Syria

November 6, 2014

ISIL militants seized the gas fields last week. (AFP/File)
08:36 GMT

Soldiers of the Syrian army have recaptured two major gas fields and a gas company in the central province of Homs.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March of 2011. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Around 5.8 million Syrian refugees have taken shelter in neighboring countries since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011.

November 5, 2014

ISIL has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria and committed multiple human rights atrocities. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT

US military forces continued to attack the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with 14 combined airstrikes between the 3rd and 5th of November over Syria and Iraq.

It is unclear who carried out the attack on the school. (AFP/File)
15:18 GMT

At least eleven children have been killed in a mortar attack on a school Wednesday.

A total of 24 Jordanians have been referred to the State Security Court for alleged ISIL ties over the past two months.
08:04 GMT

The four men, whose ages range between 18 and 24, are said to be members of the hard-line Jihadi Salafist movement.

Syria's Alawites have paid the price for the ongoing conflict (File/AFP)
06:49 GMT

Syrian Alawites have paid the brunt for supporting the country's leader, Bashar al-Assad. Their villages razed, entire families executed by rebels or ISIL, but who remembers them?

November 4, 2014

William Hasmou Clinic (left), also known as Abu Abdullah al-Britani, was allegedly killed in an air strike carried out by Syria's army (Image: Twitter)
19:00 GMT

A British national, known as Abu Abdullah al-Britani has allegedly been killed close to the Syrian city of Deir ez-Sor in an air strike carried out by Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Thousands of Kurds from the Syrian border town of Kobani were forced to flee after ISIL militants attacked the area (File/AFP)
14:32 GMT

ISIL militants abused and tortured Kurdish children close the the Syrian border town of Kobani, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

These two young Austrian girls flew to Syria to join the Islamic State after being recruited online. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

The internet is a major recruiting tool for terrorist organizations like ISIL. Should the West or online giants like Google and Twitter do more to stop their propaganda?

The members of the closed-door session discussed military partnerships and addressing urgent humanitarian needs, among other topics. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

The US State Department announced late Monday that it held an Inaugural Plenary Meeting with 35 Washington-based ambassadors from partner countries to counter ISIL.

Photos released online purportedly show the Islamic State group’s flag hoisted over the Jahar gas field. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

ISIL fighters in Syria report that they have captured a second gas field in Syria.

November 3, 2014

The 23-year-old was sentenced to 22 months in jail for joining ISIL in Syria (File/AFP)
11:27 GMT

An Israeli court in Haifa jailed a 23-year-old man for 22 months after he joined ISIL in Syria, then came back to Israel after regretting his decision.

An explosion rocks Kobani on Nov. 2. (AFP)
09:02 GMT

Severe clashes broke out in Kobani after Iraqi peshmerga forces joined the battle against ISIL, Reuters reported.

November 2, 2014

Bomber aircraft conducted seven air strikes in Syria and two in Iraq. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

US military forces continued to bomb ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria on Saturday and Sunday.

The curving clays and sand soils of Iran’s salt desert,  Dasht-e Kavir, appear like swirls in fine lumber. Satellites can directly identify different minerals and recognize large geological structures and mineral deposits that are undetectable by ground-based surveys. Iran is one of the world’s most important mineral producers.
12:01 GMT

Middle East deserts as you've never seen them before - from orbit