Syria

  • European Union expands sanctions on Syria 5 days ago

    Brussels: European Union foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday to expand sanctions on Syria over the government's "violent repression" of its civilian population. The ministers added three people and nine entities to the current list of those subject to an asset freeze and a ban on entering the EU, a statement said. They...
  • Bashar al-Assad sworn in, vows to retake all Syria from rebels July 16, 2014

    Damascus: Bashar al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves that a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war. After taking the oath of office before a Koran...
  • UN Security Council authorises cross-border aid access in Syria July 15, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Monday authorised humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, even though Syria has warned it deems such deliveries incursions into its territory. "The consent of the Syrian authorities will no longer be...
  • Indian-American pleads guilty to funding al-Qaeda groups July 13, 2014

    Washington: A 31-year-old Indian-American, caught in a FBI sting operation, faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing thousands of dollars in material support to three terror groups operating under al-Qaeda in war-torn Syria and Somalia. Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed was arrested last year in a Miami-based...
  • Russia to work on UN Security Council resolution over Syria July 10, 2014

    Moscow: Russia is prepared to continue working on a UN Security Council (UNSC) draft resolution which rules out use of force against Damascus, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. "The document should clearly lay out the Russian position: no coercive measures, including sanctions and force, can be presented there," Xinhua quoted...
  • Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site July 9, 2014

    United Nations: Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. Iraq's UN...
  • Experts in talks with Syria over chemical weapons July 8, 2014

    United Nations: The head of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons has said the next step is investigating possible discrepancies in Syria's declaration of its stockpile, as well as the destruction of its production facilities. Sigrid Kaag briefed the UN Security Council by videoconference less than a week...
  • ISIS renames itself as the Islamic State July 7, 2014

    Baghdad: As violence continues unabated in conflict torn Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has now renamed itself as simply the Islamic State. The militant organisation that has swept vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria are now waging a bitter propaganda war. In a recent video...
  • Western countries funding ISIS: Syrian Ambassador to India July 2, 2014

    As crisis escalates in Iraq, Syrian Ambassador to India Riad Abbas has said western countries are funding the ISIS. He claimed that it gets Turkish support in its dream to revive the Ottoman Empire and support from GCC countries. ...
  • Syria-Iraq 'caliph' incites Muslims to holy war July 2, 2014

    Dubai: The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil. Proclaiming a "new era" in which Muslims will ultimately triumph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued...
  • Report: Jihadi group captures Syrian border town July 1, 2014

    Beirut: The al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captured a key Syrian town near the Iraq border from other rebels on Tuesday and advanced toward a stronghold of its main jihadi rivals, an activist group said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Boukamal fell to the...
  • Declaration of 'caliphate' in Iraq, Syria has 'no meaning': US July 1, 2014

    Washington: The United States on Tuesday said the declaration by Sunni militants of an "Islamic caliphate" on territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria has "no meaning." "We have seen these types of words from ISIL before," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, referring to militants of the Islamic...
  • Netanyahu calls for Jordan support, Kurdish autonomy June 30, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the international community to support Jordan in the fight against "Islamic extremism" and to back the independence of Iraq's Kurds. "We need to support efforts by the international community to strengthen Jordan and support the aspirations of the Kurds for independence," Netanyahu said...
  • US, Sunni states meet on Mideast insurgent crisis June 27, 2014

    Paris: The United States met on Friday with its top Sunni state allies in the Mideast to consider how to confront the region's growing turmoil that has been spawned by a Sunni Muslim insurgency group. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq...
  • US rights group finds ISIL execution site June 27, 2014

    Washington: Human Rights Watch said that fighters inspired by al-Qaeda had executed Iraqi soldiers en masse this month in Tikrit. In mid-June, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) posted photos online of what they claimed to be the bodies of dozens of captured security forces members...
  • ISIS poses 'legitimate threat' to Baghdad: Pentagon June 25, 2014

    Washington: Al-Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has carved out a large fiefdom along the Iraqi-Syrian border, poses a "legitimate threat" to the capital city of Baghdad, a top Pentagon official has said. "We certainly have enough visibility to see that they continue to press...
  • Kurdistan takes in Iraqi refugees displaced due to ISIS offensive June 25, 2014

    As the Islamist militant group, ISIS continue undeterred in their mission of capturing large swathes of northern and western Iraq, Kurdistan has come out in support of Syrian and Iraqi refugees displaced and driven out on account of the unrest in Iraq. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Kurdistan foreign...
  • US welcomes Syria's handing over of last chemical weapons June 24, 2014

    Washington: The US has welcomed Syria's decision to hand over its last declared chemical weapons to international monitors, adding it will soon begin the destruction of the stockpiles. "The Syrian government's handover earlier today of the final tranche of its declared chemical stockpiles marks an important milestone in the effort to...
  • Syria rebels recruit teenage fighters: HRW June 23, 2014

    Beirut: Human Rights Watch today urged Syrian rebel groups to stop enlisting teenagers in their ranks and warned their foreign backers that they could be implicated in "war crimes". The New York-based rights watchdog accused rebels of using "children as young as 15 to fight in battles" as they try to...
  • Iraq militants take Syria border post as they head to capital city of Baghdad June 22, 2014

    Baghdad: ISIS militants have got control of a strategic border crossing of Anbar and three other towns in western Iraq. Together, the four towns are situated along a highway from Syria to Baghdad, heightening possibilities that the militants could now march from the west to lay siege to the Iraqi...
  • Iraq militants take border post with Syria June 21, 2014

    Anbar: Sunni fighters seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier on Saturday, smashing a line drawn in 1932 by colonial powers and linking hundreds of miles of land they control to create an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran. The militants, led by the Islamic State in Iraq...
  • Militants seize Iraq border post, kill 30 troops June 21, 2014

    Baghdad: Sunni militants have seized an Iraqi crossing on the border with Syria after a daylong battle in which they killed some 30 Iraqi troops, security officials said on Saturday. The capture of the Qaim border crossing deals a further blow to prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has struggled to...
  • Car bombing in central Syria kills 34 June 20, 2014

    Damascus: A powerful car bombing on Friday in a government-held village in central Syria killed at least 34 civilians and wounded more than 50 others, Syria's state-run news agency and an opposition activist group said. SANA said that the explosion went off in Horrah village in the countryside near the central...
  • UK bans ISIL and four other Syria-linked jihadist groups June 20, 2014

    London: Five Syria-linked jihadist groups - including the The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - have been banned in the UK amid reports that many Britons have taken up arms in conflict in Syria. Security minister James Brokenshire set out the motion, which was passed unopposed in the...
  • Iraq: ISIS possibly the most dangerous, rich terrorist group June 18, 2014

    ISIS militants are closing in on the capital city of Baghdad in Iraq. Gun battles are on in Baquba which is less than 40 miles north of Baghdad. Some say that the ISIS that is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is the most dangerous terrorist group in the...
  • Blair: 2003 invasion not to blame for Iraq crisis June 15, 2014

    London: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the West's failure to intervene in Syria is to blame for the violent insurgency in neighbouring Iraq and not the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. In an essay issued today, Blair called for Western countries to intervene in Syria, though he did...
  • 30 killed in market blast in Syria June 14, 2014

    Damascus: At least 30 people were killed on Saturday when militants blew up a market in Syria, a media report said. The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), targeted a marketplace in the rebel-held al-Mayadeen city in Deir al-Zour province, Xinhua reported. Violent clashes are taking place in...
  • Assad re-elected as Syrian President after a landslide victory June 5, 2014

    Damascus: Syrian President Bashar Assad has been re-elected in a landslide, officials said, capturing another seven-year term in the middle of a bloody 3-year-old uprising against his rule that has devastated the country. Syria's parliament speaker, Jihad Lahan, announced the final results on Wednesdsay from Tuesday's election, saying Assad garnered 10,319,723...
  • As civil war rages, Syrians vote for President June 4, 2014

    Against a backdrop of civil war, tens of thousands of Syrians voted in government-controlled cities and towns Tuesday to give President Bashar Assad a new seven-year mandate, with some even marking the ballots with their own blood. The carefully choreographed election was ignored and even mocked in opposition-held areas of Syria...
  • Qaeda in Syria targets army with four suicide bombings May 25, 2014

    Syria's Al-Qaeda branch staged four suicide bomb attacks on army positions on Sunday, leaving dozens of casualties, in a bid to cut off Idlib province from the coast, a monitoring group said. The attacks came a day after the Al-Nusra Front announced the creation of an arms factory. "Four Al-Nusra Front fighters...