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Terror threat against Norway

24 July 2014, 16:53

Norway's intelligence service says it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

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Fancy a war tour? Jihadists organise tours in their 'caliphate'

23 July 2014, 17:30

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate".

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Jihadists kill 90 in Syria gas field takeover

18 July 2014, 20:27

Jihadists have killed at least 90 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group says.

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Syrian woman stoned to death for 'adultery'

18 July 2014, 15:37

Jihadists in the northern Syrian province of Raqa have accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

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Morocco warns of terror plot from Syria, Iraq

17 July 2014, 13:55

Morocco's interior minister says that Moroccan extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria are plotting terror attacks on prominent figures and sites back home.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Syria's Assad to be sworn in for 3rd term

16 July 2014, 18:50

President Bashar Assad will be sworn in and set out his plans for a new seven-year term, state media reports, after his victory in an election that has affirmed his grip on power.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

UK police fear missing twins abducted to Syria

10 July 2014, 12:44

British counterterrorism officers say they believe that two missing 16-year-old twin sisters who disappeared from their home in Manchester have travelled to Syria.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Syrian opposition coalition elects new president

09 July 2014, 14:46

Syria's Western-backed opposition National Coalition has elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president following a three-day meeting in Istanbul.

Friday, 04 July 2014

UK had plan to train 100 000 Syria rebels - BBC

04 July 2014, 11:46

Britain had planned to train and equip a 100 000-strong rebel army to defeat Syrian President Bashar Assad before it was deemed to be too risky, BBC Newsnight reports.

Thursday, 03 July 2014

Transfer of Syria chemical weapons complete

03 July 2014, 09:44

The transfer of Syrian chemical weapons from a Danish container ship to a US vessel has been completed in an Italian port, the Pentagon says.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Militant urges all Muslims to build Islamic state

02 July 2014, 09:20

The leader of the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria has called on Muslims around the world to flock to territories under his control to fight and build an Islamic state.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Syria rebels say Islamic State 'null and void'

01 July 2014, 09:15

Syrian rebels, including the main Islamist factions, say the creation of a caliphate by the Islamic State (IS) was "null and void".

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Dozens of casualties in Syria car bombing

28 June 2014, 15:15

Dozens of people were wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian town of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, local activists and a monitoring group said.

Friday, 27 June 2014

US seeks $500m to arm select Syrian rebels

27 June 2014, 12:39

President Barack Obama is seeking to bolster US efforts to train and arm select members of the Syrian opposition.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Kerry issues warning after Syria bombs Iraq

26 June 2014, 09:13

Syrian warplanes have bombed Sunni militants’ position inside Iraq, military officials say, deepening concerns that the extremist insurgency could morph into an even wider regional conflict.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Israel launches air raids on Syrian positions in Golan

23 June 2014, 12:31

Israel carried out retaliatory air raids on Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights after a teenager on the Israeli side was killed in an attack from Syria, the army says.

Syria rebels recruit teenage fighters

23 June 2014, 14:37

Human Rights Watch has urged Syrian rebel groups to stop enlisting teenagers in their ranks and warned their foreign backers that they could be implicated in "war crimes".

Friday, 20 June 2014

Truck bomb kills at least 35 in Syria's Hama

20 June 2014, 14:52

A massive truck bomb claimed by rebels has killed at least 35 people in a government-controlled village in the central Syrian province of Hama.

Monday, 16 June 2014

20 dead in Syria barrel bomb attack in Aleppo

16 June 2014, 14:25

Syrian regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs on an opposition-held district in northern Aleppo city, killing at least 20 people, including several children, an NGO said.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Al-Qaeda breakaway pursuing an Islamic state

12 June 2014, 12:13

An al-Qaeda splinter group that has seized a huge chunk of northern Iraq commands as many as 10 000 fighters and has steadily been consolidating its hold on much of northeastern Syria.

Monday, 09 June 2014

45 dead in clashes between jihadists in Syria

09 June 2014, 16:11

Fresh fighting between the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and a coalition of rebels and an al-Qaeda affiliate in eastern Syria has left at least 45 fighters dead, a monitoring group says.

Friday, 06 June 2014

Syrians wage 'war of tunnels' for Damascus

06 June 2014, 09:32

Guided more by what they can hear than see, Syrian troops and rebels are battling in the bowels of Damascus, digging tunnels in a campaign to control the eastern entrance to the capital.

Thursday, 05 June 2014

Assad declared landslide victor in Syria election

05 June 2014, 11:53

President Bashar Assad has secured a landslide victory in a wartime election and has demonstrated his tenacious hold on power after three years of brutal civil war.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Assad eyes certain win in Syria vote

03 June 2014, 08:17

Voting offices have opened in Syria for a presidential election that Bashar Assad is certain to win, and that has been slammed as a "farce" by the opposition.

5 things to know about Syria's presidential vote

03 June 2014, 11:45

Syria's first multi candidate presidential elections in decades is being touted by President Assad's government as measuring Syrians' support for him after three years of civil war.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Syria opposition powerless as Assad holds election

30 May 2014, 14:00

Syria's divided rebels and their foreign backers are watching in disbelief as the government gears up for an election to give Bashar Assad another presidential mandate despite their uprising.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Assad's re-election assured in Syria

28 May 2014, 14:54

Syrian President Bashar Assad is preparing for an inevitable re-election as the civil war shifts in the army's favour, with rebels losing ground and world powers paralysed by divisions.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Wanted Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

27 May 2014, 13:32

A senior Hezbollah commander branded by the FBI as one of the world's most wanted terrorists has been killed fighting in Syria, residents of his village in southern Lebanon says.

Chemical weapons team in Syria 'safe'

27 May 2014, 18:54

The world's chemical weapons watchdog says that a convoy of its inspectors overseeing the dismantling of Syria's weapons programme had come under attack, but all were safe.

Chemical arms watchdog team kidnapped in Syria

27 May 2014, 19:55

Six international chemical weapons watchdog investigators have been kidnapped with their Syrian drivers on a fact-finding mission in the central province of Hama, the foreign ministry says.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Car bomb in Syria's Homs kills 10

25 May 2014, 16:17

At least 10 people were killed in a car bomb attack targeting a regime-held area of the city of Homs in central Syria, the province's governor told AFP.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Russia would veto UN Council vote on Syria

21 May 2014, 07:10

Russia will veto a draft United Nations Security Council calling for Syria to be hauled before the International Criminal Court.

WS journal allegations 'unfounded' - Iran

21 May 2014, 18:46

Iran has denied as "completely unfounded" a Wall Street Journal report that it is recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria to help its ally battle rebels.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Syrian army missile kills 23, including 8 kids

20 May 2014, 14:31

A missile crashed into a rebel-held Syrian town while most people were at home sleeping, killing at least 23 people, including an entire family.

Alleged chlorine attack kills teen in Syria

20 May 2014, 17:09

Syrian opposition activists say forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had dropped a chlorine bomb on a rebel-held village, killing a teenager, the sixth alleged poison gas attack there in two months.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Syria war toll over 162,000: NGO

19 May 2014, 12:23

More than 162,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict broke out in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a new toll.

Syrian soccer goalie-turned-rebel becomes icon

19 May 2014, 13:43

Abdelbaset Sarout, a former goalkeeper— now an armed fighter — has become a charismatic icon of the Syria's rebellion after surviving 2 ½ years under a suffocating military siege of his city.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Raw data suggests chlorine a weapon in Syria

16 May 2014, 07:20

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he has seen raw data that suggests chlorine has been used in the Syrian conflict.

Iran recruiting Afghans to fight in Syria - report

16 May 2014, 12:50

Iran is recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Friday, 09 May 2014

Syria rebels blow up hotel turned army base

09 May 2014, 07:17

Syrian rebels blew up a luxury hotel turned army base in the historic heart of Aleppo after tunnelling under the front line that divides the northern city.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Start of evacuation of Syria's Homs districts

07 May 2014, 12:28

About 2 000 rebels and civilians have started to leave besieged opposition-held districts of Homs in central Syria.

Monday, 05 May 2014

Woman faces supporting terrorism charge in Aus

05 May 2014, 13:24

An Australian mother was charged with supporting terrorism after she was arrested trying to board a flight from Sydney with her four young children.

Friday, 02 May 2014

11 children among 18 dead in Syria car bombings

02 May 2014, 12:30

Suicide bombers blew up two vehicles in the central Syrian province of Hama, killing at least 18 people, including 11 children, state media reported.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

14 killed in mortar strike on Syrian school

29 April 2014, 13:11

Two mortar shells struck a school complex in central Damascus, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens, state media and a monitoring group said.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Minister: Militants returning from Syria pose threat

24 April 2014, 07:09

The Netherlands has warned that militants returning from Syria posed a security threat to Europe.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

France seeks ICC involvement on Syria war crimes

17 April 2014, 07:10

France will table a proposal before the United Nations Security Council authorizing the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity in Syria, French ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud said.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

UN to see grim images of Syria dead

15 April 2014, 13:07

The Security Council will meet privately to view projected slides of the Syria dead, who offer mute testimony to the savagery of a civil war in which more than 150 000 have died.

Rebel mortar fire in Syria kills child, hurts 40

15 April 2014, 14:51

Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital has killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media says.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Syria election won't be delayed – minister

08 April 2014, 16:11

The Syrian government says it has no intention of delaying an election that is likely to give President Bashar Assad a third term, regardless of war or politics.

Monday, 07 April 2014

Hezbollah chief says danger to Syria govt over

07 April 2014, 10:17

Syria's government is no longer in danger of being toppled and the risk of the country being divided has passed, the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah says.

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