Syria

January 27, 2015

The video comes just days after protests on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolution left at least 18 mainly-peaceful demonstrators dead across the country when security forces fired into the crowd. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, who recently pledged allegiance to Daesh and renamed itself "Sinai Province," released a video on Monday depicting what they said were images of Egyptian security forces mistreating Muslim female protesters, followed by footage of captured police captain Ayman El-Desouki's kidnapping and execution at the hands of the group.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad criticized some of the opposition participants as "puppets" of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, or the West. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Despite low expectations, Syrian opposition figures began peace talks in Moscow on Monday. A government official may join later in the week.

January 26, 2015

Earlier today it was announced that the Kurdish forces have reclaimed much of the contested city of Kobani. (AFP/US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
13:08 GMT

Of the 34 air-strikes, 21 were launched in Syria and 13 in Iraq, focusing on the cities of Kobani, Mosul, Tal Afar, and Falluja.

Kurdish people look at the Syrian town of Kobani from the Turkish side of the border. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
11:50 GMT

AFP announces the Kurdish forces have reclaimed the border town of Kobani from Daesh.

Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a meeting at the Royal Palace on January 18, 2015 in Amman. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
11:35 GMT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intent to release Goto "by seeking cooperation with other countries," according to Kyodo News.

Syrian Kurdish children sit outside tents in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, in the province of Sanliurfa. (AFP/Getty Images/Aris Messinis)
10:03 GMT

Turkey opened its largest refugee camp, which at maximum capacity will host 35,000 Syrians, many of whom are fleeing the violence in Kobani.

Angelina Jolie speaks of the refugee crisis in Iraq and Syria on behalf of the UNHCR. (Image: AFP)
10:02 GMT

She's been in Iraq five times over the past eight years, and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie says this is the worst she's ever seen in the refugee camps.

Abbas is fully supportive of his son's acting career and has invited him to act alongside him in two projects. (Image: Facebook)
09:04 GMT

When your father is a famous actor like Abbas al Nouri, why not become one too!

January 25, 2015

One of the Japanese hostages is reportedly still alive.
20:10 GMT

Daesh radio confirmed on Sunday that its terrorists have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death, according to AFP.

The rocket and mortar attacks on central Damascus were in retaliation for air raids carried about by the Syrian regime. (Photo: AFP File/SANAA)
15:25 GMT

Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.

The group's leader, Zahran Alloush, demanded that the Syrian government stop their offensive in Ghouta or else the militant group will retaliate. (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT

A militant commander in Syria has threatened Damascus that terrorists may hit the capital by Katyusha rockets.

The US-led air campaign, which Washington claims aims to degrade Daesh's military capability, remains the subject of debate, with critics pointing to Daesh’s advances and battlefield successes despite the raids.(AFP/DOD /Jonathan Synder)
08:39 GMT

Since the start of the US-led airstrikes against Daesh, only one percent of the supposed "caliphate" has been reclaimed.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga answers questions during a press conference after Daesh released a nearly three-minute recording showing a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding an apparent photograph of Haruna Yukawa's slain body. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
07:43 GMT

Japan's government ministers held emergency meeting in response to the recently released Daesh video.

Al-Rishawi planned to wear a suicide bomb alongside her husband at a wedding reception in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman in 2005. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Daesh reportedly demanded the release of an Iraqi woman detained in Jordan in exchange for a Japanese hostage they have captured.

In it's fifth year, the Syrian conflict has so far resulted in an exodus of 3.8 million Syrians into Jordan and Iraq, while another 7.6 have been internally displaced. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Activist network Syrian Network for Human Rights reported in a statement that at least 92 people across Syria were killed in government airstrikes on Friday.