Syria

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.

Meetings are due to take place in late January between Assad's government and Syrian opposition groups. (AFP/File)
14:47 GMT

Officials from Bashar al-Assad's government and two main opposition groups will meet for talks in Moscow, according to sources.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh appeared in a Daesh magazine question and answer interview. (Image: Daily Mail)
07:33 GMT

Daesh militants have released an interview with the captured Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, whose plane crashed in Syria last week.

At least 70 bodies belonging to a Sunni tribe were discovered by family members in Deir Ezzor. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

Dozens of bodies belonging to a Sunni tribe were discovered in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor by families of the victims Monday.

December 29, 2014

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Daesh has executed 1,878 people since their June offensive on northern Iraq, some of which are European fighters trying to return home. (AFP/File)
15:14 GMT

According to counts by rights group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Daesh has conducted 1,878 executions since their lighting offensive on northern Iraq in June, 120 of which were foreign Daesh fighters caught trying to return home.

The magazine has previously praised terror activities like the 'Underwear Bomber,' whose failed bombing attempt on a plane in 2009 led to the implementation of full-body security scans at airports. (AFP/File)
14:52 GMT

In an article published on Christmas Eve in the militant group's magazine, Inspire, al-Qaeda encouraged 'lone wolf' operatives to attack Western airliners, giving instructions on breaching airport security and selecting targets.

Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, they are a somewhat common occurrence in Syria. (AFP/Getty Images)
12:30 GMT

Syrian officials report eight dead and twelve injured in two separate attacks on gas facilities in Homs.

Syrian jihadists captured over two dozen Lebanese soldiers earlier this year and are holding them near Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT

Three people were injured in Arsal on Monday morning as the Army dispersed a protest over the decision to require special permits for anyone crossing into the northeastern border town's outskirts.

The Shaitaat people form "The Popular Resistance Front" against Daesh after the militants killed over 900 members of their tribe. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT

Villagers and members of al-Shaitaat tribes in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr have reportedly joined the army in its fight against Daesh.