Syria

October 23, 2014

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.

Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.

A woman watches smoke rise in the Syrian border town of Kobani following a US air strike, October 13, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:25 GMT

Clashes between Kurdish fighters and the Islamic State continued in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani late Monday.

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 20, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu referred to Turkey's ‘solution process’, an effort launched early last year by the Turkish government to secure an end to the decades-long conflict with the outlawed Kurdish separatist terror group, the PKK (AFP/File Archive).
16:00 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has characterized the Kurdish solution process as "national, domestic and unique. As it is a product of the sons of this land, it must be protected against external influences."