Syria

September 16, 2014

There are currently 1.6 million refugees in Lebanon, with 1.2 million registered with the UNHCR (File/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Lebanon will need up to $1 billion to cope with the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country, according to a government official.

Lebanon's army will internally prepare for an renewed assault in the border town of Arsal, after clashes last month (File/AFP)
08:17 GMT

Lebanon will increase security along the border with Syria as part of a global contribution against Islamic State militants, according to an analyst.

Alan Henning has been held by IS militants since he was captured in December 2013 while delivering aid in Syria (File/AFP)
06:53 GMT

Al-Qaeda allegedly appealed for Islamic State militants to release British aid worker Alan Henning because "he was an innocent aid worker," it has been revealed.

A wounded Syrian child awaits treatment at a makeshift hospital after all of her family was killed in Douma, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:35 GMT

The UNHCR has urged the international community to recognize the rights of millions of undocumented and stateless people.

September 15, 2014

The so-called "Jihadi John" has been featured in Islamic State propaganda videos of beheadings (Image: Screenshot)
12:03 GMT

British security services have reportedly identified the Islamic State militant "Jihadi John", who beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines.

Security has been tight since Syria's three-year civil war spilled over to Lebanon (File/AFP)
11:14 GMT

Lebanese authorities have rejected suggestions to collaborate with the Syrian regime to combat Islamic State militants.

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 11, 2014. [AFP]
08:48 GMT

US President Barack Obama has threatened to wipe out Syria’s air defense system and topple the Syrian government if President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to shoot American planes entering Syrian airspace.

Alan Henning (pictured), is being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
07:20 GMT

Concern is mounting for the safety of a second British hostage being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded aid worker, David Haines.

September 14, 2014

The figures also include 230 French citizens who intend on joining the Islamic State (File/HO/AFP)
13:04 GMT

Up to 930 French citizens are believed to have ties to the Islamic State according to the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

U.S. Secretary John Kerry meets with Sisi in the presidential palace, September 13, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:43 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said the international coalition needs to combat all terrorist groups, not only IS, during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Up to 500 Britons are believed to be fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Image: Screenshot)
12:06 GMT

Leading groups have called on David Cameron to rename the Islamic State in order to halt the radicalisation of British Muslims. Does the "un-Islamic State" sound better?

The destruction of Syria as seen in a screenshot from Bassem's music video on YouTube.
06:54 GMT

Syrian-American artist Bassem Rashidi says his piece about violence in the war-torn country of Syria through his voice and video talents.

The Islamic State now controls large swathes of Syria's northern territory (Image: Screenshot)
06:37 GMT

Islamic State militants destroyed dozens of Sufi shrines in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, according to a British-based human rights group.

Mr Haines had been working with an NGO in Syria when abducted in March 2013 (File/AFP)
06:20 GMT

IS released a video showing the alleged beheading of captured aid worker David Haines. British Prime Minister David Cameron described the murder as "pure evil".

September 13, 2014

IS militants in a Damascus suburb signed a non-agression truce with several armed opposition groups deemed as moderates, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT

Days after U.S. President Obama unveiled a plan to battle IS that consisted of the U.S. arming moderate Syrian rebels, several groups of presumably moderate opposition groups have reportedly signed a non-aggression truce with militants from the Islamic State in a Damascus suburb.