Syria

December 10, 2014

ISIL militants prepare to execute Syrian civilians in the northern Syrian city.of Raqqa. Rights groups say the group has killed 1,432 Syrians outside of battle since their lighting offensive in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT

Postings from a militant website and rights groups on the ground said ISIL carried out two executions in northern Syria, beheading a man they accused of blasphemy and stoned another to death for being gay.

Syrian refugees look on from their tent at a camp in southern Turkey. more than 3.2 million Syrians have taken refuge in the war-torn nation's neighboring countries since March 2011. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The UN refugee agency said Tuesday countries have vowed to double the number of Syrian refugees they originally agreed to resettle after a high-level pledging conference in Geneva.

At a press conference Tuesday, Zarif underlined the necessity for regional cooperation with Iraq and Syria to succeed in countering terrorism and extremism. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Foreign ministers from Iraq, Iran and Syria met Tuesday in Tehran on the sidelines of the World Against Violence and Extremism conference.

December 9, 2014

The UN raised more than $80 million after launching a 72-hour campaign to raise funds for food. (AFP/File)
14:39 GMT

The United Nation's food agency has said it is resuming food assistance to Syrian refugees after having suspended aid to 1.7 million displaced people last week due to a lack of funds.

A Syrian refugee sits outside his tent in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, March 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

Lebanon is now home to over one million Syrian refugees. Between clashes in the bordering Bekaa Valley and Syria, refugee tents being set alight and ongoing tension, it is not a good idea to start playing the blame game.

Israeli authorities have so far denied claims of carrying out air strikes in Damascus over the weekend. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT

Israeli air strikes in Damascus allegedly killed two Hezbollah fighters, according to Al Arabiya news Monday.

The UK has only resettled a mere 90 Syrian refugees so far. (AFP/File)
05:29 GMT

Wealthier states have been urged by humanitarian groups to resettle five percent of Syrian refugees by the end of 2015 ahead of a donor conference Tuesday.

December 8, 2014

The countryside of Idlib has witnessed several assaults from the al-Nusra Front against the Free Syrian Army. (AFP/File)
20:23 GMT

Around 150 fighters belonging to the Free Syrian Army have been detained by the al-Nusra Front in Syria’s Idlib province.

The British-born father and his three sons were accused by the UK Foreign Office of having links to Al Qaeda. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

A British father along with his three sons were stripped of their citizenship for allegedly having ties to Al Qaeda in Syria and Pakistan.

The set for "Songs of My Homeland" film about the Islamic State and romance.
09:11 GMT

The trauma of a kidnapping by ISIL contrasts with the romantic tale of two lovers in the Syrian town of Rablah is told on screen via Iranian director Abbas Rafei's new film "Songs of My Homeland".

Israeli warplanes struck two sites in Damascus Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT

Syria's Foreign Ministry called on the UN to impose sanctions against Israel Sunday after Tel Aviv bombed two sites in Damascus.

Security was tightened along the border with Lebanon after Israeli warplanes bombed Damascus on Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT

Israel tightened security along the border with Lebanon over fears of clashes after the Jewish state bombed Syria a day earlier.

Once a bustling fishing hub in the Gulf, the village of Al-Arish lies just off Qatar’s northern coast. It was abandoned in the 1970s as inhabitants packed up in search of more prolific urban areas, leaving crumbling infrastructure you can still check out today.
07:15 GMT

Ghost towns around the Middle East show a history, and present, marked by massive change.

Over 100 ISIL militants have been killed since they attempted to take a military airport in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor. (AFP/File)
06:33 GMT

The Syrian army repelled an attack by ISIL militants on a key military airport in Deir al-Zor, a London-based human rights organization said.

Around 7.2 million Syrians have been internally displaced by the war, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
05:26 GMT

The UN warned of dangerous consequences if urgent humanitarian assistance wasn't provided to over 180,000 Syrian refugees.