Syrian troops and allied fighters regained control of the town on Saturday (AFP)
October 23, 2017 - 13:47 GMT
Dozens of the victims were shot or knifed to death before being dumped in a pit in Qaryatayn, in Syria's central Homs province.
Two suspects were detained for organizing the illegal crossing bid (AFP/File)
October 23, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
More than 170 Syrians have been held since Sunday during two separate operations in western Balikesir province when they tried to travel to European countries via illegal routes, according to a governor’s office Monday.
International development minister Rory Stewart (Youtube/Sky News)
October 23, 2017 - 10:26 GMT
Rory Stewart, an international development minister, said U.K. citizens who had traveled to the war-torn country were a "serious danger" to Britain.
October 23, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Sarmad Al Jilane, a founding member of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, initially sought safety from the Assad regime in Raqqa. Ultimately, he ended up risking his life to expose atrocities carried out by ISIS in their de facto capital.
U.S.-backed SDF troops have said that newly liberated Raqqa will be decentralized from Damascus (AFP)
October 20, 2017 - 19:01 GMT
U.S.-backed SDF troops have said that newly liberated Raqqa will be decentralized from Damascus, just hours after troops were pictured waving a PKK banner in the bombed out town.
Syrian authorities executed between 5,000 and 13,000 detainees in Saydnaya military prison during the first five years of the conflict, according to reports (AFP/File)
October 20, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Tens of thousands of people remain in detention or have ‘disappeared’ in Syria, devastating countless families. Nevertheless, advocates say the issue has largely been avoided in peace talks and negotiations aimed at bringing an end to the Syrian conflict.
most civilians who had fled Raqqa “will likely be stuck in camps for months or years to come
October 19, 2017 - 14:49 GMT
The statement by Kurdish internal security forces in Raqqa was released as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) combed the city for explosives and remnants of the militant group two days after retaking it from ISIS.
Amal Arafa without make-up. (Facebook / Amal Arafa)
October 19, 2017 - 12:55 GMT
The actress took to Facebook to wax lyrical about the nature of time.
Syrian Kurdish female fighters (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Nursel Kilic is proud to be part of what she called a growing feminist movement in the Kurdish-controlled Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, commonly known as Rojava. A self-described “militant,” Kilic is working to give the Kurdish Women’s Movement international exposure.
A boy sits on top of a destroyed tank in Syria, AFP/File
October 18, 2017 - 14:54 GMT
The Atlantic recently published an article claiming the war against ISIS brought the Middle East together. Al Bawaba debunks the article's claims, and reveals a disturbing lack of imagination in the all-too common thinking that the Middle East needs war to get peace.
The SDF announces the launch of its anti-ISIS offensive in Deir Ezzor last month (AFP)
October 18, 2017 - 14:26 GMT
The Islamists now control less than half of the province, following considerable regime advances to the south of the city on Tuesday.
The moves come amid steadily mounting tension between Baghdad and the Erbil-based KRG following last month’s referendum on regional independence (AFP/File)
October 18, 2017 - 13:45 GMT
Iraqi government forces on Wednesday assumed control of a strategic border crossing with Syria, according to an Iraqi military source.
President Aoun pointed out that there are safe areas in Syria that can accommodate Syrian refugees who are now in Lebanon (AFP/File)
October 17, 2017 - 10:30 GMT
Declaring that Lebanon can no longer cope with the presence of Syrian refugees, President Michel Aoun Monday appealed to the international community for help in securing their safe return to their homeland.
Before she was captured alive in Raqqa, the jihadi bride appeared to be questioning her future with ISIS and plotting her escape (Shutterstock/File)
October 17, 2017 - 09:17 GMT
Officials have seized the laptop of an ISIS jihadi bride in Raqqa to reveal she was baking recipes, listening to religious sermons and collating an enormous stash of porn.
The Israeli military said it holds the Syrian regime responsible for any anti-aircraft fire (Shutterstock/File)
October 16, 2017 - 13:50 GMT
Israel struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday after missiles were fired at Israeli reconnaissance planes earlier, the military said.
Manal Ajaj's less controversial fashion. (
October 15, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
Syrian fashion designer Manal Ajaj posed on the catwalk with models in Syrian military uniforms, sparking outrage.