Syria

August 21, 2014

Islamic State militants released a video earlier this week of U.S. photojournalist James Foley being beheaded (Image: Screenshot)
12:27 GMT

American officials at the Pentagon have revealed information about a failed attempt to rescue U.S. hostages including James Foley, from IS terrorists in Syria.

ISIS extremists have grown stronger and more powerful in recent weeks across Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT

Round-the-clock news coverage of ISIS brutality makes one thing clear; this extremist group needs to be stopped. With the beheading of a U.S. journalist to add to that list, will Obama notice?

August 20, 2014

The ISIS trainer was killed in an operation carried out by Hezbollah forces, depicted below, and the Syrian army (AFP/ File Archive).
07:55 GMT

Hezbollah has killed an ISIS commander allegedly responsible for preparing suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that there were at least 20,000 non-Syrians among ISIS (AFP/ File Archive).
07:19 GMT

The number of ISIS militants fighting against the Syrian government amounts to more than 50,000, according to a UK-based NGO.

A file photo shows journalist James Foley resting in Sirte, Libya, September 29, 2011 (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT

Missing American photojournalist James Foley, was allegedly beheaded by ISIS militants in a video clip released on YouTube.

August 19, 2014

The Ark Futura, a Danish-chartered cargo vessel which is assisting in the effort to extract Syrian chemical weapons from the country (File/AFP)
10:26 GMT

The Pentagon says a specially-equipped US ship has completed the neutralization of all the 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons components.

The ban applies to all US-registered planes, commercial operators and FAA-licensed pilots. [FAA Website]
07:26 GMT

The United States has announced that Syrian airspace in not safe for American airlines due to the ongoing conflict in the country.

Thousands of Syrians have been displaced since the war began in 2011 (File/AFP)
06:52 GMT

Australia's government has been taking steps to deport refugees fleeing Syrian violence, according to a letter and emails obtained by Britain's Guardian newspaper.

A dishevelled Haruna Yukawa, who has allegedly been kidnapped by ISIS (YouTube).
06:00 GMT

Japan's government is investigating a video posted online depicting a Japanese man apparently kidnapped by ISIS militants.

August 18, 2014

The Assad regime continued air strikes that it began Sunday. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT

The Syrian air force carried out air strikes against ISIS militants in the province of Raqqa Monday.

Lebanon currently hosts over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, making up 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT

Lebanese authorities tightened controls on Syrian refugees in Bsharri after a wave of violence between militants and the army across Arsal earlier this month.

The tension between the Druze and the Bedouin of Swaida dates back to the eruption of violence between the two communities in 2000. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Clashes between Druze and Bedouins in southern Syria killed 15 people.

ISIS militants killed over 700 people from rural Deir al-Zor over the past two weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights (File/AFP)
06:55 GMT

Syria's air force continued to carry out dozens of strikes against ISIS militants in Raqqa Sunday, killing 31 extremists and eight civilians.

But taking into account the depreciation of the Syrian pound against the U.S. dollar, the results show a steeper decline of nearly 77 percent.
04:55 GMT

The combined net profits of six out of seven Lebanese banks operating in Syria dropped 54 percent in the first half of 2014.

August 17, 2014

A Syrian fighter jet flies over the northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn. [Press TV]
15:58 GMT

The Syrian army's jet fighters have launched a series of fresh aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria, killing nineteen ISIL militants and injuring tens of others.