Syria

January 19, 2015

The recapture of the hilltop is seen as significant progress for Kurdish fighters battling Daesh. (Photo: AFP/Bulent Kilic)
14:19 GMT

Kurdish fighters have managed to recapture a strategic hilltop from Daesh in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Lebanese troops stand at a checkpoint in the border town of Arsal, August 9, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT

Up to 700 moderate rebels allegedly pledged allegiance to Daesh along Syria's border with Lebanon where the militant group is gearing up to launch further attacks.

The plane crashed into electrical power-lines while attempting to land. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

The military cargo plane crashed in Idlib while trying to land at Abu al-Duhur military airport due to heavy fog, resulting in 35 soldier deaths.

January 18, 2015

Syria said last month that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon. (AFP/Jack Guez)
17:14 GMT

Israeli helicopters fired two missiles into the Syria's Golan Height, killing nine including Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Hezbollah's slain top military commander Imad Mughniyeh.

The Israel Defense Forces have not confirmed the attack. (AFP/Getty/Jack Guez)
14:52 GMT

Two missiles allegedly struck Syrian Golan Heights.

Arizona state Senator John McCain has urged for more US military action in Syria during the conflict's long life span, and arrived in Saudi Arabia this week to discuss the US's upcoming train and equip program for moderate Syrian rebels. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT

With a US-led train and equip program for moderate Syrian forces on the horizon in March, US Senator John McCain led a delegation of US senators to Saudi Arabia to discuss the plan's progress.

The King's College radicalization studies' center said the women have appeared across social media asking other British women who cannot come to Syria to 'carry out something at home.' (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

British-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization has identified about 30 British female Daesh members as emerging threats as they encourage other female Muslims to carry out attacks in the UK on social media.

The Moroccan government believes nearly 2,000 Moroccans have fought in Syria or Iraq for Daesh or other militant organizations. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The Moroccan police dismantled a terrorist cell and arrested its eight members. The cell recruited Moroccans to fight for Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

January 17, 2015

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the training program is set to begin in March, giving some groups the opportunity to travel back to Syria to fight before the year's end. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Troops from US Special Forces will be among some 400 military trainers traveling to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, the Pentagon said Friday.

January 16, 2015

The US and ally effort to train and equip Syrian moderate rebels is part of a larger campaign to push back advances by Daesh in Iraq and Syria, where so far US-led coalition forces have been carrying out airstrikes against the group since last September.  (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT

The US has announced plans to send 400 military trainers to hosting sites Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, a US Defense Department officer said Friday.

Islamist extremists took killed 17 people in Paris last week, including 12 journalists from the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

Hundreds of Muslims took the streets in northern and southern Lebanon Friday to protest the new cover of satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which depicts the Prophet Mohammad.

Syrian refugees have been hit hard with freezing winter temperatures in Lebanon, where inadequate housing has already resulted in several casualties. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT

Rama Tahran, a 50-year-old Syrian refugee living in a makeshift cap in Lebanon's eastern city of Baalbek, passed away Thursday after winter temperatures dipped below freezing.

January 15, 2015

The Syrian government has regained control of parts of Homs in May 2014, and it is likely al-Waar will also surrender to government forces. (AFP/File)
15:02 GMT

A ten-day truce has been agreed upon between Syrian rebels and the government in Waar, an area of Homs.

Seven airstrikes targeted the contested Syrian city of Kobani. (AFP/Getty Images/Taieb Mahjoub)
14:02 GMT

The Combined Joint Task Force announced it launched 11 attacks in Syria and another 11 attacks in Iraq on Wednesday.

Abu Anwar al-Canadi, a 23-year-old Canadian who appeared in a Daesh propaganda video last year condemning Canada's involvement in the US-led coalition airstrikes, is reportedly among five Canadians killing fighting with the militant group in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT

Canadian media reports the deaths of at least five Canadians fighting with Daesh in Syria in recent months, including a 23-year-old Ottawa man who appeared in a video condemning US-led coalition airstrikes months ago.