Syria

July 19, 2014

LAF forces in Arsal. (AFP)
07:59 GMT

Residents of the northeastern town of Arsal are growing increasingly worried about their safety as a battle between Hezbollah and members of the Syrian opposition edges ever closer to the town.

July 17, 2014

Kurds in Syria declared their own autonomous region in November 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Kurds in Syria are now requiring that all of their men serve in their armed forces in the self-declared autonomous region's attempt to fight off jihadist insurgents.

ISIS controls oil fields in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor as well (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

The Jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized a major gas field in Syria Thursday, leaving at least 23 people dead in the process.

Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:54 GMT

Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.

Duraid is currently appearing in the traditional Syrian drama "Bawabet Al Reeh" (Gate of the Wind). (Image: Facebook)
12:29 GMT

Duraid Lahham is making special guest appearance on the TV drama "Dobbu El Shanati" (Pack up your Suitcases).

The Islamic State has experienced many successes in Iraq in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT

The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry on the so-called swearing-in ceremony of Syrian regime's President Bashar Assad” (AFP/ File).
08:12 GMT

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea ridiculed Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday following Assad's swearing-in ceremony as president.

July 16, 2014

De Mistura previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Syria's newly appointed UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura will meet with the Security Council Friday in the latest effort to end the ongoing conflict.

Approximately 300,000 refugees in Turkey live in the country's border camps (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Turkey may force Syrian refugees to leave the country's city centers in Ankara's latest move to "deal" with the influx of refugees in the country.

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was officially sworn in for a third term in office Wednesday despite highly disputed polls (SANA/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least four people were killed and 22 wounded from an attack on Syria's capital following the inauguration ceremony of President Bashar Al Assad Wednesday.

President Assad was re-elected on June 3 in an election that was widely disputed by the international community. (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term.

Libyan officials expressed fear that militants could try to take over the country's capital, Tripoli (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT

Libyan militants in Iraq and Syria are returning back home to fight a breakaway militia group led by rogue ex-general, Khalifa Haftar, security officials say.

ISIL militants are believed to have killed a leader of rival group, al-Nusra Front in the east of Syria (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Rival militant groups continued to clash in Dayr al-Zawr, eastern Syria on Tuesday. ISIL fighters pushed out al-Nusra Front members, along with other armed groups.

The location of the ceremony has not yet been announced for security reasons, said AFP's source close to the regime (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad will be sworn in for his new seven-year term today.

July 15, 2014

Kurds have been fighting ISIS in both Iraq and Syria for months (File Archive)
14:33 GMT

Hundreds of Kurds from Turkey are heading en masse to northern Syria to help their counterparts fight against jihadists.