Syria

January 25, 2015

The rocket and mortar attacks on central Damascus were in retaliation for air raids carried about by the Syrian regime. (Photo: AFP File/SANAA)
15:25 GMT

Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.

The group's leader, Zahran Alloush, demanded that the Syrian government stop their offensive in Ghouta or else the militant group will retaliate. (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT

A militant commander in Syria has threatened Damascus that terrorists may hit the capital by Katyusha rockets.

The US-led air campaign, which Washington claims aims to degrade Daesh's military capability, remains the subject of debate, with critics pointing to Daesh’s advances and battlefield successes despite the raids.(AFP/DOD /Jonathan Synder)
08:39 GMT

Since the start of the US-led airstrikes against Daesh, only one percent of the supposed "caliphate" has been reclaimed.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga answers questions during a press conference after Daesh released a nearly three-minute recording showing a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding an apparent photograph of Haruna Yukawa's slain body. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
07:43 GMT

Japan's government ministers held emergency meeting in response to the recently released Daesh video.

Al-Rishawi planned to wear a suicide bomb alongside her husband at a wedding reception in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman in 2005. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Daesh reportedly demanded the release of an Iraqi woman detained in Jordan in exchange for a Japanese hostage they have captured.

In it's fifth year, the Syrian conflict has so far resulted in an exodus of 3.8 million Syrians into Jordan and Iraq, while another 7.6 have been internally displaced. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Activist network Syrian Network for Human Rights reported in a statement that at least 92 people across Syria were killed in government airstrikes on Friday.

January 24, 2015

While the video has not yet been verified by officials, experts have noted the original video, which demanded $200 million ransom on a 72-hour deadline, varies considerably from previous Daesh videos. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT

In an unverified video released Saturday afternoon, Daesh militants claim to have killed the first of two Japanese hostages after the passing of a 72-hour deadline to receive a $200 million ransom, and issues new demands for the release of the second hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.

The violence is the latest in a slew of clashes in Lebanon's restive Bekaa Valley area, where militants spill over from Syria and encounter the Lebanese army frequently. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT

Ongoing clashes between the Lebanese army and Syrian al-Qaeda-affiliate Nusra Front have reportedly left casualties on both sides, with two Lebanese soldiers dead, four wounded and five missing completely in the restive Lebanese border town of Ras Baalbek.

The news follows an international address by UN Security General Ban Ki-moon Friday, in which the UN leader stressed the deteriorating state of some 7.6 internally displaced people in Syria, and another 3.8 million who have be forced to flee. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

British-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday an air attack by the Syrian government in the city of Ghouta, outside Damascus, has killed over 40 people, many of the women and children.

January 23, 2015

Lebanon has witnessed increased violence recently that is seen as a spillover from the Syria conflict. (Photo: AFP/Zac Baillie)
11:39 GMT

Daesh militants have reportedly clashed with the Free Syrian Army in eastern Lebanon, which has been suffering from a spillover of the Syria crisis.

In additional comments, Hammond stressed that any ground activity to combat the group would be done by a reconstructed Iraqi army, and British ground troops would not be involved. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

As Europe remains tense after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, British Foreign Secretary Philiip Hammond said he believed the greatest threat to British soil was a Daesh attack by sympathizers living in the UK.

January 22, 2015

The US announced a train and equip program for moderate Syrian rebels in the northern and southern fronts of war-torn Syria, which is set to launch in March. (AFP/File)
18:05 GMT

Syrian opposition umbrella group Syrian National Coalition (SNC) received $6 million from the US, marking the first direct financial aid from Washington to reach the group.

A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter. (AFP/Khaled Khatib)
12:54 GMT

The Syrian government reportedly dropped barrel bombs in Homs killing 13, including two children.

Onlookers watch a large TV screen in Tokyo showing reports about two Japanese nationals who were kidnapped by Daesh. (January 20, 2015)
11:14 GMT

Japan's government made last attempts to free two hostages being held by Daesh militants in Syria as the three-day ultimatum given by the group entered day two.

Syrian opposition members attend a conference to discuss the forthcoming Moscow meeting, in Damascus, on January 19, 2015. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
10:12 GMT

Syria's opposition interim government received $6 million from the US government for implementing development and relief projects in areas liberated by the "moderate Syrian opposition".