Syria

October 29, 2014

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.

October 28, 2014

Fighting ended between Lebanon's army and militants in the port city of Tripoli where over 42 people were killed (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Lebanon's army arrested 83 suspected militants during a widespread clampdown in northern Lebanon Tuesday after 42 people were killed during clashes in Tripoli.

Lebanon is now home to over 1.5 million Syrian refugees fleeing the neighboring conflict (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Lebanon's Prime Minister Tamman Salam on Tuesday called on the international community to fund the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country.

Assad's regime continues to battle multiple insurgent groups inside Syria. (AFP/File)
09:53 GMT

Syrian military forces have repelled an offensive by al-Qaeda-linked militants against the northwestern city of Idlib

John Cantlie has been featured in multiple IS propaganda videos. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)
08:23 GMT

IS militants have released a new video with British hostage John Cantlie.

Millions of Syrians have fled the raging violence in their country. (AFP/File)
08:10 GMT

Children in refugee camps in Lebanon are often forced to work for incredibly low wages to help their impoverished families.

The Syrian-Turkish border town has been the scene of fierce battles between Kurdish groups and IS since mid-September. (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish fighters are waiting on a green light from Turkey to enter into Kobani and fight IS militants.

October 27, 2014

Mayada Al Hinawi is standing strong for Syria
18:29 GMT

Sorry, "Mazzika", Mayada isn't moving out of her unstable homeland for man or music.

Nesreen Tafesh is on the lookout for her missing family members in "Darine".
16:21 GMT

Ramadan 2015 will bring the Syrian drama "Darine" to our screens where Nesreen Tafesh will portray a woman shocked to discover her family is missing from Damascus.

Idlib has been controlled by Assad's forces for over a year. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

Militants associated with al-Qaeda stormed a government building in Idlib Monday.