Syria

January 16, 2015

The US and ally effort to train and equip Syrian moderate rebels is part of a larger campaign to push back advances by Daesh in Iraq and Syria, where so far US-led coalition forces have been carrying out airstrikes against the group since last September.  (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT

The US has announced plans to send 400 military trainers to hosting sites Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, a US Defense Department officer said Friday.

Islamist extremists took killed 17 people in Paris last week, including 12 journalists from the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

Hundreds of Muslims took the streets in northern and southern Lebanon Friday to protest the new cover of satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which depicts the Prophet Mohammad.

Syrian refugees have been hit hard with freezing winter temperatures in Lebanon, where inadequate housing has already resulted in several casualties. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT

Rama Tahran, a 50-year-old Syrian refugee living in a makeshift cap in Lebanon's eastern city of Baalbek, passed away Thursday after winter temperatures dipped below freezing.

January 15, 2015

The Syrian government has regained control of parts of Homs in May 2014, and it is likely al-Waar will also surrender to government forces. (AFP/File)
15:02 GMT

A ten-day truce has been agreed upon between Syrian rebels and the government in Waar, an area of Homs.

Seven airstrikes targeted the contested Syrian city of Kobani. (AFP/Getty Images/Taieb Mahjoub)
14:02 GMT

The Combined Joint Task Force announced it launched 11 attacks in Syria and another 11 attacks in Iraq on Wednesday.

Abu Anwar al-Canadi, a 23-year-old Canadian who appeared in a Daesh propaganda video last year condemning Canada's involvement in the US-led coalition airstrikes, is reportedly among five Canadians killing fighting with the militant group in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT

Canadian media reports the deaths of at least five Canadians fighting with Daesh in Syria in recent months, including a 23-year-old Ottawa man who appeared in a video condemning US-led coalition airstrikes months ago.

Turkey will sign a 'memorandum of understanding' with the US late-January, marking the first step toward the implementation of a train and equip program for moderate opposition forces in the war-torn Syria. (AFP/File)
08:46 GMT

The IS Syria envoy discussed joint Turkish-US plans to implement a train-and-equip program for Syrian rebels in recent Istanbul meetings, the Central Command said Wednesday.

During a visit, International Committee for the Red Cross President Peter Maurer met with Lebanon's PM Tammam Salam and discussed the prisoner crisis as well as Lebanon's controversial new visa policy for incoming Syrians. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

During a visit to Lebanon, a top official to the organization said the International Committee for the Red Cross could help in securing the release of Lebanese servicemen still held hostage from clashes in Lebanon's northeastern border town of Arsal through a prisoner exchange.

In August 2014 the UN reported over 191,000 deaths in Syria since the start of the conflict, making al-Assad an expert on the senseless murder of civilians. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
05:00 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shared his expert opinion on senseless murders, blaming Europe's governments for the terrorist attacks in Paris.

January 14, 2015

The killers of al-Nusra denied the woman's final wish to see her children before she was executed. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT

Al-Nusra Front executed a woman charged of adultery near the city of Idlib in Syria.

January 13, 2015

A screen shot of a Daesh propaganda video shot last March shows militants riding on tanks through the northern Syrian city of Homs, experts say the use of children in the most recent videos reflects a drastic change in direction. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

A video by the militant group in Iraq and Syria purports to show a young boy, thought to be around 10 or 11 years old, shooting dead two men they call

At least 27 Syrian have died due to the freezing weather, according to the Syrian National Coalition. (AFP/File)
13:21 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition was heavily criticized over the rising number of deaths due to harsh winter conditions in the country.

Coalition forces bombed 27 positions across Iraq and Syria, according to a US official. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

US officials confirmed 27 airstrikes were carried out across Iraq and Syria, killing three civilians in Deir al-Zor and wounding three others.

January 12, 2015

Fahed Najjar alive and kicking here! (Image: The Daily Star)
10:49 GMT

Everyone was convinced he was dead last month, but now a source reveals that Syrian actor Fahed Al Najjar was seen recently in a Damascus cafe? What the...

The Shin Bet warned Arab Israelis of the dangers of travelling to Syria, insisting they will be subject to capture and torture by Assad's security forces like Mr. Nasrallah. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
10:44 GMT

Yousef Yaakub Nasrallah, age 20, was arrested at the Jordan River Crossing and subsequently tortured throughout numerous interrogations upon attempting to return home to Israel after traveling to Syria via Jordan in April 2014.