Syria

  • Women join the rank of ISIS as religious policewomen 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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...
  • ISIS justifies Foley's beheading, calls it a blessed act 5 days ago

    CNN's Atika Shubert speaks to two ISIS fighters who glorify the terror group's brutality and call James Foley's beheading a blessed act. ...
  • Mumbai: One of four Kalyan boys suspected to have joined ISIS in Iraq reported to be dead 5 days ago

    Mumbai: In a disturbing turn of events, one of the four boys suspected to have joined terror outfit ISIS in Iraq is reported to have died. Arif's family in Kalyan allegedly received a phone call informing them of his death. Arif and three others were suspected to have joined the terror...
  • US launched operation in Syria to free American hostages August 21, 2014

    Washington: The US had staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue American hostages held in Syria by the militant group ISIL, the Pentagon has said. The disclosure came a day after ISIL released a disturbing video showing a member of the extremist group beheading Foley. "This operation involved air...
  • Watch: ISIS release video showing beheading of American journalist August 20, 2014

    The ISIS on Wednesday released a video showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley and threatens to kill another American scribe. ...
  • Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: Monitoring group August 17, 2014

    Beirut: The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on...
  • Australia's most wanted terrorist posts picture of boy holding decapitated head, PM calls it barabaric August 13, 2014

    Sydney: The photograph of a young boy holding the decapitated head of a slain Syrian soldier and published in Australian media on Monday underscored the barbarity of Islamist State militants, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. The image was posted on Twitter and showed the boy, believed to be the son...
  • Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis August 13, 2014

    Maliliya (Syria): In a dusty camp, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop. While the US and Iraqi militaries struggle to aid the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi minority with supply drops from...
  • European Union expands sanctions on Syria July 22, 2014

    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...