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Syrian army advances towards rebel town near Turkey: Monitor

Birut - Syrian government troops advanced Sunday toward a rebel town near the Turkish border as they pressed a Russian-backed offensive that has prompted tens of thousands to flee, a monitor said.The town of Tal Rifaat is around 20 kilometres (12.

Thousands brave freeze at Turkey border as Syria warns Riyadh, Ankara

Birut - Thousands of Syrians braved the freezing cold at Turkey's border after fleeing a regime assault that threatens a new humanitarian disaster, as Damascus warned Riyadh and Ankara not to send in troops.

Syria rebels risk collapse after Russia-backed regime gains

Birut - Syria's mainstream rebels risk total collapse after a Russian-backed regime advance that severed their main supply line to Aleppo city and threatens to leave them completely besieged there.

Up to 20,000 stranded at Syria border with Turkey: UN

Birut - Up to 20,000 Syrians fleeing a government advance in northern Aleppo province have gathered at a border crossing with Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday.

Syrians mass on Turkish border as regime advances

Birut - Up to 20,000 Syrians were stranded on the Turkish border Friday after fleeing a major Russian-backed regime offensive near Aleppo, where a new humanitarian disaster appeared to be unfolding.

In Syria, sieges by all sides cause suffering

Birut - In nearly five years of conflict in Syria, sieges have become a key weapon of war employed primarily by the regime, but also rebel forces and the Islamic State group.

New deaths reported in besieged Syria district: UN

Birut - Eight people reportedly died last month from a lack of proper medical care in a besieged Syrian town that was the site of a 2013 chemical weapons attack, the UN has said.

Islamic State group claims bombings near Syria Shiite shrine

Birut - The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for bombings near a revered Shiite shrine outside the Syrian capital Damascus that killed at least 45 people.

16 more starve to death in Syria's besieged Madaya: MSF

Birut - At least 16 more people have died of starvation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya since an aid convoy entered earlier this month, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Syria regime forces capture key southern rebel town: monitor

Birut - Syrian pro-government forces captured a strategic southern rebel town close to the Jordanian border after weeks of fighting, a monitor said on Tuesday.

Car bomb in Syria's Aleppo 'kills 23, including fighters'

Birut - At least 23 people, most of them from the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group, were killed by a truck suicide bomber in Syria's Aleppo city on Monday, a monitor said.

U.S. piles pressure on Syria opposition to attend talks

Birut - Syria's leading opposition coalition is to decide Tuesday whether to attend peace talks in Geneva, following a tense meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, a member told AFP on Monday.

Islamic State releases video of 'Paris attackers'

Birut - The Islamic State group released a video Sunday purporting to show nine jihadists involved in the November Paris attacks that killed 130 people, in which they threaten "coalition" countries including Britain.

Syria regime advances in northwest ahead of peace talks

Birut - Pro-government forces overran the last major rebel-held town in Syria's coastal Latakia province Sunday, as the United Nations prepares to host talks on ending the country's nearly five-year war.

'Russian raids' kill civilians ahead of Syria talks

Birut - Suspected Russian raids killed 47 civilians in war-ravaged eastern Syria, amid reports US forces are building up an air base to bolster their fight against jihadists further north.

Air strikes kill 30 civilians in east Syria: Monitor

Birut - At least 30 civilians, including 13 children, were killed in air strikes in eastern Syria on Friday, a monitoring group said.

Syria talks 'likely' delayed as opposition quarrels

Birut - The United Nations said Thursday that crucial talks on ending the Syria conflict would likely be delayed by a few days, as a dispute over who will represent the opposition intensified.

Over 1,000 civilians dead in Russia's Syria strikes: monitor

Birut - Russian air strikes in Syria have killed more than 1,000 civilians since they were launched nearly four months ago, a monitor said Wednesday.

IS releases 270 of 400 civilians abducted in east Syria: Monitor

Birut - The Islamic State group has released 270 of more than 400 civilians it had abducted during its assault on the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said.

IS says Iraqis among Paris attackers

Birut - The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed that two of the jihadists behind the Paris attacks on November 13 were Iraqi, according to the latest issue of its magazine Dabiq.
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