Syria

December 23, 2014

The Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, is among the most heavily damaged cultural sites. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
13:13 GMT

Hundreds of cultural heritage sites were damaged by ongoing conflict in Syria from looting, explosions and violence, according to a UN report.

Bassel al-Khatib directs "The Mother"
09:36 GMT

Covering the life and death of a mother in war-torn Syrian, "The Mother" directed by Bassel al-Khatib premiered at Damascus-based Cinema City on Sunday

Twenty-two airstrikes hit Daesh targets across Iraq and Syria, according to the US military. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT

US-led forces launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, hitting Daesh targets, the American military said.

Lebanon hosts over a million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas says the almost four-year-long conflict in neighboring Syria has cost his country more than USD 20 billion.

December 22, 2014

Some 192,417 people fled to Turkey from the Syrian border town of Kobani. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT

Almost 200,000 people fled Daesh violence from the Syrian border town of Kobani to Turkey, according to an NGO.

All Syrian men of military age will need special permission to leave the country. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

The Syrian government imposed travel restrictions on military-age men, according to opposition media outlets.

December 21, 2014

Jürgen Todenhöfer, who interviewed Assad in July 2012, will publish a piece on his "10 days in the Islamic State" tomorrow. (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT

Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.

The 12 or more airstrikes launched on Sunday aimed for Daesh targets north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
18:07 GMT

Th US-led coalition hit targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo in at least 12 strikes.

George Wassouf is up and at it and ready to rock the stage on NYE (Image: Facebook)
08:57 GMT

Nothing Arabia loves more than an awkward celebrity death rumor.

Daesh militants have been in control of Tikrit for six months, while many civilians fled. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT

Daesh militants have reportedly executed as many as 17 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, according to an online newspaper.

December 20, 2014

Syrian actor Fahd Najjar died mysteriously in Damascus. (Image: The Daily Star)
19:16 GMT

Syrian actor Fahd Najjar has died under mysterious circumstances in Syria.

December 19, 2014

Sabina Selimovic, 15, and Samra Kesinovic, 17, left Vienna in April to join Daesh. (Image: Daily Mail)
12:20 GMT

A top UN official said an Austrian teen who fled her middle class home in Vienna to join Daesh has "definitely died" in Syria.

More than 200,000 Syrians have died since the conflict began in March 2011, according to the UN. (AFP/File)
08:46 GMT

The UN appealed for $8.4 billion in emergency aid for displaced Syrians as the conflict continues in the country.

The U.S. is carrying out air strikes against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

It will take at least three years for the U.S.-led coalition to reach a turning point against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria, the general in charge of the combined task force said Thursday.

December 18, 2014

An estimated 1,900 people from the Syrian Shoueitat tribe have now been killed by ISIL if the allegations are proven true. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT

Some 1,000 people are believed to have been killed by ISIL militants in the Syrian village of al-Kashkiya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.