Syria

September 1, 2014

Rogers said several US citizens have at least once traveled, participated and trained with the ISIL terrorists. [AFP]
07:29 GMT

A US lawmaker has revealed that there are hundreds of Americans, who have links with ISIL militants and can return to the US with their American passports.

Home Secretary Theresa May recently said an attack on the UK is "highly likely." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic State militants.

August 31, 2014

Last week an Israeli drone was downed in Iraq. (AFP/File)
14:02 GMT

Israeli forces shot down a drone from Syria on Sunday.

Soldiers Ibrahim Shaaban, Ahmad Ghieh and Wael Darwish were reunited with their families in Arsal Sunday morning. [The Daily Star]
09:44 GMT

The five Lebanese hostages released by the Nusra Front were being reunited with their families Sunday morning, as concerns grow over the fate of the remaining 24 soldiers and policemen being held by Syrian militants.

Philippine Armed Forces public affairs office. [AFP]
08:38 GMT

The Philippines' armed forces chief says peacekeepers on Golan Heights were helped by Israeli and Syrian forces who engaged rebels in seven-hour firefight in what was he called the "greatest escape."

August 30, 2014

Forty-four UN peacekeepers were taken hostage earlier this week when armed al-Nusra militants stormed the Golan border amid heavy clashes with government forces.  (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:54 GMT

Fiji military officials said Saturday the 44 peacekeeper soldiers captured by al-Nusra militants earlier this week have been moved out of UN territory to an unknown location.

August 29, 2014

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Israeli-annexed Golan Height as they wait to cross into Syria, on August 28, 2014. [AFP]
15:01 GMT

Israeli forces took up positions at Quneitra barely 400 meters from Nusra Front militants who attacked a UN base on the Syrian side of the border and seized the 43 Fijians.

Syrian families carry belongings in the southern Damascus district of Qadam on August 21, 2014, as they return to their homes after Syrian authorities and rebels agreed a truce on August 18. [AFP]
08:13 GMT

Almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives, according to the UNHCR; Syria operation is largest in UNHCR's history, organization says.

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:43 GMT

US President Barack Obama says Washington does not have “a strategy yet” to tackle the ISIL group, which is operating in Iraq and Syria.

ISIS claimed it beheaded a Peshmerga fighter in graphic video and threatened 14 others. [Youtube]
07:34 GMT

The ISIL group has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in the city of Mosul.

August 28, 2014

UN officials reported Thursday the capture of 43 UNDOF peacekeepers after heavy clashes between opposition fighters and Syrian government forces broke out near the Golan Heights border. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT

The UN says 43 of its UNDOF peacekeepers were abducted Thursday by masked militants after brutal clashes between various Syrian opposition forces and government soldiers broke out.

Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. [AFP]
12:11 GMT

The Lebanese Army clashed with Syrian rebels Thursday after the military shelled the militants' hideouts in the outskirts of the northeastern border region of Arsal.

Amal Arafeh is still at large on the Syrian scene!
11:42 GMT

Syria's starlet Amal Arafeh has disclosed her latest projects to her curious public.

Signs of fatigue and exhaustion were quite obvious on George's face in Tunisia. (Image: Facebook)
10:20 GMT

George Wassouf was taken out of Tunisia airport on a wheelchair. Is everything alright?

Rebel fighters walk holding their weapons to a position on a front-line in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT

Syria is willing to help Lebanon in its fight against Islamist militants, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said in remarks published Thursday.