Syria

  • US to Assad: Beware of interfering with US air power in Syria 13 minutes ago

    Washington: The Syrian military's air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to US air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior US officials said on Monday. President Barack Obama's authorization of the use of American air power against Islamic State's strongholds in Syria has...
  • After beheading, Cameron says, 'They are not Muslims, they are monsters' 19 hours 7 minutes ago

    London:The beheading of a British aid worker by the dreaded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was described Sunday by Prime Minister David Cameron as an act of "pure evil" even as Britain confirmed that the video showing the gruesome killing was genuine. The 44-year-old aid worker David Haines was...
  • UNSC strongly condemns 'heinous' murder of Briton by ISIL 20 hours 51 minutes ago

    United Nations: The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the "heinous and cowardly" murder of British humanitarian aid worker David Haines by the Islamic State terror group, saying the outfit must be defeated and violence it adopts "stamped out." "This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel...
  • ISIS video showing beheading of British hostage genuine, confirms UK Yesterday

    London: Britain on Sunday confirmed that the video released by the Islamic State (IS) terror group showing the beheading of British hostage and aid worker David Haines is genuine. The video shows Haines, who was captured by militants in Syria in 2013, wearing an orange jumpsuit and kneeling in the desert...
  • Iraq PM says will protect civilians after US-Iraq air strikes against Islamic States 2 days ago

    Baghdad/Cairo: Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilians, following attacks by both Iraqi and US jets in large areas of the country held by Islamic State fighters. The announcement, which comes as the United States tries to...
  • 45 Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria, says UN 3 days ago

    Beirut: Al-Qaeda-linked militants released 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured two week ago in Syria, ending the UN's fourth crisis over abducted soldiers in the Golan Heights since March 2013 amid questions about the future of its 40-year-old monitoring mission there. The Fijians were captured on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights...
  • US wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign 4 days ago

    Jeddah: The United States signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier. After talks in Saudi Arabia's summer capital Jeddah, Secretary of State John...
  • Won't take part in airstrikes on Syria: Britain 4 days ago

    Berlin: Britain's foreign secretary says his country won't participate in airstrikes on Syria, following an announcement from Washington that it would begin hitting targets inside the country. Speaking on Thursday after talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Philip Hammond said that Britain won't be "revisiting" the issue after Parliament...
  • Respect sovereignty in fight against terrorism: China 4 days ago

    Beijing: China on Thursday called for respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries in the fight against terrorism, as US President Barack Obama vowed to expand airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to contain the Islamic State militants. "We hold that in the international struggle against terrorism, the international law should be...
  • Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for the first time to root out ISIS 4 days ago

    Washington: Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized US airstrikes inside Syria for the first time on Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has...
  • Barack Obama says he has authority to act against IS 5 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama told top lawmakers on Tuesday that he has the authority if he needs to take action against Islamic State (IS) militants. Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders had a "productive" discussion and the leaders expressed their support for efforts to degrade and ultimately...
  • Obama to address nation, spell out policy to tackle ISIS 5 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will address the nation on Wednesday night to spell out America's policy on ISIS terror group which has gained control over large parts of Iraq and Syria, threatening peace in the entire Middle East region. "What the President will talk about in the speech is...
  • Islamic State advances in Iraq force Syria to cancel wheat deal 6 days ago

    Abu Dhabi: Syria has canceled a deal to sell 200,000 tonnes of wheat from its 2013 local crop to Iraqi private traders as conflict raging in both countries has paralysed transport of the grain, a source at Syria's state grain agency said on Tuesday. The deal was agreed in a June...
  • New UN rights chief: Syria, Iraq is first priority 1 week ago

    Geneva: The Jordanian prince taking the helm of the UN's human rights office urged the world on Monday to set as its first priority bringing a halt to the gruesome and conjoined conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein, in his first speech...
  • Obama to reveal strategy to tackle ISIS threat on Wednesday 1 week ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama will on Wednesday announce the US' strategy to tackle the threat posed by ISIS, the terrorist outfit which has gained control over a large part of Iraq and Syria, and has brutally killed two American journalists in recent past. "On Wednesday I'll make a speech and describe...
  • After Syria and Iraq, Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia September 7, 2014

    Peshawar/Dera: Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-funded and...
  • Obama to give speech on Wednesday on Islamic State September 7, 2014

    Washington: United States president Barack Obama will begin laying out a strategy this week to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East, meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday and giving a speech on Wednesday, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil. Obama disclosed...
  • After Syria and Iraq, Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia September 7, 2014

    Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-funded and ruthless...
  • US air strikes target militants near Iraq's Haditha Dam September 7, 2014

    The United States said it launched four air strikes against Islamic State militants threatening the Haditha Dam in western Iraq on Sunday, broadening its campaign against the fighters. It was Washington's first offensive into Iraq's western Anbar province since it started air strikes on Islamic State forces in the north of...
  • Syrian strikes on Islamic State strongholds kill 13 September 6, 2014

    Beirut: Syrian airstrikes targeting a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group, including one that struck a crowded bakery, killed at least 13 civilians on Saturday, activists said. The eight airstrikes targeted the northeastern city of Raqqa, which is under the full control of the militant group, said the Britain-based Syrian...
  • Watch: How a young woman from Scotland joined ISIS September 5, 2014

    The ISIS threat is growing by the day and attracting fighters from across countries. Britain estimates nearly 500 of its citizens have gone to fight in Iraq and Syria. There are also many women enlisting in the terror group. CNN reports on how a young woman from Scotland was lured...
  • In northeast Syria, Islamic State builds a government September 5, 2014

    Beirut: In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ultra-hardline al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly every aspect of daily life. The group famous for its beheadings, crucifixions and mass executions provides electricity and water, pays salaries, controls traffic, and runs nearly...
  • American spearheading ISIS social media campaign? September 5, 2014

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation suspects that a man from Boston, Ahmad Abousamra, could be the in-charge of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's social media campaign. ...
  • Watch: ISIS defector offers inside look at the terror group's endgame September 4, 2014

    As the world sees the brutality the militant group ISIS is carrying out on Muslims, Christians and anyone who doesn't adhere to their ideology, a defector offers a look behind the front lines at what the endgame is. ...
  • Women join the rank of ISIS as religious policewomen August 30, 2014

    Women join the rank of ISIS as religious policewomen. UN says that women come in use for policing, patrolling streets and help their male comrades at check points. ISIS has a new group of female fighters. ...
  • More than three million Syrians registered as refugees: UN August 29, 2014

    London: The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Friday announced that over three million Syrians have been registered as refugees and the crisis is only getting worse, BBC reported. The UNHCR said Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with almost half of the Syrians forced to flee their...
  • Don't punish my son over matters he has no control on: Mother of US journalist kidnapped by ISIS August 28, 2014

    The mother of US journalist Steven Sotloff held hostage by ISIS has appealed to the terrorists to release her son. ISIS had threatened to kill him if the US didn't end its campaign in Iraq. "As a mother I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son...
  • Another ISIS video goes viral, shows ISIS terrorist and child firing an advanced weapon August 28, 2014

    Another ISIS video has gone viral. The video shows an ISIS terrorist and a child firing an advanced weapon at what is said to be an the the Kweires air base in northwest Syria. ISIS has been trying to gain control of the government held air base for weeks. ...
  • US journalist's mother pleads with ISIS for kidnapped son's release August 28, 2014

    Washington: The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist terrorists pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria. Last week's murder of journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State has focused attention on other American hostages, including 31-year-old...
  • Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media August 27, 2014

    Beirut: Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. Islamic State, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base near Raqqa city on Sunday...