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Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

Birut - A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions.

Syria Kurds regain control of Tal Abyad after IS attack: monitor

Birut - Syrian Kurdish forces regained full control of Tal Abyad on Wednesday, expelling Islamic State group fighters who had seized a district of the strategic border town, a monitor said.

IS beheads two Syrian women 'for the first time'

Birut - The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such executions of female civilians in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

Kurds oust IS from Syria's Kobane as civilian toll mounts

Birut - Kurdish forces drove Islamic State group fighters from the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane on Saturday, after a killing spree by the jihadists left more than 200 civilians dead.

IS kills 146 civilians in assault on Syria's Kobane

Birut - The Islamic State group killed 146 civilians in its offensive on the Kurdish town of Kobane, in what a monitor said Friday was one of the jihadists' "worst massacres" in Syria.

Second IS suicide bomber hits Kobane: Monitor

Birut - A second Islamic State group suicide bomber hit the Syrian border town of Kobane on Thursday, hours after the jihadists reentered the symbolic Kurdish town, a monitoring group said.

IS 'executes 23 Kurds' in village near Syria's Kobane

Birut - Islamic State group fighters executed at least 23 Syrian Kurds, among them women and children, in a village south of the border town of Kobane on Thursday, a monitor said.

IS attacks Syria's Kobane in new offensive after setbacks

Birut - The Islamic State group launched a two-pronged offensive in northern Syria on Thursday after several setbacks, re-entering the symbolic battleground town of Kobane and seizing parts of the city of Hasakeh.

IS seizes parts of northeast Syria city Hasakeh

Birut - Islamic State group fighters entered the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh overnight, seizing two neighbourhoods from government forces in heavy clashes, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

IS suicide bombers kill 10 Syria soldiers: Monitor

Birut - Two suicide bombers from the Islamic State group have killed 10 Syrian soldiers in the northeastern city of Hasakeh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday.

Syria Kurds advance after seizing base from IS

Birut - Syrian Kurds and allied rebels advanced against the Islamic State group on Tuesday, capturing a strategic town a day after seizing a base from the jihadists near their Raqa bastion.

Aid agency alarm over IS fuel blockade in Syria

Birut - An international medical aid agency on Sunday voiced alarm over a fuel blockade imposed by the Islamic State group in northern Syria that it says is badly hindering relief efforts.

Famed Syria mosaic museum damaged in barrel bombing: NGO

Birut - Syria's best-known mosaic museum in the northern rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan has been seriously damaged in a regime barrel bomb attack, according to archaeological experts.

A year on, no quick fix to halt IS 'caliphate'

Birut - A year after its establishment, the Islamic State group's self-declared "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq remains well-funded and heavily armed, and experts say it could be around for years to come.

Hezbollah claims to have killed two Islamic State commanders

Beirut - Al-Manar TV operated by Hezbollah reports that two Islamic State commanders together with at least seven other militants were killed on the outskirts of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal in two separate attacks.

Syria's Raqa: for IS a 'model city', for others a living hell

Birut - It's called Heaven Square, but after the Islamic State group started using the roundabout in Raqa for gruesome public executions it earned a new name: Hell Square.

A year on, Islamic State 'caliphate' infamous for brutality

Birut - In the year since it declared its "caliphate," the Islamic State group has become the world's most infamous jihadist organisation, attracting international franchises and spreading fear with acts of extreme violence.

34 dead in rebel rocket fire on Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Birut - Rebel rocket fire killed at least 34 civilians in Aleppo in one of the bloodiest days of the conflict for government-held areas of Syria's second city, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

Kurds in full control of Syria's Tal Abyad: Monitor

Birut - Kurdish militia, backed by Syrian rebel forces, seized full control of a key border town from Islamic State group jihadists early on Tuesday, a monitoring group said.

Kurds battle IS on Syria border as Turkey blocks refugees

Birut - Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday to the outskirts of a key Syrian border town held by the Islamic State group, as Turkish forces sought to prevent thousands fleeing the fighting from crossing the frontier.
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