Syria

October 4, 2014

Photos of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared on the country's state media Twitter feed Saturday morning. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attended Eid al-Adha prayers on Saturday in a rare public appearance at a mosque in Damascus.

The U.S.-led coalition began targeting Islamic State locations across Iraq and Syria last month (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Eight air strikes hit the Tabqa military airport in the Raqqa province, which militant group the Islamic State took control of earlier this year.

October 3, 2014

Alan Henning was captured by militants while he was working as an aid worker in Syria, December 2013 (File/AFP)
23:17 GMT

British aid worker Alan Henning has been beheaded in the latest Islamic State propaganda video released late Friday, although it has not yet been independently verified.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said total victory over IS would be difficult to achieve, echoing Barack Obama's comments (File/AFP)
13:45 GMT

Australia is due to send fighter jets to bomb Islamic State targets in northern Iraq within days after the country's government approved military action alongside the U.S.-led coalition.

Turkey currently hosts nearly 1.5 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Thousands of Syrian Kurds continue to flee into Turkey.

Turkey currently hosts nearly 1.5 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Thousands of Syrian Kurds continue to flee into Turkey.

October 2, 2014

Turkey can now deploy its troops in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Turkey's parliament passed a motion Thursday approving a military response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The government bill calls for authorizing the Turkish army to launch operations against all threats, including IS terrorists, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and even Syrian troops. (AFP/File)
18:07 GMT

Turkey's parliament has begun discussing a motion that would authorize the government to launch a military strategy against the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

A Lebanese army convoy patrols the outskirts of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT

The Islamic State intends on seizing parts of northern Lebanon, according to Western diplomatic sources.

Kurdish people run away from tear gas as Turkish police and soldiers clash with protestors who support the Kobani city near the Syrian border in Suruc on September 29, 2014. [AFP]
09:17 GMT

ISIL fighters are reportedly preparing to wage an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, highlighting the ineffectiveness of U.S.-led airstrikes against them.

October 1, 2014

Syrian rescue workers carry the body of a man following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 1, 2014. [AFP]
15:52 GMT

Two car bomb explosions in Syria's Homs have claimed the lives of at least 18 people, mostly children, while leaving 40 others wounded.

IS militants are believed to have captured 60 Kurdish villages around the city of Kobane in northwest Syria (File/AFP)
12:23 GMT

Islamic State militants have made advances towards the Syria-Turkey border despite continuing air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the Islamic State allegations "dirty plots" (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denied allegations that his country supported the Islamic State after 49 hostages were freed from the city of Mosul.

While showing support to the fight against IS in Syria, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the U.S. plan to arm rebels supported "terrorist groups." (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

In his speech on Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Syria stands with any effort to push back the Islamic State, but criticized the U.S. plan to arm moderate rebels, calling them "terrorist groups."

September 30, 2014

The air strikes in Syria are now in their second week. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT

The U.S. carried out air strikes near Syria's border with Turkey overnight in an effort to halt an advance by Islamic State militants.