Syria

October 21, 2014

Kurds have a tangled, shifting web of alliances and enemies, from the Americans and Assad, to IS and Turkey. Last week, Turkey attacked PKK positions in the southeast for the first time since a 2013 peace deal ended a 30-year conflict between the Turkish government and PKK rebels. Could the winds change again?
11:04 GMT

10 things to know about the Kurds, the PKK, and the struggle that's bigger than Kobani.

Chomsky believes an alternative to U.S. airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria would be appealing to the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on the rise of the Islamic State, the most recent Gaza offensive, and US policy in the region.

Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.

A woman watches smoke rise in the Syrian border town of Kobani following a US air strike, October 13, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:25 GMT

Clashes between Kurdish fighters and the Islamic State continued in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani late Monday.

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 20, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu referred to Turkey's ‘solution process’, an effort launched early last year by the Turkish government to secure an end to the decades-long conflict with the outlawed Kurdish separatist terror group, the PKK (AFP/File Archive).
16:00 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has characterized the Kurdish solution process as "national, domestic and unique. As it is a product of the sons of this land, it must be protected against external influences."

Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since they began taking over large areas of Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Turkey announced Monday that it is now helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border with Syria.

A Kurdish boy and his father watch the fighting in Kobani from across the Turkish border on Oct. 19. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:31 GMT

In a tactical shift, the United States has started dropping small arms and supplies to Kobani's besieged defenders.

Kurdish forces have been battling IS militants in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT

IS casualties are piling up as the battle for Kobani rages on.

Syria has been experiencing a brutal civil war since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

A car bomb in Damascus killed two men and injured a Syrian opposition commander Sunday night.

Thousands of Syrians have fled the town of Kobani due to ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The UN estimates that there are currently 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

October 19, 2014

Some sources claim that over 1,000 Jordanians are currently fighting alongside IS in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT

Hard-line Jordanian Salafists Omar Mahdi Zeidan and Saad Hneity have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria.

Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State extremists in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT

Kurdish forces reportedly recaptured parts of Kobani, the strategically important Syrian border town, over the weekend.

Four banks were also listed as being owned or controlled by the Syrian government and sanctioned.
12:08 GMT

he United States blacklisted Lebanese company DK Group for arranging to ship Syrian pound banknotes from Russia to the Syrian central bank, an allegation strongly denied by the company’s general manager.

An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT

Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.