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Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was beheaded in a video released by Daesh on Saturday. (Image: Screenshot)
07:51 GMT

US President Barack Obama called the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto a "heinous murder" after the Japanese hostage was executed by Daesh Saturday.

The US and its allies have been carrying out airstrikes on Daesh positions since September.(Photo: AFP)
06:00 GMT

For the first time since it was reported last week, Isis has confirmed that it has been driven out of the Syrian town of Kobani — but said it will return to attack.

January 31, 2015

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto had been held by Daesh since October, 2014. (AFP/File)
21:05 GMT

Daesh militants have beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto in a new video Saturday, according to unverified reports from the SITE monitoring group.

The money will be used to help Syrian refugees get through the winter in Lebanon's refugee camps. (Photo: Hassan Jarah/AFP)
11:45 GMT

An EU delegation announced Saturday that it has pledged 37 million euros ($42 million) in emergency winter aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Fighting spread to Idlib Province, in what Syria analyst Noah Bonsey described as an "instance of Nusra efforts to expand their areas of dominance in Idlib and Aleppo," and eliminate the Western-backed groups from northern Syria. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Fighting between the al-Nusra Front ad the Western-backed rebels spread from Aleppo into Idlib on Friday.

January 30, 2015

The father of captured pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh protests outside the Royal Court in Amman, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
15:42 GMT

Jordan's government on Friday threatened to hang Sajida al-Rishawi and other Daesh prisoners if the captured pilot is killed by the militant group.

The Syrian ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari led the Syrian government delegation. (AFP/File)
08:20 GMT

Syria peace talks ended in Moscow with little result. The parties agreed to reconvene for another round of talks, but did not set a date.

January 29, 2015

Muath Kasasbeh and Sajida al-Rishawi (File photo).
16:36 GMT

The New York Times is reporting that negotiations between Jordan and Isis appeared to have collapsed, citing a source in contact with Jordanian officials.

The situation began Tuesday when Daesh released an audio recording purporting to be the voice of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto asking for the release of Iraqi prisoner Sajida Rishawi, who faces the death penalty for her involvement in hotel bombings in 2005 in Amman.
15:03 GMT

The Hashemite Kingdom reacts as a new sunset deadline for Sajida Rishawi's release, and both hostages' lives, looms within hours.

The Israeli received training in weapons, preparing explosives and carrying out missions for the groups. (AFP/Guillaume Briquet)
11:09 GMT

Amin Ahmed Salah Snobar, age 24, traveled to Syria to train with two al-Qaeda affiliates before returning to Israel.

Abu Khaled of Australia speaks flanked by other Daesh jihadists in propaganda video. (Image: Screenshot)
10:28 GMT

20,730 foreign fighters, including about 11,000 people from the Middle East, went to Iraq and Syria.

The wife of captured Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh, is comforted by a relative outside the King's palace, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT

Daesh militants set a new deadline to exchange Sajida al-Rishawi for captured Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh by sunset in a new audio recording released Thursday.

Last year, six senior Taliban commanders pledged allegiance to Daesh in Pakistan. (AFP/File)
06:41 GMT

A Pakistani militant affiliated with Daesh allegedly received funding from the US to sent recruits to Syria, according to a leading newspaper.

Safi al-Kaseasbeh, father of captive Jordanian pilot Muath Kasasbeh, exits a royal palace in Amman  Wednesday, January 29 after a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah to discuss ongoing negotiations for his son's release from Daesh militants. (Al Bawaba/Alisa Reznick)
02:07 GMT

As a 24-hour deadline for the release of Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi closes without a swap deal, tensions run high in Jordan over fate of captive pilot Muath Kasasbeh, and Daesh releases a new audio recording promising "immediate" execution for both captives if new swap deadline is not met.

January 28, 2015

Earlier Wednesday, a UNIFIL peacekeeper was killed in cross border fire, while Israel's military said two soldiers were killed and seven wounded.
17:37 GMT

After a Hezbollah strikes on an Israeli military convoy in south Lebanon Wednesday, the Lebanese militant group receives mixed reactions from the international community.