants and seized two key vantage points along the Lebanese border Wednesday.
Turkish soldiers stand on a hill, facing Daesh fighters’ new position ten kilometers west of the city of Kobane near the Syrian border, Oct. 2, 2014. (AFP/File)
15:53 GMT
Turkish forces fired two howitzers at a Syrian army position early on Wednesday after a shell launched from Syria fell in southern Turkey.
Daesh released a video last month showing men destroying ancient Assyrian statues in the Mosul Museum. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
The Iraqi deputy minister told press that Daesh is selling ancient artifacts stolen from Iraqi museums to buyers in Europe.
The Bosra Roman Amphitheater was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
09:42 GMT
Syrian rebels have allegedly taken control of the historical town of Bosra Al-Sham near to the Jordanian border.
Volunteers wear gas masks during a class on how to respond to a chemical attack, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 15, 2013. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
According to a coalition of Syrian opposition groups, Bashar al-Assad's regime dropped a chlorine bomb near the opposition-held city of Idlib, sending dozens of people to the hospital.
Three teenage boys tried to fly unaccompanied to the Middle East in just one week. (Image: Australia Federal Police)
07:53 GMT
A staggering 230 Australian nationals have been stopped by airport police from flying to the Middle East to join Daesh in the past month.
ScanEagle surveillance drone flies into a retrieval wire at Camp Taji, Iraq. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
US-led coalition surveillance flights over the Daesh-held city of Tikrit have begun, a senior official said Tuesday.

March 24, 2015

“Nothing comes between me and my Calvins” - except the Islamic State. Get caught sporting blue jeans and risk punishment stiffer than new denim. NGO Al-Merced said women living in Mosul who offend the Daesh's strict dress code were being beaten by iron rods.
14:39 GMT
Daesh released approximately 70 new regulations in 2015, an array of “fatwas” that range from sublimely silly to riotously ridiculous.
Daesh uses young boys, like the one photographed (L), to perform brutal executions on camera. (Image: Youtube)
10:32 GMT
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Daesh has recruited hundreds of children since January to fight for the terrorist organization as child soldiers.

March 23, 2015

Residents of the Algerian city of Ghardaia stand on flat roofs as Algerian security forces take part in an operation to secure the city on March 18, 2014 following sectarian violence. (AFP/File)
20:30 GMT
Algeria temporarily evacuated nearly 100 Turkish road workers east of Algiers after a militant threat.
Fighters of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) hold a position during fighting. (AFP/File)
20:13 GMT
Jordan will be helping to train Syrian rebels as part of a US program to fight Daesh.
Syrian opposition fighters take part in battles against Syrian government forces in the Karm al-Tarab neighborhood of Aleppo, August 17, 2012. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
An Israeli court sentenced an Arab citizen on Monday to 11 months in prison for traveling to fight alongside Syrian rebels.
Syrian army soldiers stand in the damaged military airport in Dabaa, north of Qusayr, in central Homs province on June 7, 2013. (AFP/File)
17:14 GMT
Daesh militants attacked an airport in the Homs province on Monday, moving west in Syria as they targeted government strongholds.
THE US: Some claim the US created Daesh to destabilize the Middle East and dethrone the Syrian regime. Softer theories suggest the US didn’t stop Daesh when it could have because American stakeholders needed another war to thrive economically. Regardless, theories surrounding this global power are by far the most popular. (Source: Cagle.com)
15:38 GMT
As international headlines documenting the horrors of Daesh amass, so do alternative theories about the group’s shady origins.
A young boy walks past a makeshift barricade made from bus wreckage in the rebel-held side of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
13:11 GMT
According to Syrian state news, rebel rocket attacks on Aleppo killed at least twelve civilians and injured 30 others.
Lebanese soldiers enter the town of Arsal, near the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT
The father of a youth kidnapped by militants in Arsal has been ordered to pay $200,000 in ransom for the release of his son.
After an emergency landing in Syria's Idlib province Sunday,  a Syrian copter and its crew were captured by rebels, who said the vehicle was the same one allegedly involved in deadly chemical attack in the Idlib village of Sarmeen last week. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT
Airstrikes rained down on Syria's northwestern province of Idlib Sunday after a Syrian copter and its crew were captured there after an emergency landing.

March 22, 2015

A Tripoli resident who operated several social media accounts promoting the activities of the militants was arrested by the Lebanese Army. (Screenshot: Twitter)
17:32 GMT
A Tripoli resident who operated several social media accounts promoting the activities of the militants was arrested by the Lebanese Army.
A helicopter owned by the Syrian regime crashed in rebel-held Idlib on Sunday, leading to one death and four captives. (AFP/File)
16:50 GMT
A helicopter owned by the Syrian regime crashed in rebel-held Idlib on Sunday, leading to one death and four captives.
The students, ages 19-25, crossed into Syria via Turkey according to a Turkish MP.  (Screenshot: Twitter)
15:34 GMT
The students, ages 19-25, crossed into Syria via Turkey according to a Turkish MP.
A Syrian Kurdish woman sits with a wounded child at a hospital in the northeastern city of Qamishli on March 21, 2015, in the aftermath of a bomb attack in the nearby city of Hasakah during the Newroz spring festival celebrations. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Daesh claimed responsibility for the deadly Nowruz attack in northeast Syria that killed 45 people, including 12 children, via its radio station al-Bayan.

March 21, 2015

A Syrian Kurdish family lights a torch on top of it's son's grave, who was killed in an attack during the Newroz spring festival celebrations in Syria's northeastern city of Qamishli, on the border with Turkey, on March 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
According to state media, the attack against Syrian Kurds attending Newroz celebrations in the region of Hasakah have killed 37 people and injured 96 others.
At least 25 Lebanese serviceman are still held by Daesh and Nusra along the Lebanese border, while another four have already been executed by the groups. (AFP/File)
12:32 GMT
Lebanon's General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim said negotiations for at least 25 Lebanese servicemen held captive by Daesh and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabat al-Nusra have made serious progress, likely assuring no more deaths.

March 20, 2015

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014, by Daesh allegedly shows fighters driving on a street in the northern Syrian City of Homs. (AFP/File)
19:43 GMT
Daesh fighters have killed at least 70 regime forces in central Syria in the past 24 hours, AFP reported Friday.
Syrian Kurds light a bonfire as they gather to celebrate the Persian New Year, which marks the beginning of the Nowruz spring festival in the the northern Syrian town of Qamishli on March 20, 2012. (AFP/File)
19:09 GMT
At least 20 people were killed and dozens injured after a suicide attack during a festival in Syria, AFP reported Friday.
A new global grouping met for the first time Thursday and Friday in Rome to develop countermeasures against Daesh. (AFP/File)
18:35 GMT
A new global grouping met for the first time Thursday and Friday in Rome to develop countermeasures against Daesh.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed two high-ranking officials after a violent argument, AFP reported Friday. (AFP/File)
17:21 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed two high-ranking officials after a violent argument, AFP reported Friday.
Various Syrian rebel group leaders have sent congratulatory messages to the newly re-elected prime minister. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
12:47 GMT
Various Syrian rebel group leaders have sent congratulatory messages to the newly re-elected prime minister.
Activists published videos showing evidence of chlorine attacks in a field hospital in the village of Sarmin. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
The United States is looking into allegations that the Syrian regime unleashed chlorine gas in an attack in the northwest of the war-ravaged country earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.
Lebanon hosts an estimated 1.18 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has called on the international community to step up support for Lebanon to help it deal with the influx of Syrian refugees.
Turkmens joined Peshmerga fighters in their Mosul campaign against Daesh. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Government officials said Thursday 4,000 Turkmen fighters are battling Daesh in the northern province of Kirkuk.

March 19, 2015

Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack on the national museum in Tunisia's capital Thursday, AFP reported. (AFP/Felathi Belaid)
16:40 GMT
Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack on the national museum in Tunisia's capital Thursday, AFP reported.
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Iraqi-Syrian border on Aug. 11, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
16:05 GMT
The UN called on the ICC to prosecute Daesh for war crimes and reported the militants may be committing genocide on the Yazidi minority in Iraq.
The pledge of assistance was made during a visit to Lebanon by a German minister. (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT
Germany has pledged to boost assistance to help refugees in Lebanon that have fled the conflict in Syria.
Work it! Farrah keeps herself fit at the gym. (Image: Facebook)
08:31 GMT
Syrian singer Farrah Yousef still has time for the gym in the city that never sleeps!
The dismissal follows an earlier dispute between the heads of the military and political security branches. (AFP)
07:02 GMT
Syrian President Bashar Assad sacked the chief of his Military Security, Lt. Gen. Rafik Shehadeh, according to media reports.

March 18, 2015

Opposition forces urged the UN to establish a no-fly zone in Syria on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
20:33 GMT
Opposition forces urged the UN to establish a no-fly zone in Syria on Wednesday.
About 20 countries and organizations have promised support for Iraq on Wednesday to assist in recovery efforts in areas freed from Daesh. (AFP/File)
18:42 GMT
About 20 countries and organizations have promised support for Iraq on Wednesday to assist in recovery efforts in areas freed from Daesh.
The US struck down a Daesh drone that was used as surveillance on the front lines, an official said Wednesday.
18:21 GMT
The US struck down a Daesh drone that was used as surveillance on the front lines, an official said Wednesday.
A Syrian man breathes with an oxygen mask following an alleged regime gas attack on the village of Sarmin, on March 17, 2015 (AFP/Mohamad Zeen)
11:01 GMT
The Western-backed Syrian National Coalition demanded the United Nations launch an immediate investigation into Monday's chemical attack on the Syrian village of Sarmin.
The incident follows a similar case, in which three British teens tried to cross into Syria from Turkey, but were caught and deported by Turkish authorities. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
A British woman reportedly bound for Daesh territory in Syria was detained at at bus station by Turkish authorities in the capital Ankara.
The International Criminal Court building in the Hague.(AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The UN announced it is willing to share a confidential list of suspects linked to war crimes in Syria with national prosecution authorities.
"We have been hearing some improper voices from the West that negotiation with Assad is needed, which contradicts human conscience," Turkish Prime Minister said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
06:23 GMT
"We have been hearing some improper voices from the West that negotiation with Assad is needed, which contradicts human conscience," Turkish Prime Minister said Tuesday.

March 17, 2015

The figure stood at 215,518 on the conflict’s four-year anniversary on March 15, according to the monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Al Bawaba/Hayat Norimine)
19:16 GMT
How many people have died so far in the war? Even that depends on who you ask.
A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces monitors the surrounding area, following clashes with Daesh.(AFP/File)
14:24 GMT
Daesh beheaded four men allegedly loyal to the Syrian regime while Iraqi forces kill 30 Daesh soldiers during their military offensive in Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
Syrian refugees cross the border from Syria into Jordan, near Mafraq. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT
Police have reportedly uncovered a Daesh cell in the city of Mafraq, near the Syrian border.
Mahmoud Darwish award being handed out. (Image: courtesy of Al Ahram Gate)
11:05 GMT
It's an esteemed prize in honor of the late Mahmoud Darwish, and it's Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer and Palestinian director Hani Abu Asaad's for the taking.
This is certainly not the first time the Syrian government has been accused of using chemical weapons. (AFP/File)
09:43 GMT
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a government barrel bomb containing poisonous gas killed six people, including three children, in a village in northwest Syria.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad will not be included in the West's fight against Daesh. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT
In a meeting in Brussels, European Union officials stated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be a partner in the war against Daesh as a result of his policies and actions.