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“Fighting the terror organization is a primary national security issue for Turkey. This fight will continue in resolution,” said a statement released by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Al Bawaba/File)
16:38 GMT
Turkey has conducted its first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday.
Hezbollah destroys a rebel tunnel in Zabadani. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
11:04 GMT
Fighting has resumed in Zabadani and two nearby villages, breaking a two-day ceasefire, and ending hopes of extension.
Junaid Hussein recruited Daesh supporters in the West "to carry out lone-wolf style attacks," according to US Col. Pat Ryde. (Courtesy: The News Nigeria)
08:45 GMT
The US on Friday confirmed the death of a top Daesh recruiter and cyber expert, killed in an airstrike in Syria.

August 28, 2015

The seventy-one people found in the back of a refrigerated truck likely suffocated to death. (AFP/Dieter Nagl)
12:32 GMT
Seventy-one people found dead in the back of a truck left on the side of an Austrian highway are believed to be Syrian asylum seekers and likely suffocated.
Turkish warplanes have conducted several solo missions against Daesh in Syria, but have so far not participated in the US-led coalition. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
A Pentagon official Thursday said Turkish jets will begin common-targeted airstrikes against Daesh militants in Syria "very soon," but declined to specify a set date.

August 27, 2015

The US-backed train-and-equip program has come under recent scrutiny due to its low number of recruits. (AFP/File)
14:54 GMT
Turkey said it will continue working with the United States to contribute to equipping and training Syrian rebels to fight against Daesh.
Forensic officers work at a truck inside which a large number of dead migrants were found on a motorway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on August 27, 2015. (AFP/Dieter Nagl)
14:32 GMT
More than 20 and as many as 50 dead bodies of asylum seekers were discovered in a truck on an Austrian motorway Thursday.
Germany's removal of a 2003 protocol is good news for asylum seekers, but more European countries need to follow the example. (AFP//FIle)
13:10 GMT
Germany's removal of a 2003 protocol this week is good news for asylum seekers, but it's just the first step.
A handout picture released by the official Jordanian news agency on Feb. 8, 2015 shows a squadron of UAE F-16 fighters stationed in one of Jordan's air bases to support it in strikes against Daesh. (AFP/Petra)
10:40 GMT
Spokesman Mohammad Momani said Jordan will also "start comprehensive operations against Daesh."
Zabadani has been at the forefront of clashes between rebels and Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Warring factions in the Syrian border region of Zabadani agreed on a two-day ceasefire following ongoing clashes.
The area was taken from Syrian rebels where the US and Turkey planned to launch an offensive against the militants. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT
The area was taken from Syrian rebels where the US and Turkey planned to launch an offensive against the militants.
Junaid Hussain, 21, was believed to be number three on a US military target list. (Twitter)
08:30 GMT
British national and Daesh computer hacker Junaid Hussain was reportedly killed by a US drone strike in Syria, military sources said.
Syrian rebels based in Aleppo first began using the Hell Cannon in 2013. (AFP/File)
04:57 GMT
It's a kind of power no other makeshift weapon gives to the opposition.
The Syrian president said in a televised interview that relationships with Iran and Russia remain stable. (AFP/File)
00:04 GMT
The Syrian president said in a televised interview that relationships with Iran and Russia remain stable.

August 26, 2015

The Syrian president emerged again with praise for his allies and insults for the rest.
23:30 GMT
The Syrian president emerged again with praise for his allies and insults for the rest.
Footage of the moments after an explosion during a pro-Kurdish rally in the Turkish province of Suruc that killed over 30 people July 20,2015. (AFP/File)
15:55 GMT
Local officials in Turkey's southern province of Hatay said a 44-year-old FSA commander was killed after a bomb exploded in his car.
Members of Liwa Hamzah, a newly formed Islamist brigade from the Syrian eastern city of Deir Ezzor, hold flags of Jabhat Al-Nusra on Feb. 25, 2013. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
According to Turkey's Foreign Ministry, claims regarding Turkey's involvement in the abduction of Syrian fighters trained by the US are nothing more than "fiction."
Hungarian police officer directs the migrants in the refugee camp of the Hungarian-Serbian border Roszke village on August 26, 2015. (AFP/Csaba Segesvari)
14:44 GMT
Hungary will send 2,100 police officers to its border with Serbia after protests by asylum seekers resulted 300-400 being detained.
Syria team
14:41 GMT
Singapore will take on Syria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on September 3.
Syrian Kurds cross the border from Syria into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 20, 2014. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
13:00 GMT
Local sources say Daesh militants abducted 30 Kurdish civilians from a village near the border city of Kobani in northern Syria.
The city outside Damascus has been hit hard with government shelling all month, the latest of which killed at least 34 and injured 200 more. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
The city outside Damascus has been hit hard with government shelling all month, Twitter shows us what that looks like.
A number of Daesh networks are being monitored by Lebanese intellgience. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Three Lebanese men were arrested by security forces under suspicion of forming a Daesh recruitment cell.
Bashar al-Assad said the alliance against Daesh was unlikely to happen. (AFP/File)
08:37 GMT
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said he was open to the idea of an alliance against Daesh during an interview with a Lebanese TV station.
US Army soldiers training Iraqi troops at the Taji base, north of Baghdad. (AFP/File)
08:03 GMT
According to a New York Times report, Pentagon probes claim officials have skewed reports on US military progress against Daesh.

August 25, 2015

Monitors said 117 people were killed in Douma after the regime launched airstrikes against the town on Aug. 16. (AFP/File)
17:14 GMT
The largest attack against Douma killed 117 people earlier this month.
US airforce tanker planes line up to take off from the Incirlik Airbase, in southern Turkey, January 11, 2005. (AFP/Tarik Tinazay)
16:53 GMT
The United States and Turkey will begin a collaborative offensive against Daesh in Syria in the near future.
Assad gave an interview with Hezbollah-linked Al Manar TV on Monday. (AFP/File)
13:46 GMT
During an interview Monday, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad hinted that Damascus would not respond to recent Israeli airstrikes in the Golan Heights, citing a need to fight the greater 'terrorist' threat at home.
Two Lebanese sisters kidnapped by al-Nusra Front arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after a secret deal with Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT
Two Lebanese sisters kidnapped by al-Nusra Front arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after a secret deal with Hezbollah.
The ad received backlash from Twitter users when the extremists posted it last week.
12:38 GMT
The ad received backlash from Twitter users when the extremists posted it last week.
Syrian refugees react upon arrival on Lesvos island in Greece, after having crossed the Aegean sea from Turkey in an inflatable boat, on August 23, 2015. (AFP/Achilleas Zavallis)
12:17 GMT
The US State Department has announced that between 5,000 and 8,000 Syrian refugees will be accepted into the country.
Reddit featured five comprehensive lists from the Middle East Observer this week, which looked at different groups fighting in Syria and separated them by alliance. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT
There's a long list of fighting groups in Syria today, but these are not the usual suspects.
The council held its first discussion solely dedicated to gay rights on Monday. (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT
The council held its first discussion solely dedicated to gay rights on Monday.
Experts said Daesh may have used up to 200 tons of mustard gas against civilians north of Aleppo on Friday. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT
Experts said Daesh may have used up to 200 tons of mustard gas against civilians north of Aleppo on Friday.
The British-born militant recently appeared in a new video threatening to behead more people. (AFP/SITE)
07:21 GMT
British Prime Minister David Cameron told the country's security services to capture or kill Daesh executioner Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John.

August 24, 2015

Daesh militants used car bombs in two separate attacks on the air base, killing 40 Syrian government officers (Twitter)
19:22 GMT
Daesh militants have killed 51 Syrian soldiers in two separate attacks on Kweiris air base in the northern province of Aleppo this month, 40 of whom were officers.
Image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Homs on May 28, 2015 allegedly shows a Daesh flag flying on the Roman theatre in the ancient city of Palmyra. (AFP/File)
16:18 GMT
UNESCO has condemned Daesh's most recent attack on a Syrian World Heritage site, stating that the destruction of the Temple of Baal Shamin is considered a war crime in the eyes of international law.
The air campaign will provide support for what Washington deems as moderate Syrian rebels in northern Syria.
14:21 GMT
Talks between US and Turkey concluded on Sunday, and officials said the two countries will soon launch 'comprehensive' operations against Daesh militants in northern Syria in tandem with moderate Syrian rebels.
Thousands of families have arrived by sea to Greece after fleeing war in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT
Three people including one woman drowned after a boat carrying 73 refugees capsized en route to Greece, Turkish authorities said.
Jordan's border guards detained two people who tried to enter the country from Syria over the weekend. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT
Jordan's border guards detained two people who tried to enter the country from Syria over the weekend.
A photo taken on March 14, 2014, shows the Temple of Baal Shamin through two Corinthian columns in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
07:23 GMT
Daesh on Sunday detonated explosives in the Temple of Baal Shamin.
Al Jazeera's Barry Malone said referring to people fleeing war as "migrants" dehumanises them. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
In a very powerful statement, Al Jazeera said it would no longer use the word "migrant" to refer to people fleeing war and crossing the Mediterranean to enter Europe.
Smoke rises from an explosion in the Syrian capital of Damascus. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
According to Syrian state news, ten people were killed and 53 wounded in rebel shelling attacks on the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday.

August 23, 2015

The term gets more complicated the deeper into MENA conflicts you go. (AFP/File)
16:32 GMT
The term gets more complicated the deeper into Syria you go.
Members of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement stand next to the coffin of Mohamed al-Atrach, who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces near Zabadani, during his funeral procession in a southern suburb of Beirut on August 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT
Four Hezbollah fighters were killed in the Syrian border town of Zabadani as the group continued their slow advance to reclaim the city from opposition fighters.
A wounded Syrian girl stands at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma following shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces on Aug. 22, 2015. (AFP/Abed Doumany)
12:16 GMT
Government air raids targeted the city in Eastern Ghouta again over the weekend, killing at least 12 children.
No matter where you live in Syria, bread is no guarantee. But your province could mean a world of difference in price. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT
No matter where you live in Syria, bread is no guarantee. But your province could mean a world of difference in price.
A young migrant cries after being injured during clashes between Macedonian police forces and migrants who tried to cross the border with Greece near the town of Gevgelija on Aug. 22, 2015. (AFP/Robert Atanasovski)
06:56 GMT
Police used stun grenades against the migrants, mostly from Syria, in attempts to prevent them from entering the country.
At least 16 Daesh militants contracted HIV and are being held in quarantine in a local hospital. (Al Bawaba/File)
05:51 GMT
Daesh is planning to send its militants who have contracted HIV on suicide missions, reports ARA News.
The strikes targeted Douma, a town near Damascus that has recently faced heavy destruction. (Al Bawaba/File)
05:00 GMT
At least 50 people were killed on Saturday when the Syrian regime targeted a town in an opposition-held suburb of Damascus with barrel bombs, according to a local medical source.

August 22, 2015

An official inspects the train that was travelling from Amsterdam to Paris when it was attacked on Friday. (AFP/Philippe Huguen)
18:15 GMT
A Spanish official has confirmed that the main suspect in a recent attack on an Amsterdam-Paris train had travelled to Syria last year.

August 21, 2015

Turkish security forces have carried out countless attacks against the PKK, both in and out of Turkey. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
Turkey claims to have killed 771 suspected Kurdish militants with its operations against the PKK.
Images circulated on social media show the Daesh militants destroying the Saint Elian Monstery near al-Qaryatain in a Christian neighborhood in Homs. (AFP/File)
15:43 GMT
The structure was founded more than 1,500 years ago in a Syrian Christian neighborhood.
Turkish forces patrol the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT
The Kilis governorate said 14 of the suspects were foreign nationals.
Migrants rest while waiting to pass the Greek-Macedonian border, guarded by Macedonian police near the town of Idomeni, northern Greece, on Aug. 21, 2015. (AFP/Sakis Mitrolidis)
12:31 GMT
Police secured a fence and tried to stop migrants from entering Greece.
Israel accused Islamic Jihad and Iran of instigating rocket attacks from Syria. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
One person was killed in Syria and seven others wounded following a retaliation airstrike by the Israeli army.
Syria has been caught up in a brutal four-year civil war, claiming the lives of at least 240,000 people. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Iran's foreign ministry welcomed the UN's peace plan aimed at ending the four-year war in Syria.
Kuwait City was ranked one of the most improved cities and has a liveability score of 83 out of 140. (AFP/File)
02:12 GMT
A recent report gave cities around the world scores of liveability; guess which place ranked the worst.

August 20, 2015

Israeli military forces survey the the landscape while on guard in the Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
19:22 GMT
The IDF released a statement on its Twitter account holding Syria and Iran responsible for the four rockets fired at the country by the Islamic Jihad group.
Migrants walk in the direction of the Eurotunnel terminal near Calais, northern France, on Aug. 6, 2015. (AFP/Philippe Huguen)
19:15 GMT
Officials between the two countries agreed to strengthen security cooperation at the Calais border crossing in northern France.
Families of Daesh's Lebanese hostages protest no word from the government on Nov. 17, 2014. (AFP/File)
18:24 GMT
Media reported Thursday a mediator began talking to the militants again about the release of the hostages two weeks ago.
The rockets were shot from Syria but caused no injuries. (AFP/Edouard Elias)
16:16 GMT
The rockets were shot from Syria but caused no injuries.
The monitor said Thursday the UN has failed to implement resolutions that would protect the lives of Syrian civilians. (AFP/File)
16:04 GMT
The monitor said Thursday the UN has failed to implement resolutions that would protect the lives of Syrian civilians.
Government sources said the larger group of five at Sydney's airport were red-flagged and found to be carrying suspicious materials. (AFP/File)
14:42 GMT
Government sources said the larger group of five at Sydney's airport were red-flagged and found to be carrying suspicious materials.
Some 240,000 Syrians are believed to have been killed in the conflict so far. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
At least 30 people were killed in the Syrian southwestern town of Harasta after an explosion reportedly hit a hospital.

August 19, 2015

A Syrian mother holds her children after they arrive on an overcrowded dinghy in the Greek island of Kos. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
A boat smuggling Palestinians from Tripoli sank off the coast of Turkey on Wednesday.
82-year-old Khaled Asaad spent 50 years at Palmyra, the same site where Daesh displayed his body this week after his beheading. (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT
A tragic reminder of the other casualties of Daesh's rampage in Syria.
Qamishli has witnessed a number of bomb attacks over the past few months. (FP/Aaris Messinis)
11:30 GMT
A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle laden with explosives at the Kurdish Asayesh security forces offices in al-Qamishli city, located on the Turkish border.
Some things haven't changed in the last four years. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT
Some things haven't changed in the last four years.
Syrian youths take part in their last training on December 8, 2014 before being sent to the frontline along with rebel fighters from the Jaysh al-Islam brigades (Army of Islam) near Damascus. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
08:52 GMT
According to a CNN report, the US train and equip program is moving along very slowly in Syria, and for a very steep price.
Twenty-five government soldiers were also executed by teens in the ancient city in June. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Daesh militants reportedly beheaded an archaeologist in the Syrian city of Palmyra, an antiquities chief told Reuters.

August 18, 2015

Family members of the Lebanese soldiers being held by Daesh hold portraits of the captives during a rally. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
Twelve relatives who traveled to the Lebanese border town of Arsal to beg Daesh militants for the release of nine captive Lebanese soldiers were denied access to them Tuesday despite having reached an agreement with the group.
Maya, a 4-year-old Syrian girl, lies in a hospital bed after she was injured the day before following air strikes by Syrian government forces on a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus on August 17, 2015. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
18:00 GMT
The Syrian regime's attack on a marketplace in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma killed at least 111 civilians and injured 200 others.
The US is conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Syria from a Turkish airbase. (Image: Screenshot, Youtube)
13:24 GMT
In the video, militants urge Muslim in Turkey to support Daesh and accuse President Erdogan of aiding US troops.
A Hezbollah fighter takes aim in the region of Qalamoun near the Syrian border town of Zabadani. (Twitter)
12:48 GMT
Al-Manar news reported that Hezbollah forces killed 20 militants in what is being described as the final push for control of the Syrian border town after the expiration of a temporary ceasefire on Sunday.
A migrant mother weeps while hugging her son, after safetly arriving to Kos island on Aug. 18, 2015. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
10:41 GMT
A boat carrying 29 Syrians sank off the Mediterranean coast, a local official said Tuesday.
Of the 11 countries the Brookings Institution included, Saudi Arabia topped the list for most Daesh sympathizers on Twitter with nearly 25 percent. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
It probably shouldn't come as a surprise.
Relief workers carry a wounded man following a deadly airstrike by the Syrian government in Douma, August 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT
The death toll in Douma hit over 100 people after Syrian government forces raided the area, northeast of Damascus.
The effectiveness of killer pipe bombs has been well documented, and in Syria — where standard munitions like grenades can be hard to come by — rebel groups have been churning them out by the hundreds. The bombs pictured here feature pieces of metal welded onto their casings for added shrapnel in the explosion.
09:23 GMT
A lack of available funds and munitions have led to some pretty interesting innovations in Syria's civil war. From the deadly to the downright bizarre, take a look the homemade contraptions being used in the conflict.
Syrian regime airstrikes targeting Douma in Eastern Ghouta killed more than 100 and wounded hundreds more. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
Sometimes a photo says a thousand words.
Reports Monday said PKK leaders have been speaking with Washington officials to try to get the US to mediate between the group and Turkey. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
Reports Monday said PKK leaders have been speaking with Washington officials to try to get the US to mediate between the group and Turkey.
The initiative would begin in September and calls for a political transition from Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT
The initiative would begin in September and calls for a political transition from Bashar al-Assad.
Three people were killed and 16 injured at the Masnaa border crossing overnight. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT
Three people were killed and 16 injured at the Masnaa border crossing overnight.
A four-year-old Syrian girl lies in a hospital bed following government airstrikes in a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, August 17, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:40 GMT
The US State Department condemned a market bombing by the Syrian government in Douma, which left nearly 100 people dead.
World leaders and human rights groups need to turn their full attention on Syria. (AFP/File)
06:31 GMT
Syrians have enough problems on their doorsteps. Terrorism, civil war, conflict and the growing refugee crisis. The world needs to make this a priority.
A senior Pentagon official said the US will increase its use of drones internationally to as many as 90 a day by 2019. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A senior Pentagon official said the US will increase its use of drones internationally to as many as 90 a day by 2019.

August 17, 2015

A handout picture released on August 13, 2015 by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the scene of a rebel rocket attack in Latakia, the provincial capital of President Bashar al-Assad's coastal heartland, which killed two people and wounded 14 others. (AFP/SANA)
14:52 GMT
Three people were killed in a rare rocket attack the coastal government stronghold of Latakia on Monday.
The Syrian regime may have just gotten a much deadlier weapon. (AFP/File)
14:26 GMT
The Syrian government has an amped up weapons supply.
The tunnel was found just seven miles from where Syrian government airstrikes killed at least 100 people on Sunday. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
11:30 GMT
Syrian military forces discovered the tunnel, which was allegedly built by rebel forces, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Jobar.
Intercepted Syrian migrants arrive in their dinghy after being towed to the port of Kos by the Greek authorities.Authorities on the island of Kos have been so overwhelmed that the government sent a ferry to serve as a temporary centre to issue travel documents to Syrian refugees -- among some 7,000 migrants stranded on the island of about 30,000 people. AFP/ Lousia Gouliamaki
10:24 GMT
Intercepted Syrian migrants arrive in their dinghy after being towed to the port of Kos by the Greek authorities.Authorities on the island of Kos have been so overwhelmed that the government sent a ferry to serve as a temporary centre to issue travel documents to Syrian refugees -- among some 7,000 migrants stranded on the island of about 30,000 people.
According to Fisk, “Dreamology” has long held a special place in Islam, but it seems especially attractive to militant groups such as al-Qaeda. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)
07:56 GMT
Robert Fisk examines the role of "Dreamology" in terrorist groups such as Daesh and al-Qaeda as a means to create and susain a ghastly fantasy and pornographic reality.
Syrian emergency personnel and civilians carry a body following air strikes by Syrian government forces on a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 16, 2015. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
07:39 GMT
Regime forces targeted the Douma suburb of Damascus with barrel bombs on Sunday, killing at least 100 people and injuring 500 others.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Daesh now posed a bigger threat to Syria than Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The US and Germany will not renew a missile program due to expire in October, which was deployed along Turkey's border with Syria in 2013.

August 16, 2015

Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front kidnapped the fighters after accusing the United States of concealing ulterior motives in Syria. (AFP/File)
17:17 GMT
Division 30 fighters released a statement following the release of their comrades calling al-Nusra Front 'brothers'.
Opposition groups and pro-regime media tell different stories of the same 48 hours in Zabadani. (AFP/FIle)
16:12 GMT
Opposition groups and pro-regime media tell different stories of the same 48 hours.
Security personnel in Pakistan exhibit the weapons recovered from militants. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Turkish forces discovered weapons in the border town of Nusabayin.
Since 2011, a tangled web of fighting groups have lost, gained and swapped territory in Syria in Iraq — everyday.  (AFP/File)
13:58 GMT
Since 2011, a tangled web of fighting groups have lost, gained and swapped territory in Syria in Iraq — everyday.
Injured people receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, following airstrikes by Syrian government forces on a marketplace on August 16, 2015. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
13:21 GMT
The Observatory said the death toll was likely to rise.
Syrian migrants wait to enter the port to board the Eleftherios Venizelos liner which will serve as their registration and for some housing facility on August 16, 2015, on the Greek island of Kos. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
11:19 GMT
Migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran were angered by a decision to prioritize Syrian refugees during registration.