Syria

October 31, 2014

A crowd of Turkish Kurds greet a convoy of Iraqi Peshmerga reinforcements preparing to cross into Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
15:53 GMT

Syrian Kurdish fighters said a group of ten peshmerga fighters trickled into Kobani after crossing the Turkish border Thursday to survey the area and prepare for the arrival of 150 additional fighters awaiting deployment to the besieged town,

Once hailed as a cradle to peaceful government resistance, the villages in Hama's eastern countryside fear an IS take-over is near. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT

Amid an ever-transforming conflict, villages of al-Silmiya, in Hama's eastern countryside, watch warily

October 30, 2014

Millions of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the start of the war in 2011. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

At least one million Syrians live in Lebanon as refugees. Many refugees are happy to have escaped the brutal war raging in their home country, but some are also fearful of their wary hosts.

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter flashes the "victory" sign as his convoy passes through the Iraq-Turkey border, October 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:30 GMT

Thousands of Turkish Kurds flocked to the streets of Suruç as Iraqi peshmearga forces arrived to battle IS militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Bekaa Valley has been the centre of clashes between Syrian militants and Lebanon's army in recent months (File/AFP)
07:10 GMT

Dangerous clashes erupted on Wednesday evening between militants and Lebanon's army near Bekaa Valley towns, close to the border with Syria.

October 29, 2014

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Kobani confirmed the children's release. (AFP/File)
19:40 GMT

Islamic State militants freed 25 Kurdish school children Wednesday.

The institute will be based in the US, according to Moataz Al Khayyat, the head of the Al Khayyat Group in the GCC.
17:55 GMT

Leading Syrian business group based in the GCC will establish a center in the Middle East as part of its efforts to rebuild Syria.

Millions of Syrians have fled the civil war. (AFP/File)
17:49 GMT

A Syrian army helicopter allegedly dropped two barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in Idlib Wednesday.

Islamic State militants are believed to be making up to $3 million a day from seized oil and gas refineries in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
11:02 GMT

The Islamic State attacked an oil and gas field Wednesday, killing at least 30 of the Syrian regime's forces, according to a London-based human rights group.

Lebanese boys look at a bullet-riddled Islamist mural in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood on Oct. 28. Three days of fierce fighting between Lebanese forces and armed Islamists killed at least 16 and forced thousands to flee. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)
08:17 GMT

A Lebanese military official said that as many as 500 Islamist militants had taken part in the four-day battle against Lebanese security and military forces.

Maryam, a refugee from Syria, smiles as her family talks with reporters in 2013 at Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp (Albawaba File Photo/J. Zach Hollo).
07:22 GMT

Jordan's foreign minister said that until a political solution to the Syrian crisis is reached, there is an urgent need for a bigger international response to support host countries, especially Jordan.

A report from the Washington Institute found that poverty is a root cause for violence and terrorism (File/AFP)
07:18 GMT

Is it time to make the most of the anti-IS sentiment across Lebanon? According to a recent report, around one percent of the country's Sunni population supports IS and it's not just terrorism that's to blame.

Kurds in Turkey celebrate as a convoy of peshmerga fighters cross at the Habur border along the Turkish-Iraqi border with heavy weapons on Oct. 29. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
06:51 GMT

The Kurdish regional government in Iraq has sent its forces to fight alongside the Kurdish groups in Kobani under a special arrangement with Turkey.

The US has donated up to $3 billion in humanitarian aid for displaced Syrians since March, 2011 (File/AFP)
06:01 GMT

US authorities said they would donate an additional $10 million in humanitarian aid through the UN for Syrian refugees.

The father of Jaffar Deghayes holds up a photo of his other son Abdullah, who was also killed fighting in Syria (Image: The Independent)
05:30 GMT

A 17-year-old British Muslim was killed fighting Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria five months after his brother joined the militant group al-Nusra Front and also died.