Syria

November 17, 2014

[Kassig family handout/AFP]
13:45 GMT

France confirms likelihood of a French citizen appearing in Sunday's ISIS' beheading video, hours after British citizen identifies son in same video.

Kurdish chief of staff, Fuad Hussein, said he believes the number of ISIL militants is "seven or eight times bigger than" foreign estimates, especially that of the CIA. (AFP/File)
13:12 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani's chief of staff said Sunday international numbers drastically underestimate the number of ISIL fighters in Syria and Iraq, which he believes has reached 200,000.

The group of veiled women are affiliated with ISIL in northern Lebanon, according to a local newspaper. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT

A group of "veiled females" linked to ISIL are allegedly recruiting girls to adopt extremist ideologies in northern Lebanon.

A screenshot from an ISIL propaganda video shows the Syrian men lined up prior to being beheaded, November 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT

ISIL extremists beheaded 18 Syrian hostages along with American aid worker Peter Kassig in a propaganda video Sunday.

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

President Barack Obama on Sunday confirmed the death of American hostage Peter Kassig, saying the aid worker was killed "in an act of pure evil" by Islamic State militants.

November 16, 2014

Jihadi John was also responsible for the murder of British aid worker Alan Henning. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT

Jihadi John, the Briton who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the Foreign Office.

Don't fret, George and Nada are in a totes good place right now! (Image: Albawaba edit)
11:34 GMT

A new rumor has it that George Wassouf and Nada Zeidan are still married!

Peter Kassig, in a photo released by his family.
10:17 GMT

Kassig, who had converted to Islam, is thought to be the fifth Western hostage murdered in ISIL's brutal media campaign.

November 14, 2014

The border town of Arsal has been the site of fierce clashes between militants and the Lebanese army in recent months, sparking high tensions between Syrians refugees and Lebanese host communities. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT

A bomb hit a Lebanese military vehicle Friday in the outskirts of Arsal's northeast region, according to a security source, wounding two soldiers.

According to AP sources, the meeting took place in a farmhouse near Aleppo around midnight on Nov. 2 and included leaders from Nusra Front and ISIL. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT

According the AP sources in Syria, al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Nusra Front and ISIL have agreed to stop fighting one another after a meeting of each groups' top leaders near Aleppo last week.

November 13, 2014

“Syrians will be given work permits in a coherent manner so that no harm is inflicted on the local system in Turkey.
15:39 GMT

The Turkish government is preparing to grant temporary IDs and work permits, among other privileges, to around 1.7 million Syrian refugees.

Air strikes continue to rock many Syrian neighborhoods. (AFP/File)
14:06 GMT

In further signs of the military chaos in Syria, new videos on social media sites show intense fighting across the country.

Roughly 3.3 million civilians have fled ongoing violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

Two international aid agencies have criticized the US and EU for not accepting enough Syrian refugees fleeing conflict.

Military advisors from over 30 nations will discuss developments against ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
05:38 GMT

America's military will hold a planning conference with 30 other nations Thursday to discuss defeating ISIL militants.

Kurdish fighters continue to battle ISIL militants in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani. (AFP/File)
05:26 GMT

Kurdish forces cut off a key route used by ISIL militants to resupply their ranks in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, according to a local official.