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Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating U.S.

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:22 AM

(UPDATED) The United States mocks Syria's arrival in the climate change agreement, side-stepping the charge that it has isolated itself by being the world's sole hold-out

EMPTY SEAT. The seats of the US delegation are pictured prior to the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patirk Stollarz/AFP

Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs seek better coordination against ISIS

Mar 07, 2017 - 4:28 PM

3rd UPDATE Turkey Russia and the United States are all fighting ISIS though they support different camps and military tension remains

This handout photo taken and released on March 7, 2017 by the Turkish Military Press Service shows Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, Hulusi Akar (C), US Chairman of the Joint Staff General Joseph Dunford (L) and Russian Chief of General Staff General Valery Gerasimov (R) during a meeting in Antalya. Turkish Military Press Office/AFP

Offensive in Syria aimed at cutting off ISIS supply route

Jun 02, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The Syrian Democratic Forces a Kurdish led alliance launch an offensive to capture the strategic northern town of Manbij with the help of coalition air strikes

Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

Jul 05, 2015 - 10:20 AM

In another firm response to the June 26 attack claimed by the Islamic State ISIS group that killed 38 foreign tourists several officials are sacked including the governor of the Sousse region where it took place

ON GUARD. Members of the Tunisian security services stand guard during a memorial ceremony and minutes silence for the victims of a terror attack on a beach outside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, in the popular tourist resort of al-Sousse, Tunisia, July 3, 2015. Mohamed Messara/EPA

Security clampdown in Chad capital after 'Boko Haram' suicide attacks

Jun 16, 2015 - 11:51 PM

Scores of police and soldiers patrol Chad s capital N Djamena a day after twin suicide bombings blamed on Boko Haram jihadists killed 24 people and wounded more than 100 in the first such attacks in the city

SURVIVOR. A woman rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Islamist militants Boko Haram at Sambisa Forest sits on a bed after receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola on May 5, 2015. Photo bt Emmanuel Arewa / AFP

Boko Haram fight HQ shifting to Maiduguri – Nigeria military

Jun 09, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari meets leaders of the G7 nations at a summit in Germany and reaffirms his pledge to crack down on the Islamists while calling for greater regional and international cooperation

LOOKOUT. A file photo taken on June 5, 2013 shows Nigerian soldiers patrolling in the north of Borno state close to a Islamist extremist group Boko Haram former camp near Maiduguri. Quentin Leboucher/AFP

$500 million appeal for Iraq to be launched – UNICEF

Jun 01, 2015 - 11:17 AM

The announcement comes a day ahead of a meeting in Paris of the US led coalition of countries working to defeat the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria

UNCERTAIN FUTURE. Displaced people, who were forced to flee their hometowns ahead of gains made by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Ramadi, wait at a checkpoint in Musaib town southwest of Iraq, May 19 2015. Alaa al-Shemaree/EPA

Singapore detains two 'self-radicalized' teenagers

May 28, 2015 - 9:47 AM

Singapore one of Asia s most affluent cities and a regional base for thousands of multinational companies is a prime target for attacks by militant groups

Draconian laws' false sense of security

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Real concerns exist about the abuse of these laws They offer little in the way of oversights and protections They also can be misused for political ends

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Emwazi father says no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

Mar 04, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Jassem Emwazi: There is nothing that proves what is being circulated in the media that the accused is my son Mohammed

SITE Intelligence Group/Handout/AFP

Identity of ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John' revealed

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:23 PM

UPDATED Jihadi John is Kuwaiti born London computer programmer Mohammed Emwazi according to experts and the media

France seizes passports of would-be jihadists

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:38 PM

UPDATED It is the first time the measure has been used in France following its introduction as part of a raft of new counter terrorism laws in November

An electronic display board board at Charles de Gaulle Airport indicates a flight as 'Annule' (Cancelled), in Paris, France, 15 September 2014. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Obama confirms US hostage killed, UAE rejoins the fray

Feb 10, 2015 - 11:24 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama confirms the death of hostage Kayla Jean Mueller held by the Islamic State ISIS in Syria

KAYLA MUELLER. An undated handout photo provided by the Daily Courier shows US aid worker Mueller after speaking about the situation in Syria and efforts to build a second camp for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Matt Hinshaw/EPA

Japan defends seizing journalist's passport over ISIS fear

Feb 09, 2015 - 2:36 PM

Cabinet Secretary Suga: If a Japanese national enters Syria we have assessed that there is a high risk that the person would face immediate danger to his life like being captured by ISIL militants and other Islamic extremists

Unease as France reels from series of bloody attacks

Dec 23, 2014 - 7:21 PM

While the motives behind the incidents remain unclear the violence jars nerves after repeated jihadist calls for lone wolf action in France over its fight against Islamic extremism

CRIME SCENE. Policemen collect evidence on December 21, 2014 in Dijon on the site where a driver shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is great') plowed into a crowd injuring 11 people, two seriously, a source close to the investigation said. Arnaud Finistre/AFP

Syria's Assad forms government, 11 new ministers

Aug 28, 2014 - 9:42 AM

Most of the new ministers were in economic postings in a potential nod to the dire economic straits in which Syria finds itself after more than three years of war and the deaths of 190 000 people

STILL IN POWER. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 16, 2014, shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being sworn in for a new seven-year term, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Damascus. SANA/Handout/AFP

Assad renames Halqi as Syria prime minister

Aug 10, 2014 - 8:10 PM

The appointment comes 3 weeks after Bashar al Assad was inaugurated a 3rd term following an election denounced as a farce by exiled opposition

Syria's Assad to be sworn in while world looks away

Jul 16, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Assad will be sworn in for another 7 year term at his palace overlooking the capital more than three years into a war that has killed more than 170 000 people and forced millions to flee their homes

TYRANT OR HERO? Giant portraits of incumbent Syrian President Bashar Assad in al-Mohafazah Square, Damascus, Syria, 01 June 2014. Youssef Badawi/EPA

Syria rebels say IS caliphate 'null and void'

Jul 01, 2014 - 9:14 AM

Their statement comes a day after the ruthless Islamic State declared a caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria

Japan PM seeks limelight as global elite gathers in Davos

Jan 22, 2014 - 10:40 AM

The focus of the first full day reflects a more traditional business agenda with participants debating issues including the relationship between Africa s economic and population growth

HELLO, DAVOS. Musicians are silhouetted before the Crystal Award ceremony on the eve of the opening of the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos, Switzerland, 21 January 2014. Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Syria rebels besiege Qaeda-linked jihadists

Jan 07, 2014 - 10:43 AM

The new front in Syria s increasingly complex civil war opened less than three weeks away from a planned peace conference

Hezbollah-backed Syria troops rout rebels in Qusayr

Jun 05, 2013 - 7:21 PM

Qusayr is strategic because is located just 10 kilometers six miles from Lebanon and links Damascus to the coast

Syria gets 'blowback' after playing with fire in Iraq

Jan 29, 2013 - 10:54 AM

After the 2003 US led invasion analysts and officials say Damascus looked the other way as those same routes became conduits for Al Qaeda linked fighters Now many are headed back into Syria to fight for jihadist groups

The Syrian flag flutters above Damascus on September 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA

Syria assures PH of Filipinos' safety

Dec 23, 2012 - 5:18 PM

The Syrian government assures the Philippines that Filipinos in the strife torn nation are safe as Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario returns to Damascus

Syria opposition unites as Israel fires warning shots

Nov 12, 2012 - 8:49 AM

After four days of marathon talks in Qatar the Syrian National Council finally signed up to a wider more representative bloc centerd on a government in waiting as demanded by Arab and Western states

OPPOSITION LEADERS. Syrian opposition figure and prominent Syrian human rights activist Haytham al-Maleh (L) congratulates Syrian cleric Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib after he was elected to lead the National Coalition of Forces of the the Syrian Revolution and Opposition, formed after the Syrian National Council (SNC) agreed to the new group, on November 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO/KARIM JAAFAR

Assad declares amnesty but excludes 'terrorists': Syria TV

Oct 23, 2012 - 3:39 PM

Assad issues an amnesty for all crimes committed in Syria up until today with the notable exception of terrorist crimes

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during an interview with a Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet in Damascus, on July 3, 2012. AFP PHOTO/HO

Syria's Aleppo pounded as civilian refuge 'targeted'

Sep 11, 2012 - 4:26 PM

Bombardments by troops saw fighting ground to a standstill on Tuesday September 11 in Syria s second city Aleppo a watchdog said amid reports a civilian refuge was targeted in the same province

ALERT IN ALEPPO. A fighter with the Free Syria Army (FSA) holds his weapon during heavy clashes with government forces in Izza neighborhood of the embattled northern city of Aleppo on September 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ZAC BAILLIE

Aleppo battle rages as both sides report atrocities

Aug 13, 2012 - 12:50 PM

The Syrian army pressed its assault on rebels in commercial capital Aleppo on Sunday August 12 while both sides reported atrocities and Arab foreign ministers postponed a planned meeting

CITY UNDER SIEGE. Two men on a motorcycle ride through a debris-filled street in northwestern Aleppo on August 12, 2012, as Syrian government forces pressed their assault on rebels in the country's northern commercial capital, with both sides reporting atrocities. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE

General says all Damascus retaken, Aleppo pounded

Aug 05, 2012 - 7:51 AM

The Syrian army said it has seized the last rebel held district of the capital as insurgents in Aleppo came under heavy bombardment by regime forces

Syria threatens to use chemical arms if attacked

Jul 24, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Syria admitted Monday July 23 it has chemical weapons and warned of using them if attacked though not against its own civilians

Syria: Feared forces launch new assault on Damascus

Jul 22, 2012 - 5:19 PM

Feared forces headed by Pres Bashar al Assad s brother used helicopter gunships in a new offensive against rebels in Damascus on Sunday

A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network on July 17, 2012 shows opponents to the regime blocking the roads with burning tires in Damascus Jobar neigborhood on July 16. Syria's military deployed armored vehicles near central Damascus as troops battled rebels around the capital in what activists said could be a turning point in the 16-month uprising. AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK

Syria's top officials killed in suicide attack

Jul 18, 2012 - 6:36 PM

4th UPDATE The bombing which an official blamed on a bodyguard attending a meeting of security chiefs at their Damascus headquarters prompted US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta to warn that Syria was spinning out of control

Attack on Syria village targeted rebels, activists: UN

Jul 15, 2012 - 8:07 AM

A variety of weapons were used in an attack on the Syrian village of Treimsa where more than 150 people were killed this week with the homes of rebels and activists bearing the brunt the UN mission said on Saturday July 14

Assad regrets Syrian downing of Turkish plane

Jul 03, 2012 - 2:29 PM

Syrian President Bashar al Assad regretted that his country s defense forces shot down a Turkish fighter jet on June 22 he said in an interview with the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet published Tuesday July 3

Deadly raid on Syria TV after Assad speaks of 'war'

Jun 27, 2012 - 5:17 PM

An attack on a pro government television channel s offices near Damascus killed three staff on Wednesday June 26 after President Bashar al Assad said Syria was in a state of war

Ruins of the Al-Ikhbariya television station after an attack on June 26, 2012. Photo courtesy of the Syrian Arab News Agency.

Over 14,400 killed in 15-month Syria revolt: NGO

Jun 14, 2012 - 5:42 PM

More than 14 400 people have been killed in Syria in the 15 month revolt against President Bashar al Assad s regime including 2 302 in the past month alone a monitoring group said on Thursday

Arabs urge UN action amid fears of civil war

Jun 03, 2012 - 10:07 AM

Arab leaders called Saturday June 2 for UN action as at least 39 people were killed in Syria amid growing fears that envoy Kofi Annan s peace plan is failing and the country is heading for all out civil war

West expels Syrian envoys over Houla massacre

May 30, 2012 - 7:34 AM

The coordinated envoy expulsions followed mounting international outrage over the massacre on Friday in the central town of Houla in which at least 108 people including 49 children were killed according to UN figures

Syria shells rebel bastion, Assad hits out at 'criminals'

May 17, 2012 - 5:08 PM

Syrian forces sent shells crashing into rebel stronghold Rastan on Thursday May 17 a watchdog said hours after President Bashar al Assad branded the armed opposition as criminals infiltrated by Al Qaeda