Syria

January 4, 2015

Hezbollah fighters and the Syrian military took Flita last year after bloody clashes with rebels. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Four Hezbollah fighters and five Syrian army soldiers were killed when fierce clashes broke out with militants in the Syrian border village of Flita.

Former Prime Minister Omar Karami died Thursday due to complications from a long illness at the age of 80. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad joined other Arab leaders Saturday and called the family of Lebanon's recently deceased former Prime Minister Omar Karami, who passed away earlier this week, to offer his condolences.

January 3, 2015

The Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot was captured by Daesh militants after his fighter jet was downed in the northern Syrian city and Daesh capital of Raqqa. (AFP/File)
19:27 GMT

After a US-led coalition rescue mission reportedly twice failed to free Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh from Daesh militants Friday, unconfirmed reports of the pilot's execution emerge on Arabic media.

Nusra has proportedly  said protesting was acceptable. (AFP/File)
10:16 GMT

Nusra Front claims it overran #hezbollah posts, which civilians claim they are not in support of, yet also not in support of Nursra.

January 2, 2015

Muath al-Kasasbeh, 26, was captured by Daesh militants when his fighter jet crashed in Syria last week. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Two rescue missions to save the captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh from Daesh ended in failure after a series of US air raids in Raqqa.

Lebanon is currently home to over 1.2 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Lebanese authorities have implemented strict entry restrictions for Syrian nationals entering the country in an attempt to curb the rising number of refugees in the country.

Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21 are believed to have been kidnapped while travelling in Syria. (Image: Screenshot)
09:53 GMT

Militants have released a video of two young Italian women who were allegedly kidnapped while travelling in Syria.

2014 was one of the deadliest and most destructive years in recent Syrian and Iraqi history. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT

The death toll in Syria passed 76,000 in 2014, while Iraq's was over 15,000. These figures are double those of 2013.

January 1, 2015

'I like to be with you on this occasion,' Assad told the Syrian troops in Jobar. (AFP/File)
15:57 GMT

Assad spent New Year's Eve with Syrian soldiers stationed east of Damascus.

A Kurdish man watches a fighter jet fly over Kobani from Turkey, October 19, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT

Kurdish troops took around 70 percent of Kobani back from Daesh militants according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rouwaida Attieh has some music up her sleeve for us.
08:00 GMT

She's done the filming, and now we just have to wait to see the Syrian singer's finished product.

December 31, 2014

Syrians on religious visas will be able to stay in Saudi Arabia under a new policy.
20:30 GMT

The new decision comes after the Ministry of Interior exempted Syrian workers in violation of the residency or labor regulations from deportation during inspection campaigns.

Dozens of Lebanese soldiers were captured by Daesh in August after army troops clashed with militants in Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT

Daesh threatened to kill 25 Lebanese soldiers unless Beirut released the militant group leader's ex-wife who was arrested in December.

While the text did not receive the required 9 positive votes to pass, the U.S. veto would have made it fail regardless. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

With negative votes from both the U.S. and Australia, the Palestinian UN resolution that would pave the way to an independent state has failed in a UN Security Council vote.

December 30, 2014

Frustrated family members of the hostages say some of the new demands will be impossible to meet, such as the weapons-free zone, which would prevent the army from entering restive Arsal. (AFP/FIle)
16:44 GMT

In renewed negotiations with the militant group, mediator Sheikh Wissam al-Masri said Daesh presented three new demands for the release of the 25 Lebanese servicemen hostages, including the release of all female Muslim detainees in Lebanese prisons, a weapons-free zone for Arsal, and the creation of a civilian hospital to aid refugees.