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A member of the Syrian security forces walks past a burning truck following a reported mortar attack by rebel fighters in Damascus' al-Abbasyeen neighborhood on August 30, 2014. [AFP]
15:10 GMT
Syrian warplanes pounded the rebel Jubar district of the capital Damascus with unprecedented ferocity Tuesday, launching 25 raids, an activist group said.
A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows a pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, flying over the Quneitra border crossing in Syrian territory. [AFP]
12:54 GMT
Ireland may not replace its 130-person rapid response force in the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants, until the United Nations reviews its mandate for its forces there, the defense minister said on Monday.

September 1, 2014

A newly trained Iraqi army could help the region defeat Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT
Sunni muslims must lead the fight against the militants in the Islamic State.
Smoke billows from the Syrian village of Quneitra following an explosion during fighting, between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, near the Quneitra border crossing on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:28 GMT
Syrian army forces and rebels battle near border; both sides seek to control Quneitra border crossing; UN peacekeepers held captive by Islamists still missing.
Angelina Jolie's visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.
07:53 GMT
Honeymoon, shmoneymoon. Angelina Jolie is just as concerned about those displaced by the Syrian war as she was before she donned a wedding band.
Rogers said several US citizens have at least once traveled, participated and trained with the ISIL terrorists. [AFP]
07:29 GMT
A US lawmaker has revealed that there are hundreds of Americans, who have links with ISIL militants and can return to the US with their American passports.
Home Secretary Theresa May recently said an attack on the UK is "highly likely." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic State militants.

August 31, 2014

Last week an Israeli drone was downed in Iraq. (AFP/File)
14:02 GMT
Israeli forces shot down a drone from Syria on Sunday.
Soldiers Ibrahim Shaaban, Ahmad Ghieh and Wael Darwish were reunited with their families in Arsal Sunday morning. [The Daily Star]
09:44 GMT
The five Lebanese hostages released by the Nusra Front were being reunited with their families Sunday morning, as concerns grow over the fate of the remaining 24 soldiers and policemen being held by Syrian militants.
Philippine Armed Forces public affairs office. [AFP]
08:38 GMT
The Philippines' armed forces chief says peacekeepers on Golan Heights were helped by Israeli and Syrian forces who engaged rebels in seven-hour firefight in what was he called the "greatest escape."

August 30, 2014

Forty-four UN peacekeepers were taken hostage earlier this week when armed al-Nusra militants stormed the Golan border amid heavy clashes with government forces.  (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:54 GMT
Fiji military officials said Saturday the 44 peacekeeper soldiers captured by al-Nusra militants earlier this week have been moved out of UN territory to an unknown location.

August 29, 2014

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Israeli-annexed Golan Height as they wait to cross into Syria, on August 28, 2014. [AFP]
15:01 GMT
Israeli forces took up positions at Quneitra barely 400 meters from Nusra Front militants who attacked a UN base on the Syrian side of the border and seized the 43 Fijians.
Syrian families carry belongings in the southern Damascus district of Qadam on August 21, 2014, as they return to their homes after Syrian authorities and rebels agreed a truce on August 18. [AFP]
08:13 GMT
Almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives, according to the UNHCR; Syria operation is largest in UNHCR's history, organization says.
US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:43 GMT
US President Barack Obama says Washington does not have “a strategy yet” to tackle the ISIL group, which is operating in Iraq and Syria.
ISIS claimed it beheaded a Peshmerga fighter in graphic video and threatened 14 others. [Youtube]
07:34 GMT
The ISIL group has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in the city of Mosul.

August 28, 2014

UN officials reported Thursday the capture of 43 UNDOF peacekeepers after heavy clashes between opposition fighters and Syrian government forces broke out near the Golan Heights border. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT
The UN says 43 of its UNDOF peacekeepers were abducted Thursday by masked militants after brutal clashes between various Syrian opposition forces and government soldiers broke out.
Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. [AFP]
12:11 GMT
The Lebanese Army clashed with Syrian rebels Thursday after the military shelled the militants' hideouts in the outskirts of the northeastern border region of Arsal.
Amal Arafeh is still at large on the Syrian scene!
11:42 GMT
Syria's starlet Amal Arafeh has disclosed her latest projects to her curious public.
Signs of fatigue and exhaustion were quite obvious on George's face in Tunisia. (Image: Facebook)
10:20 GMT
George Wassouf was taken out of Tunisia airport on a wheelchair. Is everything alright?
Rebel fighters walk holding their weapons to a position on a front-line in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT
Syria is willing to help Lebanon in its fight against Islamist militants, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said in remarks published Thursday.
03:27 GMT
Spokesman for rebel group operating in area, says at least six rebels killed in latest fighting near Golan Heights.
Assad formed his new government that consists of 11 new ministers. [AFP]
03:05 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formed a new government less than three months after being re-elected for a third term.

August 27, 2014

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. [AP]
18:21 GMT
New pictures posted on social media show the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing several Syrian government soldiers in the country’s troubled northeast.
Picture distributed by the Islamic State, showing militants including a commander known as Abu Waheeb. [Mashable]
16:57 GMT
ISIL militants have reportedly threatened to attack Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a report says.
Heavy fighting is continuing in the surrounding area. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT
Syrian rebels seized control of the Syrian crossing with the Golan Heights Wednesday.
Syrian actor Tayem Hasan
12:40 GMT
Ramadan 2015 line up: Tayem has taken the place of famous Syrian actor Abid Fahed in the drama after the latter suddenly announced the breaking of his contract with the company 'Al Sabah' during a television interview.
Syrian artists Mohammad Kheir Al jarrah & Shadi Aswad feasting on Mansaf in Los angeles. (Image: Facebook)
11:42 GMT
Syrian artists Mohammad Kheir Al jarrah & Shadi Aswad feasting on Mansaf in Los angeles (Image: Facebook).
The air strikes were targeting militants hiding out along the border. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT
Syrian warplanes launched air strikes on Arsal, Lebanon Wednesday.
Western countries are deeply concerned about the growing number of westerners traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight. (AFP/File)
10:43 GMT
At least fifteen Australian citizens were killed fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.
Mass poverty and poor living conditions have perhaps contributed to the rise of the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
The best way to stop the Islamic State is to put an end to policies in the Middle East that demean the Arab population and prevent them from achieving their full human potential.

August 26, 2014

ISIS is also demanding the release of neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT
A 26-year-old American woman is reportedly being held captive by Islamic State militants in Syria who are demanding $6.6 million random for her release.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest remarked on Syria during a press conference this week. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT
U.S. officials said Tuesday that the American government has no plans to coordinate with the Assad regime over ISIS.
Jumana says that she has no intention of quitting her acting job! (Image: Facebook)
14:54 GMT
Rumor has it that Jumana Murad is quitting acting. Could her new hubby have anything to do with it?
President Obama has authorized spy plane operations inside Syria, possibly paving the way to extend the current airstrike mission in Iraq into Syria. (AFP/File)
14:29 GMT
While President Barack Obama mulls over extending the current Iraqi airstrike operation into Syria, U.S. officials confirm the launch of investigative air operations inside the country.
Qamar and Mehiar are still in love after many years of marriage and romance. (Image: Albawaba edit)
13:31 GMT
Syrian actors Qamar Khalaf & Mehiar Khodoor are now the proud parents of a baby girl - and it's their first child!

August 25, 2014

 ISIS took the Syrian government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.(File Archive, AFP).
15:38 GMT
Islamic State of Syria and Iraq militants in Syria have taken a the government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.
The Jordanian Armed Forces opened fire at the infiltrators who were aboard a wheeled armoured personnel carrier (AFP/ File/ Archive).
13:42 GMT
Jordanian border guards on Sunday killed two infiltrators who attempted to cross the border from Syria
The Assad regime is currently battling militants from the Islamic State as well as Syrian opposition fighters. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
The Syrian government said it is ready to cooperate with international efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the region.
Curtis was kidnapped by militants two years ago. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT
Kidnapped journalist Peter Curtis was handed over to UN officials Sunday in Syria.
Abu Abdullah al-Britani (left), uses social media to advise would-be militants in the UK. He is pictured here with another ISIS member, boasting on Twitter about drinking coffee in Ar-Raqqah, Syria (Image: Twitter)
04:00 GMT
Where al-Qaeda asked you to hide amongst your enemies, IS asks you to come and join your friends.

August 24, 2014

Raqqa province is now fully controlled by ISIS. (AFP/File)
19:28 GMT
Militants from the Islamic State have captured a major military base in Syria.
The city of Homs has been devastated by the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT
ISIS fighters have retreated from an area north of Homs in Syria.
A Syrian fighter guards his position in a rebel-held neighborhood of Damascus, August 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT
A German who was kidnapped by Islamic State militants over a year ago has been freed Sunday, according to AFP.
No groups from Syria and Lebanon claimed responsibility for the attacks (File/AFP)
10:45 GMT
Rockets from Syria and Lebanon landed in the Golan Heights along with the Galilee overnight Saturday in separate attacks.
Reyaad Khan (left), Nasser Muthana (center), and Abdul Raqib Amin - all British citizens, appeared in an ISIS video, alarming UK authorities of home-grown terrorists (Image: YouTube/AlHayat)
07:08 GMT
With the likelihood of more Brits joining extremist groups, borders surrounding Iraq and Syria have to be watched closely by the international community. It's the only way to stop ISIS.

August 22, 2014

An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah. [AFP]
13:39 GMT
Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has deplored as a “savage crime” the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL terrorist in a recently released video.

August 21, 2014

In its fourth year, the Syrian conflict has displaced more than 9 million Syrians and killed at least 180,000 people since March 2011. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
16:10 GMT
In a recent toll using data collected from sources on the group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports more than 180,000 conflict-related deaths in Syria since March 2011.
Islamic State militants released a video earlier this week of U.S. photojournalist James Foley being beheaded (Image: Screenshot)
12:27 GMT
American officials at the Pentagon have revealed information about a failed attempt to rescue U.S. hostages including James Foley, from IS terrorists in Syria.
ISIS extremists have grown stronger and more powerful in recent weeks across Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT
Round-the-clock news coverage of ISIS brutality makes one thing clear; this extremist group needs to be stopped. With the beheading of a U.S. journalist to add to that list, will Obama notice?

August 20, 2014

The ISIS trainer was killed in an operation carried out by Hezbollah forces, depicted below, and the Syrian army (AFP/ File Archive).
07:55 GMT
Hezbollah has killed an ISIS commander allegedly responsible for preparing suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that there were at least 20,000 non-Syrians among ISIS (AFP/ File Archive).
07:19 GMT
The number of ISIS militants fighting against the Syrian government amounts to more than 50,000, according to a UK-based NGO.
A file photo shows journalist James Foley resting in Sirte, Libya, September 29, 2011 (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT
Missing American photojournalist James Foley, was allegedly beheaded by ISIS militants in a video clip released on YouTube.