Syria

October 24, 2014

Smoke and flames rise from Kobani, as former U.S. soldier and face of the YPG Kurdish military force in Syria, Jordan Matson, alleges IS used checimal weapons in the town (Bulent Kilic/ AFP).
12:00 GMT

A former American soldier who has become the face of the YPG Kurdish military force in Syria, said civilians had been burned in an Islamic State attack, with injuries consistent with chemical weapons.

Turkey’s president will allow 200 Peshmerga fighters from Iraq to travel to Kobani via Turkish territory (AFP/ File Archive).
11:00 GMT

Turkey’s president says a deal has been agreed to send 200 Peshmerga fighters from Iraq to Kobani via Turkish territory.

October 23, 2014

Life in the “School of Jihad”, where children under the age of 10 are encouraged to fire AK47 rifles and acclimatised to the horrors of war. (File/AFP)
18:36 GMT

IS footage about the disturbing education of boys within their territories recently surfaced.

Onlookers in Turkey watch smoke rise from the distance in the Syrian border town of Kobani, October 22, 2014 (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Clashes continued between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani Thursday, bringing the total death toll up to 533 people since the US-led coalition launched air strikes in the region.

Lebanese officials had announced a sharp cap on Syrian refugee intakes this week (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT

The UNHCR representative for Lebanon insisted the country's borders are still open to Syrian refugees days after officials announced a cap on those fleeing the Assad conflict.

The ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheading of people. [AFP]
07:34 GMT

Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobani against the ISIL say the militants have used chemical weapons.

October 22, 2014

Over 500 British nationals have joined IS in Iraq and Syria, according to the UK's top police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (File/AFP)
12:47 GMT

The UK's Metropolitan Police Service released shocking figures, which state five British citizens are leaving to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria every week.

Kobani continues to remain under siege by IS militants despite resistance from Kurdish fighters (File/AFP)
10:54 GMT

A Pentagon official Tuesday said the situation in the Syrian border town of Kobani remained "tenuous" despite US air strikes against IS.

Syria has struggled with an ongoing civil war since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

The Syrian air force carried out over 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours.

The Islamic State is  made up of foreign fighters from dozens of countires (File/AFP)
06:37 GMT

Three US teenagers hoping to join the Islamic State were caught by FBI agents in Germany and sent back home to Denver where they were reunited with their families.

October 21, 2014

At least 1.13 million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN in Lebanon (File/AFP)
12:55 GMT

Lebanon's Social Affair Minister said no more Syrian refugees would be allowed in the country following the mass influx of people fleeing the neighboring conflict.

Mayada and Raed are working on a secret project together! (Image: Albawaba edit)
12:49 GMT

While rumors about Mayada al Hinnawi selling her music copyrights are on wild fire, she's busy making music with Joe Raed!

Syria's death toll has risen to 190,000 people since the war began over three years ago (File/AFP)
11:53 GMT

The EU on Tuesday added a total of 16 Syrians including 12 ministers to a new sanctions list due to the continuing war by Assad's regime.

Kurds have a tangled, shifting web of alliances and enemies, from the Americans and Assad, to IS and Turkey. Last week, Turkey attacked PKK positions in the southeast for the first time since a 2013 peace deal ended a 30-year conflict between the Turkish government and PKK rebels. Could the winds change again?
11:04 GMT

10 things to know about the Kurds, the PKK, and the struggle that's bigger than Kobani.

Chomsky believes an alternative to U.S. airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria would be appealing to the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on the rise of the Islamic State, the most recent Gaza offensive, and US policy in the region.