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The journalists were originally accused of filming a military base in Diyarbakir without permission. (AFP/File)
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Three journalists, two British and one Turkish, are accused of allegedly supporting Daesh and the PKK, as well as for filming a military base in Diyarbakir without permission.
The UN confirmed the extent of damage to the Temple of Bel with satellite images. (AFP/File)
08:16 GMT
Satellite images confirmed the damage caused to the Temple of Bel by Daesh extremists in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra.
This is the closest Daesh has ever been to the center of the Syrian capital. (AFP/Ammar al-Arbini)
07:30 GMT
Daesh has moved closer to the center of Damascus than ever before, as militants clash with Syrian rebels in the Al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood.

August 31, 2015

Welcome to the year where a brutal terrorist organization has more 'brand recognition' that the Vatican and Jersey. (AFP/File)
21:51 GMT
Welcome to the year where a brutal terrorist organization has more 'brand recognition' that the Vatican and Jersey.
A member of the Syria Civil Defense "White Helmets" holds up a sign to raise awareness of civilian deaths in the Syrian border town. (Twitter)
16:47 GMT
Renewed clashes in the Syrian border town of Zabadani have left six militants dead as Hezbollah and the Syrian army continue their advance two days after the collapse of a ceasefire.
A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a view of the external courtyard of the sanctuary of Bel in Palmyra. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
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Syrian officials said the ancient structure may have survived Daesh's attempted destruction.
Lebanese security forces and emergency personnel gather outside a cafe targeted by a suicide bombing on Jan. 10, 2015 in the Jabal Mohsen Alawite neighborhood of Tripoli. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)
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Lebanese security said the militant confessed to recruiting for Daesh and fighting for the extremist group.
The Syrian government has for years been accused of dropping crude barrel bombs on civilian areas, most recently in the Damascus suburb of Douma. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT
The Syrian government has for years been accused of dropping crude barrel bombs on civilian areas. Here's what it looks like.
Stars Nidal al Ahmadieh and Assala are at war... a Twitter war! (Alsayeda.net)
10:09 GMT
Stars Nidal al Ahmadieh and Assala are at war... a Twitter war!
An unknown number of civilians were also injured in the attack. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
At least ten civilians were killed and many others injured by government shelling and airstrikes in the Damascus suburb of Saqba.
Parts of the historic temple of Bel are believed to have been destroyed. (AFP/File)
07:45 GMT
Daesh militants reportedly destroyed another temple in the besieged Syrian city of Palmyra, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Pope Francis offered special prayers for 71 Syrian refugees who were found dead in the back of a truck in Austria. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Pope Francis called on people to help prevent crimes against refugees, days after the bodies of 71 Syrians were found at the back of a truck in Austria.
Turkey joined the US in launching airstrikes against Daesh in Syria last week. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The US-led coalition against Daesh hasn't made much of an impact on the militant group, and with Turkey announcing joint airstrikes in Syria with America last week, it made matters worse.
Egypt's biggest exports are to Iraq first, followed by Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya and then Sudan.(Ecomena)
07:00 GMT
Forty percent of Egypt's exports are destined for Libya and Iraq; is the Islamic State imposing fees on Egyptian goods?

August 30, 2015

The Bay Area Light Brigade has been campaigning for the PKK with lights in Oakland, Calif. (Facebook)
15:00 GMT
Not everyone in the US supports Turkish airstrikes against the PKK.
Actress Kinda Hanna was attacked by extremist social media users after it's become known that she's Christian. (Elcinema)
14:31 GMT
Actress Kinda Hanna was attacked by extremist social media users after it's become known that she's Christian.
Daesh militants executed at least 39 members of the group for various crimes. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Daesh reportedly beheaded at least 39 fighters from its own ranks, according to to the UK-based Syrian Observatory.
The ancient Temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra on March 14, 2014. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:56 GMT
Activists have recreated the Palmyra experience with digital tools.
Turkish security officials did not confirm the origins of those arrested. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT
Over a dozen people believed to be foreign nationals were arrested in Turkey near the Syrian border for reportedly supporting Daesh.
The suspected Syrians likely died from suffocation, according to the BBC. (File photo)
07:53 GMT
Three Bulgarians and an Afghan are being detained in Hungary following the discovery of the bodies of 59 men, 8 women and four children in the back of a lorry.
Zahera Tariq (pictured), is believed to have taken her four children to Syria. (Screenshot/MPS)
07:30 GMT
UK security services continued to search for a British mother and her four children, believed to be travelling to Syria.
The Israeli woman, in her forties, caught a flight to Turkey on Thursday. (AFP/File)
05:46 GMT
Israeli-Arab woman's family alerted police of her departure to Turkey, but were unaware of her motivations.

August 29, 2015

“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.