Syria

January 22, 2015

The US announced a train and equip program for moderate Syrian rebels in the northern and southern fronts of war-torn Syria, which is set to launch in March. (AFP/File)
18:05 GMT

Syrian opposition umbrella group Syrian National Coalition (SNC) received $6 million from the US, marking the first direct financial aid from Washington to reach the group.

A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter. (AFP/Khaled Khatib)
12:54 GMT

The Syrian government reportedly dropped barrel bombs in Homs killing 13, including two children.

Onlookers watch a large TV screen in Tokyo showing reports about two Japanese nationals who were kidnapped by Daesh. (January 20, 2015)
11:14 GMT

Japan's government made last attempts to free two hostages being held by Daesh militants in Syria as the three-day ultimatum given by the group entered day two.

Syrian opposition members attend a conference to discuss the forthcoming Moscow meeting, in Damascus, on January 19, 2015. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
10:12 GMT

Syria's opposition interim government received $6 million from the US government for implementing development and relief projects in areas liberated by the "moderate Syrian opposition".

Hashim Safieddin (C), head of Hezbollah's political bureau, arrives to attend the funeral of Hezbollah military leader Mohammed Issa, a senior commander responsible for Hezbollah operations in Syria and Iraq, one of the six Hezbollah fighters killed in an Israeli strike near Quneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights, in the southern Lebanese village of Arab Salim. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
08:00 GMT

The Israeli airstrikes on Golan Heights has ushered in a new phase of strategic resistance by Syria and Hezbollah; but who will lead, what will retaliation look like, and how will the conflict escalate?

Several leaders from the militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan pledged allegiance to Daesh last year. (AFP/File)
07:01 GMT

Pakistani security forces arrested an ISIL militant and two accomplices in the city of Lahore. According to a senior security official, the Syrian man was setting up terrorist networks in the country.

January 21, 2015

Government forces regained control of parts of Homs in May 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
13:39 GMT

The bomb was detonated in a majority Alawite neighborhood of Homs.

The airstrikes are believed to have struck a cattle market in northern Syria. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

Airstrikes carried out by the Syrian government Tuesday killed at least 39 people including many civilians in the north of the country.

January 20, 2015

UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights say they saw the Israeli drones fly over the ceasefire line before the airstrike. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT

An unnamed Israeli security source said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard general, who was killed in an Israeli strike on a Hezbollah post in Syria, was not an intended target.

While Canadian officials declined to specify where the attack took place, the incident is the first recorded clash between Daesh and Western forces in Iraq. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT

In the first confirmed clash between Western forces and Daesh militants, Canadian special forces say they exchanged fire with insurgents in Iraq last week.

While several members of the Shiite militant group were contacted following the attack, most refused to comment on both the attack itself and possible retaliation. (AFP/File)
12:49 GMT

As thousands of Hezbollah supporters call for revenge in Beirut, Hezbollah has so far remained silent on retaliation plans for an Israeli strike on an Israeli air strike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria's Qunaitra Sunday.

Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade take part in a military training exercise in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria. (AFP/Jack Guez)
11:14 GMT

The collaborative "resistant society" aimed to prevent Israel from normalizing relations with locals, following Israeli airstrikes earlier this week which killed numerous Hezbollah members and Iranians.

Lebanese soldiers stand in the border town of Arsal, which was overrun by Daesh and Nusra Front militants last year. (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT

A Lebanese man was kidnapped by Daesh militants in the border town of Arsal Tuesday, according to local media reports.

A screenshot shows the Daesh militant standing between two Japanese hostages. (Image: NBC)
08:06 GMT

Daesh militants threatened to execute two Japanese hostages in a new propaganda video released Tuesday.

“In a way I feel guilty and I’ve gone over it in my mind many times of all the things that I could have done to avoid it from happening. But as a parent I feel like I’ve been a victim of this, rather someone to blame," said the young Jihadi's mother. (AFP/Getty/Al-Hayat Media Centre)
07:19 GMT

A mother who traveled to Turkey to bring her son home expresses fear and frustration at a lack of support for radicalized former fighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.