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ISIS at outskirts of Syria's Aleppo despite Russian raids

Oct 09, 2015 - 10:46 PM

UPDATED With Moscow in its 10th day of strikes the United States announces it would halt its troubled program to build up Syrian rebel units to fight ISIS

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Oct 18, 2014 - 5:12 PM

UPDATED It comes as the US military says it unleashed 25 more air strikes in Syria and Iraq since Friday October 17 hitting ISIS jihadists and oil infrastructure they control

Ban condemns water cuts in Syria's Aleppo

May 17, 2014 - 8:14 AM

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon says depriving civilians essential supplies such as water is a clear breach of international humanitarian and human rights law

May 4, 2014 file photo

Dozens killed in Syria, watchdog to probe chlorine claims

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The regime and rebels have blamed each other for using chlorine in at least one attack

ALMOST THERE. Syria's chemical weapons are due to be destroyed by June 30. A majority of storage and productions sites are now closed, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical and the United Nations. File photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

French journalists free after 10-month Syria hostage ordeal

Apr 19, 2014 - 8:55 PM

4 French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year are free after a 10 month ordeal in the world s most dangerous country for the media

World faithful heed pope's call for Syria prayers

Sep 07, 2013 - 7:31 PM

UPDATED When he announced the initiative on Sunday Francis urged Christians from other denominations faithful from other religions as well as atheists to join in

 Muslim faithful pray on September 6, 2013 at the Paris' Grand Mosque, one day after Pope Francis called for the world to unite on September 7 in a day of fasting and prayer for Syria, with him leading the way with a five-hour vigil in St Peter's Square. Photo by AFP/THOMAS SAMSON

Obama says US can't turn 'blind eye' to Syria

Sep 07, 2013 - 6:28 PM

Obama acknowledges convincing lawkmakers to back military action against the Syrian regime would be a heavy lift

SEEKING SUPPORT. US President Barack Obama answers a question on Syria during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister after their bilateral meeting at the Rosenbad Building in Stockholm on September 4, 2013. AFP/Jewel Samad

French foreign minister says 3,000-4,000 Hezbollah fighters in Syria

May 29, 2013 - 11:36 PM

France s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says some 3 000 to 4 000 fighters from Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah were currently battling alongside regime troops in Syria

Fighting displaces 70-80% of Palestinians in Syria

May 22, 2013 - 10:39 PM

The conflict in Syria has displaced more than two thirds of Palestinian refugees living in the country the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees said on Wednesday

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

Syria helicopters kill 5 children in Idlib

Sep 17, 2012 - 7:12 AM

A helicopter strike kills 5 children and one woman in the Syrian province of Idlib according to a human rights group